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Kanbe’s Markets Sustainability and Volunteer Manager

Posted: 01/15/2023

Kanbe’s Markets, the organization: Kanbe’s Markets is delivering food justice, one neighborhood at a time.  Our core values are Community, Passion, Integrity, Collaboration and Cultivation.  Learn more at https://www.kanbesmarkets.org/.
 
Food Redirection, the program: In 2022, Kanbe’s redirected approximately 700,000 pounds of fresh produce that would otherwise make its way into landfills. We do this by intercepting excess produce from major wholesalers and distributing it through four channels 1) sending produce to our Healthy Corner Stores for sale, 2) donating produce to other nonprofits feeding people, 3) donating produce to organizations supporting animals and local farms, and 4) composting the remainder.  This effort is supported by a robust volunteer community; 1,250 unique volunteers contributed 6,600 hours in 2022.
 
Sustainability and Volunteer Manger, the role: Kanbe’s is seeking a Program Manager to continue to grow our Food Redirection program, support the growth of our Healthy Corner Stores with its program team, nurture our committed volunteers, and serve as the in-house Sustainability subject-matter-professional at our organization. 
 
Required qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience managing volunteers and/or serving as a volunteer  
  • Experience in Sustainability
 
Preferred skills:
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strategic mindset
  • Ability to multitask
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with the produce industry or food distribution
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
 
Compensation: Salary range begins at $50,000, and will be commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for incentive compensation. 

Benefits: Team member is eligible for medical, dental and vision insurance at the time of hire.
 
Time Away from Work: This position is primarily an ‘in person’ position at Kanbe’s warehouse.  Kanbe’s employees are generally permitted one work from home day every other week.  Any work from home days for this position will be required to prioritize the daily volunteer and produce operations schedule.  In addition to twelve company holidays, this position is eligible for fourteen days of paid vacation annually.

Core Responsibilities & Impact
Sustainability (targeting 1,000,000+ pounds redirected in 2023):
 
In the warehouse
  • Manage the organization’s Food Redirection program, including procurement of produce, and distribution channels mentioned above
  • Manage and train warehouse staff to sort produce daily
  • Organize food pickups for community partners
  • Maintain Food Redirection data and reporting
 
In the community:
  • Assist the Marketing and Development team with grants, lead storytelling of the Food Redirection program (donor tours, social media, et al), including the impact of food waste and food redirection on local atmospheres
  • Attend or lead periodic professional development and other sustainability-related meetings in the community/for the Kanbe’s team
 
Volunteers (targeting 1,500 volunteers serving 10,000 hours in 2023):
 
Recruit:
  • Work with Kanbe's Healthy Corner Stores staff to create ideal daily, weekly, and annual volunteer schedule based on procurement volume and operational needs
  • Maintain volunteer sign-up portal and volunteer database and reporting
  • Perform outreach to existing and new partners to recruit volunteers to the organization
 
Nurture:
  • Responsible for the end-to-end volunteer experience
  • Orient new individuals and groups to daily volunteer opportunities, Kanbe’s overall mission, as well as programs and events
  • Follow up with volunteers to show appreciation; encourage repeat volunteerism
  • Work with the Kanbe’s Development team to convert our most loyal volunteers to Grassroots Growers (our individual monetary giving program)
 
Beyond the warehouse, uphold and grow:
  • Work with Kanbe's Marketing team to recruit and support volunteers for Kanbe’s fundraising and community events
  • Nurture regular volunteers into more skilled volunteer opportunities; work towards creating volunteer leaders that can take on additional responsibilities (utilizing their unique technical expertise, cultural competency, etc.)
  • Partner with local schools to oversee school-year work study opportunities

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999