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!
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.
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Job: Part-time Chef with passion for building community through cooking, health, and education. http://goo.gl/WWjpNF
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.
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.