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Community Food Co-op Coordinator 

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Reports to: Community Engagement Manager

Supervises: Volunteers, Interns

The Community Food Co-Op Coordinator is an integral part of the Programs department; they provide a combination of direct program services and community partner collaboration for projects. They are responsible for day-to-day coordination of the program; participant and volunteer advocacy, outreach, and recruitment; preparing periodic and special reports/presentations; and overseeing and training volunteers. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for the families in the community.

Community Food Co-Op Site Portfolio:

  • Manage operations and logistics at Community Food Co-Op, ensuring a positive distribution experience for participants

  • Use CERES and other platforms to order Food for the Food Co-Op

  • Plan and execute monthly Saturday community distribution

  • Work to recruit and retain volunteers to help run the Community Food Co-Op

  • Stocks, rotates and faces products with attention to product quality and expiration dates

  • Builds displays and arranges department products to make attractive presentations, highlighting featured/unique/seasonal items

  • Manage weekly deliveries with SHFB staff and cleared volunteers

  • Receives and unloads merchandise, checks quality, count, and condition. Communicates any issues to the management and merchandising team

  • Performs janitorial tasks in compliance with sanitation standards established by SHFB policy and state and local health departments. Contributes to Food Co-Op cleanliness.

Nutrition Education:

  • Conduct engaging nutrition education at the site; collaborate with Nutrition Education Program Manager as needed for training and development

  • Use popular education as a framework to engage with the community and deliver nutrition education to various audiences

  • Host monthly nutrition education cooking clubs with 10-15 participants

  • Provide nutrition education to walk-in participants and share recipes with available food at Food Co-Op

Customer Service:

  • Serve as the face of the food bank, representing the organization with a high level of customer service both in the office and in the community

  • Take the lead on the Community Needs Assessment activities, in order to better understand community needs and perceptions, and better inform what the team can do to attract more participants.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships and deal tactfully and cooperatively with staff members, volunteers, agencies, community organizations, participants, and potential donors

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, different backgrounds, and lifestyles, demonstrating knowledge of, and sensitivity to, their needs.

  • Build community and relationships with volunteers and the participants connecting to common values


  • Collect data (demographics, participant, or volunteer surveys) at the site to contribute to shared knowledge

  • Participate in professional development coaching and/or training as needed on community engagement or other topics of interest in order to improve practices

  • Prepare correspondence, attendance tracking, reports, forms, and schedules in a timely manner; proofread typed and other materials for accuracy, completeness, and correct language usage

  • Take the lead on the Community Needs Assessment activities, in order to better understand community needs and perceptions, and better inform what the team can do to attract more participants.

  • Generate performance reports for grant compliance; create or collect supporting materials and documentation for grant proposals and applications

  • Participate, as needed, in special SHFB food bank events to educate the community and promote the goals of the food bank and its nutrition program

  • Attend and represent Programs team and SHFB in a professional manner at external meetings as assigned by the supervisor

  • Work with the communications department to help promote Community Food Co-Op

  • Reliable and efficient work ethic

  • Able to work in partnership with Pajaro Valley Unified School District policies

  • Maintaining professional and efficient communication with PVUSD and other partners on site

  • Other duties as required

Position Requirements


Training and Experience

  • Experience working with low socio-economic residents, government, nonprofit or faith-based organization

  • Experience with community outreach and engagement

  • Experience working in retail, grocery store

  • High School Diploma or equivalent experience


  • Comfortable communicating respectfully with people from different racial, ethnic and cultural groups, and from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles; sensitivity and understanding of diverse, socio-economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of residents in the community-at-large

  • Experience with community engagement and knowledge of community resources (governmental, community, and social service organizations and their functions)

  • High degree of flexibility, ability to multitask, and meet strict deadlines

  • Strong personal computer skills, including spreadsheet and word processing to generate files and manipulate data, utilizing spreadsheet and word processing tools.

  • Correct English and Spanish usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation

  • Basic filing and record-keeping methods and procedures

  • Maintain confidentiality of information

  • Promote SHFB and/or program to prospective participants and or the community

Physical Requirements

  • Able to safely lift or carry items weighing up to 25 pounds

  • Able to hear normal conversations and speak clearly in person and on the phone

  • Able to see and read documents

  • Able to walk up and down stairs

  • Requires outdoor work, frequent standing and sitting throughout the day


  • Bilingual English/Spanish required. Bicultural strongly preferred

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends in order to best reach the community

  • Schedule for this position is Tuesday- Friday 11 am- 7 pm, Saturday 9 am -4 pm

  • Must have access to a motor vehicle, as well as valid auto insurance coverage, for occasional driving on the job

  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record, as documented by a current MVR (will be obtained by the Food Bank’s insurance carrier)

  • It is the responsibility of all SHFB personnel to participate in our Food Safety/Food Defense programs

  • In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, Second Harvest is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all of its employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.

  • TB exam needed

  • Must be able to pass PVUSD fingerprinting and background check prior to starting job

Benefits: For the employee: free dental and vision insurance (shared cost for dependents). Free life, long-term care, long-term disability, and AD&D insurances. Shared cost medical insurance: Kaiser and Blue Shield. Eligibility begins on the first day of month following 30 days of employment (i.e. if you are hired June 20th, you are eligible starting August 1st). This benefit package is valued at an average of over ten thousand dollars a year.

  • First year: 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 10 holidays.

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan: Second Harvest matches employee contributions up to an annual cap.

  • Employee Assistance Program

Job Details: This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position with a competitive hourly salary of $23.70-$25.80

Evening and weekend work are required.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter at

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Pay Range $23.70-$25.80/hr DOE  
Close Date 9/7/2022  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Watsonville  
About the Organization Second Harvest Food Bank provides over 10 million pounds of food assistance annually, to over 75,000 people per month, through its network of 200 member agencies and programs. By increasing access to healthy food, Second Harvest is making a profound impact towards growing a healthier community.  

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