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Part-time Production Chef and Culinary Educator
Food Shift

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$40k per year
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JOB: Part-time Production Chef and Culinary Educator

25 hours per week (non-exempt)

Rate of pay: $25,000 ($40,000 FTE)

Temporary until September 2017

Location: Kitchen site at Alameda Point Collaborative (in Alameda, CA), with some work from Food Shift’s office in downtown Oakland.

Interviews start in early November with applicants reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Food Shift is a project of Earth Island Institute and is dedicated to building sustainable solutions that reduce wasted food and hunger. We recently launched an exciting new initiative — Alameda Kitchen — that reduces wasted food, provides nutritious food to the community, and provides employment and community building opportunities. The Production Chef and Kitchen Supervisor will play a critical role in shaping and expanding this pilot program.

The Alameda Kitchen is housed at Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a housing community for formerly homeless individuals and families in the City of Alameda. With support from their team of APC resident/kitchen assistants, the Chef will use high quality surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste to make nutritious meals and food products and distribute it to local agencies that feed food insecure individuals.

The Production Chef & Kitchen Supervisor will work closely with the Food Shift and APC team to execute and support the development of the culinary training program while producing products to sell and distribute throughout the community. The Alameda Kitchen is a bridge program for APC’s On-The-Job (OJT) training program in which residents work 18 hours/week on site, such as in the APC career center or farm. The Production Chef & Kitchen Supervisor will be responsible for developing food products for distribution as well as training and supervising Alameda Kitchen OJTs in safely and effectively producing these products.

The ideal candidate has culinary experience, a passion for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, experience teaching and training others in cooking, and is compassionate, patient, and light-hearted. While Food Shift is aiming to source fairly consistent quantities and types of surplus produce, we are looking for a candidate who is creative, resourceful, and can have fun improvising in their cooking as unexpected ingredients arise. The Chef manages all aspects of the kitchen operations and sets the standards for all systems and practices. The person in this position creates a culture of ownership and leadership and upholds Food Shift’s values, with the goal of maximizing the opportunity for APC residents to gain skills, develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and discover their own strengths and capacities.

While the Alameda Kitchen is part of a non-profit organization, we embrace the spirit of social enterprise. After witnessing so many nonprofits in our sector struggle with limited capacity, infrastructure, and revenue, we are committed to building a financially sustainable, socially conscious business that can scale. This means that while we work toward our mission to reduce waste, feed people, and provide jobs, we will explore opportunities for revenue generation in order to sustain, grow, and increase our social and environmental impact. This is a critical and fundamental component of the Alameda Kitchen and is core to our vision for how our work and the work of our sector is going to scale to meet demand. We are inspired and influenced by the success of DC Central Kitchen and we aim to grow significantly in the next couple years, becoming a critical Bay Area program and model for the rest of the nation to follow.

The Alameda Kitchen is a new and evolving program so comfort with a start-up environment is important. We are looking for someone who is collaborative, a strong communicator, adaptable to change, and interested in investing in the continuous improvement of the program. The insights, ideas, feedback, and contributions from the Chef will be critical to the success of this program. This is a chance to get in on the ground-floor of an innovative and successful nonprofit that is growing quickly. . . which is why we need you!



  • Lead a team of Alameda Kitchen OJTs in cooking surplus produce into nutritious food products, such as soups, salads, and entrees, that will be donated to local nonprofits that feed underserved communities.
  • Engage OJTs in supporting with kitchen administrative tasks as needed.
  • Track incoming food donations and outgoing food products.
  • Sort, organize, and label incoming food donations.
  • Adapt weekly menu to take advantage of food donations.
  • Identify additional ingredients needed with cost and resourcefulness in mind, and pick up additional ingredients using own vehicle as needed.
  • Ensure that all food products leaving the kitchen are beautiful, delicious, and nutritious.
  • Ensure that food products are safely packaged, labeled and ready for distribution.
  • Help with sourcing kitchen equipment and maintain kitchen equipment.
  • Make recommendations for equipment and supply purchases as needed.
  • Maintain ServSafe Manager certification and implement policies and procedures to ensure food sanitation standards are maintained at all times.
  • Keep kitchen and storage clean and organized.
  • Implement safety practices and training to minimize accidents.
  • Ensure no food is wasted in the Alameda Kitchen.


  • Recruit and screen Alameda Kitchen OJTs.
  • Make sure OJTs complete intake, midpoint, and exit surveys.
  • Supervise kitchen work sessions and lead culinary trainings for OJTs.
  • Train and supervise OJTs in proper food safety and handling practices.
  • Train and oversee OJTs in proper kitchen and equipment cleaning.
  • Collaborate with APC staff to ensure smooth integration into the APC OJT program.
  • Communicate progress of Alameda Kitchen OJTs to APC and Food Shift staff.


  • Track daily activities, incoming food supplies, outgoing food products, and food/equipment inventory, in coordination with other Food Shift staff.
  • Communicate clearly and frequently with other Food Shift staff.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with APC, the Alameda Food Bank, and other key partners.
  • Be present for Food Shift funder visits to the kitchen as needed.
  • Communicate successes, challenges, and recommendations for Alameda Kitchen program.
  • Participate actively in program innovation and evolution.



  • Experience working with individuals who have faced homelessness, addiction, domestic abuse, poverty, and other past trauma.
  • Culinary experience.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, and/or kitchen tracking software.
  • Possession of a CA drivers’ license and own vehicle to use as needed.


  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn.
  • Ability to use a computer, keyboard, and calculator.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Work environment is primarily indoors with the majority of time spent in a busy production kitchen or sitting at a desk.


  • Reports to Director
  • Participates in weekly team meetings and others as necessary
  • Hours are approximately 10-3 Monday – Friday with slight flexibility possible for the right candidate; hours subject to change based on enterprise needs.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

To Apply:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Dana. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Job: Part-time Chef with passion for building community through cooking, health, and education.

JOB: Production Chef & Culinary Educator! Join the@FoodShift team to reduce waste & feed people!


Food Shift is looking for a part-time Chef & Kitchen Supervisor for our newly launched Alameda Kitchen program! We’re excited to find someone with experience and passion for building community through cooking and education. Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen is located at the Alameda Point Collaborative where through its unique social enterprise model it is reducing waste in our food system, nourishing the community, and providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. The Chef will play a critical role in helping to nurture and teach the program’s on-the-job trainees while also supporting Food Shift’s larger vision of building a self-sustaining social enterprise.

For more information visit our website:

About Food Shift

Mission Statement

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.

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