Food Program Coordinator (HIV Services)

PURPOSE: To ensure a community of welcome and hospitality at EMO’s HIV Day Center through the preparation and coordination of all aspects of the Center’s food program.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, fax to (503) 223-7007, or mail to EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239. Open until filled.

LOCATION:  EMO’s HIV Day Center, the Patton Home Kitchen and other sites as assigned.

HOURS: Part time, 30 hours weekly. Typical hours: Monday through Friday beginning at 7 a.m. Occasional nights and weekends required.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President or his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO:  HIV Services Program Manager

DIRECT REPORTS: Dietetic Interns

SALARY: $16.50 per hour

BENEFITS:  All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, employee assistance program, and employee trainings.  Employees in non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more also receive medical, dental, disability and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  1. Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO.
  2. Willingness and ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  3. Valid Driver’s License and evidence of insurability.
  4. Experience preparing meals and developing menus.
  5. Current food handler’s permit.
  6. High-level organization and prioritization skills.
  7. The ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
  8. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  9. Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  10. Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor.
  11. High tolerance for ambiguity and change.


  1. Spanish language proficiency.
  2. Working knowledge of HIV disease and HIV related issues, including nutritional concerns.
  3. Prior experience working with individuals impacted by trauma or serving populations experiencing homelessness and other underserved or marginalized communities.
  4. Experience with non-profit food programs and/or dietetics.
  5. Experience offering participatory cooking groups and/or nutrition classes.
  6. Knowledge and interest in developing plant-based menu alternatives.


  1. Encourage a spirit of hospitality, organization and community within the HIV Day Center.
  2. Ensure the safety of clients, staff and volunteers by developing, maintaining and enforcing client compliance with the HIV Day Center’s policies and procedures.
  3. Manage Day Center food service. This includes: Ensure adequate supplies and equipment including weekly shopping for supplies; Plan and prepare client breakfasts;Oversee transport and service of client lunches (pick up lunches from EMO’s Patton Home kitchen and transport to the Day Center when there are not volunteers available to do so); Support and supervise volunteers working in the kitchen.
  4. Ensure the kitchen and food areas are cleaned after meals.
  5. Complete required record keeping for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  6. Work with and solicit local donors around food donations.
  7. Process all food donations.
  8. Provide psychosocial support to Day Center clients.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.