Employment at GCYC

Kitchen Manager

Reports To

Director, Facility Operations


Full Time

Position Summary

The Kitchen Manager will develop and lead all operations associated with the Gary Comer Youth Center kitchen, Comer Education Campus Food/Catering services and cafeteria usage.  With strong Urban Agriculture Program collaborations, the Manager will lead culinary-based nutritional, engaging, interactive, educational programs and robust youth-employment culinary arts programs.

Qualifications & Requirements
  • • All licenses and certifications required in the City of Chicago (Illinois Department Public Health Food Service and Chicago Department of Heath Certified Food Service Manager) required.
  • Three years of similar experience working in fast-paced culinary positions including food services, leadership, management, administration and kitchen/staff safety required.
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication, organizational and reporting skills.
  • Strong competency in Microsoft Office suite and proficient use or ability to learn standard software including payroll time, and work order management, preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task, troubleshoot and problem-solve effectively required.
  • Flexible schedule for evening hours and weekends required.
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Demonstrated leadership of youth development/programming principles and conflict resolution to deliver engaging quality education in Culinary Arts preferred.
  • Full responsibility to manage a shared-use kitchen and cafeteria, including: hiring, supervision, training and evaluation of instructors and staff to serve food and beverage at appropriate pace in proper portions with a complete understanding of menu items and in a manner to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.
  • Provides leadership, mentoring, motivation and supervision of youth staff in culinary-based entrepreneurial projects to be well-prepared to enter culinary school or a related work position.
  • Meets mission/program initiatives and designs and executes various culinary arts related classes to youth such as in-and after school electives, school vacation programs and Clubs.
  • Responsible for all administrative needs such as meeting grant requirements, volunteer collaborations, budgets/finance/payroll, routine reporting and record keeping.
  • • Responsible for all food service functions for Gary Comer Your Center daily meals, staff lunches, and catering for special events. This includes: scheduling staff, procurement, preparation, food quality, presentation, and cleaning
  • Development and management of all menus and nutrition programs in partnership with external agencies/providers.
  • Serves as GCYC lead for food/health inspections responsible for safety, cleanliness and sanitation in strict compliance of all kitchen/cafeteria standards and governmental regulations.
Experience & Education
  • Culinary degree or progress toward preferred.
Physical Work Requirements
  • A majority of duties are performed in a kitchen, café or office. Must be able to use standard office equipment and a variety of culinary tools and equipment such as knives, mixers, ovens, stoves, grills, freezers, pots and pans. Occasional outdoor and off-campus catering (picnics, patio) and activities (at Farm).

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/