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Part-Time Chef Instructor

No More Empty Pots


Job title:
Part-Time Chef Instructor

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Job description:


Position Type: Part-time nonexempt
Position Level: Instructor
Functions: Food & Beverage

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a grassroots non-profit corporation that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. No More Empty Pots’ vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adhering to core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability.

All candidates for NMEP positions are evaluated on “get it,” “want it,” and “capacity to do it,” and the values: forward thinking, arable & adaptable, innovative & solution oriented, people centered & trustworthy, and dedicated. All candidates must have the ability to accept challenges, ability to prioritize, ability to problem solve, versatility in applying knowledge and skills, commitment to NMEP’ mission, and dedication to reducing structural inequities. All NMEP staff are expected to prioritize people and a focus on relationships while maintaining high standards of program delivery and using sustainable budgeting and time management practices.

No More Empty Pots seeks a people-focused, detail-oriented culinary educator to join our team. The applicant will have a thorough knowledge of the seasonality of regional produce and an ability to creatively adapt the Culinary Certificate Program (CCP) curriculum to leverage local, seasonal foods as well as other mission-driven organizational goals such as reducing waste. The applicant will possess a unique combination of adherence to high standards and empathy. The current program design is 8 weeks in length and uses a blended online and in-person instructional model, as well as concurrent hands-on work experience. The Culinary Certificate Program currently operates by collaborating with a number of partners including Metropolitan Community College. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Candidates for Chef Instructor position should resonate or identify with the following qualities and traits:

Ability to effectively and proactively communicate internally and externally
Positive mindset that sees opportunities in diverse experiences
Be detail oriented and deadline driven
Passion for doing work driven by community need
Self-starting while working independently and proactively
Motivation for taking on challenges and solving problems
Drive to take individual ownership of and expand upon job duties
Confidence to ask questions and take calculated risk

Facilitate lecture and hands-on culinary curriculum at a high level
Ensure students are equipped with job-readiness skills that support living-wage employment
Engage with partner organizations and businesses to support work placement opportunities for students post graduation
Ensure that programming and documentation meets expectations set forth by the catalog and the Nebraska Department of Education

Direct Culinary Instruction
Provide up to 20 hours/week of work experience, online and face-to-face culinary instruction that meet the guidelines of the current NDE approved course catalog
Observe, document and provide timely and individualized feedback to students as they complete instruction and work experience activities to improve students’ educational and self-sufficiency outcomes
Adapt materials to meet the needs of learners and organizational values while maintaining compliance with
overlapping internal and external requirements
Provide hands-on work experience for students through large batch meal preparation and catering events
Assist in menu planning and weekly meal preparation

Enforce program policies and provide strong classroom management in dynamic learning settings
Address moderate and severe student performance issues including devising remedial classwork opportunities and handling disciplinary issues with the support of the school Administrator.

Planning & Program Management
Contribute to the development and maintenance of program documentation including training materials, grades, attendance, transcripts, timesheets, forms, and other paperwork in compliance with program policy and the policies and needs of program partners
Support the admissions process including recruitment, interviewing, facilitating kitchen trials, and evaluating applicants
Support the management of student uniforms, supply inventory and ordering for the Culinary Certificate Program
Create and manage student scheduling, communication with partner organizations, and communication tools such as learning materials, calendars, and agendas
Support collection and reporting of all data needed for both internal and external program monitoring and
improvement purposes
Support the team in meeting organizational and program goals such as program financial self-sufficiency,
maintaining high local food dollar expenditure, and reducing food waste

Attend supervision and team meetings
Respond to email and all communications in a timely manner
Attend professional development training/workshops
Follow company policies including financial policies by managing and submitting financial documents including receipts, requisitions, invoices, and other sensitive documents
Support monthly data submissions as assigned

Other duties as assigned

Three (3) years of trade or professional experience at a journeyman level, or its equivalent in the trade or specialty to be taught, or a baccalaureate or associate degree in that trade or specialty and one (1) year of trade or professional experience at a journeyman level, or its equivalent in the trade or specialty to be taught
Experience and skill to work with disinvested populations in a supportive learning environment and appropriately handle sensitive information and documents
Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office including Excel
Valid Food Handler’s ServSafe Certification
Ability to earn the ServSafe Manager Certification within six months of hire
Must be available during program hours and during required staff meetings and events such as graduation
Must be able to proactively think, plan, and execute resourcefully
Must be able to solve problems and be solution oriented.

1+ years classroom management and teaching experience, especially in an adult learning environment and/or with differently abled learners
Valid ServSafe Manager Certificate
Familiarity with the food system concepts such as zero-waste and seasonality and professional familiarity with the Omaha Metro local food system
Familiarity with the Omaha Metro social service system including employment services, federal and state benefits, and organizations that work with vulnerable populations
Valid First Aid or other safety certifications
Conversational and written Spanish fluency preferred

Constantly moves about a commercial kitchen setting, both on-site at NMEP and off-site at MCC or other locations
Standing and walking for periods of time up to eight hours per day
Frequently moves supplies weighing up to 50 pounds
Frequently positions self to reach products stored on high or low shelves
Frequently works in indoor conditions
Frequently operates a computer and other office equipment and supplies
This person frequently communicates with staff, students, volunteers, vendors, guests to the program, and others about program and organizational operations, policies, and products. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate and relevant information in these situations.
This person must be able to work effectively in environments that are often loud, cramped, or hot
Must be able to discern between acceptable and unacceptable product and cleanliness standards in a food service setting
Occasionally works in outdoor conditions or in natural environments when facilitating activities such as farm or garden tours

Compensation: $18-$24/hour, Commensurate with experience
Hours per week: Part-Time 20-29 hours/week, Nonexempt
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to No More Empty Pots at Be sure to include why this position with No More Empty Pots is a good fit for you.
Black, Indigenous, Latinx and any people of color, LGBTQ+ identities and anyone with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

No More Empty Pots does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

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Posted on:
October 13, 2023

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