The Director of Workforce Development leads the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s strategy to leverage employment and training as a pathway out of poverty and food insecurity. Focused on career paths in the food and operations sector, the Director develops the strategies, programs and partnerships that empower adults and opportunity youth to succeed. This includes stewardship of our existing Chicago’s Community Kitchens 14-week culinary training program and developing structured programming to support roles in operations. Responsibilities include program strategy, development and implementation as well as supervision of staff, administration, and organizational development.
This individual will be the Workforce Development subject matter expert in the context of food and operations industry training programs. This position will support empowering adults and opportunity youth who may have experienced discouragement and trauma with the skills and confidence needed to secure meaningful employment. This position will also cultivate unparalleled partnerships with community organizations, government and corporations with a shared value on connecting individuals to workforce training. Overall, the leader of this program will strive to unleash the potential and discover the talents of program participants through powerful experiences at the Food Depository.
Develop the strategies, programs and partnerships necessary to evolve the Food Depository’s portfolio of workforce development programs (culinary training and operations).
Transform the existing Community Kitchen’s culinary training program with a keen focus on increasing enrollment through innovative strategies and tactics. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for all aspects of student recruitment, instruction and employment placement including:
Provide oversight over a food production team responsible for direct ordering, receiving, inventory and facility management for the CCK Training Program.
Demonstrate both program outputs and outcomes in the overall in a variety of ways:
Direct the development and execution of the operating plan, budget, and management control reports for the program and prepare monthly variance reports; maintain CCK records.
Serve as spokesperson and ambassador for the Food Depository’s portfolio of workforce development programs.