FUTURE CHEFS (FC) prepares high school-aged youth in the Greater Boston Area for quality employment and post-secondary opportunities in the culinary field and supports them in developing broad base transferable career skills for the working world. With its primary focus on youth development, Future Chefs provides culinary training and authentic hands-on experience working with culinary professionals in some of Boston’s top restaurants. Future Chefs learn in an environment that instills a mindset of success along with civic responsibility. Future Chefs’ model is based on the belief that every student is unique and flourishes in settings that provide: High Expectations, Opportunities for Growth, and Positive Interactions with Adults.
The Post-Secondary Planning Specialist works directly with high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates to create and implement a plan for post-secondary education, training, and employment. The work plan focuses on individual and group soft and hard skills development needed to pursue post-secondary training and early employment in quality early employment. This position assists students in accessing FC scholarships, FC apprenticeship, and entry-level job opportunities from Future Chefs and other sources. He or she works directly with youth, parent/guardians, organizational partners, high school staff, college admissions, and financial aid offices to assist students in creating and implementing a post high school career plan.
Essential Job Functions
- Manages FC Sustains program with support from program staff and supervision from Youth Development & Outcomes Manager;
- Manages communication with post-secondary partners (education, apprenticeship, community, employment);
- Coaches students through post-secondary planning process into implementation not limited to education support;
- Work with program staff team to support PSP initiatives in curriculum (partner site visits or off-site visits);
- Implements in- and out-of-school career preparation with Future Chefs participants;
- Connects students with both entry level and experienced level opportunities for employment through the Future Chefs job network;
- Uses FC Sustains methods to create new post-secondary partnerships and maintain/assess current partners;
- Supports Culinary Director in managing Apprenticeship program;
- Represent Future Chefs at fundraising and network events.
- Youth work experience preferably in the PYD framework;
- Have worked with FC target demographic in school or OST setting;
- Experience in or passion for coaching youth;
- Experience in or deep respect for food world;
- Understanding of young people as assets and risk/resilience;
- Ability to assess youth dynamics holistically and contextually (home life, school life, work life, social life);
- High level communication skill with text, email and phone;
- availability/flexibility in weekend and evening hours (occasionally);
- Understanding of data tracking tools, their importance and eager to learn Salesforce interface;
- Familiar with the college application process;
- Ability to professionally represent Future Chefs through writing (letters to families, grant support, etc).
- Experience in culinary position;
- Social work certification;
- Representative of FC student demographic;
- A car (driving students and meeting students in non-FC location);
- Knowledge of and experience with the FC program is highly desirable.
Direct service: 60%, Partnerships: 25%, Program Development: 10% Network/Fundraising: 5%
We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
Or fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and Future Chefs will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.