Associate Director, Silicon Valley Food Recovery

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions.

About Silicon Valley Food Recovery Initiative

This position supports the Santa Clara County Food Recovery Steering Committee and the newly formed Santa Clara County Edible Food Recovery Program as SB 1383 is implemented.

The Santa Clara County Food Recovery Steering Committee, originally convened through Joint Venture in 2016, is made up of city and county officials, zero-waste professionals, nonprofits, corporate partners, and citizens focused on the sourcing and recovery of prepared food. Thanks to continued funding through the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County, we deepened our work to focus needed attention on SB 1383. To reduce food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025 California recover 20 percent of edible food excess. Jurisdictions must establish food recovery programs, food donors must arrange to recover the maximum amount of their excess food, and food recovery organizations and services must maintain agreements with generators and records for submission to the State. Joint Venture will manage the Santa Clara County Edible Food Recovery Program through the Steering Committee. Program to include:

  • Education and Outreach coordination
  • Centralized data collection/Documentation
  • Capacity Analysis, surveying and reporting
  • Develop Inspection and Monitoring Strategy- with goal of all jurisdictions standardized
  • Edible food program management/expansion

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Joint Venture is seeking an impassioned food recovery Associate Director to support the administration of a county wide food recovery program. This position will support nonprofits working in the field and local jurisdictions as they enact the new SB 1383 legislation. This position will support all aspects of the program, including:

  • Managing their own projects related to SB 1383 implementation
  • Administration of surveys
  • Program tracking and documentation
  • Research and report writing
  • Representing the initiative in meetings throughout Silicon Valley
  • Compiling data for a Santa Clara County-wide food recovery capacity analysis

Education: bachelor’s degree required, master's degree preferred.


  • 3+ years experience researching and/or writing
  • Great at networking, cultivating and maintaining organizational relationships
  • Strategic and data-driven, enjoy testing new approaches
  • The ability to participate in an environment that prioritizes participation from people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • An understanding of how to work successfully with public, private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Excellent computer skills, with the ability to learn new software when needed. Most work is accomplished with the google suite of applications
  • Effective at working independently and remotely, but you’re also naturally collaborative and enjoy working with a team
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to lead meetings, listen to stakeholders, and speak publicly

About the Position

  • This is a 70% position with Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Salaried, non-exempt role
  • The position is funded for two years. We expect it will continue into future fiscal years, pending success of the program
  • As a part-time employee, no benefits/paid vacation are included; however, we offer a flexible work schedule which can be adjusted to accommodate unpaid time off
  • Our organization is committed to flexibility and work-life balance
  • In the near-term, several monthly meetings are in-person in Santa Clara County, but most work will be conducted remotely. Longer-term remote work will be possible, as long as you have the ability to travel to San Jose and other parts of Silicon Valley for regular in-person meetings, several per week.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Robin Martin (), Executive Director, Silicon Valley Food Recovery, Joint Venture Silicon Valley.