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.  Please follow sumbission instructions in the position you are interested in.

Current Openings: 

Child/Youth Outreach Manager, Tucson
Volunteer Opportunities

Job Title:  Children/Youth Outreach Manager, Tucson

Status:   Full Time – 40 business hours

Reports to:  Director of Field Operations (in Phoenix)

The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) seeks an outgoing and well organized professional to serve as the Children/Youth Outreach Manager based in Tucson, Arizona. AAFB is looking for an individual who can connect deeply with community members in various organizations to solve child hunger through partnership and collaboration.

Position Description:
The chosen candidate will work with the Phoenix team to drive AAFB’s initiative in expanding children’s access to meals by promoting efforts to fund and promote school and summer meals. This individual will be expected to work with schools and summer meal site/sponsors in understanding the current programs, their eligibility and provide support and resources for implementing successful meal programs. In addition, they will be a critical part of an overall outreach strategy, consistently partnering with our member food bank staff, the Arizona Department of Education and other partners in facilitating changes that lead to more children accessing and consuming meals statewide. While the position will be based in Tucson at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, outreach efforts will be statewide and travel to Phoenix or other parts of the state will be required on a regular basis.

Desired Background, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• 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.
• Demonstrates effective active listening skills and genuine curiosity about challenges in program implementation.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills that can be utilized in one-on-one relationship building as well as documents/media intended for internal and external audiences. 
• Ability to work with little or no supervision, independently or in groups with excellent time management skills
• Solution oriented with experience in problem solving and analysis.
• Demonstrated initiative and creativity in developing, implementing and managing new projects.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to analyze data, determine priorities and develop plans. Demonstrated knowledge of databases and Excel.
• Knowledge of current issues in child nutrition.  Education/experience in program development, a school setting, social services or school nutrition services a plus.
• Commitment to AAFB’s vision to end hunger in Arizona.

Specific Activities:
• 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.
• Recruit and maintain relationships with key school and district level personnel for school meal projects. Facilitate relationships among breakfast partners and school personnel.
• Provide partnership and information to schools/districts interested in pursuing Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) or the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
• Brief school staff at various levels about the requirements and advantages of increasing access to school meals. Provide technical support including problem solving and programmatic alternatives to schools.
• Partner consistently with our member food bank outreach staff to effectively present a unified approach of outreach to the community. 
• Provide support to AAFB’s CEO, Board and other staff by developing reports, forms, statistical materials. Ensure all materials are prepared in a professional and timely manner. 
• Gather, maintain and analyze data for grant reporting, grant applications, public awareness or other special reports as requested.
• Adapt to a changing environment and assist with special projects and activities.

Minimum Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree plus five years of progressive job related experience.
• Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
• Valid Arizona Driver’s License and the willingness to travel routinely. 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:
$40,000 to $45,000 depending upon experience, and includes leave policies for vacation, sick and personal days; travel reimbursement; a flexible spending account for child care and health care expenses; and retirement contributions to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan.

To apply:
Please forward a cover letter and resume with details of prior experience to April Bradham at april@azfoodbanks.org. Resumes will be accepted until Friday, May 20, 2015.

Volunteer at AAFB or a Food Bank near you: 
  • AAFB occasionally has a need for a front office volunteer to answer phones and perform light office work for 3-4 hours per day, on various days during the week.  Email Kala with a copy of your resume if you are interested.
  • 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 480-967-8551 for more information.
The Association of Arizona Food Banks is an Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.