Oregon Food Bank- Volunteer Coordinator
Location: Portland Metro
Closing Date: 3/27/2017
Industry: Nonprofit, Other
Type: Full Time
Who We Are:
Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We provide food, education and hope to our neighbors experiencing hunger, and we build community action to change the systems that allow hunger to grow.
• We are collaborative. At the center of a network of over 960 partners, OFB’s work is done in collaboration with organizations throughout Oregon and in Clark County, WA.
• We focus on freshness. OFB’s Produce Initiative and Fresh Alliance Program bring fresh food to people facing hunger.
• We champion self-reliance. OFB’s education courses teach skills that make families more resilient and impact life-long changes to eating habits.
• We advocate for change. OFB advocates for public policies and programs and supports community food systems that address the root causes of hunger.
• We are committed to equity and inclusion. We believe that only a diverse, vibrant staff that is fully included will be able to achieve our mission.
Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization.
Who We Are Looking For:
We believe that communities thrive when people are nourished and that everyone deserves healthy, fresh, food. Oregon Food Bank is seeking an energetic, highly motivated Volunteer Coordinator. Reporting to the Volunteer Services Manager, the Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that volunteer activities run smoothly and effortlessly. You thrive in a highly fluid, fast paced, work environment and enjoy working with people from all walks of life. You’re great at building a sense of community and educating volunteers about OFB’s mission, and encouraging volunteers to engage as donors and advocates. As a Volunteer Coordinator you are comfortable working with the unknown, have strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills and are a master at seamlessly directing multiple priorities. Excellent and enthusiastic team player a must!
Who You Are:
You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You believe that no one should be hungry and that together we can solve hunger. You are known for your enthusiasm and your ability to foster long term relationships. You thrive on creating exceptionally meaningful volunteer experiences that are safe, engaging, fun and productive resulting in their ongoing commitment to the organization. You are self-directed yet flexible and excel in a swiftly changing, team oriented, and entrepreneurial environment. You keep volunteer engagement, satisfaction and fun at the center of your work.
• Oversee groups of up to 120 volunteers of varying ages (6 and up).
• Speak publicly in both small and large group settings and educate volunteers about OFB’s mission.
• Solicit volunteers as both donors and advocates, encouraging them to engage more deeply in our mission.
• Quickly assess, train, and direct groups of volunteers for large scale food repack production.
• Maintain volunteer work areas and equipment to the highest standard for both food safety and personal safety.
• Plan and execute volunteer recognition events.
• Coordinate special group projects for volunteer groups (corporate, school, church, community groups) and special events including logistics, setup, communication and materials.
• Receive food and fund donations made during volunteer shifts.
• Perform administrative tasks related to volunteer activities such as logging volunteer hours and repack shift reporting.
• Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:
• One year of demonstrated success in managing volunteers and large scale projects. Prior experience in a food warehousing role.
• Thrives working in a high stress environment and able to troubleshoot quickly.
• Ability to maintain focus on tasks and produce accurate work in chaotic, fast-paced environment.
• Enjoys directing and motivating diverse groups of volunteers.
• Exceptional communication skills with a proven ability to oversee and facilitate group discussions.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and customer service skills.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, volunteer management databases, and warehouse inventory management systems.
The Fine Print:
Work performed in the warehouse involves a significant amount of walking on concrete surfaces. This position is a fast paced and very physical and involves standing for extended periods of time as well as repeatedly stooping, squatting, kneeling or bending. May move and carry objects up to 30 pounds. Work involves using hand and power pallet jacks, and tote tippers in performing duties. Work requires an ability to push and pull pallets over 2,000 pounds.
Employees may be exposed to extreme temperature changes and various allergens. Work space can be noisy due to traffic of motorized vehicles operated in the building. Employee may be exposed to spoiled food and sharp objects due to working with damaged product. Employee must be able to be certified in First Aid/CPR/AED and Food Handling.
Work periodically in an office environment using computer and phones. Employee will work some evenings, holidays and Saturdays for regular shifts and may work weekends for special events. Employee will drive occasionally due to work performed in the community and to support both OFB locations (NE Portland and Beaverton).
Apply online at http://oregonfoodbank.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Please upload your resume and cover letter.
Starting pay at $19.32 per hour.