ICNC works to strengthen the companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on Chicago's Nearwest Side Community. In addition to representing and providing assistance to hundreds of companies in its community, ICNC owns and operates Make City, a small business incubator which houses 100 small business tenants in its 416,000 square foot facility. ICNC co-owns The Hatchery, a new food and beverage manufacturing incubator, where this position will be located.
The Culinary Core Institute, founded by Chef Rick Bayless, provides an eight-week, comprehensive, in kitchen culinary program with a four-week professional internship hosted by Chicago-area restaurants. The goal of this program is to help strengthen and provide opportunities for youth as well as provide Chicago restaurants with much needed staff.
Position Activities and Responsibilities: The Youth Culinary Instructor will provide supports to and be responsible for a wide range of direct classroom instruction, program management and employment services for the Culinary Core Institute. This is a full-time position and reports to the Culinary Core Institute.
Provide direct classroom instruction and training to community youth ages 16-24
Integrate knowledge of industry trends and professional training to continuously improve program quality
Inform students about course requirements, expectations and accountability
Maintain weekly lesson plans, objectives, goals and student records
Engage and guide youth through culinary process considering the varied methods of cooking styles
Direct students in all lab activities either by demonstration or one-on-one instruction as set by course syllabus
Purchase food and other supplies and maintain inventory
Ensure proper food handling, storage and sanitation practices at all times
Oversee and assists students in the daily clean up of the teaching labs
Prepare students to take and manage testing process for ServSafe certification
Manage and track program and student performance including attendance, internship completion, etc.
Use current technology to enhance instructional effectiveness and enhance learning
Assist with developing and managing program deadlines and budgets
Report problems and concerns to Youth Culinary Program Manager for resolution
Support recruitment and marketing efforts of the program
Build and maintain partnerships with local area restaurants and chefs to assist in arranging internship experiences for all students
Minimum two-year college degree or a minimum of four-years of relevant culinary instruction experience required
Must have Illinois Food Service Manager Certificate or be eligible to obtain it within 30 days from hire date
Prior experience working with underserved or at-risk youth, highly preferred
Must have a passion for culinary arts and instruction as well as youth development
Knowledge of basic math applications as used in food service operations including food cost and recipe conversion
Capacity to interface with food service industry organizations in support of the program
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with students, peers, and employers
Excellent administrative and organization skills
Active listener and understands the importance of accountability
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally
Ability to work independently, prioritize, organize, critically problem solve and exercise good judgment with minimal supervision
Self-starter that is energetic, creative, proactive, and responsible
Great follow-up and interpersonal skills
Flexibility in work/teaching style to adapt to new projects and meet changing demands
Working Conditions: Much time will be spent in a state of the art culinary kitchen and classroom environment located at the Hatchery Chicago. All classes are during the day and with prolonged periods of standing. May spend some time at internship locations to ensure best fit for students and businesses. The noise level in work environment is usually moderate.
Position Structure and Benefit Incentives:
This is a full-time position; 40 hours per week; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Starting annual salary range is $53K-$55K; commensurate with experience
Benefit incentives includes: One week paid vacation to start and one week personal/sick time off, participation in group health insurance plan, SIMPLE IRA, short and long term disability and life insurance; training and career development opportunities available
How to Apply: Please email letter of interest, current resume, and three professional references to:
ICNC works to strengthen the companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on Chicago's Nearwest Side Community. Please see www.industrialcouncil.com for information on ICNC's mission and activities. In addition to representing and providing assistance to hundreds of companies in its community, ICNC owns and operates the Make City incubator, which houses 100 small business tenants in its 416,000 square foot facility.