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Being a part of The Good Acre means you have the support of a team that works together to make a positive impact both on our community and in the lives of those that we serve. If you are looking to lend your skillset to do some seriously meaningful work, you’ve come to the right place.

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We will most successfully advance the mission of The Good Acre if our leadership and staff reflect the communities and stakeholders we serve. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive place to work.

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Kitchen Coordinator

Summary

The Kitchen Coordinator (KC) position supports the Culinary Education Manager in administering the VoCul program, a Vocational Culinary training program with a farm to school focus that consists of 10-weeks of hands-on training followed by internships at food services kitchens throughout the Twin Cities. The KC is expected to be the lead on communications to program participants, instructors, internship hosts, and other partners. In addition to communications, the KC will assist with the VoCul virtual learning program, as well as maintaining a well-stocked, clean, and organized physical kitchen workspace.

Appointment

HOURS: 30 hours per week (.75 FTE). This is a grant-funded position through June 2023 with the possibility of extension. This position is eligible for full benefits including paid time off, holidays, retirement, and health insurance.

Responsibilities include:

Administrative (80%):

  • Assist Culinary Education Manager (CEM) in scheduling interviews and internship meetings.
  • Lead tracking of program participants throughout each cohort, from application to graduation.
  • Draft and send communications to VoCul students, partners, Guest Chefs, internship site hosts, and other related parties.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot the VoCul Workramp Learning Management System.
  • Create and reconcile documents and forms necessary to facilitate the ease of operations of the VoCul program, including but not limited to: The VoCul Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Program Syllabus, Guest Instructor Manual, Jotform Evaluation and Progress Report forms, Goodhire background checks.
  • Create VoCul graphic design materials, such as student diplomas, announcement materials, and other instances where this might be needed.
  • Order small wares for VoCul program, including but not limited to: chef coats and uniforms, program supplies for each VoCul cohort, small equipment needed by TGA to facilitate the VoCul program, and non-food equipment needed for on-site events.
  • During the VoCul cohort, conduct progress report check-in meetings with VoCul students via Zoom and consistently record progress of students for cohort tracking purposes.
  • Liaise with host kitchen partner Eat for Equity to ensure that kitchen equipment is clean, available, safe, and functional for cohort; triangulate plans with VoCul team at Eat for Equity to be on-site for third-party repairs, vendors, or deliveries.
  • Assist in Program Evaluation of past cohorts as requested by Karen DeYoung and Associates.

On-Site Assistance (20%):

  • Assist VoCul team in initial set-up of VoCul In-Person Labs, including creation of Student Folders, SOP Binder, and any potential moving or cleaning of equipment that may need to occur on-site at either host kitchen Eat for Equity, or the TGA kitchen, before a cohort begins.
  • Assist CEM in execution of VoCul Graduation or On-Site Cooking Events, including but not limited to pre-party management (invitations, guest list, order lists, etc.), event and room set-up, student and volunteer management, and kitchen management before and during the event.
  • General kitchen maintenance and organization as it applies to the VoCul program at TGA, if/when the dedicated kitchen is built.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1 year administrative or equivalent experience
  • Basic understanding of professional kitchen systems
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to lead public-facing events
  • Proficiency in electronic communication (email, electronic forms, online learning platform, etc) and online learning systems
  • Advanced time management, organizational, logistical and problem solving abilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional kitchen/culinary experience
  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification or Certified Food Protection Manager
  • Ability to take initiative and show good judgment
  • Experience in event planning, facilitation, and execution
  • Experience in maintaining inventory for food storage, small wares, chemicals, other supplies.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to [email protected]. Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 3rd at 12p. More information about our mission and work can be found at www.thegoodacre.org. The Good Acre is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome all to apply. We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.

The Good Acre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and we do not discriminate against employees or applicants based on race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

TGA Benefits

We offer full-time employees a benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance
  • 403(B) match
  • Family leave
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Holiday pay
  • Fair salaries
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional development opportunities

TGA Values

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • Affordable, accessible, healthy food
  • A regional food system that supports farmers’ livelihood
  • Environmentally sustainable food and farm enterprises
  • Equitable, inclusive, and diverse programs, staff, and leadership
  • Respectful, mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Timely, responsive, thoughtful programs
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Strategic, intentional approaches for impact
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