Director of Yakima Distribution Center

Northwest Harvest   Yakima, WA   Full-time     Management
Posted on November 21, 2022
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Position Title: Director of Yakima Distribution Center 

Reports To: Chief Operations Officer 

Supervises: Inbound & Outbound Operations Manager, Operations Support Staff 

Type: Full-Time Regular 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Location: Yakima 

Pay Range: $107,140 - $133,930 DOE  



Northwest Harvest is Washington’s leading hunger relief agency – supporting a statewide network of 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools. Focused on improving equity in our food system, Northwest Harvest believes everyone in Washington should have consistent access to nutritious food that feeds the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to making sure those who suffer from hunger are being fed, Northwest Harvest aims to shift public opinion, as well as impact institutional policies and societal practices that perpetuate hunger, poverty, and disparities in our state. Learn more at 


Working closely with the Chief Operations Officer (COO) The Director of Yakima Distribution Center (DYDC) provides overall distribution leadership and vision to the onsite Yakima Distribution Center (DC) team by emphasizing a commitment to supporting the safety and wellbeing of Northwest Harvest assets, strategic supply chain leadership,  support the  procurement of food stocks, warehousing, food processing and food distribution in response to hunger in WA State, and plays a key role in guiding and supporting the organization through this operations shift by making Yakima the center of the organizations statewide distribution system.   

The DYDC leads and advances by building a strong, cohesive DC team and is responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations and responding to challenges.   

This position contributes to Northwest Harvests mission by ensuring continuity of services by fostering community, promoting food access, compliance with organizational adherence to established guidelines and requirements that relate to each risk along the supply chain continuum, and exercises sound financial management.   

In addition, the DYDC serves by cultivating a safe, inclusive environment that includes a high-quality service delivery of supply chain management based on the values inherent in Northwest Harvests mission, the principles of cultural proficiency, and effectively managing all areas of the supply chain  to include and is not limited to; warehousing, distribution, transportation and logistics with a focus on thoughtful and insightful strategies for effective use to get the right food to the right place at the right time,  all while bringing  a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to continually foster and include an equitable workplace culture. 

Leadership & Strategy 

  • In collaboration with the COO, the Director of Yakima DC is responsible for the management, strategy, execute of social enterprise initiatives as well as operations of the Yakima DC supply chain and infrastructure.   
  • Advise COO of critical matters and keep informed, in a timely manner, of any issues, which may present potential risk, impact policies or interfere with the accomplishments of organizational goals.  
  • Create, implement, evaluate, and improve Yakima DC related policies and procedures. 
  • Define and maintain departmental budget, optimizing cost-effective operations. 
  • Advises and partners with the leadership team to offer strategic ideas and solutions which are aligned to the mission and vision of NWH.  
  • Evaluate and identify the need for systems upgrades, configurations, and new systems. 
  • Build relationships, offer recommendations and support cross-functional collaboration by providing supply chain subject matter expertise.  
  • Establish proactive vendor management honoring NWH’s commitment to race equity work. 

Supply Chain Management 

  • Collaborates with other departments and stakeholders to identify and maintain resources needed to establish and provide an effective supply chain. 
  • Drive fulfilment and execution with focus on efficiency, predictability, and costs. 
  • Establishes performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of factors affecting the supply chain. 
  • Develops and maintains detailed inventories of materials and supplies located in the Yakima DC to optimize production.  This includes but is not limited to; analyzing current inventories and procedures; suggests improvements to increase efficiency of supply chain and profitability for the organization.  
  • Identifies optimal shipment and transportation routes with attention to consolidation of warehousing and distribution. 
  • Assesses the need for material-handling equipment and staffing; makes recommendations to ensure efficient loading, unloading, movement, and storage of materials. 
  • Builds and increases efficiency throughout the supply chain while ensuring quality and safety; implements subsequent changes to processes. 
  • Manage key strategic partnerships and contracts with suppliers. 
  • Monitors the performance of suppliers, assessing their ability to meet quality and delivery requirements; identifies and qualifies new suppliers in collaboration with other departments. 
  • Oversee the Yakima DC Standard Operating Procedures process and continuous improvement strategy for consistency.  
  • Identify business transformation opportunities to drive inventory velocity, reduce cycle time and increase predictability. 
  • Work with internal partners to develop business requirements and roadmap to improve the tooling as well as advanced data & analytics. 
  • Partner with key strategic partners from planning, sourcing and deployment to drive end-to-end improvements across the network.  
  • Oversee updates and maintenance of all driver requirements both through the driver’s manual and through local, state and federal regulations.  

