At Drive Change our mission is to support formerly incarcerated young people, and create quality employment pathways to ensure their economic and emotional wellbeing. We work to create systemic change and sustainable impact through unapologetically reimagining what’s possible for the food and hospitality industry.
Education: I am committed to my own growth and education. I commit to learning about the issues, systems, historical and current, that affect the food system and American Legal System.
Innovation: I continually look for ways to approach our work through innovation and creativity. I bring new ideas, question the status quo and am committed to being part of the solution.
Hospitality: I approach all members of our DC community with care, empathy and a desire to connect and meet them where they are at.
Courage: I am committed to taking action in order to center equity and justice in our work and collective mission.
Collective Accountability: I give and ask for feedback consistently and with an open mind. I understand that feedback is a gift and investment in personal and professional growth. I hold myself and others accountable to our values.
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life insurance
Generous Paid Time Off Policy
Professional Development Opportunities
CULINARY MANAGER POSITION:
The Culinary Manager is both Manager and Educator. Your ability to transform the kitchen into a learning environment that builds skills in culinary and food/kitchen systems as well as social emotional growth is key to fellows having a successful experience at Drive Change. You are responsible for the management of the Drive Change kitchen and food truck, and the instruction of culinary curriculum. You will set a high standard for quality in all facets of kitchen operations and management, and provide mentorship to the fellows as they take part in the program. Additionally, you will create a dynamic menu that is culturally-appropriate, healthy, cost-effective and seasonal. This menu will be the basis for all our public-facing outreach—both on the DC food truck and at specific industry events.
The Culinary Manager position is a full time, in-person, and salary/exempt role. A typical work schedule will consist of weekdays with only occasional requirements for weekends or evenings based on fellowship needs or industry and catering event opportunities.
- 3+ years professional restaurant/food service experience
- 2+ years management experience
- Drivers License
- NYC DOH Food Handlers License
- Proficiency in Google sheets and calendar
- Problem-solving abilities that can build processes and find and implement actions for improvements
- Highly organized, with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
- Passionate about food, reimagining criminal justice, and building ethical food systems
Create, continuously improve and lead all culinary training for our 4-month fellowship program
- Create, improve and implement a curriculum for 16 weeks of culinary training
- Document all menu recipes for clear instruction
- Clearly define and reinforce kitchen and overall hospitality expectations, explicitly and implicitly
- Establish kitchen protocol, both for practical use and educational purposes, including but not limited to: order sheets, inventory checklist, staffing calendar, maintenance checklists, and food safety rules and regulations checklist
- Establish and maintain a standard of respect and organization for the physical and emotional space ● Monitor and incentivize Fellows learning and skill-building
- Establish and apply routines for kitchen and food truck operations
- Continuously look to refine the culinary training program and build opportunities for the Fellows to develop life skills through the culinary lens (we acknowledge that while not all of our fellows will ultimately aspire to a lifelong career in food and hospitality, our curriculum is meant to impart hard skills they can cultivate for themselves and their communities as well as for food and hospitality employment)
- Be an exemplary standard of culinary technique and kitchen management, supporting catering staff and Fellows to troubleshoot culinary creations
- Integrate fellows into the Food Empowerment Initiative in order to offer hands-on learning weekly
Ensure that you support the social-emotional growth of team on a daily basis
- Support a growth mindset, by allowing for mistakes and praising challenges
- Encourage taking chances and exploring new terrain; make space for and expect self-reflection
- Allow for opportunities for Fellows to problem solve and propose solutions
- Promote critical thinking and asking questions over giving answers and labeling with your own beliefs
- Promote a culture of teamwork and empathy, of which seeks to understand before any assumptions
- Utilize and encourage language that uplifts, including confronting (y)our own biases and choices of humor
- Seek to utilize multiple learning styles, all of which should utilize hands-on learning through the various styles
- Conduct debriefs, where explicit communication on learning objectives and connections can be drawn
Ensure compliance of all Labor and DOH standards
- Adhere to all DOH facility compliance and food handling compliance
- Work with Fellowship team to ensure that Labor standards are followed, breaks are taken each day and fellows are clocking in and out correctly
- Ensure clear communication to Leadership team, Fellows, and any and all Drive Change stakeholders
Manage and report on Kitchen Budget including Food Empowerment Events
- Ensure that ingredients, kitchen tools and supplies are ordered with foresight and checked in when they arrive
- Report monthly on program expenses, and be vigilant about tracking all costs and expenditures, in part for educational purposes
- Own and manage Kitchen Budget and ensure an overall understanding of the P&L
- Mentor and teach the Kitchen Assistant about P&L in order to allow for growth and learning
Pursue personal growth and learning in order to be an impactful leader and educator
- Learn how to create an environment that upholds multiple learning styles, and reveals learning opportunities at every corner
- Ensure that you uphold strong practices of investing positively in your staff’s own social-emotional learning, and being able to concretely link that to strong business outcomes
- Practice synthesis of information, and then be able to present it in an organized and digestible format for multiple stakeholders
- Detect pain points and inefficiencies for strategic problem solving; designing improvements and implementation through leveraging current resources
- Increase your knowledge and respect for food and its culinary possibilities
- Challenge your own biases daily on race, class, business, and justice
- Develop your personal social-emotional growth
Email your resume and your answers to the following questions to email@example.com. No cover letter required.
- What aspects of this role are you most motivated by and why?
- What does the Drive Change tagline, "Reimagine Justice, Reimagine Service" mean to you?
- Describe a group, community, or team that you have been a part of before. How did your skills or experience contribute to the health of that group? How would that experience contribute to your ability to support the DC team and fellows?
- How does your personal and/or professional experience contribute to your commitment to working towards racial justice in the food and hospitality sector? How specifically will it contribute to this role's expectations in stewarding others in their own process?