Berkeley Food Network seeks to end hunger and poor nutrition by using innovative, community-centered solutions to build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable food system.  With an emphasis on fresh produce and high-quality proteins, BFN’s programs improve access to healthy foods for residents of low-income neighborhoods throughout our service area. In 2021, the BFN team distributed almost 2 million pounds of food to over 6,000 clients every week!


Berkeley Food Network currently has three job openings.


Hub Meals Program Coordinator

The Hub Meals Program Coordinator oversees BFN’s Hub Meals Program, which is responsible for converting 15% of our recovered food intake (about 2,000 lbs.) into approximately 800 delicious, nutritionally balanced, individually-packaged frozen meals every week.  Reporting to the Senior Manager of Programs, this position will manage a small professional kitchen space with a rotating diverse group of 3-4 volunteers, create recipes and menus based on food availability, foster sourcing relationships with local businesses, develop training materials and collaborate with Volunteer Coordinator to recruit and train volunteers in food preparation.

What You’ll Do

Meal Production and Kitchen Management (75%)

  • Create meal plans for delicious vegetarian meals using recovered foods that freeze well and are nutritionally balanced
  • Lead a team of volunteers to prepare a weekly target of 800 individually packed, frozen meals with appropriate labels and packaging
  • Keep kitchen food and supply storage areas organized, clean, and stocked with packaging supplies, dry goods, equipment, and food
  • Transport ingredients and supplies to off-site kitchen and back to BFN warehouse
  • Train volunteers in personal and food safety. Teach proper equipment use and efficient cooking techniques
  • Communicate with rental kitchen staff and maintain positive relationships in a shared kitchen space
  • Work with Pantry Coordinator to gain feedback from clients on desired cuisines and meal types

Administrative (25%)

  • Lead long-term kitchen planning to source a permanent, mission-aligned kitchen
  • Work collaboratively with Inventory & Procurement Manager to research possible partners for food donations and purchasing
  • Manage volunteer intake, training, and communication for kitchen operations in collaboration with Volunteer Coordinator
  • Record food weight used and number of meals produced
  • Manage on-site and off-site inventory of shelf-stable goods and cooking equipment

What You’ll Bring to BFN

  • Minimum of 2 years of cooking & kitchen experience (professional preferred, but organized home cooking is OK too!) including ability to apply basic food preparation methods
  • Knowledge of recipe development, including creating recipes and scaling production to match available foods
  • Knowledge of general nutrition 
  • Knowledge of large quantity food preparation
  • Prior experience and strong interpersonal skills to provide clear work direction to a team of volunteer cooks with varying levels of cooking/kitchen experience 
  • Thorough knowledge of Title 22 of the CA Code of Regulations and OSHA regulations related to safety and sanitation for food service
  • ServeSafe Certification, or ability to obtain certification, within first thirty (30) days of employment
  • Strong organizational and time management  skills 
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Experience coordinating and organizing groups and/or events
  • Valid California driver’s license with insurable driving record. Vehicle ownership not required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional cooking experience in the hospitality (restaurants, hotels/resorts, catering) or institutional (schools/universities, soup kitchens, residential facility, hospitals, municipal cafeterias, or corporate dining) industries
  • Formal education in the culinary arts 
  • First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogen certification
  • Experience in providing food service for seniors and communities of color
  • Experience in client-facing social services nonprofit organization. Food pantry or soup kitchen experience a plus.

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse clients.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with team members.
  • High level of personal responsibility and accountability to assigned tasks
  • Cordial and helpful communication style with staff, volunteers, clients, and partners
  • Flexible and adaptable to constantly changing and/or challenging situations 
  • Strong work ethic with an orientation toward constant innovation and process improvement.
  • Passionate about food justice and providing hunger relief

Physical Requirements

This position is located both in an industrial kitchen and office setting.  The physical demands below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation:

