Position: Chef & Culinary Educator
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: 45K - 48K Commensurate with experience
Hours: May vary depending on training schedule: currently, Monday through Thursday on-site, remotely on Fridays.
Status: Full-time, Salaried, Non-exempt
Benefits: Health benefits, sick, and vacation days
Location: 677 West Ranger Ave., Alameda, CA
About Food Shift:
Despite the abundance of food and wealth in the Bay Area, 1 in 4 people in San Francisco and 1 in 5 in Alameda are food insecure – many of them seniors and children. Meanwhile, 40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted, contributing to climate change that is ravaging communities around the globe. Food Shift’s work directly responds to these social and environmental imbalances. Food Shift’s local efforts exist as part of a broad and growing movement to transform our economy and culture toward a more just, equitable, and regenerative planet for all.
Food Shift, a project of Earth Island Institute, is developing collaborative models to reduce wasted food, feed communities, and provide jobs. Food Shift’s primary project is The Food Shift Kitchen, a unique social enterprise that recovers produce that would have otherwise been wasted due to cosmetic imperfections and transforms it into nourishing meals that are donated to food insecure communities or sold to local businesses to generate revenue for the program.
The Food Shift Kitchen is located at Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing cooperative that provides housing assistance for low income and formerly homeless families. 99% are APC residents are living below the poverty line and struggling with disabilities. Food Shift partners with APC’s on-the-job training (OJT) program to provide a six month culinary training and certification program. Students learn valuable work-ready skills that will support them in acquiring future employment, strengthening their economic security and personal empowerment. Using this OJT and other models of partnership, Food Shift Kitchen aims to expand its workforce training and development efforts.
Inspired by the success of DC Central Kitchen, we aim to grow our impact throughout the Bay Area and demonstrate a positive model for the rest of the country to follow.
About the role:
The Chef & Culinary Educator will work closely with the Food Shift team and Food Shift community partners to execute the culinary training program. The CE and Catering Instructor (CI) work together as a team to ensure a successful program. Together they work on maintaining health and safety standards, food donations, kitchen supplies, and inventory. The CE spends a large portion of their time working directly with community members and supports them through outreach, enrollment, training, and support in job placement. The CE will also adapt the process to ensure that students' needs are met and organize guest chef & educational field trips to enhance the program experience.
We believe in the power of healing through food and use it as a tool to connect with each other during the program. The kitchen is a safe space for students to learn, make mistakes, and grow. The CE ensures that the students gain basic skills that will help them succeed in the catering internship and beyond. During the training the CE is responsible for sharing any crucial student information like evaluations & timesheets with the CI and workforce partners. The CE is also an ambassador for the organization and works with different workforce partners to create a network for a well rounded program. Workforce partnerships are an important part of creating bridges between different communities, as well as being able to offer wrap around services to those who need it. The training program can sometimes change due to the needs of our workforce partners and customizing culinary training systems might be needed. The CE will play a critical role in Food Shift’s mission to reduce waste, feed communities, and create jobs as part of a holistic vision for healthy and sustainable communities and individuals.
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As needed, the CE supports the catering program and acts as an ambassador for the organization.
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Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities.
We believe thousands of people can be employed in the recovery, redistribution and processing of excess food. By reducing food waste, we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat climate change and cultivate more sustainable communities.
Food Shift is creating models to reduce waste, feed communities, and create jobs. We are working at the forefront of social justice to address the intersecting issues of hunger, job and economic insecurity, waste, climate change, and health.
1-10 team members
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