JOB TITLE: Data Cleaning Assistant

POSTED: September 2022

JOB TYPE AND DURATION: Part-time, Temporary

REPORTS TO: Assessment and Analytics Team

Organizational Summary:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement and partnerships to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. We do this through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions.

The Center, along with its national and local partners, has enrolled 60 institutions in 24 major US cities, with a collective annual food spend of almost $1 billion. These institutions and cities are committed to directing their purchasing power toward the five Program values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition, and to measuring food purchasing practices through a metric-driven framework that encourages improvement over time.

Our approach to food system change emphasizes the use of data to verify commitments that participating institutions make to the five value categories of the Good Food Purchasing Program (local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition), and to quantify impacts in terms of improvements to diets and health, producer and food chain worker livelihoods, farm animal treatment, and the environment.

Data management and assessments based on high quality data are foundational to our work. The Data Cleaning Assistant supports the Assessment & Analytics team on data cleaning, involving data normalization, quality control, product research, and other data management and analysis projects.

Essential Functions:

The Data Cleaning Assistant will:

  • Clean line item purchasing data from institutional vendors, including product name normalization, attribute assignment, and conduct quality control.
  • Assist the Assessment & Analytics team to clean the supplier and food purchases databases.
  • On an as-needed basis, assist with other data-related or analysis projects.

Required Qualifications:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing seeks highly motivated and organized individuals with a passion for data management.

Required qualifications include:

  • Experience and comfort working with Microsoft Excel, including the use of formulas
  • Detail-oriented with strong appreciation for the ways in which high quality data and analysis can be a powerful tool for policy change
  • Comfort with repetitive work while maintaining a high level of quality
  • Ability to work independently and effectively on multiple projects
  • Interest in learning and gaining experience with data management techniques and/or tools
  • Ability to work with a remote team, including regular access to internet, phone, and video conferencing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in food systems work, including values-based procurement, and a commitment to food justice including social, environmental, and economic justice
  • Intermediate experience working with Microsoft Excel, including the use of queries
  • Strong analytical skills

Time Commitment

  • 20 hours/week
  • 12 weeks, or agreed-upon timeline, with the possibility to extend
  • While the position will have a regular work schedule, there will be flexibility depending on your work or school schedule and the nature of the assigned projects.


  • $17/hour

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email the following materials to by October 3, 2022:

  1. Brief cover letter indicating your goals and interests, relevant experience and skills, and why you would like to work at the Center
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for two references

We will follow up with highly qualified candidates to schedule an interview.

The Center for Good Food Purchasing (fiscally sponsored by Community Partners®) is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as women, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.