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Operations and Development Coordinator
Food, What?!
Permanent Office Location on the CASFS Farm @ UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz & Watsonville, CA
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Operations and Development Coordinator
Santa Cruz + Watsonville, California
Full-Time Position
Position Open Until Filled

“Food, What?!” – Youth Empowerment. Food Justice.

About FoodWhat: “Food, What?!” is a youth empowerment and food justice organization. At FoodWhat, youth engage in relationships with land, food and each other in ways that are grounded in love and rooted in justice. We provide meaningful space where youth define and cultivate their empowerment, liberation and wellbeing. Youth from Watsonville to Santa Cruz join the FoodWhat Crew through our Spring Internship, Summer Job Training and Fall Project Management programs. FoodWhat youth use organic farming, nourishing food and loving community as vehicles to grow on their own terms and in lasting ways. As a FoodWhat Crew, we grow, cook, eat and distribute fresh, healthy food while also addressing local food justice issues. We envision liberation in all ways, love at all levels and wellbeing in all forms for youth and our community. Check us out at

FoodWhat was founded in 2007, serving five youth our first year. This year we had more than 150 youth apply for 65 Spring Internship positions. We have also grown through major youth events, benefit events, webs of meaningful relationships, and proven success in our mission. Now into the second decade of our work, FoodWhat is a stable, highly functional organization and we are in a significant place of organizational growth and development.

Position Description:
We are looking for a highly competent, detail-oriented and driven person to join our staff as Operations and Development Coordinator. This position will provide vital support to the FoodWhat Executive Director, Development Director, and Program Staff by managing and maintaining key administrative operations for FoodWhat. This is a core, foundational position for FoodWhat—the ideal candidate is a problem solver, has exceptional organization skills, and possesses the ability to anticipate needs before they arise.

Position Details:
This is a 40-hour per week, full-time position with paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
Full medical, dental, and vision benefits provided. Salary commensurate with experience within
the $46,000-$52,000 range.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Program Support (15%)

• Provide direct program support in collaboration with FW Programs Managers.
• Fulfill the needs of program logistics such as material shopping and youth transport.
• Support youth event programming.
• Tracking and coordination of FW Alumni Network in partnership with staff.

Development Support: (25%)

•Support the implementation and management of fundraising efforts in collaboration with the FW team and particularly the Development Director, such as writing grants and reports, playing a key role in our gratitude system, etc.
• Play a coordination role in annual FW Benefit Dinner and other donor cultivation events.

Admin and Operations: (40%)

• Work with Finance Manager and staff to coordinate and ensure the integrity of the processing of donations, contract payments, invoices, deposits, and bills.
• Provide administrative support for FW evaluations and programs, including copying/filing forms and entering/analyzing data.
• Partner with ED on HR, Benefits, and other non-profit administrative responsibilities
• Maintain files and manage general office needs.
• Technology administration and maintenance.

Communications (20%)

• Lead in-house production of FW marketing materials and solicit outside help as needed.
• Create and implement communications plans including FW website and social media.
• Represent FW in community events and networks as needed.
• Assist in the creation and dissemination of our Annual Report.

• Understanding of and commitment to social justice.
• Proven track record of diligence and execution.
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting, and in a fast-paced, changing environment.
• Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines.
• Demonstrates strong attention to detail and time management skills, implementing projects on time and on budget.
• Dependable with thorough follow-through.
• Ability to multitask and prioritize as competing deadlines arise.
• Exceptional communication skills: verbal, written, electronic, and for a variety of audiences.
• Highly competent in computer and technology use on a daily basis; including communications design. programs such as InDesign, website platforms (SquareSpace), broadcast email programs (MailChimp), donor databases (Z2 Systems/Neon), and MS Office Suite and Google Suite.
• Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends as programs demand.
• Ability to carry the brand and be the face of FoodWhat when needed.
• Valid CA Drivers License is required for this position.

- Bi-lingual Spanish speaker.
- Experience and understanding of Latina/o culture.
- Analysis of systems of power, privilege and oppression.
- Graphic design.
- Farming or gardening experience and skills a plus.

Application Instructions: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Moriah Barrow at

FoodWhat is an anti-discrimination, pro-equity program. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Administrative & Finance