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Managing Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is looking for a highly motivated self-starter with passion for sustainability and a deep commitment to a world free of plastic pollution.

The Managing Director will be a key leader of an organization designed to support a growing coalition of hundreds of organizations globally committed to ending plastic pollution. The Managing Director will support our Executive Director by overseeing and performing a range of roles critical to the day-to-day management of the organization. They will be a senior strategist who assists the Executive Director in the conceptualization and implementation of the long-term strategic plan for the Plastic Pollution Coalition. They will manage all aspects of the organization, including project design and execution, communications and online strategy, legal issues, operations, financial and human resources, membership support and engagement, fundraising and advocacy. The successful candidate will be key to growing the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s visibility, impact, and financial resources in the coming years. Full description here.

Food Shift

Food Shift is hiring a program coordinator to help reduce food waste and increase access to nutritious food for the most vulnerable and food insecure populations in Oakland, CA. We are looking for someone with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit to help develop and expand our food recovery and food waste education services.

The position is a year-long Americorps VISTA position perfect for someone graduating college or looking to move into a food systems career.

Please share and help us find someone to join our team. Thank you! More info here.

Food Shift Looking for Volunteer Administrative & Operations Assistant and Salesforce Administrator!

About Food Shift:

40% of food produced in the US is wasted while 50 million Americans are food insecure. Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and hunger. We believe thousands of people can be employed in the recovery, redistribution and processing of excess food. By reducing food waste, we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat climate change and cultivate more sustainable communities.

We are looking for two key volunteers to join our team!

Administrative & Operations Assistant

Job Description:

Food Shift is looking for a motivated, detail-oriented person to work part time (5-10 hours per week) as a volunteer Administrative & Operations Assistant in our Oakland office located near Jack London Square. Experience is a plus but we are willing to train the right candidate!

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and updating Salesforce records, including:
    • Entering contacts
    • Exporting data from various online platforms such as MailChimp and
    • Cleaning data and preparing for import or export
  • Other data entry
    • Maintaining and updating online filing system (Dropbox)
    • Responding to general Food Shift inquiries
    • Various financial and budgeting tasks (training provided)
    • Other administrative tasks as needed

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills Required:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly working in Excel
  • Must be available to work in West Oakland office for at least 5 hours during the week. Option to work from home for other hours.
  • Salesforce experience or desire to have working knowledge of Salesforce, a plus
  • Creativity and a willingness to experiment

Working with Food Shift is an opportunity to grow, be creative, wear many hats, and be a part of a fun team working to build a movement to end food waste. We hope you’ll join us!

To apply, please email your resume, a brief statement about why you’d like to work with Food Shift, where you heard about this opportunity and your time availability to, with the subject line “Administrative &Operations Assistant.”

Application deadline is December 21, 2014.

Salesforce Administrator

Job Description:

We are looking for a motivated, detail-oriented team member with Salesforce experience to work 10-20 hours/month in order to implement changes to our Salesforce database as needed and provide IT support to other team members. Hours are flexible and position may be remote.

Food Shift currently has Salesforce set up, and we are using it to store information about contacts and organizations, donations, recovered food and more. Salesforce has allowed us to grow our organizational capacity, yet we know we can get more value out of it and would like to take our use of it to the next level in 2015. We hope you can help us!

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement structural and organizational changes to Food Shift’s Salesforce database, potentially including but not limited to:
  • Adding or deleting fields.
  • Integrating Salesforce with Food Shift’s website, MailChimp, and Google Drive.
  • Creating reports & dashboards.
  • Providing Salesforce technical assistance to other team members.

We welcome your other recommendations about how we can make our Salesforce run more efficiently!

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills Required:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Salesforce
  • Willingness to train others as needed
  • Creativity and a willingness to experiment
  • Interest in community health, environmental issues, social justice and/or sustainable food systems, a plus.

Working with Food Shift is an opportunity to grow, be creative, wear many hats, and be a part of a fun team working to build a movement to end food waste. We hope you’ll join us!

To apply, please email your resume, a brief statement about why you’d like to work with Food Shift and your experience with Salesforce, where you heard about this opportunity and your time availability to, with the subject line “Salesforce Administrator.”

Application deadline is December 21.

Bay Localize

Great opportunity to make a difference! Bay Localize, a dynamic nonprofit organization, leads in the emerging field of community resilience as a local response to climate change, and economic instability (see We’re looking for a technically savvy, creative, and enthusiastic web and communications professional who is passionate about the environment and social justice.

The Web and Communications Coordinator is a part-time (approx 10hrs/week), temporary non-exempt position beginning mid-June 2014 through end of October 2014. This position will be supervised by the Program Director. Follow this link to read the full description.


    New Leaders Initiative is seeking 2014 interns! As an intern with New Leaders Initiative, you'll be involved in the exciting process of elevating bold, emerging, young leaders in the environmental movement through the Brower Youth Award as well as our various year-round programs. You will be exposed to some of the leading grassroots and national youth-led efforts and have the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of working in an environmental non-profit. A typical day could consist of working in our office, conducting outreach on the phone and email, performing various research tasks, helping to organize an educational event, or promoting our work through various social media outlets. There may also be occasional visits to schools, organizations and to youth and environmental events around the Bay Area. Intern tasks vary seasonally according to our application and program cycle and they can be categorized into these broad areas:

    • Outreach & Communications
    • Application Recruitment & Processing
    • Event Planning - Media Outreach and Promotion
    • Event Planning - Soliciting for In-Kind Donations and Program Partners
    Tasks Include
    • Recruitment: Assist our team in reaching out to a wide spectrum of schools, organizations and youth activists encouraging them to apply for our programs.
    • Event Planning: Assist in creating dynamic events throughout the year as well create a high-energy week of activities for Brower Youth Award recipients in October.
    • Research & Archive: Aggregate information about potential partners, collaborators and archive organizations and individuals the program has been involved with in the past.
    • Local Outreach: Telephone and e-mail outreach to grassroots groups, tabling at local events, short speaking engagements with campus and community groups.
    • Fundraising: Research and contact potential foundations, corporations and in-kind sponsors.
    • You may also be asked to support other areas of the organization if help is needed.

    Interns should commit 8-30 hours weekly. Internship start and end periods are flexible and can be adjusted to fit interns' schedule.


    The intern must be comfortable and confident with public contact in person and over the phone. Resourcefulness and the ability and desire to take initiative and follow through projects until completion is essential. The intern must also be able to articulate needs to the rest of the New Leaders Initiative team. Familiarity with Word, Excel, e-mail and Google docs is necessary. Graphic design skills familiarity is a plus! And of course, a strong interest in youth environmental activism is key.


    You will be interacting with some of our nation's most dynamic young activists. Hone your people skills, organizing tools, web skills and get your feet wet with one of the best youth environmental organizations out there! In addition, we're located in the David Brower Center- a hub of amazing and diverse environmental and social change organizations. Our office atmosphere is friendly, warm and relaxed!

    Our internships are unpaid, but a transportation stipend may be available.

    How to apply


    Send resume and letter of interest to Program Director, Anisha Desai by email. No calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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