Position Title: Food Shift Social Enterprise Associate/Manager (based on experience)*
Date Posted: 05-17-21
Status: Non-exempt, Regular, Part-/Half-Time
Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience (equivalent hourly rate between $20–$23)
Hours: Up to 20 hours/week
Benefits: Regular Earth Island Institute Employee, pro-rated vacation/sick hours accrual
Location: 677 W Ranger Ave, Alameda, CA, and remote as appropriate
Reports to: Food Shift Executive Director for office work related to compliance and EII and partner relations; Coordinates social enterprise work for Food Shift Culinary Director
*This position can be combined with other half or part-time positions and responsibilities at Food Shift to craft a role that amplifies your skills and interests.
About Food Shift
Food Shift is a non-profit social enterprise based in Alameda, CA and serving the broader Bay Area. We are developing and implementing collaborative models to reduce food waste, nourish our neighbors, and provide jobs. Food Shift takes care to examine and adopt the best, most relevant role for us to play in our community. Food Shift’s primary programs are The Food Shift Kitchen, a unique social enterprise that transforms wasted food into nourishing meals and job opportunities, and Operation Together, our food hub that builds food security in our local food ecosystem. In The Food Shift Kitchen, trainees who are overcoming employment discrimination assist with Food Shift operations, recovering surplus and cosmetically imperfect produce that would otherwise be wasted and transforming the wasted food into nutritious meals and food products that are distributed as food assistance and sold to local businesses to generate revenue for the program. In light of the pandemic, we established our COVID-19 relief initiative, Operation Together, to supply food to frontline food assistance organizations, ensuring that all of us in our community can access the delicious, nourishing food we need to live well. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) candidates and folks with lived experience of the issues our constituents navigate, including but not limited to food insecurity, houselessness, incarceration, and poverty. We are fiscally sponsored by Earth Island Institute (EII), and therefore, EII is the employer for all Food Shift staff.
Who we are
We are a small staff but a big team, bringing interns, volunteers, executives-in-residence, and advisors together at our table. Food Shifters connect to food through a range of experiences as chefs, servers, food writers, artists, farmers, home cooks, and eaters. Our flat organizational structure knits together our experiences and skills to strengthen the organization, and our cross-trained staff continually adjust to support one another. While our team members come from many backgrounds, we unite around our shared JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) values, which inform everything we do.
That’s why we seek a “cultural knit” rather than a “cultural fit” in our hiring process. While “fit” suggests a search for a predefined candidate, a set puzzle piece that fits into the organizational jigsaw puzzle, we, instead, look for a cultural knit, which invites our new team members to weave their unique experiences and skills into our fabric. By weaving a cultural knit, our team gains the resilience to tackle the root causes of food insecurity and climate change. We strive to build capacity in each other and the team so we can build a more resilient food system with our community. We believe solutions must be for the people, by the people, and with the people.
Who we are looking for
The Social Enterprise Manager ties together all the logistic and business tasks for our social enterprise operations so we can build capacity in our community. You will report to the Executive Director, and work closely with staff, partners, and volunteers to keep our social enterprise humming. The Manager is responsible for assisting the Culinary Director with social enterprise programs, including but not limited to the food recovery program, catering, and packaged food production, and managing relationships that come with those areas.
Our social enterprise is the heart of our operation, and we expect all social enterprise activities to reflect the JEDI values of Food Shift. As such, we take a holistic view when evaluating candidates, who can apply their professional skills to different aspects of our operation. We are seeking qualified candidates who identify with the descriptions below, with experiences and skills that will nourish an innovative start-up organization and contribute to our growing impact.
- Organized: Ability to maintain a well-organized spreadsheet and orderly workspace, enabling you to accurately record food recovery measurements while managing the flow of scheduled food pickups, and managing multiple stakeholders including volunteers
- Inspired: Passion for food waste reduction and building community resilience
- Detailed: Attention to detail; follows through with timely task completion
- Communicative: Clear, warm oral and written communication skills that make partners and clients feel supported
- Energized: Excited to be a hub and dynamo for our multifaceted social enterprise
- Self-Starter: Ability to complete work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines; take initiative to make improvements to systems and processes wherever possible
- Nimble: Ability to think critically and adapt in a flexible environment; proactive work ethic and ability to anticipate needs, prioritize, and take appropriate actions
- Collaborative: Values working as a team, building relationships, and giving and receiving honest feedback via nonviolent communication
- Flexible: In ability (fill in for kitchen duties), and with schedule (to accommodate client/partner needs)
- Technologically Skilled: Proficiency in Google Workspace; Salesforce skills a plus
- Accredited: Holds a valid CA driver’s license and a clean driving record; current ServSafe manager certificate (or able to take the certification upon joining Food Shift)
You will be expected to
**indicates in-kitchen activities, which are not expected to resume until September 2021
- Manage the food recovery program (includes, but is not limited to, on-site responsibilities at Food Shift Kitchen, driving to and managing food recovery at produce markets and other food donor/recipient sites), including partner relations
Coordinate logistics for other social enterprise programs (e.g., **catering deliveries)
Act as the on-site supervisor for Food Shift team, including hiring, training, and managing volunteers (for Manager position); and an on-site liaison to our partners
Maintain records and provide reports on social enterprise activities
Work with the Culinary Director to develop and implement social enterprise programs
Fill in for the Culinary Director when necessary
**Work with Director and Chefs to coordinate the development and communication of event proposals, estimates, and event plans; including maintaining updated catering/food production calendar and event logistics in appropriate platforms
**Fill in as on-call kitchen supervisor as needed for Food Shift kitchen activities
**Responsible for booking clients for our social enterprise kitchen and overseeing its operations, and provide logistic and business support
Physical Requirements: Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn; use a computer, keyboard, and calculator; lift 50 lbs.
We recognize that excellence and potential are expressed differently for different people. If our vision and mission excite you, we hope you will share with us your experiences and skill set that you feel would qualify you to make a contribution as the Food Shift Social Enterprise Associate/Manager.
Food Shift is a project of Earth Island Institute (EII) and this position is an employee of EII. Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Please email your application to email@example.com with the subject line “Social Enterprise Associate/Manager” by June 11, though we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. Applications and interviews will be held on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Your application should include:
- A resume, up to three professional references, and link to an updated LinkedIn profile (optional)
- A cover letter that includes a short description of why you and Food Shift are a cultural knit and how you meet the qualifications for the role