Community Partnerships Assistant
Description

Starting Salary Range:  $18.00 - $18.24

Part Time:  20 Hours Per Week  - Non Exempt


ALL Food Share employees receive the following benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Earned vacation and sick leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401K retirement contributions 

Marion Polk Food Share is the regional food bank bringing people together to end hunger in Marion and Polk Counties. Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food for children, adults and seniors through more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites and home-delivered meals and to carry out programs to address the root causes of hunger.    


The mission of Marion Polk Food Share is “To bring people together to end hunger and its root causes.”


At the Food Share, our commitment is to:

  • Treat all people as our neighbor  
  • Encourage creativity and be willing to take risks
  • Listen first and seek to understand  
  • Focus on shared goals
  • Celebrate diversity, ensure dignity and act equitably

Statement of Purpose: To engage the community in addressing food insecurity through participation in food & fund drives with a diverse coalition of community members.


Summary of Role: The Community Partnerships Assistant is responsible for organizing and supporting food & fund drive partnerships that foster donations to Marion Polk Food Share and the communities we serve. The assistant ensures meaningful donations and long-term partnerships by supporting and following processes that allow the community to give the gifts of food, funds, and time.  


Who we are looking for:

  • You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger, and understand the necessity for all people to have the food they need to live and thrive. 
  • You want to work with the Food Share. You believe in our mission to ‘Bring people together to end hunger and its root causes’ and know you can help. 
  • You are agile, skilled in completing projects of various sizes with a calm, “customer-service” demeanor and great organization, even when things don’t go as planned. 
  • You are a relationship builder, sincerely caring for and eagerly looking for ways to engage the partners, volunteers, and team members you’ll regularly interact with more deeply.
  • You are curious, demonstrating active listening and a genuine interest in others’ feedback and ideas. You apply this to help create meaningful opportunities for caring partners and volunteers, as well as to your colleagues and self as you work diligently to be a part of a strong team dynamic and culture.


Areas of Responsibility, Evaluation and Essential Functions:  

Provides logistical support for the community donation program.

  • Responds rapidly and meaningfully to all partnership inquiries. 
  • Coordinates cross-functional team resources, including a custom Food Drive Van, staff, and volunteer drivers, to ensure all donations and program assets (such as barrels) are picked up and delivered in a clear and timely fashion.
  • Helps recruit, train, and support a team of volunteer drivers in support of team programs.
  • Acts as the backup driver for the Food Drive Van, as needed.

Provides collaborative support for the stewardship of community partners.

  • Works to effectively maintain or expand existing food & fund drive partnerships including personalized follow up and/or recognition.
  • With the Community Partnerships Coordinator, assists in developing and executing personalized annual donor plans for community partners.
  • Ensures the interactions between the team and its partners are tracked in our Customer Relationship Management Software.

Provides administrative support to the Community Partnerships Team.

  • Ensures the gifts of food and funds are processed and tracked using the appropriate receipting, inventory and tracking systems.
  • Utilizes relationship opportunities to educate widely, early, and often about hunger and its root causes.
  • Regularly updates food drive and donor tracking tools, grant reporting and other reports as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned 

This position has no supervisory responsibilities but may provide guidance and training to partners and/or volunteers.


Job Conditions:

Work may be performed at a workstation, in a warehouse environment, in a company vehicle, or at a varied collection of community locations. May occasionally lift, move and carry objects in excess of 50 pounds. During frequent community visits, work is subject to varying indoor and outdoor temperatures and road and walkway surface in all seasons. May work or travel out of the local area and work outside normal working hours, such as evenings and weekends, on occasion.  


The Food Share provides essential services to our neighbors in Marion and Polk counties. As a result, all Food Share employees may be asked to report to work during local public health, weather, or other environmental emergencies.


Requirements

Education and/or Experience; Certificates, /Licenses/Registrations:

  • One+ years of relevant professional experience. Work in nonprofit programs, social services, volunteer coordination or recruitment, sales and/or marketing to customers, scheduling or clerical, community health, community organizing, warehouse/distribution, inventory systems, food safety, or related fields are considered relevant experience. Education may substitute for some required experience.
  • Must agree to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s ‘Code of Ethical Standards’.
  • Must have current Food Handler’s card or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • Must possess valid Oregon driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen (THC excluded) and full background check, including driving record check.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Supports the Marion Polk Food Share mission and philosophy
  • Values diversity, equity and inclusion, with excitement to work with diverse populations.
  • Must possess strong, external customer focus. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and follow through on assigned projects.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Capable of consistently maintaining multiple accounts, including scheduling of visits, sustaining correspondence and other duties related to account management.
  • Ideal candidate will be a self-starter, with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and demonstrated experience with databases required.
  • Willingness to travel within Marion and Polk counties and occasionally outside of Marion and Polk counties.
Salary Description
$18.00 - 18.24/hour