Food For Free Seeking Seasonal Employee

Food For Free, a nonprofit that combats food waste and insecurity in Cambridge, MA, is looking to hire a temporary, part-time, Auction Manager for their annual Party Under the Harvest Moon fundraiser. The event, a major source of funding for their food rescue program, will be held on October 20th this year. The Auction Manager position will begin in mid-June and run through late October, with hours ranging from 5 hours a week in June to 30 hours during the week before the event.

The Auction Manager will be responsible for a variety of duties including item solicitation, committee and volunteer management, auction software management, design and creation of the auction program, day-of management of the event, and post-event wrap-up. Specific tasks will include (but are not limited to):

  • Identify new donors, develop plan for solicitation, and close deals
  • Follow up with previous donors
  • Track and maintain progress towards the $20,000 income goal for the auction
  • Recruit, train, and oversee volunteers in various tasks
  • Use 501 Auctions auction management software to update all event information
  • Help promote the auction and online bidding with emails and social media
  • Manage and troubleshoot the 501 Auctions software on the day of the event
  • Collect all item information and non-auction content in a timely manner for creation of the program
  • Assist with the development of a high-quality program, supervising layout and proofreading
  • Provide for a pleasant and smooth experience for party guests and bidders
  • See to it that the Development staff receive all necessary auction-related information after the event

Qualifications and requirements include:

  • Integrity, maturity and sound judgment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and warmly in varying circumstances
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential information
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Time-management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with 501 Auctions software or the ability to learn it quickly
  • Availability for occasional meetings in Cambridge
  • Availability for a long work-day on October 20th
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience managing volunteers and with desktop publishing

Find a more in-depth description of the position here.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Michelle Holcomb:

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