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Want to make a lasting difference through work that matters? Come join a dedicated team working to ensure that everyone in Vermont has enough healthy food to eat, every day. The Vermont Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Vermont, providing 12 million pounds of food to 153,000 Vermonters each year through partnerships and innovative programs.

We are seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our SNAP outreach team, focusing on initiatives to help people facing hunger access SNAP benefits, especially in the southern region of the state. Opportunities will include partnership building, program evaluation, promotion of our automated text screening tool, targeted outreach to unique groups like college students and older adults, and gathering client stories to help reduce the stigma around hunger. The best way to apply is directly through the AmeriCorps portal.

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and will be accepted until the deadline of July 31st. The anticipated start date is August 19, 2019.

Here is a factsheet about being an AmeriCorps VISTA in Vermont.

NON-EXEMPT, FULL TIME

Schedule: The schedule for this position will be 40 hours/week and daily schedule varies slightly throughout the year. It will require working approximately 1 Saturday (or Sunday) each month during the gleaning season (June thru October), traveling to Barre 1-2 times a month for meetings, occasional weekday evening work throughout the year, and frequent travel to Bennington and other parts of Southern Vermont occasional weekday to implement cooking demos at food shelves.

Position Purpose:

This position is primarily responsible for implementing Vermont Foodbank (VFB) programs and initiatives related to fresh food, including the Gleaning Program and Pick for Your Neighbor (PFYN) program, which increase the availability of local fresh produce by mobilizing volunteers to harvest produce from farms and orchards and VT Fresh which includes educating VFB network partners and food shelf visitor in improved utilization of fresh foods. Primary responsibilities involve ensuring a steady flow of fresh food donations through the Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning and PFYN programs and conducting cooking demonstrations and nutrition education activities at partnering food shelves.  The Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator (G&COC) will develop new relationships and cultivate existing ones with local farms, Network Partners, volunteers, and other organizations that support the Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning and VT Fresh work.  G&COC will coordinate gleans, including communicating with farmers, volunteers, and warehouse personnel around scheduling, and also manage the activities in the field.  Organization promotion and Network Partner outreach & visits will be a part of this position.  G&COC will assist with the integration of fresh produce within Vermont Foodbank facilities, specifically the Brattleboro Branch. G&COC will maintain proper tracking and reporting procedures as is specific to the Gleaning and PFYN Programs and VT Fresh program, Foodbank receiving and distribution, and volunteer involvement.  Position will require frequent instate travel and occasional weekends and evenings. This is a very physical position that involves frequent lifting, bending and driving a company pick-up truck, a forklift, and occasionally a small box truck.

The primary objective is to regionally ensure Vermont’s surplus farm produce is rescued by mobilizing community members and overseeing distribution to Network Partner agencies through direct and statewide distribution.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively and be able to communicate with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.
  • Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.
  • The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.
  • In coordination with the program director, research, recruit and cultivate new fresh food donors/farms/orchards in applicable region of Vermont.
  • Organize volunteer gleaners and oversee gleaning regionally.
  • Maintain relationships with agricultural food donors through periodic visits, phone calls, email and written communication.
  • Coordinate, design and implement cooking demonstrations and taste tests at partnering food shelves.
  • Work collaboratively with food shelf partners to implement VT Fresh goals around improving the food/nutrition environment of the food shelf through food displays, storage, point of decision promotions and signage.
  • Recruit volunteers, administer proper documentation, coordinate necessary orientation, track volunteer hours, and organize volunteer appreciation activities and events.
  • Work closely with Operations Department to provide input and suggestions on the most efficient distribution of gleaned produce.
  • Work closely with Network Partners, Network Relations Manager, and Chief Community Impact Officer assisting with outreach efforts and annual visits in counties in the southern region of the state.
  • Work closely with the director of community health and fresh food initiatives, farmers, and Operations staff in Barre, Wolcott and Brattleboro to ensure steady flow of farm food donations to Vermont Foodbank’s Brattleboro Regional Distribution Center.
  • Ensure proper recording, timely reporting and completion of evaluation of programs.
  • Maintain regular contact with the program director and submit quarterly narrative reports and stats on activities related to food donor contacts, distribution, procurement efforts, and volunteer involvement.
  • Prepare periodic progress summaries when requested by the program director.
  • Stay current on food trends and safety issues affecting the movement and handling of food.
  • Cultivate relationships with schools and organizations in Southern Vermont, which could be a source of volunteers, program support and partnership.
  • Engage in community events, as an opportunity for networking, volunteer recruiting, and promotion.
  • Act as a representative of the Vermont Foodbank.  Be able to answer questions about the organization, promote and be an advocate for the work we are doing.
  • Coordinate and manage a regular schedule of food rescue, both the gleaning/harvesting and pickup of produce on regional farms.  Communicate with the Operations Department around farm pick-ups.
  • G&COC will work collaboratively with the VT Fresh Coordinator to help meet the fresh food needs of VT Fresh and so that program activities are being implemented as planned.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Knowledge of farming practices and produce handling a must.
  • Experience with food safety, cooking and nutrition education.
  • Understanding of warehouse and inventory control systems and practices.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant experience in communications, marketing, graphic design, social media or related field
  • Experience using social media professionally, with experience creating content

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, work in partnership with other staff and juggle many projects while meeting deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to successfully communicate with donors, co-workers, volunteers, and the general public.
  • The individual must be self-motivated and committed to being part of a team and leading a team.
  • The individual must understand and agree with the vision and mission of the Vermont Foodbank and be committed to providing services to people facing situations of hunger and poverty.
  • Some nights and weekends required.
  • Must be able to lift 40-60 pounds.
  • Ability to drive pickup trucks and/or small box trucks.
  • During the gleaning season, 1 Saturdays or Sunday is required work days each month.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent communication, marketing, writing, phone and public relations skills.

