The Food Resource Developer is responsible for creating and supporting partnerships that foster food donations to FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) and the communities we serve. This position develops a solicitation strategy for donations and coordinates logistics and processing of donations with the Operations Team. The Food Resource Developer also leads communications with community food partners on the impact their donation has on FOOD For Lane County’s mission and the people we serve. This position has no supervisory responsibilities but will provide leadership, guidance and training to staff, donor partners and/or volunteers.
PRIMARY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Identifies, develops and maintains relationships with food partners in the community.
- Identifies target community food partners in processing/manufacturing and farmer/grower industries, creates and maintains a key contact data base.
- Calls on community food partners in support of the food donation program, coordinates regular donor visits and manages an onsite visitation plan.
- Builds and maintains food donor stewardship plans. Sources new donors, restores donor relationships, maintains existing donors.
-Provides each food industry category with a guideline for donation, including a summary of items we can and cannot accept, the Food Donation Good Samaritan Act and what FFLC can provide to the donor.
- Utilizes food donations and food drive relationship opportunities to educate widely, early, and often about food insecurity in our community.
Develops resources to maintain a consistent food donation program.
- Develops innovative ways to create food production projects utilizing facilities and resources of community food partners.
- Seeks input from supervisor, programs and services, and inventory committee to tailor sourcing strategies to need.
- Establishes metrics to track donation trends, analyzes these trends, and suggests courses of actions to be taken to sustain, increase, or enhance donations. *_
- Emphasizes sourcing healthy and culturally appropriate foods.
Retains community partners by providing excellent service and recognition.
- Demonstrates a pleasant, professional and helpful demeanor at all times.
- Monitors and reports donation progress to directors, supervisors, managers, program coordinators and employees, where applicable.
- Responds within a 24-hour period to all donation offerings and assists with food drive barrel requests as necessary. Works with Operations Team to give the donor a time frame in which their donation will be picked up.
- Provides personal follow up or recognition to community food partners.
- Works with Development colleagues to recognize community food partners where applicable (food bank newsletter, website, direct mail, etc.).
- Works with grocery and Fresh Alliance partners to schedule regular meetings and check-ins to ensure strong relationships and identify new opportunities.
OTHER TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Represents FFLC to the public with professionalism, knowledge, and respect.
- Provides data for the annual budget process and is responsible for operating within departmental budget guidelines.
- Compiles data regarding food donations and Fresh Alliance for monthly reports.
- Supports the Development Team with events and community outreach activities, food and fund drives, and fundraising activities. Also provides input to newsletter content, assists with donor recognition plans, collaborates with development team on annual strategic plan, provides and receives back-up support from co-workers, and attends Development Team meetings as necessary.
- Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience in at least one of the following areas: fundraising at a non-profit organization or sales and marketing to retail customers.
- Must have current ServeSafe certification and Food Handler’s card or the ability to obtain them within 30 days of employment.
- Must possess valid Oregon driver’s license and auto insurance.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
- Must possess strong, external customer focus.
- Capable of consistently maintaining multiple accounts including scheduling of visits, follow up correspondence and other duties related to account management.
- Ability to prioritize, negotiate competing demands, and follow through on assigned projects.
- Willingness to travel within Lane County and occasionally outside of Lane County or the state.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and demonstrated experience with databases required.
- Passionate about the mission of FFLC and addressing hunger & poverty in our community.
- Actively demonstrates FFLC’s values of compassion, inclusion, and collaboration. Ability to work with diverse populations.
- Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
- All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
Work may be performed at a work station, in a warehouse environment, at retail store locations, and/or at food production sites and farms. May occasionally lift, move and carry objects in excess of 30 pounds. During frequent retail store visits, work is subject to varying indoor and outdoor temperatures and road and walkway surfaces in all seasons. May work or travel out of the local area and work outside normal working hours such as evenings and weekends on occasion. Work in excess of 40 hours per week during peak business periods may occasionally be required.
FFLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristics protected under local, state or federal law.
To apply, please submit your Application, Cover Letter and Resume. Please note incomplete applications that do not include all required documents (Application, Cover Letter and Resume) will not be considered for an interview.
You can find an application for employment by visiting our employment page on our website at: www.foodforlanecounty.org. We are accepting applications for this position until 5:00 PM on Monday, October 21, 2019.
FOOD for Lane County is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit food bank founded in 1984 and dedicated to eliminating hunger by creating access to food. We accomplish this by soliciting, collecting, rescuing, growing, preparing and packaging food for distribution through a network of 157 social service agencies and programs; through public awareness, education and community advocacy; and through programs designed to improve the ability of low-income individuals to maintain an adequate supply of wholesome, nutritious food. These programs include emergency food boxes, shelters, meal sites, rehabilitation facilities, nutrition education, gleaning and community gardens. We serve a diverse population of people living on limited incomes including children, families, seniors and single adults.