Job Posting: GrowGood Culinary Instructor
Hours: Monday – Friday, 12PM to 8PM
Wages: $23-25 per hour
Qualifications: 5 years of relevant culinary experience & previous garden/farm experience is preferred.
Established in 2011, GrowGood (“GG”) is a non-profit organization that operates a 1.5-acre no-till, regenerative urban farm adjacent to The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter in Bell, CA. Funded by major foundations including the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, The Taper Foundation, REDF, and the Weingart Foundation, as well as many private donors, GG has been recognized as one of L.A.’s most promising and innovative organizations affecting social change.
The Bell Shelter is one of the largest homeless shelters in the United States operating a comprehensive program that offers transitional care and housing for up to 500 homeless men and women, many of whom are veterans. The purpose of GG’s farm is to provide the Shelter's kitchen with substantial quantities of fresh produce as well as therapeutic and job training opportunities for the Shelter’s clients. Presently, GG seeks a talented culinary instructor to manage and teach a culinary training program for veterans at living at the Shelter. This program is unique and will serve as a pilot for expanding the program to other locations across California and the nation through GG’s partnership with The Salvation Army. The Culinary Instructor position requires a passionate and entrepreneurial individual with great interpersonal skills and a love for food.
About Culinary Training Program:
Be a part of building a farm-to-table culinary program from the ground up. Our team will be starting a culinary program in collaboration with the Salvation Army Bell Shelter to provide culinary education, workplace training, and job placement specifically for homeless veterans living at the Shelter. GG’s’1.5 acre urban farm and orchard will give students a complete seed to table view of food and cooking.
The goal of the program is to provide a crash course in the skills necessary to succeed in the kitchen, place the students in jobs that fit their skill level and interests, and most of all create culinary professionals. After culinary instruction students will move on to an internship and be supported through a job placement plan.
The classes will be held in the Salvation Army Bell Shelter’s kitchen adjacent to GG’s urban farm. The kitchen portion of the program will utilize produce grown at GG’s farm in meals served to shelter residents.
GrowGood’s staff is a remarkable collection of people whose skills range far beyond farming to include deep experience working with homeless people, high-end restaurant cooking, management and other skills. The Culinary Instructor will work as part of this team with the Culinary Program Manager, GG’s Life Skills Instructor, and GG’s Executive Director. We believe this structure is essential to ensure each leadership role is supported and the program achieves its goals.
Personal and Professional Growth:
We will work closely with you to draft a set of specific personal and professional goals and a timeline of action items so that you grow through your work within the community. We will work to help you maintain a healthy balance between personal and professional life.
The Culinary Instructor position will be responsible for implementing and managing the classroom and kitchen culinary curriculum, evaluating students’ progress and providing feedback, and working alongside the Program Manager and Life Skills instructor to implement personalized strategies for each student’s success. This is a position for someone who is looking to grow personally and professionally, work collaboratively with a team, and make an impact in the community.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Please email the Culinary Program Manager, Eric Tomassini, [email protected], a resume explaining why you are interested in this opportunity. We are willing to work with the right person to develop the skills necessary. If this is a position you feel passionately about but don’t meet the required skills we encourage you to apply and tell us about yourself and why you think you would still be the best candidate for the job.
We are looking to hire someone as soon as possible. Classes will start in mid-January.