FULL TIME, NON-EXEMPT
The Fresh Foods Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of perishable food handling and distribution in support of the Vermont Foodbank’s (VFB) fresh food initiatives. Working closely with the Operations and Community Impact departments, the Fresh Foods Coordinator ensures that incoming perishable product is staged, handled safely, and made available to our network partners and direct distribution efforts efficiently and accurately.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Works cooperatively and be able to communicatewith 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.
Maintain effective and efficient receiving practices. Follow receiving standard operating procedures including, but not limited to: donor and product identification, accurate product counts, safe product handling and efficient product put away for fresh produce.
Maintain effective and efficient order fulfillment practices, including pick assignments, picking accuracy, pallet building, product staging, and data entry for fresh produce.
Maintain proper inventory storage practices to ensure product safety and product quality with a goal of increasing distribution of quality perishable products.
Monitor and review cooler inventory accuracy, inventory stocking levels and sanitation standards with Inventory Control Supervisor.
Work closely with Drivers, Branch Managers and Director of Food Resources to create a produce and perishable food distribution plan that meets the needs of our network.
Have an understanding of the USDA produce grading standards for various crops.
- Actively work with Network Partners to assure the rapid and efficient turnover of perishable foods to guarantee peak quality at all times.
Become the “go-to” person on all questions related to proper handling and storage of produce.
Provide assistance, as needed, to Director of Food Resources in procurement of fresh foods.
Provide assistance, as needed, to Operations Manager in coordinating produce orders with network partners.
Responsible for training VFB staff on produce handling best practices and keeping abreast of industry best practices.
Assist with Sort Room activities and Agency pick-up.
Assist with VeggieVanGo site development and set-up.
Follow all standard operating procedures regarding food safety, OSHA, SDS, and more.
- Will take part in physical inventory.
Assist with all other warehouse activities, including cleaning, with a high degree of ownership and according to warehouse procedures.
Ability to make independent decisions when supervisor may be unavailable.
Adhere to policies and procedures in the fleet safety booklet when operating Foodbank vehicles.
- Other duties as assigned by Inventory Control Supervisor.
- Be available to travel to other facilities to assist as needed.
Education and/or Experience:
- 3-5 years of related experience with perishable foods, especially produce.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Understanding of warehouse and inventory control systems and practices.
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with diverse groups of people at all times including other staff, donors, volunteers, and the general public
- Able to work in partnerships with other staff.
- Excellent customer service and team skills.
- Ability to organize, plan and juggle many projects and meet deadlines.
- The individual must be self-motivated and committed to being part of 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 situation of hunger and poverty.
- Flexible hours required.
- Must be able to lift 40-60 pounds.
- Some nights and weekends required.
Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
- A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
- 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.
- ServSafe Certification or the ability to complete this.