  • Ability to stand for 95% of the shift in front of operational commercial kitchen equipment with occasional ability to sit for team meetings
  • Bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, kneeling, squatting, stooping, and reaching above shoulder height to moving product and equipment more than 35 lbs. 
  • Ability to taste and smell
  • Ability to maintain all equipment used in food preparation, food storage and cleaning/sanitation in a safe, efficient manner
  • Ability to use both hands to handle and control objects, tools or controls typically found in commercial kitchens
  • Able to meet sanitation requirements including wearing proper cooking attire (e.g. apron, hat or hair net, gloves, non-slip footwear)
  • Able to read, analyze, or interpret documents such as safety protocols, food labels, and operating manuals for equipment
  • Enter commercial refrigeration equipment for short intervals with temperatures ranging as low as 32°F
  • Communicate in clear, loud voice to provide instructions to team 
  • See and respond quickly to situations
  • Ability to comply with BFN’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and current COVID-19 safety requirements

Compensation & Benefits

This is an on-site, full-time, non-exempt position working 40 hours per week, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m.  Hours may become flexible and may require working several evenings per month. The starting pay for this position is $28.57/hour ($59,904 annualized). In addition, BFN offers a competitive benefit package including:

  • Health Benefits: BFN pays 100% of employee premiums and may opt to add dependents for the following:
    • Kaiser Gold base plan with opportunity to buy up to Kaiser Platinum, Anthem Blue Cross, and Sutter Health Plans.
    • Delta Dental Silver plan
    • VSP Vision Gold plan
  • Twenty-one (21) paid holidays, including the end of year closure between 12/23 – 01/01 annually
  • Accrued paid leaves including up to ten (10) vacation days and up to 48 paid sick leave hours in your first year; increasing with tenure 
  • Elective participation in 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Life and Long-Term Disability (LTD) plans

Interested?

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org. In your cover letter, please sure to include the following information to help us consider your application:

  • Where you’re located in the world
  • A phone number where you can be reached
  • How you heard about the position 
  • Whether or not you have the permanent, unrestricted, legal right to work in the United States, as BFN cannot sponsor visas at this time.

Due to our size and increased demand for our services, we are unable to take phone calls.

Posting Date: November 4, 2022

Applications Close: December 2, 2022



Development & Communications Manager

Berkeley Food Network (“BFN”) is seeking a seasoned Development & Communications Manager who can use their years of fundraising expertise to help Berkeley Food Network meet our clients’ needs and deliver our hunger relief programs.  The Development & Communications Manager shares the story of BFN’s work in the Berkeley and Albany communities and raises awareness about the almost 7,000 neighbors we touch every week, all with the goal of building a larger base of volunteer and financial support for our mission.  We are looking for a passionate, skilled individual to take us to the next level!

What You’ll Do

The Development & Communications Manager is responsible for the formulation and implementation of all of BFN’s development/fundraising, marketing, communications, public relations, and outreach activities.  Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and the Business Operations Manager, this role oversees the fundraising activities including the individual and institutional giving programs and the communication and marketing functions. Duties include identifying new potential donors, cultivating relationships with our existing supporters, organizing initiatives to solicit funding, developing major gift opportunities, and producing communications to varied audiences to build a base of support for all of BFN’s mission.

What You’ll Bring to BFN

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in development/fundraising position(s) focused on cultivating donor relationships for nonprofit organizations with over $2M in operating expenses/revenues.  Educational or professional attainment in sales or marketing may be substituted for years of experience.
  • At least two (2) years’ experience in communications or marketing 
  • At least two (2) years’ fundraising experience from major gift donors, foundation, corporate and government supporters
  • Proven track record of securing individual gifts of up to $10k and securing campaign gifts from institutional donors over $10k
  • Year over year proven experience in meeting or exceeding fundraising revenue goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact professionally and respectfully with donors, community partners, board members, potential corporate donors, volunteers, and staff
  • Ability to change voice and communication style to fit a particular audience/purpose
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office, Google Workspace Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, MailChimp, SalesForce, social media platforms, and digital photography formats 
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with customer relationship management (CRM) platforms such as SalesForce, Raiser’s Edge, and Blackbaud
  • Experience with email marketing programs
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail and ability to self-manage deadlines
  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism in fast-paced environment while managing multiple priorities and projects
  • Ability to occasionally attend functions/activities outside normal hours
  • Valid California driver’s license with insurable driving record. Vehicle ownership not required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous leadership experience in a client-facing nonprofit organization;
  • Moderate to extensive knowledge of food systems, public health issues, and the inequities in institutional structures contributing to hunger and poverty in the greater Berkeley community;
  • Food operations or food bank experience a plus.

