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Food Forward

Development Associate

Employment type
Full Time
24 days ago
Los Angeles

Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.

Position Description:

The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development. Joining a Development team of four, s/he will work in all areas of Food Forward’s fundraising efforts, assisting with the cultivation, soliciting, and stewarding of individuals, foundations, corporate partners, events, etc. The Development Associate will also provide key administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Director.

The ideal candidate is passionate about hunger/food justice issues. S/he must be a self-starter who has an acute interest in non-profit fundraising. The Development Associate must possess exceptional organizational, communication, written, and critical thinking skills. These, along with ambition and a willingness to learn, are non-negotiable traits. Food Forward has been rapidly expanding since inception, and this position has great potential for growth!


  • Research donor prospects

  • Maintain donor correspondence

  • Assist in general communication outreach for all development department needs

  • Work with the Development team to help strategize on how to improve donor engagement, identification, and cultivation efforts

  • Support the Executive Director and the Development Director by scheduling appointments and maintaining individual staff calendars, prepping for meetings, and other tasks as needed; assist the Executive Director in booking business travel

  • Keep the CRM database (Salesforce) current, managing donor prospects and other Development Department data compilation needs

  • Assist with other Development projects and events, as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or 2+ years of relevant experience

  • Administrative support experience is preferred

  • Keen passion for food justice is desired

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbally, for interaction with donors, stakeholders, and others within the organization

  • Excellent spelling and grammar skills, with the ability to proofread internal and external communications

  • Aptitude and affinity for organizing and formatting electronic data and documents

  • Exercises good judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information

  • Ability to manage time, prioritize, and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines

  • Fundamental understanding and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping is preferred

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office

  • Experience working with Salesforce and/or other CRM or donor software is strongly preferred

  • Valid driver’s license and car insurance

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment

Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $16-$19 an hour, d.o.e.


  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)

  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation

  • Cell phone allowance

  • Work flexibility

  • 100% Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage


Start Date: July 9th (flexible)

To apply

Send a cover letter in the body of the email including: 1) Where did you discovered this listing, and 2) If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to [email protected]

The subject line should read, Development Assoc. – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.


*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.

  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.

  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.

  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.

  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.

  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.