Independent Contractor: Inspections and Education
About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a nonprofit 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 the Santa Clara County Food Recovery Program
Thanks to continued funding through the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County, Joint Venture is managing the SB 1383 edible surplus food requirements for all jurisdictions in Santa Clara County. To reduce food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025 California recover 20 percent of edible surplus food. Under the new law jurisdictions must establish food recovery programs, regulated businesses and organizations must arrange to recover the maximum amount of their surplus food, and food recovery organizations and services must maintain agreements with businesses donating food and records, including pounds recovered annually, for submission to the State. The Food Recovery Program is responsible for handling data collection on behalf of the jurisdictions; soliciting and managing reporting and conducting inspections; and providing education and outreach to all regulated entities.
The Contractor will report to the Program Manager, and is tasked with two distinct projects:
The Contractor will conduct onsite food recovery program inspections of businesses currently regulated under SB 1383 (including grocery stores, wholesale food vendors and distributors). The inspections will focus on regulatory compliance, education about safe food recovery and strategies to prevent food waste and reduce surplus food, as well as reviewing records related to food recovery that businesses are required to keep onsite. The Contractor will also conduct some virtual inspections as part of a pilot program.
The Contractor will conduct educational outreach to all entities regulated under SB 1383, with a special focus on Tier 2 businesses and organizations new to food recovery (including restaurants, hotels, schools, and large event venues). Educational outreach will include phone, email, Zoom and in-person sessions. The Contractor may also be tasked with the creation of new educational materials, including webinars and/or videos, and some data management.
The Contractor will represent the Program, and so must be professional and knowledgeable about food recovery and food safety, as well as SB 1383 regulations and relevant local ordinances. Comfort communicating with and providing educational information to a wide variety of people are important aspects of this work.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to communicate with large groups of people from diverse backgrounds
- Adept communicator and note-taker
- Great attention to detail
- Ability to work independently; comfort working as an independent contractor
- Comfort working in an enforcement capacity
- Familiarity with and professional experience in the following areas is preferred, but paid time for content area research is also possible:
- Food recovery and food waste
- Sustainability, environmental health, solid waste, or food safety
- Creating and providing educational programming
- Compliance, audit, or inspection experience
About the position
- This is a contract position for approximately 20 hours per week from January to June 2023. A second round of inspections and education will be conducted beginning July 2023, and a contract extension is possible.
- Compensation is $30-$45/hr, depending on the extent of prior experience conducting educational programs and inspections. Contractor will invoice for services monthly.
- Inspections and outreach must be conducted during regular business hours (M-F 9a-5p)
- Travel throughout Santa Clara County is required (candidate must have personal vehicle). Mileage within Santa Clara County is reimbursed at the IRS rate.
- Estimated time for training on food safety, food recovery, and relevant laws and ordinances is included in compensation.