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Community Engagement Manager

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $48,000/yr. USD / Year
  • Salary: $48,000/yr.

Website The Giving Plate

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About us

The Giving Plate’s story traces back to April 2010 when a local couple, Gary and Debra Kelso, took a step of faith, despite their own trying circumstances, with a heartfelt hope to assist 500 local families through food relief. They embarked on a journey that would far exceed their initial vision. Rooted in the belief that leading in love is the best way to live out their faith and that nobody should feel shame due to their need for nourishment, the Kelsos established a welcoming space that would grow to become one of the largest food pantries in the Central Oregon tri-counties of Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook. This journey of love, compassion, and unwavering dedication continues to shape The Giving Plate’s legacy, creating a profound impact on countless lives.

Explore our website (, social media pages and/or our YouTube channel for more information, upcoming events, ways to get involved, etc.

Mission: Feeding the hungry today with compassion & hospitality.

Vision: To end hunger by reimagining what food relief looks like, creating a place where guests feel seen and cared for. A community that affirms every person’s inherent worth and dignity.

Our work environment includes:

  • Rewarding and engaging community service work
  • Consistent team connection
  • Regular community events
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Flexible working hours
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Safe work environment

Job Title: Community Engagement Manager

FLSA Status / FTE: Exempt (not eligible for overtime), salary, 40 hours per week

Benefits Eligibility: Health/Dental/Vision Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, PTO, Phone Stipend (Benefits start at time of employment)

Reports to: Executive Director

Pay: Starting at $48,000 annual salary

Position Summary

The role of the Community Engagement Manager at The Giving Plate is integral to the success of our diverse events, fundraisers, and community engagement initiatives. With the guidance of the Executive Director, this position is committed to elevating community awareness, engagement, and fund development. Key responsibilities encompass the management, oversight, design, and execution of events. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high proficiency in administrative and leadership skills, effectively navigating the nuanced aspects of event planning and community outreach.

This position is 40 hours a week and can exceed this during peak events. The schedule may vary weekly and will include some evenings and weekends.

Essential Job Functions


  • Ensure a consistently high-level experience at all Giving Plate events, including community gatherings, fundraisers, donor engagements, guest events, and volunteer events. The event experience should encompass hospitality, empowerment, compassion, and person-centered attitudes and behaviors.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and management to coordinate, organize, design, and execute events, maintaining a person-centered approach.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and/or other management staff to create an annual event calendar; schedule and plan with staff and volunteers accordingly.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and/or other management staff to develop and assist with the annual event budgeting and needs.
  • Act as the main point of contact for events hosted by local organizations or The Giving Plate, ensuring representation by staff and/or volunteers.
  • Organize and maintain a comprehensive inventory of event equipment, decorations, and supplies for easy accessibility. Ensure all items are properly cared for and stored.


  • Professionally and effectively represents the mission and values of The Giving Plate in its’ entirety when interacting with community members, businesses, donors, volunteers, etc.
  • Actively seek opportunities to increase community awareness of the organization’s mission and programs.
  • Build and nurture relationships with community members, expressing gratitude for sponsorships, In-Kind giving, and volunteered time related to events and fundraisers.


  • Collaborate with the Volunteer Lead to ensure seamless onboarding of event teams, providing consistency for all volunteers, whether they contribute once or regularly.
  • Cultivate relationships with volunteers, ensuring they feel valued and part of the Giving Plate “family.”
  • Work with the Executive Director and management to organize an annual volunteer appreciation event and maintain ongoing expressions of gratitude.
  • Oversee the Event Committee to develop strategies for increased community engagement.


  • Support staff and volunteers as needed to streamline operations in all departments, from food box preparation to donor appreciation.
  • Attend all team meetings to understand departmental needs, challenges, and celebrations, ensuring unity across the organization.
  • Assist the Executive Assistant in obtaining photos and social media stories to communicate the impact of events and fundraisers.
  • Contribute to creative projects and demonstrate clear communication with the team to optimize organizational operations.
  • Set the expectation for a consistent experience of compassion and hospitality for all engaging with The Giving Plate, fostering unity among guests, donors, community members, volunteers, and team members.
  • Track working hours and PTO on Google Timesheet provided.

Standards and Expectations

  • Personal phones are used for work-related tasks and communication. Phone stipend offered to offset the use of a personal device.
  • Facilitate a professional environment for our guests and staff through appropriate and professional communication with all visitors; maintain professional boundaries at all times.
  • Maintain strict adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards and laws.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of the organization’s financial and personnel-related information.
  • Exhibit genuine hospitality for guests and always conduct oneself appropriately and professionally.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
  • Function as a role model for other staff/volunteers; exhibit confidence in self and in others.
  • Proactively identify problems, troubleshoot, and problem solve in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to good communication, including giving and asking for feedback.

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a variety of work environments. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work near moving mechanical parts, occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, occasionally exposed to the risk of electrical shock, and occasionally exposed to vibrations.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can become loud.
  • Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens and/or infectious agents. May be required to wear personal protective equipment such as eyewear, facemasks (for respiratory protection), and/or gloves if/as needed.

Physical Demands

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • While performing this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk, and hear. The employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, to taste or smell, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Location:

The Giving Plate main warehouse (1245 SE 3rd Street #C7, Bend, OR 97702), The Giving Plate’s Distribution Center (1212 NE 1st Street, Bend, OR 97701), and The Giving Plate’s Community Store (61470 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97702).

Required Certification

  • Food Handler’s Card

Required Computer Skills

  • Google Chrome, G-Suite, Windows Operating System, Adobe, Canva, and Additional Selected Mobile Device Apps.

Employment at Will

  • Nothing in this job description alters in any way the at-will nature of the employment relationship.
  • Either the employee or The Giving Plate may terminate employment at any time with or without notice or cause.


This job will be posted until the position has been filled. We are seeking a great cultural fit, along with the appropriate qualifications.

Application Steps:

we pursue a future team member for this position, we desire to be forthcoming regarding our timeline and process. For all qualified applicants, this process could take up to four weeks, depending upon both parties’ interest levels, availability, etc. Please be aware of the following steps to engage with throughout the application/interview process.

  1. Complete the entire Indeed Application + Assessments. Include a cover letter with your resume on Indeed.
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted by a 3rd party consultant to complete three free online tests and provide business references.
  3. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for a preliminary 20-to 30-minute Zoom Interview with the 3rd party consultant.
  4. Qualified applicants will be requested to engage in a 2 – 4 hr volunteer shift at the food pantry to engage with the environment, guests, team, and systems at large.
  5. Qualified applicants may be requested to complete a small written project.
  6. Qualified applicants will engage in an in-person interview with the Executive Director.
  7. Qualified applicants may engage in a 2nd in-person interview with the Executive Director and additional team members/board members.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting you!

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