Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 127-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 16,000 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 lenoxhill.org and check us out on Facebook or Instagram.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is the leader in New York’s nonprofit farm-to-institution movement, serving 400,000 healthy, delicious and culturally appropriate meals annually through our diverse human services programs. Through The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, we train other nonprofits to transform their programs to a farm-to-institution model. The goals of the program are to improve the health of low-income individuals that depend on government-funded meals by increasing their access to fresh, healthy food and to localize New York’s institutional food systems. We have now finalized an eLearning version of our program called The Teaching Kitchen Online to help expand our impact beyond New York City. More information here: https://www.lenoxhill.org/teachingkitchen
We are looking for a mission-conscious Teaching Kitchen Chef to work collaboratively to scale The Teaching Kitchen to reach 100 nonprofit food programs annually and to more broadly position ourselves as national leaders in the farm-to-institution movement. The ideal Teaching Kitchen Chef will have restaurant or institutional cooking experience and will also be a generalist with diverse skills and a passion for food issues and food justice. 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; strong writing skills are a must.
The Teaching Kitchen Chef will report to the Director of Philanthropy and Healthy Food Initiatives and will assume diverse responsibilities:
· Work in our state-of-the-art kitchen with the other Teaching Kitchen Chefs and our Executive and Sous Chef on recipes, menu creation and other projects;
· Provide training and technical assistance to nonprofit cooks and program staff;
· Provide cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops to our clients, from the three-year-olds in our Early Childhood Center to the members of our two senior centers and the homeless and formerly homeless residents of our Women’s Mental Health Shelter and Casa Mutua supportive housing program;
· Help to create and share video and social media content;
· Speak publicly about our work in a range of contexts, from conferences to meetings with anyone from upstate farmers to private funders;
· Write and develop communications and program materials;
· Carry out program or outreach research;
· Conduct data collection and reporting;
· Travel within New York City and possibly short trips to upstate or beyond for site visits, presentations or meetings.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House created a model farm-to-institution Food Services program preparing 400,000 fresh, healthy, culturally relevant and locally sourced meals annually for two senior centers, a homeless shelter, a Head Start program, supportive housing residence, after school, summer camp and a day program for older adults living with dementia. We use more than 90% fresh produce (30-40% locally sourced), regional grains and dairy and some organic or sustainably harvested meat and fish. Two-thirds of our meals are vegetarian and almost everything is made from scratch. We are the largest institutional customer of Greenmarket Co., the nonprofit food hub, and host a weekly Greenmarket Food Box site.
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 costs. The 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 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, The Teaching Kitchen has trained more than 300 nonprofit staff from 146 program sites serving more than 12 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.”
Over the last year, we developed a new eLearning version of the program, The Teaching Kitchen Online, and are now poised to expand our impact across New York City, New York State and beyond—to begin to work with nonprofit organizations serving communities across the country to help them address inequities in our institutional food systems and to work to increase access to fresh, healthy and local food for individuals and families everywhere.
· Bachelor’s or culinary degree;
· Minimum of 1-3 years’ experience cooking in restaurant or institutional kitchens;
· Experience teaching or public speaking;
· Strong writing and communications skills;
· Skilled at Microsoft Office suite programs;
· Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.
A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.
To apply, send cover letter and resume by email to: TeachingKitchenChef@lenoxhill.org. No telephone calls please.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 127-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 16,000…