ICNC works to strengthen the companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on Chicago's Nearwest Side Community. In addition to representing and providing assistance to hundreds of companies in its community, ICNC owns and operates Make City, a small business incubator which houses 100 small business tenants in its 416,000 square foot facility. ICNC co-owns The Hatchery, a new food and beverage manufacturing incubator, where this position will be located.
The Culinary Core Institute, founded by Chef Rick Bayless, provides an eight-week, comprehensive, in kitchen culinary program with a four-week professional internship hosted by Chicago-area restaurants. The goal of this program is to help strengthen and provide opportunities for youth as well as provide Chicago restaurants with much needed staff.
Position Activities and Responsibilities: The Youth Culinary Program Manager will provide supports to and be responsible for a wide range of classroom instruction supports, program management, internships and employment services for the Culinary Core Institute. This is a full-time position and reports to ICNC’s Workforce Development Director.
Mentor, coach and support students through regular case management
Provide or refer students for wrap-around supports such as transportation assistance, housing, behavioral health, work readiness, legal, trauma education and more
Maintain partnerships with local area restaurants and chefs to assist in arranging internship experiences for all students
Explore additional funding opportunities that could assist in program expansion
Manage relationships with community-based organizations in order to refer students for support services not offered in-house
Support recruitment and marketing efforts of the program
Supervise student performance in class and provide performance improvement plans as necessary
Track and report program performance using agreed metrics
Participate in regular professional development opportunities relating to the program
Prepare graduation ceremony for all cohorts
Create and maintain alumni association and other programs that may add value
Community and Food Safety Supports
Support culinary instructor with maintaining inventory for food and other supplies
Manage and schedule kitchen space for culinary trainings and community use
Assist with community training programs and marketing
Request kitchen space certifications from the city of Chicago as necessary
Build and maintain working relationships with City of Chicago regulatory departments
Other duties as assigned
Minimum two-year college degree or a minimum of four-years of relevant program management experience required
Must have Illinois Food Handler Certificate or be eligible to obtain it within 30 days from hire date
Prior experience working with underserved or at-risk youth, highly preferred
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with students, peers, and employers
Excellent administrative and organization skills
Must be comfortable using scheduling systems
Previous event planning experience is a plus
Will become familiar with City of Chicago food service rules and regulations
Capacity to interface with food service industry organizations in support of the program
Active listener and understands the importance of accountability
Ability to work independently, prioritize, critically problem solve and exercise good judgment with minimal supervision
Self-starter that is energetic, creative, proactive, and responsible
Great follow-up and interpersonal skills
Flexibility in work/teaching style to adapt to new projects and meet changing demands
Working Conditions: Open, casual, office environment/industrial shared kitchen, shared with full-time staff members and food and beverage tenants. Most time will be spent at the Hatchery Chicago when outside meetings with employers or community-based organizations are not scheduled.
Position Structure and Benefit Incentives:
This is a full-time position; 40 hours per week; 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Starting annual salary range is $47K-$51K; commensurate with experience
Benefit incentives includes: One week paid vacation to start and one week personal/sick time off, participation in group health insurance plan, SIMPLE IRA, short and long term disability and life insurance; training and career development opportunities available
How to Apply: Please email letter of interest, current resume, and three professional references to:
ICNC Culinary Program Manager Search Committee firstname.lastname@example.org The subject line must include the recruiting code CCIPM.
The Hatchery Chicago, ICNC and the Culinary Core Institute are equal opportunity employers and provides a smoke-free, drug-free work place.
Internal Number: YCPM
ICNC works to strengthen the companies in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on Chicago's Nearwest Side Community. Please see www.industrialcouncil.com for information on ICNC's mission and activities. In addition to representing and providing assistance to hundreds of companies in its community, ICNC owns and operates the Make City incubator, which houses 100 small business tenants in its 416,000 square foot facility.