345 Montgomery Avenue
The JFCS Teaching Kitchen Manager reports to the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center Program Director and ensures the goals of the Teaching Kitchen are realized through a variety of ongoing educational and therapeutic experiences for individuals that are served in JFCS programs. The Manager will manage all aspects of the kitchen and work in a team approach with directors, volunteers, and associates of JFCS to maintain robust programming and create new and innovative programming. The Kitchen Manager will also manage a kosher run kitchen under the direction of the Keystone Board.
· Strategically innovates and creates a vision, in line with the agency mission, to meet the goals of the kitchen so that it translates into successful and innovative programming
· Develops and delivers quality programming which meet the needs of all client populations served by JFCS (includes people with disabilities and mental health issues, older adults, adolescents, families, etc)
· Develops and facilitates curricula for various kitchen programs
· Works in a team approach with directors of all departments to maintain existing programming and create and develop new programming
· Works in partnership with Program Directors to assess program quality and effectiveness
· Works in coordination with the Volunteer Coordinator/Director to determine when volunteers are needed for kitchen programming and oversees the volunteers during programming
· Oversees and maintains the cleanliness of the kitchen
· Responsible for ordering and maintaining kitchen inventory and supplies needed for all programming
· Manages kitchen calendar and is responsible for coordinating all programs happening in the kitchen
· Works together with outside consultants, when necessary, to provide programs, including providing supplies and support for the consultant (i.e. dietician)
· Proactively collaborates and sources information to grow and add programming with partnered providers (internal and external)
· Responsible for maintaining kashrut of the kitchen according to the standards of the Keystone Board and works together with rabbi and mashgiach to ensure the appropriate level of kashrut
· Participates in developing policies and procedures for the kitchen as required
· Attends regular supervision and team meetings
· Performs other duties as assigned
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS
· Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Social Services field required, relevant teaching experience may be considered in the absence of a degree
· 2-3 years of teaching or educational instruction or similar social service experience desired
· 1-2 years’ experience working in a commercial kitchen setting, a plus
· Ability to be an innovative thinker and make responsible assessments for new business while feeling comfortable taking risks
· Shows good independent judgment and the ability to be self-directed
· Proven ability as an effective communicator and relationship-builder
- Able to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and positive environment where clients and visitors feel safe and accepted to expand their knowledge base, skill development and self-confidence
- Able to identify, plan, implement and manage effective and efficient programs related to cooking and teaching, responding to identified needs set forth by the Enrichment Center Program Director and other Program Directors
- Able to build and adapt curriculum for teaching individuals with different needs and abilities to make cooking a skill contributing to their self sufficiency
- Ability to be a creative thinker in regard to engaging all populations that JFCS serves in the development of cooking experiences
- Demonstrated experience to be organized and able to work within a budget
- Must have a detailed understanding of and ability to maintain kashrut in kitchen and food settings
- Contributes to the overall wellbeing of the Agency by participating in strategic planning and other ongoing efforts to maximize the Center’s benefit to the communities we serve
· Extensive background, knowledge and skill in program development and delivery
· Knowledge of emerging and innovative techniques in relation to teaching individuals with a range of abilities
· Ability to assess client populations in order to provide the appropriate nutritional approach to cooking.
· Demonstrated ability to be creative and innovative; to see beyond” what exists” and express what “could be”
· Ability to work effectively and compassionately with individuals of various ethnic and religious groups and to understand the meaning of cultural competency
· Exhibit an understanding of mental health disorders and the physical, psychological and social needs of JFCS clients
· Able communicator who can rapidly assess his/her audience and adjust message to best suit each listener; sound listening skills; ability to inspire and mobilize his/her team to move in a unified direction
· Capable and concise presenter of cooking techniques
· Capacity of working with team members at all levels as well as with board and lay community
· Ability to establish good working relations with other professionals both internally and in the community.
· Ability to supervise volunteers, practicum students, or interns that participate in programming
· Ability to work in partnership with local organizations, schools, and universities
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and utilize agency supports appropriately
· Demonstrated ability to develop programs
· Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision making
· This position will be based in JFCS’ Bala Cynwyd office.
· Proficient use of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications is required.
· Must be physically able to stand on feet for several hours at a time
· Must be physically able to reach above head, bend down at the knees, pivot and move materials up to 50 pounds from the floor to a height of 3 to 5 ft standing on the floor.
· As a condition of employment employee must pass a criminal background check and any other security clearances required
· Employee must have a valid driver’s license, access to independent transportation, and have automobile liability insurance for any vehicle owned or operated.
· Employee must also have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive and provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance at time of employment. Employee must maintain a valid driver’s license and carry liability insurance as a condition of continued employment.
· Employee must be available to work some Sundays and evenings and flex time as needed for programs.
Medical w/ Vision & Rx
Short & Long-term disability
Retirement Plan with match
Level of Language Proficiency
Knowledge of Hebrew or Russian and the ability to communicate fluently a plus!
Minimum Education Required