Chef Teacher – The Edible Schoolyard Project – Berkeley

Position Description
The Edible Schoolyard Chef Teachers are responsible for running the Edible Schoolyard kitchen program. They teach daily kitchen classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, participate in lesson planning and recipe development, and work collaboratively to develop and maintain an interactive teaching kitchen. The Chef Teachers report to the Program Coordinator for Edible Schoolyard Project Berkeley. The anticipated start date for this position is Monday, August 4th 2022.

Roles and Responsibilities
Design and conduct daily kitchen classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
Mentor individual students in and out of class, model respect, curiosity, and joy for learning and encourage students’ interests and talents
Guide students through all aspects of kitchen lessons to ensure skills and character development, understanding of seasonality, and connections to curricular studies
Conduct lessons using fresh, seasonal produce grown by students in the ESYB garden
Organize, set up, and break down all kitchen lessons
Design and conduct lessons for adults participating in the annual ESYP Summer Trainings
Design and conduct after school classes in collaboration with Berkeley LEARNS
Lesson Development and Documentation
Develop kitchen lessons in partnership with the teaching team and the curriculum specialist that are integrated with ESYP and academic standards
Contribute to lessons and recipe development to maximize use of seasonal produce grown in the ESYB garden
Assist with lesson documentation, recipe updates, visual resources, and kitchen inventory
Update and generate best practices documents
Design and produce teaching and visual aids for ESYB kitchen lessons
Create video resources for our students, teachers, and the ESYP Network
Kitchen Maintenance and Upkeep
Meet weekly with kitchen staff to identify and prioritize kitchen maintenance, class preparation and other relevant tasks
Maintain a clean, sanitary, and organized kitchen classroom space
Maintain a beautiful, inviting and vibrant atmosphere
Assist with the planning and preparation of food for special ESYP events

Communication and Outreach
Participate in ESYP staff meetings and professional development
Maintain healthy relationships with ESYP staff, King teachers and administrative staff, students, parents, neighbors, school garden and kitchen educators and ESYP affiliates
Maintain an awareness of and actively participate in ESYP events, school events and relevant community events
Collaborate with ESYP team to support the annual ESYB Plant Sale, Summer Trainings, Spring Benefit, and other special events as they arise

The Edible Schoolyard is offering a competitive salary based on skills and experience. The position includes a generous benefits package (including medical, dental, and retirement benefits) and vacation policy. Professional development opportunities are provided. This is a full-time non-exempt position.
The Edible Schoolyard is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

How to Apply
Send Email
Please submit the following to by 5pm PT on Monday, May 9th:
Cover Letter
Brief responses to the following questions:
What role does food play in your life?
What special skills or passions would you bring to help you relate and connect with middle school students?
What do you think supports success for a team that works closely together?