Produce and Agricultural Programs Coordinator

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Duquesne, PA, USA

Employment

Operations

Full time

Nov 7

At Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, we're committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our organization grows and succeeds when all members of the community, where we live and serve, have a seat at the table to help us ensure all of our neighbors have enough to eat. We invite candidates from all diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, etc., to join our team. 

Job Summary

Procure produce and other agricultural products to meet the nutritional needs of food insecure families in our 11-county service area. Procurement methods will include solicitation of donations, purchasing product, and hybrid methods, including negotiating fees to underwrite a farm donor’s costs to harvest and/or pack product. Maintain excellent relationships with local, regional, and national donors of agricultural products. Coordinate seasonal Gleaning Program, Farmers Market Connection Program, and Food Bank Farm activities. In Fiscal Year 2021, this Coordinator sourced about 8 million pounds of fresh produce, valued at over $11 million. Our goal is to double this amount in the coming decade. 

 Key Responsibilities 

  • Procure food from local, regional, and national donors and vendors including farmers, producers, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. Work to maximize acquisition of affordable products from Pennsylvania growers, with an emphasis on produce.  
  • Work across teams and with Inventory Control Coordinator to forecast demand and acquire sufficient quantity and quality of produce to meet demand—while adhering to Just in Time methodologies to preserve quality and prevent loss of product to spoilage.  
  • Provide technical assistance to food bank staff regarding produce handling and storage. 
  • Conduct research to identify and recruit new donors and vendors, specifically farmers and producers of agricultural products. Build and maintain donor relationships.  
  • Participate in budget planning; track and monitor a number of revenue lines allocated to produce budget. 

 Additional responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate the Gleaning Program by communicating with growers to solicit donations of gleaned crops. Conduct gleans and collaborate with our Community Engagement team to recruit and expand gleaning volunteer base. Supervise volunteers at glean events. Drive a 16-ft refrigerated box truck.  
  • Facilitate and evaluate agricultural projects for food donation within the region such as the Farmers Market Connection Program (FMCP) and the Community Harvest program. Work with Community Engagement to recruit and train seasonal volunteers for FMCP. Coordinate with agency staff to facilitate deliveries and track donations. Remain on-call to address issues with weekend and after-hours pickups and drop-offs. 
  • Work with Directors, Operations staff, and Accounts Payable to coordinate efficient handling and approvals of purchasing and receiving documents to pay vendors.  
  • Serve as main point of contact and coordinate supply purchasing and volunteer activities for the Food Bank Farm (FBF) at Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus. Participate in selection and oversight of FBF interns. Coordinate monthly FBF meetings, participate in crop planning, and coordinate and track pickup and distribution of produce. 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum high school diploma or GED with a BA/BS degree in Agriculture, Food Studies, Supply Chain Management, or related field a plus.  
  • Knowledge of best practices for produce handling and/or direct agriculture experience required, with two years’ experience in procurement or agriculture preferred.  
  • Position requires excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team, including leading teams of volunteers; flexibility and good judgment; ability to maintain a positive attitude and work environment. Ability to work in a fast paced and fluid donation environment.  
  • Ability to analyze data and derive business insights. 
  • Proficient in MS Office applications. 
  • Strong written and verbal communicator with interpersonal skills for networking and relationship management. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive/learn to drive a non-CDL box truck (requires DOT health screening) and lift and carry 50 lbs. Must be able to tolerate work in changing climates. Must be able to travel within network up to 50% of the time in the growing season. Reliable transportation is required. Must be willing to attend conferences, meetings, and occasionally to work evenings and weekends as needed. 

Certificates and Licenses: 

  • Food Safety Certification within 90 days of employment; Act 33 & Act 34 Clearances; valid driver’s license; DOT Medical Card within 90 days of employment. 

 Disclaimer 

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 

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