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Community Services Coordinator (Full-Time,  40 hours per week)

Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Community Services Coordinator to work with our growing green business. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Community Services Coordinator (CSC) is responsible for coordinating the Forklift’s community giving programs, which donate building materials, appliances, and furniture free-of-cost to nonprofits, community groups, and households in need. This is a demanding and fast-paced position with opportunity for growth.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Excellent time management, attention to detail, and record keeping skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to work with low-income clients with respect, courtesy, patience, and discretion; overall ability to work with a very diverse constituency of clients (including seniors and people with disabilities)
  • Experience executing community-based program planning and implementation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Openly and respectfully communicate with all CF staff with a commitment to conflict resolution
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to make people comfortable
  • Ability to problem solve independently and creatively
  • Computer literacy with experience using Google Apps, Microsoft Office, WordPress, and project management software
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for reuse, sustainability, community service and advocacy
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience required (Career-changers and recent graduates with related extracurricular activities are welcome to apply.)
  • Flexibility in work scheduling; must be able to work weekends, evenings, long days, etc. as needed.
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred, but not required.

About the Position

The CSC will manage applications, establish eligibility, communicate promptly and meet with applicants, identify and track donations, and create reports for the Home Essentials Program (for households in need) and the Community Building Blocks Program (for nonprofits and community organizations). In addition, the CSC will maintain relationships with area social service agencies and community partners. The CSC will also work within the Forklift’s Outreach and Education team to support events, marketing, and educational efforts, and to complete administrative tasks as needed. The CSC will also represent the Forklift at events and conferences that highlight community resources.

 Benefits include

  • $16-18/hour depending on experience and time and a half over 40 hours
  • Great team and mission focused environment
  • Employer subsidized health insurance (70%), dental insurance (50%) and vision coverage (100%) with dental plan (for eligible employees)
  • Paid leave (after 90 day probation period for eligible employees)
  • Work shoe allowance
  • 50% employee discount on Community Forklift store materials (excluding consignment products)
  • Excellent opportunity for advancement

To Apply
Send a résumé, cover letter, and three (3) recent professional references: by email to Jobs@CommunityForklift.org with the subject line “Community Services Coordinator,” or by regular mail to Human Resources Department, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.


 

Online Sales Associate (Part-Time,  16 – 25 hour per week)

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced Online Sales Associate to work with our growing green business. This is a part-time position. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Three years+ of experience researching, photographing and listing items for sale on-line. Must have extensive knowledge of on-line selling platforms such as eBay, ability to pack and ship fragile material, and respond to customer inquiries in a professional, courteous and timely manner. Help maintain Community Forklift’s status as a top-seller.
  • Experience selling vintage or antique materials
  • Retail sales experience
  • Strong math and English skills
  • Ability to do computer research with a high attention to detail
  • Experience exercising sound judgment and common sense
  • Ability to work well within a cooperative team-based work environment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to fully follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
  • Ability to follow store policy and procedures
  • Good customer service skills
  • Entrepreneurial approach to work
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities gracefully and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills particularly the ability to work with a very diverse constituency of customers
  • Prior work experience in a hardware store or home improvement store preferred but not required
  • Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
  • Capacity to perform physical labor and moderate lifting (up to 50 lbs.) in a non-climate controlled environment including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions

About the Position

The Online Sales Associate is primarily responsible for assisting the online sales team by identifying valuable, unusual or high-dollar items from our stream of donations. The Online Sales Associate must be able to photograph the item clearly, showing its flaws, marks or unique characteristics. This position requires attention to detail and the ability to research the item’s age, worth and use. The Online Sales Associate must be able to convey that information using keywords that will make the item easily found in the search engines. Responding to customers in a timely manner, facilitating sales by answering questions, and promoting our sustainable green non-profit business is a critical part of the job. The Online Sales Associate must be able to pack and ship items quickly in order to help maintain our top-seller status. This is a part-time position.

REQUIRED: 16 – 25 hour per week

 Benefits include

  • Great team and mission focused environment
  • Employer subsidized health insurance (70%), dental insurance (50%) and vision coverage (100%) with dental plan (for eligible employees)
  • Paid leave (after 90 day probation period for eligible employees)
  • Work shoe allowance
  • 50% employee discount on Community Forklift store materials (excluding consignment products)
  • Excellent opportunity for advancement

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references: by email to jobs@communityforklift.org with the subject line “Online Sales Associate,” or by regular mail to Human Resources Department, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

 


Community Builders

We are always on the lookout 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 & communication 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

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(at)CommunityForklift(dot)org

Thank you for your interest in lifting up local communities!


Volunteers

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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 or organizing donated items in the warehouse.

Just fill out our volunteer inquiry form here. We look forward to working with you!