Team Management 

  • Serve as the leader for the Yakima DC team - build, coach and develop a high performing team of supply chain professionals Develop core capabilities needed to scale the Supply Chain operations team 
  • Support staff development through training opportunities, special projects, and stretch assignments.  


  • Oversee statewide transportation strategy to effectively maximize logistics across the state. 
  • Support and evaluate comprehensive fleet plan for the state. 
  • Develop strategies for engaging other transportation companies in our work, developing relationships through coalitions and other means in order to find new and creative ways to partner. 
  • Oversee updates and maintenance of all driver requirements both through the driver’s manual and through local, state and federal regulation.  
  • Develop and oversee statewide plan for reduction of transportation costs through partnership, in kind and strategic cost sharing. 

Equity and Inclusion 

  • Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact. 
  • Participate in intentional learning efforts, including events relating to understanding and dismantling institutional racism and building cultural competency. 


Internal: This position is at the center of NWH work, and serves as a forwarding facing role, high visibility partner who encourages relationship building across the organization and is in frequent contact with leadership and staff. 

External: This position will uphold NWH’s commitment to ending hunger, and new possibilities in our agricultural heartland and will be in regular contact with stakeholders, vendors, and professional associates and networks as well as local communities and will strive to create a welcoming space.   


A combination of the real-life experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position. 

Successful completion of Background check is required. 

Knowledge of: 

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and anti-racist, anti-oppression organizational work. 
  • Unique success factor of the nonprofit sector and NWH including dealing with ambiguity, changing resources, and a community like setting.  
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Warehousing, Distribution, and logistics common practices 
  • Thorough knowledge in Basic accounting principles, financial management and P and L statements. 
  • Comprehensive Knowledge in Operations management. 
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge with Warehouse Management Systems, Microsoft Office applications; particularly Word, Excel, PPT and Outlook, Teams, and Zoom and ability to work efficiently and effectively with other organizational platforms such as ADP, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics NAV systems. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  

Ability To: 

  • Understand individuals who have experienced poverty or food insecurity. 
  • Demonstrate interest and commitment to supporting equity and inclusion for members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations and people living with disabilities.  
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leadership to assure a high degree of mutual accountability. 
  • Analyze issues, synthesize information, make decisions and learn from mistakes. 
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to listen effectively and to explain complex issues and applicable legal requirements, policies, and procedures to staff and leaders. 
  • Proven leadership skills and experience supervising people of diverse skill sets and educational levels. 
  • Ask questions to understand the merits of different approaches and shift strategies in response to demands of a situation. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, and to work well with a wide range of people, including volunteers, donors, businesses, clients, civic groups and religious organizations. 
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate programs and think strategically and creatively. 
  • Ability to manage in a mission driven, values driven environment. 
  • Experience advising and/or coaching managers on performance and work conduct related issues.  
  • Competency in managing and evaluating data. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; commitment to staff development and donor customer service.  
  • Highly organized with strong project management, time and department budgeting management skills. 
  • Ability to lead and thrive though ambiguity, while maintaining composure, discretion, and high quality under timeline pressure or when faced with sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritizes tasks, demonstrating excellent time-management, organizational, problem-prevention and problem-solving skills.  


Minimum 7+ years’ experience in supply chain operations, Agriculture Economics, Agriculture Food and Business Economics, Horticulture and planning leadership roles, including project management, and change management.  Minimum three (3) years supervisory and management experience. 

Experience in a nonprofit organization is desired but not required. 

Ability to speak a second language or the ability to speak Spanish, is desired but not required.   


Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, business, related field or an equal combination of education and relevant work experience.   


The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. As an adaptive organization, responsibilities can and will change in alignment with greater efficiencies and mission metrics. 

Northwest Harvest offers a competitive salary and generous benefits which include but are not limited to paid time off, health/vision/dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan. 

HOW TO APPLY: Please visit our “Current Openings” page on the Northwest Harvest website and select the “OPEN POSITION TITLE” position.   

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.  


Northwest Harvest (NWH) is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants.  NWH does not discriminate with regards to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other status protected under local, state or federal law.  

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, upon request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of our positions.