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Food Shift is hiring two full time positions in Oakland!

Food Shift is developing bold and creative solutions that address issues related to food access and food waste. We are looking to hire two people to join our Oakland team! See below to find out more and please feel free to connect us with anyone who might be interested. Thanks for your support!

Fundraising and Grants Coordinator
The Fundraising and Grants Coordinator will play a critical role in raising funds to launch and sustain the Alameda Kitchen and other Food Shift programs.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will play a critical role in promoting the Alameda Kitchen, engaging the community, and communicating about our work.

These are entry level positions based in Oakland, CA, starting on June 27, 2016. The pay rate for a VISTA in Alameda County is $15,999 per year. The deadline to apply for both positions is June 1, 2016. Click here for more details on the positions.

Oakland Food Policy Council is seeking a Council Director!

Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) works to establish an equitable and sustainable food system. We are a council first, dedicated to the gathering of people – to problem solve, act, and celebrate. Food is our focus and policy is our tool. As a 21-seat volunteer council, we share the drive to feed our city and create a healthy and resilient local food system by catalyzing our collective power. We work to understand our community’s needs and advocate for programs and policies that:

  • Ensure food security;
  • Ignite equitable economic development;
  • Protect our natural resources;
  • Advance public health;
  • Benefit and respect those that grow, produce, make, and consume food.

We ensure that the Council is comprised of representatives from the Oakland community, particularly those most impacted by the injustices of our current food system. We aim to make good food policy a top priority in our city, and to contribute to policy reform at a state and national level.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Provide leadership in developing policy proposals and implementation campaigns, organizational and financial plans with the Executive Committee and carry out authorized plans and policies.
  • Promote active and broad participation by members, interns and other volunteers in organization’s work.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Serve as direct contact, and manage deliverables to, Fiscal Sponsor, funders and collaborative partners.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
Operations Management
  • Manage meeting agendas and deliverables in partnership with work group chairs
  • Evaluate the OFPC’s structure, operations, recruitment process, community and member engagement, and policy development process
  • Support workgroup members to complete tasks
  • Oversee recruitment, selection and retention of OFPC members
  • Oversee the development and delivery of papers and reports for Oakland City Council and others regarding policies and actions to advance the mission
Program and Staff Management
  • Develop and foster a strong, open dialogue and collaborations with local organizations, governmental agencies, and neighborhood groups to determine the best policies and actions for a fair, sustainable, economically vibrant food system for Oakland.
  • Attend and/or serve as a member of leadership committees as appropriate including but not limited to HOPE Collaborative steering and executive committee, Supervisor Wilma Chan’s All In steering committee, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities land use workgroup, etc.
  • Recruit and manage volunteer interns.
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
  • Develop relationships with the local and national media and serve as OFPC primary contact to market the council and build additional community support.
  • See that the Executive Committee is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs, goals, accomplishments using all platforms available- Website; Facebook; Blog; Newsletter; Listservs
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Represent OFPC and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
Budget and Financial Management
  • Raise funds for the OFPC’s operation.
  • Provide program updates to all funders, manage grant requirements, compliance, and submit grant reports.
  • Provide input to the Executive Committee in planning and managing the budget.
  • Oversee and engage in planning and implementation of fundraising plan which may include special events and other fundraising activities and grant applications.
  • Identify and cultivate local corporate partnerships.


The ideal candidate will possess deep knowledge of policy and organizational change, equity, community engagement and command of Food Policy issues along with organizational management. Leadership, fundraising, self-motivation and the ability to coordinate work with collaboratives, neighborhood groups, and government officials is a must; Be comfortable engaging in both strategic activities as well as taking a hands-on role with regards to program execution and administrative issues; and be well versed on urban food systems, food security, and health and food justice issues.

Prior work experience include 5 years minimum:
  • Working in Bay Area food systems within the city, county, CBO, or private sector.
  • Political savvy and policy analysis, formulation and development.
  • Community organizing and development (in fields such as food, health, youth, housing, etc).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative, administrative and management skills.
  • Navigate and build support in the community, particularly low income communities of color.
  • Grant writing & management.
Preferences include:
  • Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in advocacy, organizing, and movement-building, through work or volunteer experience.
  • Fundraising/Donor Cultivation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong proficiency with or capacity to learn online programs and applications such as Google tools (analytics, docs, spreadsheets), and basic web content management (WordPress), and online fundraising tools, social media- Twitter, Facebook, and other online communication tools (e.g. Vertical Response).

Hours and Compensation

OFPC is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute (EII) and this position is a fulltime salaried position with EII and not located in an office but based in Oakland. Evenings and some weekend hours are necessary and some travel is required. Council Director must present herself/himself in a manner consistent with OFPC values and beliefs at all times.

The salary is based on experience includes the following benefits: medical, vision and dental insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave.

How to Apply

For primary consideration, please send email your resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to by February 26th 2016.

Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Internships with All One Ocean

All One Ocean’s mission is to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers, any time they visit the beach, to help clean up our Ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life. For information about the internships, follow this link.


    New Leaders Initiative is seeking 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.

Opportunities with Earth Island projects

Below is a listing of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities at our various projects. You may also visit our Project Directory to find a project that fits with your interests.