Career Advancement Program Lead

Posted by

Food Education Fund, Inc.

Published 15 days ago

September 14, 2020
September 11, 2020
$10,000 - $10,000This is a contract position, the fee is for running one semester of this course.


The Food Education Fund (FEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the culinary-focused students and alumni to prepare them for continued education and or career growth in food-related industries. The Food Education Fund runs various programs to accomplish this mission, including our job training and internship program, our visiting chef program, and additional career development programming. Please see here for more info. 


The Career Advancement Program is intended as a way for mid-level managers within corporate foodservice businesses to improve their promotability. This program will focus on key skills like professional communication, digital literacy, and leadership. The Career Advancement Program Lead will be responsible for leading classes, following up on projects and assignments, providing feedback, weekly one-on-one check ins with program participants, arranging guest speakers, and collaborating on curriculum creation. The program will last for approximately four months, with about one month of advance planning time which will be done along with the Career Development Manager. 


This is a project-based position beginning on September 10, 2020 or as soon as possible. This position requires availability to work evenings for actual class instruction as well as the flexibility to accommodate up to 25 individual check-ins per week to happen on specific days throughout the cycle. We expect this program to take about 250 hours in total to run over the course of an 18 week period including 3 weeks of prep time.


The fee for this project will be $10,000 and will be paid in two installments on the first day of work as well as on November 1st, 2020.


  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree, related field preferred (education, finance management, human resources, hospitality, etc.)
  • Ideal candidate has experience leading a team or a classroom, setting expectations, and upholding high standards
  • Ideal candidate has similar program experience and is comfortable multitasking 
  • Strong computer skills, especially in GSuite, Zoom, and Microsoft Office
  • Strong personal skills in group and individual dynamics, particularly empathy and accountability
  • Knowledge of corporate structures and how to maneuver within them
  • Ability to create engaging and meaningful classroom content
  • Absolutely crucial to be a self-starter as the organization currently consists of four employees 
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural respect with diverse communities 
  • Flexibility in working both independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team and to do a wide variety of tasks assigned 


The Food Education Fund provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. 


Work Environment/Physical Demands 

  • The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to sit; use hands to handle objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills 


The Career Advancement Program Lead will be a project-based independent contractor. The schedule of the Career Advancement Program Lead will be based on the needs of the program (see class structure overview below) with some flexibility for class prep, one-on-one meetings, and review of work. The Career Advancement Program Lead is absolutely required to be in attendance of all scheduled classes and meetings and is expected to complete the one on one courses at times agreed upon with the students and with the Food Education Fund.


The course will run for 15 weeks with seven (7) two-week modules per subject as well as one launch week. The two-week modules will be structured as follows:

  • Monday Nights (week 1) - 2h course led by our instructor focusing on specific knowledge (direct instruction)
  • Thursdays (week 1) - 2h scheduled work time with "accountabilibuddy" (with general manager support) in restaurant office (skill development project-based on Monday's instruction)
  • Friday through the following Wednesday (week 1&2) - 15 minute 1-on-1 sessions between each participant and the instructor (status updates, personal questions, additional support)
  • Thursday (week 2) - 2h wrap-up class with the course instructor to go over common questions, reinforce content, and student presentations when necessary.


While the final curriculum is in the creation process, below are the overall topics we anticipate being included in this course: 

MODULE #1 - Business Communications Part 1 - Writing

  • Foundations of Writing
  • Professional Email Writing
  • Outlook

MODULE #2 - Business Communications Part 2 - Spreadsheets

  • Spreadsheets

MODULE #3 - Business Communications Part 3 - Presentation Skills

  • Presentation Skills

MODULE #4 - Leadership Skills

  • Self-Advocacy and Leadership Confidence
  • Decision Making, Problem Solving & Resilience
  • Professionalism in the Workplace
  • Difficult Conversations, Self Awareness & Empathy

MODULE #5 - Equity in the Workplace

  • De-Escalation and Emotional Management in High Pressure Situations
  • Creating an Anti-Racist Work Culture & Implicit Bias Training
  • Responding to Harassment as a Supervisor

MODULE #6 - Personal Life Management Part 1 - Financial Literacy

  • Business Math
  • Credit & Taxes
  • Budgeting, Managing Personal Finance, Impact of Personal Spending
  • Planning for Retirement

MODULE #7 - Personal Life Management Part 2 - Health & Wellness

  • Mindfulness & Stress Management
  • Healthcare Basics
  • Time Management Tips
  • Finding Resources: Media Literacy / Research Skills / Digital Literacy


The Food Education Fund (FEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the culinary-focused students and alumni to prepare them for continued education and or career growth in food-related industries…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • 2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Level of Language Proficiency

Highly proficient in English

Highly proficient in English


New York, NY

How to Apply


Please send a resume, brief cover letter specifically detailing why you are qualified for and interested in this position, and a sample lesson plan (see below for details) to Executive Director Eliza Loehr at and Career Development Manager Nick Noyes at


One of the most important topics of this accelerator program will be the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with your students. Create a sample lesson plan proposal using GSuite which includes the following components:

  • Aim or objective for the lesson (What will students be able to do by the end of the class?)
  • Sequence of events, discussions, activities with approximate timing spent on each portion of class (What would a class look like (keeping in mind that all classes will be virtual)? What is the purpose of each component of your lesson?)
  • Proposed brief outline of an assignment for students to be able to practice the skills on their own (What can they do to show you that they’ve gained an understanding of the content?)
  • Means of assessment (How will you assess the degree to which the students have mastered the material?)

The purpose of this exercise is to assess your ability to create meaningful class content using limited information, your understanding of the program and position, your familiarity with GSuite, and finally your ability to clearly communicate a plan. Please email with any questions on this. 


Please send a resume, brief cover letter specifically detailing why you are qualified for and interested in this position, and a sample lesson plan (see below for details) to…

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