Job opening: Food Sourcing Specialist (New Orleans facility) 

Position Summary

Coordinates the Retail Store Donation program, Food Drive Program and Residential Gleaning Program of the Food Sourcing Department. Primary responsibilities include educating store personnel on their program’s donation guidelines, attending store meetings and store training sessions. Collaborates with internal departments to maximize donation opportunities and works with Food Sourcing Team to address prospects and challenges.  Serves as the liaison for scheduling food donations and addressing logistical challenges. Responsible for managing donor tracking/performance system and donor recognition plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Continue to strengthen relationships with retailers participating in Store Donation Program through education of store personnel, attending store meetings and conducting store training sessions
  • Onboard new banner stores participating in enhanced retail partnership options (Store Donation Program, Brown Bag program, food drives) and assist with planning, logistics and building relationships relevant to these relationships
  • Work with Agency Relations to ensure agencies participating in the Store Donation Program are meeting program requirements, following food safety protocols and reporting in a timely manner
  • Serve as liaison between Food Sourcing Department and Transportation/Operations Department to schedule pickups, address transportation challenges and coordinate unique logistical requests
  • Manage donor tracking systems (Ceres and MealConnect) to keep donor information up-to-date, run donor reports for tracking trends and volume
  • Participate in food industry events including food shows, association meetings and network conferences and coordinate donation collections as needed
  • Coordinate Food Drive Program including managing the logistics and materials and the Food Drive Donor database for the Food Drive Champion Program
  • With oversight from the Food Sourcing Manager, monitor Donor Express national donation offers and bid on appropriate and approved offers
  • In collaboration with Volunteer Services Team, coordinate the Residential Gleaning Program
  • Perform other duties assigned to meet company needs

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Experience: Progressive sales experience preferably in the food industry

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Strong people skills; ability to interact with a diverse donor base and community partners
  • Intermediate computer skills in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to lift 20+ pounds and be comfortable working in a range of indoor and outdoor environments and temperatures. 

Allowable Substitutions: Combination of education, experience, and/or training that provides the required knowledge and skills for the position may be considered in lieu of education and/or experience at the company’s discretion.

How to Apply:

  1. Email resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to jobs@secondharvest.org.
  2. Type “Food Sourcing Specialist” as the only content in the subject line of your email. 

 

 

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