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Culinary Arts Instructor - Springfield Site

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Roca, Inc. | Springfield, MA
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Organizational Overview

Roca has been serving young people in Massachusetts since 1988. We currently serve over 1,000 young people across 21 communities in Massachusetts, with three fully operating sites in Chelsea, Boston, and Springfield, and two satellite sites in Lynn, and Holyoke, MA. We are also in the planning phase of replication in Baltimore, MD, with a fully operational site set to open in Summer 2018. All of our sites serve high-risk young men, and our Chelsea and Springfield sites also serve high-risk young mothers.


Roca’s work is based on the theory that young people, when re-engaged through positive and intensive relationships, can change their behaviors and develop life, education, and employment skills to disrupt the cycles of poverty and incarceration. Roca’s Intervention Model engages the highest-risk 16-24 year olds in a long-term process of behavior change and skill building opportunities. Understanding that meaningful change doesn’t happen overnight, we deliver an Intervention Model that is four years long and allows for relapse during the process. We know that lasting change requires a safe space to grow and to flex newly acquired decision-making skills. If a young person is seeking change or can make it through our model without relapsing, then they are not a candidate for Roca and can likely be served by a less intense program.


Our Intervention Model is a cognitive-behavioral intervention based on the evidence-based practices of community corrections. It is the only community corrections model that is delivered on the street, to high-risk young people, by a non-mandated authority.  The Intervention Model has five components: Relentless Outreach, Transformational Relationships, Tailored Programming, Engaged Institutions, and Performance Based Management.

 

Position Overview

The Culinary Arts Instructor reports to the Program Manager. The Culinary Arts Instructor will run classes with extremely high-risk 17 – 24 year old young men and women to help them develop the skills they need to succeed at work.  

 

An agreed upon series of curriculums for one time to multiple session workshops and classes will be used to engage young people and increase their skills.  The Culinary Arts Instructor is responsible for working in partnership with the youth workers and coordinators to ensure program participation and completion of training. 


The Culinary Arts Instructor will also supervise Advanced Transitional Employment Positions assigned to the kitchen and ensure they are prepared for job placement. 


Job Summary

  • Understand, practice and promote the vision, mission, values, methods, and models of Roca.


Core Functions


Outreach

  • Provide participant target lists for classes, trainings, work projects, etc. to youth workers in team check-ins and meetings.
  • Conduct general and targeted outreach to young people to increase participation in programming
  • Assess student level of engagement readiness and communicate with Youth Workers for targeted outreach and engagement in classes

Targets

  • 80% of active participants are identified for appropriate programming slots


Transformational Relationships

  • Engage and build relationships with young people enrolled in Transformational Relationships and participating in stage-based educational and pre-vocational programming.
  • Engage in intentional CBT based contacts with participants to help them identify and learn skills to shift negative behavioral cycles
  • Communicate with youth worker regarding participant barriers (substance abuse, street, domestic violence, etc.) and skills needed to be job ready
  • Actively participate in the safety of the space for all participants through building coverage and communication across the organization

 Targets

  • Intentional contacts/efforts to participants recorded in ETO


Stage Based Programming

  • Engage and teach young people pre-vocational trainings through drop ins, one time projects, and multiple series advanced trainings and special projects
  • Implement Pre-Vocational Trainings in the following areas: Culinary Arts, ServSafe Training, Hospitality Training
  • Provide hands-on trainings, supervision and coaching for young people to create community dinners and other food preparation as needed
  • Supervise and Teach Advance culinary skills to young people who are in Advance Training Employment (ATE) slots

Targets

  •  Min. 20-30 unduplicated participants served each week

 

Partners/Networks

  • Maintain relationships with key partners as determined
  • Stay current and connected to networks or learning communities that inform best practices in Culinary Trainings, Industry Trends, etc..
  • Work with appropriate team and employer partners for improving trainings, developing and implementing advance trainings, and workshops as requested

 Targets

  • Quarterly feedback on curriculum improvements is provided
  • Monthly submission of new lesson plans for upload onto Share Point


General Responsibilities

  • Track daily participant attendance and maintain and implement all appropriate evaluation tools as instructed
  • Use ETO reports and shared data to inform improvements, attendance, and needs to improve Vocational Programming at Roca
  • Maintain Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) data base through data entry of all work with participants on a daily/weekly basis, completion of assessments and all other tools as required for evaluation purposes, if applicable
  • Demonstrate mindfulness for the resources that Roca possesses, and actively work to maintain their functioning
  • Other tasks as assigned

Targets

  • Daily attendance is entered
  • Daily programming standard reports used to track participants in targeted programming
  • Assessments are completed and entered on time to track certs

 

Qualifications

Roca seeks a highly driven individual who is a good fit both personally and professionally for the culture of Roca. In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will be a trustworthy decision-maker. He/she will have a sense of humor, feel passionate and committed to direct work with high risk youth, and demonstrate an interest in learning and supporting coworkers.  


Roca expects candidates to have the following qualifications and skills:

  • BA /Equivalent experience accepted --Minimum of one-three years of culinary experience in a commercial kitchen, other comparable business
  • Understanding and experience working with high risk, multicultural, diverse young people; preferably two to three years of direct service work
  • Experience teaching and managing a classroom
  • Experience developing an engaging hands-on educational curriculum
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to help young people change behaviors
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention
  • Organizing, managing and completing projects and tasks with thoroughness, accuracy, and timeliness
  • Self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and commitment to ongoing learning are essential
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Flexibility with work hours/schedule as needed for programming and participant needs
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred but not required.


Requirements for this Position

  • Travel around the Harbor Area
  • Computer Literate
  • Working with diverse cultures
  • Valid MA Driver’s License


Roca is an equal opportunity employer

Organizational Overview

Roca has been serving young people in Massachusetts since 1988. We currently serve over 1,000 young people across 21 communities in Massachusetts, with three fully operating sites in Chelsea, Boston, and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Professional

Benefits

In addition to classic benefits such as time off and holidays, Roca offers other excellent benefits: employer-sponsored health insurance, dental insurance, employer-paid short/long term disability, group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a wellness program and Flexible Spending Accounts.

In addition to classic benefits such as time off and holidays, Roca offers other excellent benefits: employer-sponsored health insurance, dental insurance, employer-paid short…

How To Apply

To apply please email, in a PDF format, your resume accompanied by a thoughtful cover letter to HR@rocainc.com. Please include the position title in the subject line.

To apply please email, in a PDF format, your resume accompanied by a thoughtful cover letter to HR@rocainc.com. Please include the position title in the subject line.

Location

29 School Street, Springfield, MA 01105
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