Technical/Computer Skills:

  • Excellent record-keeping, computer and data entry skills.

Certifications/Licenses/Registrations:

  • A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
  • 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.
  • ServSafe certification or willing to obtain.

Please submit application on-line at: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume, attention: Human Resources Department. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

 Production Coordinator

Barre Distribution Center

NON-EXEMPT, FULL TIME

Position Purpose:

The production coordinator works primarily with volunteers and oversees the general production functions of the Vermont Foodbank, including, but not limited to, sorting donated food, assembling food boxes for older adults, and assembling bags of food for kids in school. Required are excellent customer service skills, ability to motivate others, a passion for training and working with a wide variety of people, and assuring that production is done according to standardized guidelines around quality control, food safety, personal safety, and cleanliness. Employee also participates as required on relevant committees responsible for shaping the Foodbank’s future. Must be available to work on some weekends and evenings, and any other overtime as deemed necessary.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively and is able to communicate with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.
  • Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.
  • The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.
  • Greet and train all volunteers according to proper quality control practices and guidelines.
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure a superior volunteering experience, manage the day’s activities, and work side-by-side with volunteers to ensure quality control guidelines are consistently met.
  • Excellent group leadership and communication skills that motivate and inspire volunteers and groups to achieve a task and have fun doing it. Celebrate group achievements.
  • Educate and engage volunteers around our mission to end hunger.
  • Work closely with volunteer services coordinator to strategize and plan volunteer recruitment and experience.
  • Coordinate donated food sorting to ensure timely handling and distribution. Assist with all product recalls, ensuring all inventory is re-checked to comply with established food safety standards.
  • Required to work with the Operations team on the planning and scheduling of production to meet demands for agency orders, boxes of food for the Commodities Supplemental Food Program, and bags of food for the Backpack Program distributions.
  • Work with warehouse supervisor and warehouse staff to safely store product and generate all necessary paperwork for inventory accounting and control.
  • Responsible for the Commodities Supplemental Food Program menu items and production of boxes to meet current demand.
  • Coordinate the distribution of unused food to animal farmers.
  • Responsible for reporting inventory of finished product and food donations to the appropriate staff.
  • Maintain the designated area of the physical plant according to AIB and Feeding America sanitation regulations.
  • Responsible for providing back-up assistance to warehouse staff through cross-training.
  • Regular use of material handling equipment (forklift, pallet jack, etc.).
  • Sort and inspect pallets to be used in all areas of the warehouse.
  • Take part in physical inventory count.

Other Functions:

  • Load/off-load product on trucks.
  • Pull agency orders.
  • Work when volunteers are available: some evenings and weekends required.

Other duties as assigned by the warehouse supervisor.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Experience coordinating and directing in a production environment, ideally in a food-related setting, preferred.
  • Experience in the use of material handling equipment.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Customer service focused.
  • Frequent lifting of 45 pounds or more required.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent customer service and team skills.
  • Ability to prioritize projects to meet deadlines
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills to be able to communicate with donors, other staff, volunteers and the general public.
  • Must be self-motivated, committed to being part of a team, and leading a team when required.
  • Willing to learn and continuously improve how we create inclusive environments.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Technical/Computer Skills:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and other emerging platforms.
  • Able to learn Navision Ceres software
  • Excellent record keeping and data entry skills.

Certifications/Licenses/Registrations:

  • A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
  • 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.

ServSafe certification or willing to obtain.

Please submit application on-line at: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume, attention: Human Resources Department. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT

This position primarily pickup and delivery of food; as well as, receipt, warehousing, fulfillment, inventory and management of all products stored in the Vermont Foodbank warehouses.

General Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively and be able to communicate with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Foodbank to meet and sustain Foodbank goals.
  • Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.
  • The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.
  • Ensure the proper sanitary and safe warehousing of all products in accordance with Feeding America and VFB guidelines.
  • Efficiently and safely pick up and deliver products as assigned and compute proper paper work to maintain accurate inventory.
  • Load and unload trucks using forklift and/or motorized pallet jack (or any other materials handling device available.
  • Assist agencies with pick-ups.
  • Maintain a clean warehouse, freezer, cooler and dock area.
  • Maintain vehicles in a high state of cleanliness.
  • Maintain a neat personal appearance, professionalism in all interactions with other staff, the public, and the clients the Foodbank serves.
  • Deliver products to all supported agencies and individuals.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures in the fleet safety booklet regarding reporting accidents, daily vehicle checks, completing associated paperwork, and participate in random screenings for substance abuse.
  • Accept, receipt, store and stage all products.
  • Maintain accurate inventory control procedures.
  • Take part during physical inventory.

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned by the driver supervisor.
  • Daily log sheets.
  • Keep accurate paperwork.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Six months’ experience in warehousing and distribution preferably in a food related industry.
  • Experience in the use of material handling equipment.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service and team skills.
  • Must be able to lift up to 45 lbs. repeatedly.
  • Become certified on Bendi, fork lift and power jacks.
  • Willingness to get a CDL-B license a plus.

Language Skills:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Good writing skills.

Technical/Computer Skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook and smart phone technology.
  • Basic computer skills.

Certifications/Licenses/Registrations:

  • A valid Driver’s License.
  • 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.

A complete job description is available upon request.

Please submit application on-line at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume Attention: Human Resources Department. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.