Current Job Opportunities at ALIVE!

ALIVE! is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Alexandria, VA. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the oldest and largest private safety net in the City of Alexandria dedicated to alleviating suffering from living in poverty and with hunger. ALIVE! helps people faced with emergency situations or long-term needs to become capable of assuming self-reliant roles in the community. ALIVE! serves thousands of individuals every month, providing food, furniture, housewares, shelter, and emergency financial help.

Food Bagger

Since the pandemic, ALIVE!, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has been charged with providing food to people in need in a contact-less way. This requires bagging of shelf stable food to deliver and distribute to people in need.  We need enthusiastic and positive people to help bag food and work in our warehouses.

Job Description:

This position reports Food Program Director and Food Program Coordinators and will work closely with volunteers.   Working hours depend on needs and may take place between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. Part and Full-time temporary positions open.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict protocols based on government health and safety guidelines are in place to protect the staff, volunteers, and clients. These protocols must always be followed; however, we cannot guarantee zero exposure to COVID-19. Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.

This is a very physical job and requires stamina and the ability to lift up to 60 pounds, operate electric pallet jack.   Ability to drive and get to different sites during the work day and to report to work is required. The location is not heated or air-conditioned, and employees should be prepared for work appropriately.


  • Assemble bags of food for distribution to clients
  • Move pallets of food as directed, including loading and unloading trucks and assist with deliveries and pick-ups
  • Help prepare or deliver bags to emergency assistance home delivery clients as requested
  • Prepare food for delivery to COVID-19 positive quarantine households
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changing needs and schedules
  • Occasionally deliver food to clients
  • Work at distribution sites, Saturdays and weekday evenings depending on schedule
  • Work well as a team and independently at a reasonable pace
  • Staying positive and working with volunteers


  • A personal vehicle to use for delivery with insurance (preferred).
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.

To Apply:

Please contact Ann Patterson, Food Program Director,

Food Community Coordinator

ALIVE!, an interfaith community-based nonprofit in Alexandria, VA, providing basic needs services since 1969, has rapidly expanded its food program fourfold in response to growing food insecurity due the pandemic and economic crisis.  ALIVE! is searching for a full-time, temporary Food Program Coordinator to help meet this growing need.

Job Description:

This is a full-time, temporary position funded through at least December 31, 2020.  Hours are non-traditional and require evenings and weekends.  Health care and leave benefits available for full-time staff.  Two part-time hires may job share this position.


  • Can-Do! attitude and ability to pivot quickly as current needs change – someone who can Get It Done
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Keen problem-solver, multi-tasker and detail-oriented is a must
  • Ability to effectively communicate ALIVE!’s needs to other organizations and the community
  • Experience working with or managing volunteers
  • Ability to manage inventory and food distributions
  • Ability to perform a fair amount of warehouse physical labor; operate manual and electric pallet jacks, drive 16’ box truck and operate an electric lift gate, and be able to lift and carry up to 60-pound boxes.
  • Familiarity with the City of Alexandria a plus
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Prior experience with a non-profit and/or food mission preferred

Duties: The Food Program Coordinator engages in any or all of the following tasks as assigned by the Program Director, as well as other tasks that may arise.

  • Handle logistics for Truck-to-Trunk COVID-19 Emergency Food Mass Distribution, held on two Saturdays monthly (mid-month and the last Saturday); and other mass distributions that occur 2-3 times monthly, generally in the evenings during the week.
  • Prepare food and supplies for distributions and Community Partner deliveries (pantries & meal kitchens), coordinating with Food Warehouse Assistant; including loading/unloading trucks; packing pallets, and ensuring sufficient inventory and delivery availability.
  • Supervise and interact with volunteers to pack 3,000 or more grocery bags weekly and work at distributions, including using online registration system and emails for posting job listings; conduct orientation for volunteers on-site and in advance of events.
  • Track incoming and outgoing food for record keeping.
  • Shelve incoming inventory at the warehouse.
  • Coordinate with the City Emergency Operations Center for logistics support for transportation and equipment needs.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Ann Patterson, Food Program Director, Salary $40,000-50,000 range for annual FTE, depending on qualifications.  Position starts immediately.

Volunteer Manager

ALIVE!, a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing basic needs support to  people in the city of Alexandria, is looking for a temporary Volunteer Coordinator.  This position is funded until at least 12/31/2020 and will start immediately.  This is a public facing position and requires ability to be present in the office and on-site.

Job Description:

The Volunteer Manager recruits, orients, schedules volunteers, and works closely with program staff to ensure all volunteer needs are met and volunteers are adequately prepared for the job.

Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.)

  • Develop, promote, and maintain active list of volunteer opportunities within the organization
  • Interface with program staff regularly to assess needs for volunteer assistance
  • Maintain Volunteer Descriptions for each volunteer assignment
  • Ensure volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations
  • Work with Communication Manager and Executive Director to ensure volunteer opportunities are well marketed and communicated to the public
  • Recommend the most efficient use of volunteers, appropriate volunteer/supervisory mix, and future workforce needs to support volunteer program operations
  • Conduct and/or arrange for volunteer orientation and training
  • Work with volunteers and staff to maintain lists of volunteers and update database, track attendance, and hours as may be needed
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service
  • Assess volunteer feedback and work with team to respond appropriately and make needed changes
  • Ensure volunteers are appropriately recognized and thanked
  • Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to
  • recommend/implement changes as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer
  • participation
  • Recruit and place applicants for volunteer work
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations within the area
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance for volunteers
  • Author written communications such as letters, best practices, instructions, or other media, as appropriate


To be successful, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily, be able to work in a changing environment, problem solve, and be an excellent communicator.

Education and Experience:

Have job-related experience such as working with public facing organization, managing volunteer programs, leading teams and/or organizations, event planning, good organizing and public relations skills. Knowledge of management principles and evaluation techniques related to programs that involve volunteers is helpful.

 Skills and Capabilities:

  • Proficient in basic computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and internet usage and social media; MS office suite
  • Record and data management skills
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and positive demeanor
  • Ability to network and interface with external organization
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or with difficult situations
  • Demonstrated capability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers
  • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Ability to effectively manage a wide array of tasks, projects, and responsibilities
  • Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to drive between sites (may require use of personal car)
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds

Time Commitments:

Hours may vary depending on need. Weekend and evening may be required, as will day-time hours. It is expected this position would be full time and is funded through the end of December, 2020.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to