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse stakeholders;
  • Personal alignment with BFN’s mission;
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to think proactively;
  • Solves challenges through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and integrative approach by building solutions that bridge different interests/points of view
  • Innovative self-starter with a strong bias towards action;
  • Servant leader management style with the ability to work independently and in a collaborative setting with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Impeccable integrity and honesty.

Physical Requirements

This position is located in equal parts in an office environment and the warehouse floor. This job requires the ability to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Sit at a desk, conference room or workstation for more than three (3) hours at a time;
  • Ability to operate a computer  and keyboard for the entirety of a scheduled work shift
  • Traverse the distance of the facility in performance of duties;
  • Access transportation  and ability to travel to local, state, and national events or meetings with external stakeholders;
  • Communicate in clear speaking voice in person, before large audiences and over audio or video-based communications applications (e.g. phone, Zoom);
  • Able to occasionally lift 25 pounds with assistance;
  • Ability to comply with BFN’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and current COVID-19 safety requirements including the following:
    • Ability to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination series as recommended by CDC 
    • Ability to wear and maintain a face mask for the duration of the scheduled shift

Compensation & Benefits

This is an onsite full-time, exempt position working 40 hours per week, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.  The starting salary for this position is $79,270 annualized.  In addition, BFN offers a competitive benefit package including:

  • Health Benefits: BFN pays 100% of employee premiums and may opt to add dependents for the following:
    • Kaiser Gold base plan with opportunity to buy up to Kaiser Platinum, Anthem Blue Cross, and Sutter Health Plans.
    • Delta Dental Silver plan
    • VSP Vision Gold plan
  • Twenty-one (21) paid holidays, including the end of year closure between 12/23 – 01/01 annually
  • Accrued paid leaves including up to ten (10) vacation days and up to 48 paid sick leave hours in your first year; increasing with tenure 
  • Elective participation in 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Life and Long-Term Disability (LTD) plans

Interested?

Are you interested in joining us?  Please submit your resume, cover letter and a work sample of donor appeal letter that you have authored to hiring@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org

Due to our size Due to our size and increased demand for our services, we are unable to take phone calls.

Posting Date: October 21, 2022

Applications Close: December 22, 2022



Warehouse Operations Manager

Berkeley Food Network (“BFN”) is seeking an experienced Warehouse Operations Manager who can use their years of warehousing and facilities experience to help Berkeley Food Network meet our clients’ needs and deliver our hunger relief programs both to food deserts away from our base of operations and onsite at our facilities.  As a leader within our Operations Department, the Warehouse Operations Manager position oversees a busy warehouse that processes almost 2M pounds of food annually and manages a team of Operations Associates to ensure that our facilities are safe and compliant.  We are looking for a passionate individual to help us achieve our mission!

What You’ll Do

The Warehouse Operations Manager broadly oversees all warehouse and facility operations, including maintenance, standard warehouse operations, and BFN’s inbound and outbound product programs. Reporting to the Senior Supply Chain Manager, this position ensures the successful acquisition, transport, and storage of food inventory, maintains high standards of safety, security, and sanitation, and ensures effective working order of capital equipment critical to the success of the food distribution programs. The role manages a team of up to four (4) Operations Associates and works collaboratively with the Inventory & Procurement, Programs, and Volunteer Managers to ensure comprehensive sourcing and distribution in line with BFN’s goals, policies, and ethics.

