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Event & Marketing Coordinator

Community Forklift is seeking an Event and Marketing Coordinator to work full-time with our growing green business. This person is primarily responsible for planning, coordinating and managing Community Forklift’s internal and external events, workshops, and other networking events; and supervising our on-call “Community Builders” to staff these events. The Coordinator is also responsible for event-related marketing; provides support and logistical assistance to the Outreach & Education Director; and provides administrative support to the O&E team, maintains team calendars and other records, and produces regular reports.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  1. Demonstrated experience and skill with event coordination and logistics planning
  2. Extremely warm, outgoing personality and an ability to make people comfortable
  3. Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental justice, green business, and local community development
  4. Knowledge or interest in building materials, historic preservation, or architectural salvage
  5. Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
  6. Strong computer and phone skills, and a willingness to learn and use our project management software (Podio)
  7. Evidence of strong interpersonal, customer service and communication skills, particularly the ability to work with a very diverse constituency of customers
  8. Superior attention to detail and organizational skills
  9. Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
  10. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities gracefully and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  11. Capable of performing physical labor and moderate lifting (up to 40 lbs.) in a non-climate controlled environment – including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions
  12. Must be available to work weekendsguy-at-microphone

About the Position

  • Full time — up to 40 hours a week
  • Coordinate external and internal events, including festivals, networking events, staff team building events and co-hosted community events. Responsibility for these events includes registration, staffing, coordinating logistics (including entertainment, refreshments, vendors and volunteers), managing budget and post-event documentation and reporting.
  • Implement an educational workshop series each season, with a goal of at least 2 per month from March through November. Topics focus on DIY, old home repair, green living and upcycling.
  • Recruit, train and manage a team of on-call contractors (Community Builders) to staff events and workshops.
  • Maintain publicity calendar and publicize events online and in print.
  • Draft, edit and upload content for website, blog, newsletter and social media sites.
  • Represent Community Forklift at public events and on local committees as needed.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

Benefits include

  1. Compensation: $15-$17 an hour depending on experience
  2. Leave: accrual basis
  3. Holidays: paid
  4. Medical benefits:
    Health insurance (70% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
    Vision Coverage (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
    Dental (50% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
    Short Term Disability (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
  5. Other benefits:
    Store discount (50% discount for all regular employees)
    Work shoe allowance (up to $100 annually for eligible employees)

To Apply

Send a résumé, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references: by email to COOCommunityForklift(at)gmail.com, by fax (301) 985-5182, or by regular mail to Event and Marketing Coordinator Position, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

 

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Store Manager

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Community Forklift is seeking a Store Manager to work full-time with our growing green business. The Store Manager (SM) is primarily responsible for the general oversight and management of the Community Forklift (CF) warehouse and retail/reuse operation. The SM oversees the Receiving & Processing team, the Pricing team, the Sales team and the Donations team and coordinates inter-team cooperation. The SM ensures that behind-the-scenes scheduling and staffing levels are adequate for each team and works with the teams’ coordinators to resolve conflicts. The SM will manage the space in the retail and processing warehouses to ensure proper flow-through of building and vintage materials, generating sales and income for Community Forklift. The SM will manage and maintain the store’s cleanliness, shop-ability, merchandising displays and consignment spaces. The SM will display a high level of commitment to our environmental, sustainability and reuse mission in keeping with Community Forklift’s goals as a non-profit organization committed to its people, planet, and prosperity.

 

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  1. Prior experience successfully managing a retail or reuse store
  2. Experience in a warehouse environment strongly preferred
  3. Expertise in merchandising and displays
  4. Excellent customer service skills, including being patient and courteous
  5. Construction and/or knowledge of building materials required
  6. Knowledge or interest in vintage and antique items preferred
  7. Demonstrated commitment to workplace safety
  8. Strong computer literacy skills with an ability to respond to customers regularly via email, create and manage documents in Microsoft Word and Excel, efficiently maintain contacts and other information electronically, and familiarity using databases
  9. Superior attention to detail
  10. Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
  11. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  12. Excellent people management skills including the ability to train, organize and lead teams of staff members and coordinate multi-team projects
  13. Evidence of being highly energetic, self-starting, entrepreneurial and creative in developing ideas and opportunities
  14. Evidence of strong organizational skills in managing time, information, competing demands and diverse client base
  15. Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
  16. Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission

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About the Position 

  • Full time — up to 40 hours a week; must be available to work weekend shifts
  • Manage incoming donations and product processing
  • Manage and maintain the retail, processing and storage areas of CF to maximize shopability, cleanliness, safety, aesthetics and sales
  • Maintain a safe warehouse work environment to ensure staff and customer safety
  • Assist customers and resolve customer conflicts
  • Supervise and manage staff to ensure high quality customer service and to encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Identify, track and meet departmental goals including revenue
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

Benefits include

Compensation: hourly
2. Leave: accrual basis
3. Holidays: paid
4. Medical benefits:
a. Health insurance (70% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
b. Vision Coverage (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
c. Dental (50% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
d. Short Term Disability (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
5. Other benefits:
a. Store discount (50% discount for all regular employees)
b. Work shoe allowance (up to $100 annually for eligible employees)

About Community Forklift 
Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement and architectural salvage. The store accepts donations of new, gently-used and vintage building materials; these donated renovation supplies are then made available to the public at low prices and donated to local nonprofits. Community Forklift is located outside Northeast DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District. Please check out our website: www.communityforklift.org.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references: by email to COOCommunityForklift@gmail.com, by fax (301) 985-5182, or by regular mail to Store Manager Position, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

 

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We are looking for on-call contractors, or “Community Builders,” to join our Outreach & Education team (mostly weekend work).  We need extroverts who can staff our booth at street fairs and trade shows, facilitate special events, support workshop presenters in our classroom, and lead volunteer groups at our warehouse (and yes, you’ll occasionally wear silly hats or costumes!).  The best candidate will have an easygoing and very outgoing personality, great time-management habits, and good record-keeping skills.  Hours vary according to your availability and our needs, but our busiest seasons are weekends in April – June and September – November.  Get more info or apply to be a Community Builder here.

 


Internships

Our Interns

Community Forklift offers internships over spring, summer, and fall terms depending on our staffing needs as well as applicants’ interests and skills. This is a great way for high school students, college students, or career-switchers to get an introduction to fields such as green business, sustainability, education and outreach, or administrative work. Please find some of our general guidelines below, and feel free to email Alex Winter at Alex@CommunityForklift.org should you have any specific questions.

Hours per Week: At least two full days/week (16+ hours), but full-time internships also possible.

Work Environment: Both office work and outside work possible. Casual, family-friendly dress code and sturdy shoes required. Warehouse is not climate-controlled, but our offices are.

Compensation: Unpaid position.

Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alex Winter at Alex@CommunityForklift.org

Thank you for your interest in lifting up our communities!

 

 

 


Volunteer

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Volunteer at the Forklift for a few hours, a day, or even on a regular basis. Opportunities include greeting visitors, helping out at community events, and cleaning and organizing donated items in the warehouse.

Just fill out our volunteer inquiry form here. Please give at least two weeks’ notice for us to arrange a project.