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This job expired on October 29, 2023

Youth Programs Manager Chefs for Impact

  • Date Posted August 30, 2023
  • Location New York, NY
  • Category Education / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Chefs for Impact is a NYC based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization educating children and adults about the environmental and well-being impact of healthy and sustainable foods. It was founded by Olivia Chessé in March 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, to inspire a more intentional relationship with food in ways that are good for the planet, our health, and our taste buds.

Chefs for Impact collaborates with local schools and community centers and organizes food and wine events as well as online instructional material.

The organization is supported by some of the food industry’s leading authorities, Michelin starred chefs, and sustainability experts.

Job description

About the Position
We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Youth Programs Manager to lead and inspire our innovative youth-focused program centered around food sustainability, nutrition, agriculture and culinary skills. This role requires a combination of culinary expertise, food sustainability knowledge, superior operational efficiency, teaching skills, and exceptional soft skills that enable them to effectively represent our organization, navigate challenges, and contribute to the growth and success of the program while mentoring our students. The position will offer an opportunity to join a rapidly growing nonprofit. The candidate will have the chance to wear many sustainable food-themed hats, from curriculum development, to teaching children about food sustainability, and leading nutrition education demos.

This position is full time non-exempt and the salary is $50,000. 


Role & Responsibilities:

  • Management & Development 
      • Coordinating after-school programs with 7 schools/community centers, including managing relationships, scheduling, and handling contractual aspects.
      • Cultivating strong partnerships with partner schools and Directors, providing regular updates and semester reports.
      • Identifying and establishing connections with potential partners, presenting the program's value proposition.
      • Onboarding new school partners, overseeing contracts, waivers, and logistical arrangements.
      • Crafting and overseeing a comprehensive program budget, ensuring alignment with organization goals.
  • Curriculum Management & Development 
      • Continuously updating and enhancing the curriculum to meet diverse student needs and age requirements.
      • Crafting, assessing, and refining detailed lesson plans aligned with the Chefs for Impact SNAC framework.
      • Collaborating closely with chef educators to optimize lesson plans and educational effectiveness.
      • Skillfully organizing and preparing materials, recipes, and supplies for each chef-led session.
  • Expert Partner & Volunteer Management 
    • Managing communication with expert partners and volunteers in collaboration with the Managing Director.
    • Responsible for coordinating with expert partners (sending class information, scheduling, planning, setting protocol expectations, and executing expert partner classes). 
    • Maintain and work to continuously expand both expert partner and volunteer network 
  1. Team Management
    • Conducting regular check-ins with chef educators and assistants, fostering effective teamwork.
    • Developing and organizing season schedules for the team.
    • Cultivating and maintaining the C4I culture within the youth programming team & classes.
    • Representing Chefs for Impact in interactions with partners, community centers, schools, and students.
  • General Operations
        • Overseeing day-to-day operations, ensuring program efficiency and excellence.
        • Monitoring and tracking staff reports, both weekly and daily, for classes.
  • Programming & Teaching
  • Teaching  Chefs for Kids classes every week with the support of an Assistant Educator (ranging from 2 - 5 classes depending on scheduling, partner schools, etc.).
  • Managing materials procurement for C4K programming, including sourcing ingredients and supplies.
  • Leading weekly class preparation activities in collaboration with the team.
  • Enforcing safety and food sanitation practices rigorously.
  • Conducting weekly food and supplies inventory assessments.
  • Nimbus (Our Kitchen Site) 
    • Managing materials inventory, adhering to FIFO principles and proper disposal practices.
    • Coordinating kitchen prep bookings at Nimbus Kitchen.
    • Organizing weekly compost pick-ups.
    • Ensuring compliance with all Nimbus policies.
  • School Partner Locations
    • Managing on-site inventory.
    • Coordinating class schedules with schools.
    • Arranging support staff schedules (Chef Educators & Assistants).

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent experience; culinary experience a plus.
  • Passion for youth education, sustainable practices, and community engagement. 
  • Proven experience in youth program management, ideally related to food sustainability, nutrition, agriculture, or culinary arts.
  • Strong track record of successfully implementing and overseeing educational programs.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, conflict resolution ability, and teamwork aptitude.
  • Previous experience managing teams and fostering a collaborative work environment.

Soft Skills Required

  • Strong Communication: You will be the face of our organization to students, parents, educators, and community members. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential to convey the program's mission, goals, and impact clearly and compellingly.
  • Quick Thinking and Adaptability: The dynamic nature of working with youth and managing a multifaceted program demands the ability to think on one's feet. The candidate should exhibit quick thinking and adaptability in various situations to ensure smooth program operations and student engagement.
  • Problem-Solving: You will encounter a range of challenges, from logistical issues to unexpected situations. A strong problem-solving mindset is essential to assess issues, devise creative solutions, and make informed decisions promptly.
  • Team Collaboration: Success in this role relies on the ability to collaborate effectively with team members, including educators, mentors, and administrative staff. You should foster a collaborative environment that encourages idea sharing, open communication, and collective achievement.
  • Mentorship and Growth: Nurturing the growth of both students and staff is a cornerstone of our program. The candidate should be passionate about mentoring and guiding team members, creating an environment that fosters continuous learning and personal development.
  • Ownership and Accountability: Taking ownership of projects and tasks is vital to the program's success. The candidate should demonstrate a strong sense of responsibility and accountability, ensuring that initiatives are executed efficiently and goals are met.
  • Positive Attitude: An enthusiastic and positive attitude can greatly influence the program's atmosphere and student engagement. The Youth Programs Manager should bring optimism and energy to the role, inspiring students and team members alike.

If you're a dynamic, adaptable, and passionate individual with the skills to guide youth towards a sustainable future, we invite you to apply. Join our mission to empower the next generation with essential life skills and an enduring commitment to positive change.

Compensation this position is : salaried, 35,568* - 50k Application instructions
This job expired on October 29, 2023
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