Food Program Assistant, HIV Day Center

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on September 17 to or EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239.

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

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 and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO:  HIV Services Program Manager


LOCATION:  EMO’s HIV Day Center program site and other sites as assigned.

HOURS:  Non-exempt position, 20 hours per week. Typical hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

SALARY: $15 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. 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. Assist with Day Center food service. This includes:
    • Assist with preparation of client breakfasts.
    • Take orders for meals and track attendance.
    • Assist with 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 volunteers working in the kitchen.
  4. Ensure the kitchen and food areas are cleaned after meals.
  5. Work with, and solicit local donors around food donations.
  6. Process all food donations.
  7. Provide psychosocial support to Day Center clients.
  8. Other duties as assigned.


  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.
  1. Valid Driver’s License and evidence of insurability.
  2. Experience with food service
  3. Current food handler’s permit.
  4. High-level organization and prioritization skills and ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor.
  5. The ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
  6. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  7. Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  8. Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor.
  9. 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 communities experiencing homelessness and other underserved or marginalized communities.
  4. Experience with non-profit food programs and/or dietetics.