If none of these positions match what you are looking for, send an email to hr@lapuente.net to find out if there are more positions available.

Brief Program Description:

Help inspire others to compassion and action while serving in rural Colorado’s beautiful San Luis Valley.  Your service will help meet immediate needs and empower people to live independently with dignity. La Puente’s Community Education and Development programs sustain and support our direct services by helping educate others about the work La Puente does in our community and encouraging others to support our efforts by donating their time, money, or goods.

Duties Include:

  • Promote community understanding and awareness of issues related to poverty by helping to coordinate fundraising and mission awareness opportunities and events.
  • Develop high-quality publications to promote the work and impact of La Puente.
  • Develop consistent, high-quality, and effective communication on various platforms including the organization’s website, social media, and crowdfunding platforms.
  • Act as a resource to the community and organization by acquiring a thorough understanding of social justice issues and advocacy platforms related to La Puente’s mission.
  • Build systems and strategies for fund development.

Helpful Skills:

  • Graphic design
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Public speaking

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. That means you will be serving a term of one year. Compensation is a living allowance determined by local standards of living. The position is full-time.

To learn more and apply, email admin.volunteers@lapuente.net.

Job Title: Director, Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley  

Reports to: La Puente’s Director of Operations & Program Services  

Status: Full-time  

La Puente Home Inc.  

La Puente is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Colorado’s San Luis Valley by providing food,  shelter, and advocacy for the homeless and community members in crisis. La Puente endeavors to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.  

Job Summary  

This full-time, salaried position will manage the Alamosa Food Bank and the Food Bank Network of  the San Luis Valley (FBNSLV); a program of La Puente Home Inc. It is the responsibility of the food bank director to be aware of all La Puente services and their corresponding policies. This position is best described as the sum of its key responsibilities: operations, administration, finances, and public relations (outlined below). The food bank director will be self-motivated, have great communication  and organizational skills, be able to manage an Alamosa Food Bank staff of 4 to 6 people, as well as  manage/support a Food Bank Network staff (at satellite food bank locations) of 15 to 20 volunteers. The director will also run the Alamosa County TEFAP (Commodities) program.  

Duties and Responsibilities  

Operations  

  • Engage in strategic planning and visioning for La Puente and the FBNSLV
  • Maintain food supplies for the FBNSLV (manage inventory, order product, oversee delivery/pick-up, etc)  
  • Oversee maintenance and upkeep of FBNSLV buildings and equipment  
  • Ensure pantries are operating as food safe facilities 
  • Supervise four AmeriCorps Members, one full time employee, and 15+ volunteers
  • Oversee the Alamosa County TEFAP program 
  • Act as the FBNSLV’s FEMA representative  
  • Organize annual events (Great Thanksgiving Giveaway, Generosity on Tap, CROP Walk, Hunger Education Week)  

Administration  

  • Collect and prepare monthly FBNSLV statistics and reports
  •  Evaluate staff performance and prepare quarterly reviews  
  • Supervise activities of the Alamosa Gleaning Project  
  • Maintain records (temperature logs, cleaning logs, certifications, client records) 

Financial 

  • Manage FBNSLV budget
  • Fundraise for the FBNSLV through grant writing, engaging personal donors, and organizing events

Public Relations  

  • Manage FBNSLV’s social media presence 
  • Advocate on behalf of food bank clients on hunger/poverty policy issues at the local, state and  federal levels  
  • Engage in public speaking events at schools/churches/civic groups etc.  
  • Partner with other organizations working to promote healthy eating and lifestyles (The Valley  Educational Gardens Initiative, Hunger Free Colorado, the Local Foods Coalition, Care and Share  Food Bank, Colorado Farm-to-Table, Feeding America, etc.)  

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Passionate about the FBNSLV’s mission 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and desire to engage in public speaking  
  • Strong and compelling writing skills  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  
  • Ability to complete repetitive and heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.)  
  • Valid driver’s license 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, in lieu of degree, 2+ years relevant experience  
  • Knowledge of poverty and food insecurity issues  
  • 2+ years of professional experience in human services and/or direct service nonprofit setting   
  • Fluent Spanish speaker preferred  

  

To apply:  

Please send resume and cover letter specifically  

demonstrating your qualification in the areas identified in this job description to hr@lapuente.net