Agriculture Resources Coordinator
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is the policy of the Food Bank to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or other protected class characteristics.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Compassion, empathy, and respect–these are some of the core values the Staff of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina share. If you believe in our mission that ‘No one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina,’ and you would like to be a part of that effort, then we encourage your interest in a career with us. A career at the Food Bank means being part of an organization that makes an impact on the lives of many people.
Hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In our 34 county service area, more than 560,000 people struggle each day with food insecurity. We believe that there is no more personally rewarding work than being a part of the effort to ensure that our friends and neighbors have nutritious food to eat daily. We partner with more than 800 agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through six Food Bank branches with warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington.
We recruit and develop talented people for our career opportunities and offer competitive pay, as well as a comprehensive employee benefits package. Integrity, dedication, and teamwork round out the remaining core values of Food Bank employees. If these values speak to you, then you may have found the right place in which to put them to good use. Thank you for your interest!
LOCATION Wilmington, NC
The Agriculture Resources Coordinator will interact extensively with members of the food industry, particularly the local produce and the agriculture industry contacts to secure food, mainly focused on produce and protein items, for the Food Bank and its partner agencies. This will entail significant activities coordinating the logistics necessary to secure this product from local growers and processors. This position will have contact with our food donors, as well as, our partner agencies. The Agriculture Resources Coordinator will work closely with our partner agencies to grow food resources locally with a focus on direct pick-ups when needed.
Thoroughly understand the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Food Bank), its mission and policies, culture, values, history, key stakeholders, programs and finances.
Identify, solicit and cultivate local Agricultural donors in our service area. Coordinate logistics to access that food, including setting up agencies, transportation, and may include soliciting volunteers to help pick up food or even glean fields, if needed.
Strengthen relationships on a consistent basis with donors, staff, and partner agencies.
Work with Product Logistics Manager to develop a plan focused on the addition of local nutritious product donations.
Document visits, contacts, accomplishments and potential food resource development opportunities.
Follow-up on donor or partner agency concerns or questions. Provide technical assistance when there are issues or concerns.
Make sure food donations are being handled properly and distributed in a safe manner. Work with partner agencies and ensure they understand the importance of food safety and traceability.
Help coordinate receiving/distribution of acquired food/produce with all members of the Operations Team when necessary.
Work closely with the local produce associations and maintain strong long-term partnerships.
Work across teams/departments internally to acquire, promote and distribute maximum quantity of produce and protein items.
Work with the Operations Department staff to respond to donations promptly and efficiently.
Develop and maintain donors through donor relations program, donor recruitment and marketing materials.
Provide technical assistance to Food Bank staff and our partner agencies regarding produce handling and storage.
Collect, analyze and report data on all produce activities.
Perform any other duties as directed by the Product Logistics Manager and/or Vice-President of Operations.
High school diploma or GED
Excellent driving record as extensive travel throughout Food Bank’s 34 county service area is required.
Valid NC driver’s license
Must believe in the mission of the organization
A minimum of 1-2 years of customer service experience is required.
Familiarity with the food industry with significant produce industry experience strongly preferred
Must have excellent communication skills (verbal, public speaking, and written)
Demonstrated independent judgment and analysis are required
Must have strong inventory food management software skills
Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
BS/BA Degree in Business Administration, Human Services or similar discipline required
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is often required to sit and must occasionally stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must often lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to work in a warehouse (30%), drive throughout our 34 county service area (30%) and in an office (40%). (This is an approximate measure and will vary day to day based on operational priorities). The employee will be required to drive an automobile and may need operate a forklift if needed. The employee will be required to interact with Food Bank personnel in the warehouse(s). In doing so, the employee will occasionally be exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
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