The Teaching Kitchen Chef

Job Type

Full Time




331 E. 70th Street
New York
United States


Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 124-year-old settlement house widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers. Founded in 1894 as a kindergarten for immigrant children, the Neighborhood House now serves 15,000 in need each year through a wide array of effective and integrated services – social, educational, legal, housing, health, mental health, nutritional and fitness. We are committed to achieving an ongoing, organizational culture of excellence – programmatically, operationally and fiscally – and to being the best managed nonprofit in New York City. For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, please visit our website at

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is the leader in New York’s nonprofit farm to institution movement. Through The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, we train other nonprofits to transform their programs to a farm-to-institution mode. The goals of the program are to improve the health of low-income New Yorkers by increasing their access to fresh, healthy food and to localize New York’s institutional food systems. 

We are looking for a mission-conscious Teaching Kitchen Chef to work directly with Teaching Kitchen Executive Chef Lynn Loflin to scale The Teaching Kitchen to train 50 nonprofit organizations annually. We seek an individual with a passion for food justice and health equity, interest in working to improve food systems and the ambition to work to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Experience as a chef is preferred, but we will consider candidates with other relevant experience -- food policy, nutrition, farming or food justice work. The Teaching Kitchen Chef will function as one of the public faces of our program and the organization and must be a skilled public speaker and communicator; experience as an educator, trainer or public speaker is preferred.

The Teaching Kitchen Chef will report to the Deputy Chief Program Officer and the Teaching Kitchen Executive Chef and will lead trainings, conduct site visits, provide technical assistance, lead cooking demonstrations and professional development workshops, help nonprofit staff to overcome barriers, help nonprofits choose goals and implement change, benchmark organizations and collect data to measure program effectiveness, present to conferences and funders, create social media content, write program materials, design healthy menus and more. 

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House created a model farm to institution food services program serving 350,000 fresh, healthy and locally-sourced meals annually through two senior centers, a homeless shelter, a Head Start program, after school, summer camp and a day program for older adults living with dementia. We use more than 90% fresh produce (30-40% of it locally-sourced), regional grains and sustainably harvested regional fish. We are the largest institutional customer of GrowNYC, the nonprofit food hub, and host a weekly GrowNYC food box program. Each year we serve or distribute more than 133,000 pounds of fresh, local food.  

We launched The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in 2015 to help nonprofit organizations with institutional food programs serving low-income clients to serve more fresh, healthy and local food – without raising costsThe Teaching Kitchen is a nonprofit food business and skills course for nonprofit food service program directors, chefs, nutritionists and lead kitchen staff who design menus, order supplies, provide nutrition oversight and programming and prepare food. After an initial two-day training, the program provides a full year of technical assistance and support to nonprofits to help them implement incremental, sustainable change through ongoing goal setting. 

The ultimate goal of The Teaching Kitchen is to localize publicly-funded institutional food systems, more broadly improving the health of low-income New Yorkers and strengthening the regions’ farms, economy and sustainability. To date, we have trained 30 nonprofit organizations serving more than 3 million meals annually. The program was featured in The New York Times and received an Emerging Innovator Award from the New York State Health Foundation, describing the program as “poised to make radical improvements to the state of New York’s health over the next 10 years.”  

The Teaching Kitchen has generated an enormous amount of interest; over the coming year we will scale the program to train and assist 50 nonprofit organizations annually. We will also expand the scope of the program to begin working with nonprofits in Upstate New York and to present at national conferences to expand the impact of our work. 

Bilingual English/Spanish Required.

A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.

If interested, please send cover letter and resume by email to:


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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