It’s not every day you can join an organization whose mission inspires you. The Berkeley Food Network (BFN) is a young and rapidly growing non-profit organization using innovative strategies to address food insecurity in the Berkeley-Albany area. We work through a community-centered, collaborative process to source and prepare healthy food and get it to people who need it. Join us in this important work!


Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

General Description
BFN’s Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator (VOC) is responsible for recruiting volunteers, organizing volunteer tasks, and creating a positive experience for all who donate their time to BFN. The VOC manages a database of volunteer information and skills, matches volunteers to opportunities, keeps them informed, and conveys the organization’s mission.
In addition, the VOC will work with the Development and Communications Manager (DCM) and Executive Director (ED) to support communications and development activities.

Responsibilities

Volunteer Management (50%)

  • Recruiting and screening volunteers for appropriate opportunities that suit their interests
  • Orienting, training, and supervising new volunteers both on- and off-site
  • Ensuring Berkeley Food Network’s mission is conveyed to all who participate
  • Maintaining a safe, welcoming, and positive environment
  • When necessary, conducting difficult conversations with or terminating volunteers who do not follow BFN conduct protocols
  • Communicating with staff about volunteer and programmatic updates 
  • Implementing a volunteer appreciation program 

Volunteer Communications & Data Management (20%)

  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about BFN volunteer opportunities and any other relevant information
  • Responding to daily cancellations, inquiries, questions, and feedback through email, phone, and in-person communications
  • Collecting volunteer information about schedules, volunteer availability and skills, and maintain an up-to-date database in Salesforce
  • Completing periodical data analysis of volunteer records to track program success 

Outreach & Communications (30%)

  • In collaboration with DCM & ED, helping with the creation and collection of content for external communications
  • Supporting advancement team in the collection and maintenance of donor data in CRM database
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with the local business community for volunteer events and development opportunities
  • Maintaining, updating, and developing social media content in collaboration with the internal social media team
  • Coordinating with development team, as needed, for fundraising events and programming  
  • Participating in the development and implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan to advance brand identity, broadening awareness of BFN’s programs, and increasing visibility across key stakeholder audiences  
    • Email communications programs, including quarterly e-newsletters, campaign messages, and fundraising appeals
    • BFN’s website maintenance

Skills & Proficiencies

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Problem-solving mindset, collaborative with other team members.
  • Seeks solutions to problems and issues that arise, relays issues to other members of the team in a problem-solving nature.
  • High level of personal responsibility and accountability to assigned tasks.
  • Cordial and helpful communication style with staff, volunteers, clients, and partners. Ability to conduct difficult conversations.

Required Proficiencies

  • Experience in volunteer recruitment and management or in hiring and managing employees, including terminating volunteers or employees.
  • Working knowledge of databases (preferably Salesforce).
  • Excellent organization and team-building skills.
  • Good reporting, technical, and statistical skills.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting at $58,240 annually
  • Generous Sick & Vacation pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) Retirement, EAP, Life & AD&D
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • Supportive, professional, and friendly workplace

To apply for this position, send both and cover letter and your resume to hiring@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org by Friday, May 27.


Transportation Associate

General Description

BFN’s Transportation Associate interacts directly with donors, our team of volunteers, and agency partners who are dedicated to getting the highest quality food to our community members. A typical day could involve driving the company box truck or van to multiple donor sites to retrieve pallets of food, receiving that food into inventory, and delivering available pallets to our mobile pantries. Some other duties will include administrative duties or assisting with pallet prep for next day delivery. While the bulk of your day-to-day work will be heavily physical (involving lifting, bending, and operating heavy machinery), you will also have opportunities to engage in higher-level conversations with managers and directors on how we can reimagine our current work to best serve our clients. This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes to get their hands dirty, engaging in physical work while thinking critically about how we can improve our food system.

This is a benefits-eligible, full-time position, with 40 hours weekly, beginning at $22 /hour. Work schedule is Mon-Fri 8:00 am-4:30pm. with some flexibility depending on operational needs. This position reports directly to our Warehouse Operations Manager.

How You Will Contribute

  • Interacting with over 20 partners a week to pick up, receive, process, and sort food donations at the warehouse
  • Preparing orders by processing requests, pulling materials, packing boxes, and placing orders in the distribution area and/or van.
  • Driving to and from partner organizations for pickups and deliveries around the greater Bay Area
  • Maintaining a safe and clean work environment by keeping shelves, pallet area, and workstations neat; maintaining clean shipping supply area; complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Facilitating functionality of on-site pantry by assisting with set-up, breakdown, and shift operations (occasionally)
  • Critically thinking and engaging with coworkers on how to improve operations

What We Are Looking For

  • Education and Subject Knowledge
  • Food Justice or Community Service desired
  • Food Service or Food Distribution desired
  • Warehouse operations experience desired
  • Basic knowledge of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) desired

Technical Experience

  • At least six (6) months’ experience operating a forklift and/or pallet jack. Current forklift certification or ability to obtain certification with provided in-house training within thirty (30) days of employment required.
  • Must have a valid CA drivers license with a good driving record
  • At least six (6) months’ experience professional driving experience
  • Obey all CA State traffic laws

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Problem solving mindset, collaborative with other team members
  • Seeks solutions to problems and issues that arise
  • High level of personal responsibility and accountability to assigned tasks
  • Cordial and helpful communication style with staff, volunteers, clients and partners

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to exert force and/or lift or carry items weighing 50 to 100 pounds occasionally, and up to 50 pounds frequently is required.
  • Ability to walk, sit, squat, bend, twist, reach above and below shoulder height, push, pull, lift and carry frequently is required.
  • Ability to work inside freezers and coolers frequently is required.

Working Conditions
Physical Conditions
This position requires consistently exerting physical effort throughout the work day. With a combination of lifting, carrying, and bending, this position should be filled by an individual who is comfortable and able to be active for long periods of time. During COVID-19, all work will be conducted with a KN-95 or N-95 mask on at all times, and all staff must be fully vaccinated upon employment.

Team Conditions
At Berkeley Food Network, we want all our staff to feel supported and valued in their work. As a warehouse associate, you’d be embedded in the team with a daily morning check-in, bi-weekly operations team meetings, and monthly all-staff meetings. You’ll have the opportunity to shape our organization as a member of one of our internal committees. There will also be many opportunities to grow in your role; including, but not limited to, periodic training, presentations, and skills workshops.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting at $22/hour
  • Generous Sick & Vacation pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) Retirement, EAP, Life & AD&D
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • Supportive, professional, and friendly workplace

To apply for this position, send both and cover letter and your resume to hiring@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org by Friday, May 27.


Berkeley Food Network Hiring Policy

At the Berkeley Food Network, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone can excel. We take great care to ensure that our hiring practices are inclusive and meet equal employment opportunity standards. Individuals looking for employment at BFN are considered without regard to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.