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Food Resource Developer

Oregon Food Bank, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 12/09/2018

Who We Are:
Oregon Food Bank Opens a New Window. (OFB) works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no oe should be hungry. OFB believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. OFB helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Please visit our website to read more about our commitment to equity. Opens a New Window.

Who we are looking for:
Oregon Food Bank is seeking a highly motivated Food Resource Developer to participate in the formation of strategy to solicit and secure food and other product donations from the food retail and grocery industries. This position will support the food retail and grocery partnerships primarily in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. This position will cultivate relationships and maintain an active donor stewardship system including regular calls to donors, participation in industry events, and establish OFB as a solution-oriented partner for members of the food retail and grocery sector. This opportunity is based out of our Portland, Oregon office and reports to the Strategic Sourcing Manager.

Who you are:
You care deeply about people experiencing hunger. You believe that no one should be hungry; that communities thrive when people are nourished; that hunger starves the human spirit and that together, we can solve hunger. You are highly organized and analytical. You have excellent rapport-building and communication skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and to work collaboratively within a team setting. You enjoy thinking outside of the box and bring a creative, entrepreneurial spirit to the work. You thrive in a fast-paced environment, and are skilled at time and project management. You demonstrate diplomacy and strategy in developing and maintaining relationships with Network partners, cross-functional teams, and vendors while holding OFB’s mission at the center of all that you do.

Primary Responsibilities:
Work with OFB staff, Regional Food Bank staff and local agency representatives to identify and prioritize food donations.
Steward food donors through consistent contact and outreach, in order to achieve organizational food procurement goals.
Track and report on donor contacts and results. Take lead responsibility for designated donors, which are selected cooperatively with the Strategic Sourcing Manager, other food resource development staff and key stakeholders.
Work with OFB Inventory, Distribution, Transportation, Volunteers, Partnerships & Programs and Warehouse teams to coordinate logistics and delivery of donations.
Work with Operations and other staff to coordinate leveraged partnerships and other innovative collaborations with a diverse group of stakeholders.
Participate in food and fundraising activities and major events that involve food donors.
Establish and maintain relationships with food retail and grocery industry stakeholders and position OFB as the partner of choice as a secondary market, a solution to surplus food and as a philanthropic partner.
Develop proposals and recommendations for action, taking appropriate risks to advance the organization’s mission.
Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Experiences of the Ideal Candidate:
Five years of demonstrated success: in food industry, sales and/or marketing, with a strong background in the food retail and grocery industry is preferred.
Ability to solve problems, manage multiple priorities, and move complex projects forward while paying attention to details and deliverables. Must be able to handle interruptions and maintain focus on tasks while producing accurate and high quality work.
Extensive experience working with food retail and/or other food industry partners.
Excellent customer service skills.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to deliver polished and professional presentations, tailored to a variety of audiences, and to develop reports that may include technical information.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders, to work independently, and to work effectively as part of a team.
Strong aptitude for learning new technologies and applications.
Excellent problem solving and planning skills.
Ability to perform detailed work related to record keeping of donations and strategic planning.
Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office software, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and other software productivity tools.
Proficiency in a language other than English, bi-lingual and/or bi-cultural skills strongly preferred.
Experience working (or volunteering) for a food bank, non-profit and/or personal lived experience of inequity/oppression is preferred.
Experience in modeling cultural proficiency and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice work is preferred.

The Fine Print: Work is performed in grocery stores, food retailers, and in an office environment both inside and outside of OFB. Periodic work in the warehouse subject to varying temperatures. Frequent use of computers and phone/email to communicate with internal and external stakeholders. Must lift, bend, stoop, pick up and move objects up to 30 to 50 pounds. Safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and willingness to use personal vehicle for OFB business (mileage reimbursement available). Will drive for work (food cultivation and stewardship activities) performed in the community (primarily in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties). Work in the office is estimated at 80-85% of the work week. Occasional work outside or normal working hours, such as weekends and evenings. Occasional statewide overnight travel.

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