Culinary Hospitality Teacher-YouthBuild

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The Culinary and Hospitality Teacher of LearningWorks YouthBuild (LWYB) is the vocational instructor of a nationally accredited program working with young men and women aged 16-24 who have not had success in traditional school settings.  The Culinary and Hospitality Teacher is part of a dynamic team of professionals who, together, manage all components of a comprehensive academic, vocational, and career pathways training program for traditionally underserved young people. This position’s primary role is to teach key competencies relevant for a career in the culinary and hospitality industries, and to support students in earning industry-recognized credentials in these fields, including, but not limited to: ProStart, ServSafe, AHLEI Guest Service Gold, and AHLEI START credentials.

This position contributes to the accomplishment of the organization’s mission through: planning and implementing effective lessons with students both in the classroom and in our commercial kitchen space. This may include working with students as a group and on an individual basis, as well as lesson planning and curriculum development for all aspects of our Culinary and Hospitality pathway.  This position also supports our job development efforts through the cultivation of external partnerships with other programs and potential employers as well as direct work with students and alumni who are interested in careers in the culinary and/or hospitality fields.

Work is performed, reviewed, and evaluated under the supervision of the Program Director of LearningWorks YouthBuild.


RESPONSIBILITIES: (essential functions of the job)

This position contributes to the achievement of the LearningWorks YouthBuild program’s mission through some or all of the following core accountabilities:

Manages the occupational skills training and associated curriculum of the LWYB Culinary and Hospitality program, and ensures that this key program component meets and maintains a standard of excellence:

Develops positive, respectful and meaningful relationships with students. Creates a dynamic, kind, and positive classroom/kitchen work environment.  Tailors instruction in order to meet a wide variety of learning needs and styles.

Teaches the certification curricula (ProStart, AHLEI, ServSafe) to students in adherence with prescribed proficiency benchmarks. Administers module tests, tracks participant results, and maintains records.  Provides additional support to students where needed;

Ensures high quality instruction of a variety of culinary and hospitality skills and competencies

Ensures kitchen and workplace safety, modeling and reinforcing proper techniques and all safety procedures

Assists in the evaluation of student knowledge and skills in these fields;

Sets and maintains high standards for classroom and kitchen behavior and academic achievement for all students

Supports the academic and leadership goals of the program by incorporating both of these into culinary and hospitality program activities whenever possible.

Displays the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards, and establishes open lines of communication when working with students, parents, other staff members and external partners

Assists in the development of job opportunities for students in conjunction with other members of LWYB staff and, where appropriate, assists students in setting career goals


Cultivates and maintains professional working relationships with a variety of external partners in the culinary and hospitality industries to help support LWYB’s program, students and alumni

Provides life skills cooking and nutrition education to students to supplement the academic curriculum

Serves as an advisor to a small group of students and participates in alumni follow-up activities and community service events

Collaborates with the program’s Academic Teacher in a variety of classes where there may be content overlap

Submits student attendance, participation, grading and certificate data in a timely fashion

Participates as part of the staff team in the recruitment of students, the development or updating of programs and initiatives, and in the support of alumni and alumni programs

Collaborates consistently and proactively with colleagues in sharing group responsibilities, to cover scheduling gaps, and work on collective projects

Attends meetings and trainings as required by LearningWorks YouthBuild and LearningWorks

Develops culinary and hospitality budget, purchases food and consumables weekly, and monitors costs

Performs other related tasks and assumes other related responsibilities as needed or requested


Industry-recognized certification in relevant field required

Bachelor’s Degree in related field or at least 2 years demonstrated experience in education,         vocational training, social services, youth development or workforce development.


At least two (2) years of professional experience working in the culinary and/or hospitality industry. Varied experience (both front of house and back of house) preferred.

At least two (2) years’ experience working with young people in education, alternative or vocational programs, workforce development, social services or similar.

A sincere interest in working with a very diverse group of young people to help them acquire the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

Ability to work patiently and positively with young people who may not have experienced much success in school.  Experience in effectively handling conflict.

Ability to work both independently at times and also collaboratively as part of a team environment.

Ability to set and consistently maintain appropriate boundaries.

Has a creative and open-minded approach to cooking.  Excited to involve students from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds in meal planning and development

Ability to interact with students, staff and external partners in a positive and professional manner.  Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and consistently.

Highly proficient in the skill sets taught to students, including: kitchen safety, knife skills, knowledge of a wide variety of cuisines, nutrition, customer service and management skills.

A demonstrated commitment to both personal and professional growth.  A willingness and eagerness to learn, grow and improve as an educator.

Ability to both give and receive constructive feedback.

An understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of young people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

A fully intact sense of humor.

Willingness to speak to individuals and groups for the purpose of training, partnership and program promotion.

Ability to track and leverage key relationships with employer partners, post-secondary programs, and various other nonprofits and entities that regularly interact with the program.

Valid Maine Driver’s License. Incumbent must be able to operate a company motor vehicle to conduct LearningWorks business on a frequent basis to transport students, travel to appointments and meetings, or pick up supplies relative to the program.

Typical schedule is 7:30 to 3:30 M-F, with flexibility to meet program and staff needs as required.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $35,360-$40,040 annually, depending on experience, skills, and qualifications. It is a full-time, salary, exempt position working 40 hours a week.

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life, HSA(with health insurance enrollment), 152 hrs of PTO to start, 12 paid holidays, bereavement and pet bereavement, 401K after one year of employment and 1000 hours served, family friendly, flexible environment

TO APPLY: Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. If you are inspired to join our team, please complete our online application and attach your resume and a thoughtful cover letter.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Staff Openings

We are an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws

This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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