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Job Posting: Distribution Coordinator at Sole Food Urban Farm – Vancouver, BC

Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables.

Position: Distribution Coordinator
Organization: Sole Food Street Farms www.solefoodfarms.com

The Distribution Coordinator (DC) oversees farmers’ markets, restaurant, on-site produce stand and wholesale sales to distributors and retail stores, and coordinates our CSA program. The DC is responsible for the efficient marketing of produce while maintaining high standards. The DC acts as produce “traffic director” ensuring that all products find the right home, is responsible for all post harvest handling of products, consolidation from the farms, and the processing, preparation, delivery and billing of all orders.

Organizational Background

Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

Position Description

The Distribution Coordinator (DC) oversees farmers’ markets, restaurant, on-site produce stand and wholesale sales to distributors and retail stores, and coordinates our CSA program. The DC is responsible for the efficient marketing of produce while maintaining high standards. The DC acts as produce “traffic director” ensuring that all products find the right home, is responsible for all post harvest handling of products, consolidation from the farms, and the processing, preparation, delivery and billing of all orders.

Qualifications

Candidates must possess strong sales, organization, and project management skills; have excellent written and oral communication skills; enjoy working with people; be self-motivated, and have an interest in and a commitment to Sole Food Street Farm’s mission. Candidates must be able to work independently as well as with a group, and possess creativity, flexibility and the ability to problem-solve and take initiative. A basic knowledge of sustainable agriculture and food issues is also important. 3+ years experience in wholesale and/or retail produce.

Specific Responsibilities

Processing and logging of all produce harvested from farms. Includes separate logs for donated produce, wasted produce.
Maintaining quality standards for produce set by management staff. Relaying quality issues to individual staff when issues come up while processing.
Maintaining cleanliness and order in processing area.
Manage p/t packing assistant.
Restaurant sales

Work with farm managers to distribute weekly fresh sheet to restaurant buyers and follow up on sales calls.
Fill in harvest table according to orders and ensure that there are three copies available (packing area, each farm manager).
Coordinate packing and delivery of wholesale orders.
Maintain relationships with chefs and retail store buyers. This includes getting feedback, providing suggestions, and ensuring that restaurants are keeping to minimum orders and orders are in by 6 pm the evening before harvest.
Generate invoicing and maintain accurate records for all wholesale activity. Make sure all checks and paper invoices get to administrator.
Market

Creation of a standard pricing list for market items. Coordinate with farm manager and directors to determine produce to be sold at markets and appropriate pricing.
Manage (POS) point of sale, inventory, data entry and maintenance.
Completion of ‘take sheet’ prior to each market to track produce sold.
Ensure market setups are complete and organized before each market.
Label processed produce for each market when several markets are processed at once.
Weekly data entry of logs (harvest, sales, CSA) to excel spreadsheets
Salary: $32,000/year, extended health benefits

Send cover letter and resume to:
info@solefoodfarms.com

Please send resume by September 27, 2013.