Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

 
 


AAFB staff work together to strengthen Arizona communities so that all people are well nourished.  Below is a list of current job openings.  Interested candidates must attach a cover letter, resume, and complete the employment application below.

AAFB Staff Opening:

Job Title:  Children/Youth Outreach Manager

Status:   Full Time – 40 business hours

Reports to:  President and CEO via the Director of Communications

The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) seeks a professional, well organized person to serve as the Children/Youth Outreach Manager.  AAFB is looking for an individual who values our vision of ending hunger.  The chosen candidate will lead AAFB’s initiative to expand children’s access to school meals by promoting efforts to fund school meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or other options and increasing the number of schools providing Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Grab and Go or other after the bell options. This is a two year position with other opportunities to follow based on the success of this program and federal and state policy changes to school meal programs. 

Required Background, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity in developing, implementing and managing new projects.
  • Excellent verbal, written and phone communications skills.
  • Ability to recruit and maintain relationships with diverse organizations, institutions and individuals.
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to communicate complex nutrition policies to a variety of audiences and adult learners.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Problem analysis and proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze data, determine priorities and develop plans.
  • Knowledge of current issues in child nutrition.
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision, independently or in groups with excellent time management skills.
  • Education/experience in program development, social services or school nutrition services a plus.
Primary Responsibilities:
Plan and implement a collaborative approach to increasing student participation in school breakfast and lunch programs. Provide technical assistance to schools and districts implementing this goal.

Specific Activities:
1. Understand and communicate the requirements, advantages, successes and implementation issues of all options for increasing student participation in school breakfast and school lunch using information from AAFB, Arizona Department of Education, USDA, national advocates and state and community resources.
2. Recruit and maintain relationships with key school and district level personnel for BIC and CEP projects. Facilitate relationships among BIC partners and school personnel.
3. Assist with developing information packets for schools/districts interested in pursuing Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) or the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
4. Brief school staff at various levels about the requirements and advantages of increasing access to school meals, including BIC and CEP.
5. Provide technical support including problem solving and programmatic alternatives to schools.
6. Provide support to AAFB’s CEO and other staff by developing reports, forms, statistical materials. Ensure all materials are prepared in a professional and timely manner. 
7. Maintain calendar, schedule meetings and produce agendas, notes and follow up communication to participants.
8. Monitor potential for success and record reasons for same. Document barriers and solutions in similar manner.
9. Gather, maintain and analyze data for grant reporting, grant applications, public awareness or other special reports as requested.
10. Understand and be accountable to a limited budget.
11. Assist with special projects and activities, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree plus five years of progressive job related experience at the management level.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License, proof of current insurance, and the willingness to travel routinely in Maricopa County and occasionally in other parts of the state. Must have reliable transportation.
  • Flexibility in scheduling. Ability to work with schools during non-business hours such as after 5pm or an occasional Saturday.
  • Availability to attend 1-2 out of state meetings per year, as necessary.
Salary Range:
$35,000 to $45,000 depending upon experience.  

To apply:
Please forward a cover letter and resume with details of prior experience to kala(at)azfoodbanks.org


Volunteer at AAFB or a food bank near you: 
  • AAFB Front Office Volunteer
     
  • Search for food banks in your area who may have volunteer opportunities.  Please contact the specific organization for information on current opportunities.
     
  • The Mesa Cannery, located at the Loop 101 and Broadway Road in Mesa, has ongoing volunteer opportunies to help repackage bulk food for food banks, such as beans or pasta.  Perfect for groups of 10-40.  Contact Kathy or Bob McNelly at 480-839-4694 or 480-695-3552 for more information.
The Association of Arizona Food Banks is an Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.