Position Available: Operations Specialist

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Job Title & Description: Operations Specialist





Operations Manager

FLSA Status

Full Time/Non-Exempt


1824 Ellis St, Bellingham, WA 98225 & off-site as required


25.00 hourly


March 2023


This is a physically active, frontline role which entails working in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment. A person in this role uses their bilingual skills while interacting with volunteers, staff, and food bank recipients and works within all BFB programs to provide free food to Whatcom Family households. Bellingham Food Bank values staff people who can bring deep empathy, compassion, and creativity to their work. We seek individuals who understand that food is a fundamental human right and who want to join us as we both provide food to our community and also work to undo the systems that have led to the need for food banks. We also believe that humor, levity, and camaraderie are crucial to the work that we do! There is no required level of education or work experience specified because we believe that applicable experience can be gained from many unexpected places, and because we believe that there are many lived experiences that are at least as relevant to this work as a university degree or employment history.



 Work-from-home is not available.

Specific Functions

                  60% of time: Contribute to BFB’s free grocery store by:

o                 Offering support, training, and direction to volunteers in conjunction with other staff.

o                 Providing customer service to BFB clients with a focus on compassion, respect, and empathy

o                 Assisting with inventory tracking, organizing and maintaining stockroom and distribution floor

                  25% of time: Participate in BFB’s drive-through, outdoor pre-packed box service one day per week by:

o                 Working as part of core Drive Through staff team, taking lead when needed, enthusiastically working outside in all types of weather.

o                 Driving a box truck to distribution site, setting up tents, tables, unloading trucks

o                 Offering support, training, and direction to volunteers

o                 Assisting with the box packing assembly line, taking lead as needed

                  10% of time: Support BFB’s weekly home delivery service one to two mornings a week by: o Driving home delivery routes

o                 Providing support to home delivery staff

                  Provide translation support within all BFB programs, written and oral.

                  Attend staff meetings 1-2 times per week

                  Take part in staff trainings as offered, individually or team-based


Skills & Qualifications

Spanish or Russian fluency REQUIRED, native speakers preferred

  • Ability to operate the following equipment or enthusiastic to learn: Refrigerated box truck w/liftgate, large van, forklift, manual and electric pallet jacks, power washer. Valid DL required, no certifications required.
  • Willingness to undergo Washington State Patrol and Sex Offender background check
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly, move quickly, climb in and out of box trucks, sit and/or stand for several hours at time
  • Basic computer literacy required, proficiency with Microsoft Office preferred. Willingness to use BFB inventory software, data management software, and routing optimization app required.
  • Strong commitment to social/food justice, anti-racism; willingness to continue to learn about these concepts and to apply them to daily work at BFB.
  • Independent motivation to identify tasks and complete them, ability to prioritize and manage competing demands.
  • Collaborative and team-minded spirit, sense of humor
  • Enthusiastic about working with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, and food bank visitors

Work Environment

Reports to Operations Manager, participates in highly collaborative Operations team. Work environments include: warehouse, office, food distribution center, and outdoors in all weather conditions.



 Bellingham Food Bank Vision and Mission                                  


We at Bellingham Food Bank envision a community with a thriving food system where everyone has equitable access to the food they need and want.



We reduce hunger by:

  • creating access to high-quality, desirable food and other essentials.
  • building a responsive regional hunger relief network.
  •  disrupting racism, because of its historical and structural connection to hunger and poverty.


  • Paid Sick/Vacation
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement Plan

To Apply

Full job description available on our website, bellinghamfoodbank.org. Send one-page cover letter and resume including 3 references to info@bellinghamfoodbank.org, subject “Operations Specialist.”  Deadline for submissions is  Thursday March 23, 2023. NO phone calls or drop-ins please. 



This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position. All Bellingham Food Bank employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed, to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


We strongly support equal employment opportunity for all staff members, as articulated by federal, state, and local laws. Alternatives to Hunger actively seeks to recruit individuals without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or age. Particularly, Alternatives to Hunger and all its staff members will comply with the AMERICANS WITH


DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) OF 1990, PUBLIC LAW 101-336, also referred to as the “ADA’ 28 CFR Part 35, which provides comprehensive civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Our equal employment opportunity philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, training, promotion, transfer, job benefits, pay, and dismissal.

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