Position Description: Operations Manager

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Position Summary

Veggielution is hiring for the Operations Manager position. The primary purpose of the Operations Manager is to ensure that Veggielution is safe, compliant, and effectively poised to fully take advantage of growth and scale opportunities currently accessible to the organization. The Operations Manager is responsible for coordinating issues related directly to the day-to-day operations of Veggielution’s 6-acre facility at Emma Prusch Farm Park to enable our team to better serve the families and individuals who visit us. This role requires previous project management and facilities management experience. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San Jose. This is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports directly to the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as partner to the Executive Director on the organization’s administrative and operational processes, with a goal of continuously developing and improving systems
  • Work with Executive Director and Board to initiate development of Master Plan
  • Oversee partnership with Emma Prusch Farm Park and City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, Neighborhood Services staff, ensuring contract compliance
  • Lead the planning, logistics and permit requirements of capital projects and special events
  • Manage facilities-related needs, including scheduling/meeting vendors and volunteers and handling after-hours facilities emergencies.
  • Coordinate issues related directly to the day-to-day operations of Veggielution’s 6-acre facility
  • Oversee risk management including insurance, safety, wellness and facility plans. Administer trainings, run drills, and conduct safety audits. Partner with Executive Director to respond to emergencies.
  • Develop and maintain detailed records and maintenance schedules for facilities, vehicles, and equipment

Required Experience and Qualifications: 

  • Passion for Veggielution’s mission, matched with a strong work ethic
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with the ability and desire to flexibly shift responsibilities as the role and the organization evolve
  • High tolerance for changing work priorities and deadlines, and a willingness to take on responsibilities and prioritize work on multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, with ability to treat sensitive issues with respect and empathy and maintain strict confidentiality where required
  • Team-player attitude and strong customer-service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and resourceful
  • Skill at communicating respectfully and empathetically with individuals and families.
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple critical deadlines and quickly adapt in a fast-paced environment, independently following through on completion of tasks
  • Skill at building working relationships with people in both senior- and junior-level roles, both within and beyond Veggielution
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Agricultural or horticultural facilities management experience
  • Managerial/supervisory experience
  • Spanish-language proficiency

Physical and Travel Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck and food truck
  • Frequent typing/computer and telephone use
  • Routine lifting of project materials and program equipment

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation

$45,000 annually, excellent health benefits, professional development funds, and paid time off.

Hiring Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to Cayce Hill, Executive Director at: cayceh@veggielution.org

 


Open Internships

Internship Position: Field Trip Assistant

DURATION: 15-20 hours/week, October 2017 through December 2017

Veggielution seeks a Field Trip Assistant(s) to assist in hosting middle school student groups participating in our Eastside Explorers field trip program. Eastside Explorers incorporates farm-based and nutrition education activities centered around collaborative group tasks focused on cooking and nutrition, human impacts, and ecological interconnections in our unique outdoor setting. This position will work collaboratively with the Community Engagement Program Manager to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging visit.  S/he must work well independently to lead student groups and connect with the community. The Veggielution Field Trip Assistant(s) will refine teaching and leadership skills, while receiving mentorship. This is a paid internship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate activity stations during field trips.
  • Translate for participants from English to Spanish, when needed.
  • Set up and clean up activity stations; ensuring a safe and clean environment.
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships with teachers and administrative staff, students, and parents in East San Jose.                    

Required Qualifications:                

  • Bilingual/biliterate Spanish-English.
  • Must be able to work Tuesday through Thursday (8am to 2pm) when classes are scheduled.
  • Experience in outdoor/nutrition education.                    

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: emilys@veggielution.org


Internship Position: fEAST San Jose Food and Beverage Coordinator

DURATION: 8 hours/week, March 1 - June 30, 2018

The Food and Beverage Coordinator intern will report directly to the Operations Manager. This person, along with other Veggielution staff, members of the Board of Directors, and event advisors serves as a key member of the fEAST San Jose Planning Committee.  The internship is a 8 hour per week commitment.

Veggielution’s fEAST San Jose is our annual is fundraising dinner, which will be held this year on Sunday, June 10. The purpose of the dinner is to celebrate another year of success, raise funds for Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Volunteer Training programs and, thank our many donors who have supported us over the past year. For the second year in a row, Veggielution will be partnering with the Michelin-star team of Adega to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Duties and Responsibilities

EVENT PLANNING (50%)

  • Serve as primary logistical contact to Adega team
  • Attend bi-weekly evening planning committee meetings
  • Train back of house/kitchen volunteers on all kitchen functions, including but not limited to food purchasing, receiving, preparation and maintenance of quality standards, safety, sanitation, and cleanliness
  • Oversee training of volunteers in safe operation of all kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Manage food and beverage purchasing/in kind acquisition from various vendors
  • Work with Operations Manager to ensure that Veggielution is complying with Alcohol and Beverage Commission and Environmental Health conditions and requirements.
  • Respond in a timely manner to requests from planning committee
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to align back of house and front of house volunteer service
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to schedule pre-event volunteer trainings
  • Plan table and food service set up based on needs expressed by Adega team and planning committee

EVENT EXECUTION (40%)

  • Lead food and beverage service
  • Manage back of house food and beverage volunteers
  • Ensure that food is consistently prepared and served according to the Adega team’s recipe, portioning, cooking, and serving standards.
  • Receive and graciously handle any complaints concerning food, beverages or service
  • Ensure that all side work and all cleaning of equipment and food service areas is completed before and after event is finished.

EVENT FOLLOW UP (10%)

  • Participate in post-event debrief session and one-on-one feedback session with Operations Manager
  • Develop suggestions about improvements for next year’s event

Qualifications:                

  • Is committed Commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution
  • Has worked in an environment that serves alcohol
  • Has supervised employees that handle or prep food and/or alcohol
  • Has the highest regard for customer service and employee engagement
  • Has worked as part of a team
  • Has dealt with operations surrounding large volumes of guests at once
  • Has the ability to maintain a pleasant, calm disposition under stress
  • Has strong organizational and time management skills
  • Is self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Has the ability to motivate and engage with people with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)
  • Has an open and straightforward communication style, with collaborative instincts
  • Is able to reach, bend, stoop, and frequently lift up to 50 pounds               

To Apply

We encourage you to forward this announcement to others who may be interested. 

Please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via e-mail at: cayceh@veggielution.org