The Food Depot seeks an Community Outreach Organizer: San Miguel, Mora and Eastern Colfax Counties

The Food Depot seeks a Community Outreach Coordinator for San Miguel, Mora and Eastern Colfax Counties.

Please send your cover letter and resumes to info@thefooddepot.org before 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Food Depot is a drug-free workplace.

Job title: Community Outreach Coordinator(Non-Exempt)

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FLSA status: Contract/Non-Exempt, 20 hrs/wk – 80 hrs/month

Reports to: Program Manager             Salary range:  $22-26/Hour

Supervises: None           

Job summary: To support and strengthen sustainability of The Food Depot’s agency relations and program services in San Miguel and Mora counties in support of its mission in accordance with funding requirements, contractual agreements, approved policies, strategies and plans.

BACKGROUND:
The Food Depot is the food bank of Northern New Mexico, serving as a not-for-profit clearinghouse for food donated by private and public sources to end hunger and poverty. The food bank distributes food and related products through 145 non-for-profit agencies in nine counties: Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Taos, and Union. Our vision at The Food Depot is healthy, hunger-free communities in Northern New Mexico.

Principal responsibilities:
Assists with Mobile Food Pantry and Agency Relations programs (50%)
Promote best practices and provide administrative and logistical support including but not limited to monitoring and training agency staff/volunteers at site for food handling safety and ensuring compliance with the program rules.

Identify partners and areas in need of extra support and work with The Food Depot, partner agencies and community to develop strategies to meet those needs.

Build collaboration and expand food and organizational capacity in underserved areas.

Maintain ongoing and timely communication with partner agencies and Program Manager via email, phone and on-site visits.

Maintain data/recordkeeping/report records and submit by deadlines.

Maintain a Food Handler Card or Food Protection Manager Certification.

Assists with Agency Relations Councils (25%)

Help nurture positive and useful relationships with the community with regard to the food bank’s mission.

As needed, act as a liaison for the food bank to educate the community about hunger by attending community events (health fairs, expos, etc.) to increase awareness of the mission, garner public support and expand the positive reputation of The Food Depot.

Help plan and coordinate Agency Relations Council meetings (quarterly) and trainings (as needed) on behalf of The Food Depot.

Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination (25%)

Identify partners and areas in need of extra support and recruit and train community members as volunteers who can support the infrastructure of those partner programs.

Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience.

Other
Assist with the development of new programs as added.

Communicate work milestones toward progress within assigned time frames regularly.

Contribute to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests.

Comply with all The Food Depot policies, procedures and systems.

Perform related duties as required or assigned; assists other departments as requested; may work evenings and weekends, as needed.

Qualifications
Some college or equivalent work/volunteer experience required.
Knowledge of the Taos or Colfax community resources and services.
Community minded with strong relationship or “people” skills; outreach skills.
Proof of current, valid New Mexico Driver’s License, auto insurance, use of a personal vehicle, clean driving record and willingness to travel throughout San Miguel, Mora and Eastern Colfax Counties.
Must be willing to attain Food Handler Card or Food Protection Manager Certification
Demonstrated ability to clearly, concisely and effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Must have excellent customer service skills and be able to interface with many diverse internal and external customers.
Must be computer literate: knowledge of Microsoft Office and general office equipment such as cell phone, laptop computer, copier/scanner and fax machine.

Must be able to work independently, prioritize, meet deadlines and produce results.

Fluency in Spanish a plus.

This is a drug-free workplace.

Employment Requirements

Negative Pre-employment Drug Screening

Clean Driving Record – New Mexico Driver’s License

Successful Completion of Forklift Training provided by The Food Depot

Physical Environment
The Food Depot will provide a laptop, cell phone and printer/scanner for the position.

Employee will spend 20% of the time working at a stationary computer terminal, 10% talking on the telephone, and 70% interfacing with program coordinators, agency representatives, and public.

Variable work environment; work is conducted both indoors and outdoors with a varying environment specific to each partner agency.

Indoor: Employee must utilize paper, files, documents, a keyboard, computer, phone, and scanner to perform necessary job requirements. Also requires access to Internet. Vision is required for driving and working with documents, computer screen and files.

Outdoor/At Sites: Employee must, at times, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds when handling donations, documents or files in a mixed office/warehouse environment.

Requires travel to other facilities within The Food Depot’s San Miguel, Mora and Eastern Colfax counties service area, using employee’s own vehicle (travel expenses will be reimbursed).

Disclaimer

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give assignments.

This position description excludes the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties.   All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.