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Food Hub Purchasing & Operations Coordinator

Contact: Lucy LaFave
Capital Roots, Inc.


Posted 4/5/24 - OBJECTIVE: Expand opportunities for local farms and small producers to sell their products through Capital Roots’ retail and wholesale channels and increase opportunities for low-income communities to access healthy food.

• Position requires an organized and self-motivated candidate with 1-2 years of relevant work experience.
• Computer (mainly Excel, Google Sheets, Square and on-line market) and communication skills are essential
• Knowledge of produce storage and food safety is a plus.
• Must have a commitment to our local food system, a love of fresh food and possess a genuine interest in Capital Roots’ mission.
• Experience working with diverse communities, a positive attitude, and a high energy level.
• The ability to lift 50 lbs and willingness to be forklift trained.
• Must have a valid driver's license with the ability to drive and a driving record acceptable for insurance coverage.
• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Organize and conduct all food purchases from local markets and directly from producers, acting as the chief buyer for Capital Roots.
• Manage Capital Roots’ online market, the Virtual Veggie Mobile, which sells to small-scale institutions, schools and restaurants in the region.
• Manage and maintain a working inventory for all programs within the food hub.
• Receive products (utilizing forklift when needed) in the Hub and ensure proper labeling, management and storage.
• Coordinate retail and wholesale pricing of all produce and value-added items being sold through the food hub.
• Update Square with current pricing for retail sales.
• Coordinate the ordering, allocation and transportation of all food hub-based deliveries and pick-ups, to ensure effective and efficient outcomes for producers, customers, and organizational resources.
• Assist with collection of culled produce and operation of the composter.
• Support the implementation of the Food Safety and Food Defense Plan for both food hubs, including monitoring, cleaning, record keeping and corrective actions, as laid out in the plans.
• Work closely with Capital Roots’ Food Hub staff and partners to maximize our purchasing of local products.
• Assist with hub finances, data collection and grant reporting.
• Assist with Food Hub programs and other organizational projects, as needed
• Participate in Capital Roots events, staff meetings and perform other duties, as assigned.

SALARY & BENEFITS: This is a full-time non-exempt position (40 hours per week) paid hourly at an annual rate of $33,800 per year, in a flexible work environment. Excellent benefits including comprehensive medical insurance and dental insurance upon hire – a benefit of (~$9,300). In addition to generous vacation time, we observe 11 paid holidays – including three floating holidays – and offer paid personal and sick time. You also have the option to enroll in our 403b retirement plan. This position is 100% on-site and requires early morning shifts during peak season.

About Capital Roots: Capital Roots is striving to create a more vibrant and equitable food system in New York’s Capital Region. We work to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties. Our mission is to cultivate and nourish communities by creating equitable access to fresh foods and green space in support of a robust regional food system. To learn more about Capital Roots, go to

Capital Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for this position, especially candidates of color. We seek to foster diversity across our organization and welcome the unique contributions our team members make based on their diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and lived experiences.

Send cover letter and resume (no calls please!) to:
Lucy LaFave, Chief Program Officer, Food Access | Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy NY 12180 | email: [email protected]

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