What You’ll Bring to BFN

  • Minimum of three (3) years of warehouse or facilities operations management experience;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience, actively recruiting, coaching, and supervising at least two (2) direct reports;
  • OSHA-30 General Industry Certification/card or ability to earn certification within first thirty (30) days of hire;
  • Current OSHA forklift trainer (“Train the Trainer”) or ability to earn train-the-trainer certification within first thirty (30) days of hire;
  • Valid California Drivers’ License with insurable driving record and demonstrated experience operating Class C trucks and cargo vans up to 24 feet;
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) or Google Workspace suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail);
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with inventory management software;
  • Experience in managing vendor contracts/grants, budgets, and related efforts;
  • High level of organizational skill and attention to detail;
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication/listening skills;
  • Ability to solve problems in an ever-changing environment; high degree of flexibility and adaptability.

Preferred Qualifications

  • College-level coursework in systems management, service operations management, supply chain, logistics or related field;
  • State of California Food Handler certification or ability to earn within first (30) days of hire;
  • Primarius inventory management software experience;
  • Familiarity with Agile or Lean processes.  Six Sigma certification(s) a plus.
  • Multi-lingual in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and/or other Asian languages;  
  • Experience in client-facing social services nonprofit organization. Food Banking experience a plus.
  • Operations and supervisory experience in food supply chain or emergency food systems;
  • Strong, in-depth knowledge of northern Alameda County, including the Berkeley-Emeryville-Albany corridor.

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. 
  • Ability to represent BFN’s values and standards professionally and accurately to distribution partners;
  • Ability to be flexible, creative, and patient in communicating with elderly clients;
  • Understanding of/openness to culturally-specific foods, diets, and practices; ability to integrate these client needs with the services the organization is providing.

Physical Requirements

This position is located in equal parts in an office environment and the warehouse floor. This job requires the ability to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Sit at a desk, conference room or workstation for more than three (3) hours at a time;
  • Operate computer equipment;
  • Traverse the distance of the facility in performance of duties;
  • Access transportation to local, state, and national events or meetings with external stakeholders;
  • Communicate in clear speaking voice in person, before large audiences and over audio or video-based communications applications (e.g. phone, Zoom);
  • Occasionally assist in physical tasks and activities which include but are not limited to bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, kneeling, squatting, stooping, and reaching above shoulder height to moving product and equipment more than 50 lbs. 
  • Mobility to respond to moving vehicles, equipment, and loud noises/sounds typical in a warehouse setting;
  • Work in a warehouse environment with temperatures ranging from minus 2 degrees to above 90 degrees;
  • Traverse the warehouse floor frequently throughout the day to execute duties;
  • Stand/sit for duration of scheduled shift;
  • See and respond quickly to situations;
  • Operate two-radio for communications; 
  • Ability to comply with BFN’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and current COVID-19 safety requirements including the following:
    • Ability to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination series as recommended by CDC 
    • Ability to wear and maintain a face mask for the duration of the scheduled shift

Compensation & Benefits

This is an onsite full-time, non-exempt position working 40 hours per week, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.  The starting salary for this position is $31.77 per hour ($69,563 annualized). In addition, BFN offers a competitive benefit package including:

  • Health Benefits: BFN pays 100% of employee premiums and may opt to add dependents for the following:
    • Kaiser Gold base plan with opportunity to buy up to Kaiser Platinum, Anthem Blue Cross, and Sutter Health Plans.
    • Delta Dental Silver plan
    • VSP Vision Gold plan
  • Twenty-one (21) paid holidays, including the end of year closure between 12/23 – 01/01 annually
  • Accrued paid leaves including up to ten (10) vacation days and up to 48 paid sick leave hours in your first year 
  • Elective participation in 403(b) Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Life and Long-Term Disability (LTD) plans

Interested?

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@berkeleyfoodnetwork.org. In your cover letter please sure to include the following information to help us consider your application:

  • Where you’re located in the world
  • A phone number where you can be reached
  • How you heard about the position 
  • Whether or not you have the permanent, unrestricted, legal right to work in the United States, as BFN cannot sponsor visas at this time.

Due to our size and increased demand for our services, we are unable to take phone calls.

Posting Date: October 21, 2022

Applications Close: December 22, 2022


Berkeley Food Network Hiring Policy

Berkeley Food Network provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, BFN complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. 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.