Illinois: The Campus Kitchens Project seeks Campus Kitchen Coordinator at Northwestern University

12 May
Location: Northwestern University – Evanston, IL

Pay Type: $ 28,000 with benefits 

The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a leader in community service and anti-hunger programming in communities around the country. The Campus Kitchens Project headquartered in Washington DC, oversees all Campus Kitchens. CKP has locations at twenty nine campuses, each of which provide thousands of meals to in-need populations while offering supplemental programming to address the root causes of hunger.

What we do is kind of a no-brainer. We know there are people in every community who need nourishing meals. And, we know that every college campus has un-served food in its dining halls and brilliant students in its classrooms. So we put them all together.  We empower thousands of students each year to recycle food from their cafeterias, turn these donations into nourishing meals, and deliver those meals to those who need it most. Each Campus Kitchen develops programming that meets the needs of their community, from garden and farming initiatives to culinary job training programs and nutrition education.

Basic Responsibilities: 

Kitchen Operations & Programming – 

  • Develop student leaders who will run shifts and are engaged in service activities.
  • Recruit volunteers and train them on kitchen safety and volunteer management for food resourcing, cooking and delivery shifts.
  • Maintain relationships with food resourcing partners to acquire excess food for meal creation.
  • Plan weekly menus in compliance with client agency needs and maintain a high level of service.
  • Create and maintain additional community partnerships to supplement programming.
  • Collaborate with campus staff to facilitate inclusion with other campus programs, such as service learning, community service and non-profit degree programs.
  • Facilitate empowerment programming such as the “Healthy Cooking on a Budget” classes for adults and nutrition events for children.
  • Coordinate and implement targeted events such as Turkeypalooza and Feeding Our Future: Chicago.

Project Management –

  • Maintain detailed records for safety and sanitation procedures, and effective communication with supervisor.
  • Develop and evaluate annually a strategic plan for the development of the Campus Kitchen
  • Research and coordinate fundraising efforts through local foundation grants, events and campaigns.
  • Cultivate the Campus Kitchens’ public image through traditional and social media.
  • Initiate communication with existing or developing Campus Kitchens to facilitate idea sharing and network growth.
  • Participate in national projects, including the CKP Conference, pilot new initiatives for replication in the network, and develop materials and systems to support new programs as needed.

Qualifications –

    • A background in community service and volunteerism is preferred.
    • Ability to work well with diverse types of people; client agencies, faculty and donors.
    • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills.
    • Ability to multitask, adjust to changes and be flexible. 
    • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization with a passion to address food insecurity issues.
    • A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle for transport of meals and/or volunteers.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants must send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample and references to hr@dccentralkitchen.org no later than Friday, May 27, 2011. 

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