Program Coordinator

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/6/2022 6:19 PM)
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Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Future Chefs


Future Chefs ( prepares Boston high school students to leave high school ready for quality employment and post-secondary education. With a focus on positive youth development, Future Chefs provides culinary training and authentic work-based learning to prepare teens with the hard skills they will need to succeed in the culinary industry, and most importantly the job readiness skills to succeed in any field.

Future Chefs’ model is based on the belief that every student is unique and flourishes in respectful, safe, stimulating settings that provide opportunities for growth, and relationships with caring, supportive adults who honor students’ lived experiences. Future Chefs occupies 5770 square feet of meeting, kitchen and office space on the first floor of The Clarion in Roxbury and is programming our space to build community-based collaborations that directly and indirectly support our mission.


Members of the Program Team at Future Chefs provide coaching and planning support for individuals and groups of students throughout all phases of their Future Chefs’ engagement. The Student Support Services Team works in partnership with Culinary Instructors to ensure that participants develop essential employment and life skills for a successful life after high school. The team supports students to create and implement their post-secondary plans while paying particular attention to students’ social-emotional health and well-being. During our Summer Employment Program, the Student Services Team assists students in refining and applying their essential skills, while working in summer lunches production and student lead Social Enterprise Initiative.


Future Chefs is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (


As a member of the Program Team, the Program Coordinator will champion the lenses of Work-Based learning and Positive Youth Development in our program design. The Program Coordinator will coach seniors in completing their post-secondary plan (i.e., generally two years out of college) and support their transition into Sustains. All work at Future Chefs is performed within a Racial Justice framework to ensure that our practice and program advance the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Who You Are

You are a youth-serving professional committed to working in a youth-centric organization to deliver quality positive youth development programming in a culinary environment. You have direct experience in work-based learning for high school-aged young people. You have worked directly with urban teens and young adults and demonstrated high expectations for them. You are genuinely passionate about young people’s progress and wish to help them develop and share their voice, build healthy relationships, and develop the skills to succeed in life and work. You are highly organized, dependable, growth mindset oriented, and a proactive team player motivated by new challenges and a fast-paced work environment. You can practice patience and model professionalism, optimism, and integrity with young people. You can also ally with their efforts at self-determination as they pursue their interests and develop their talents. You love food and food-related activities and seek to create a joyful and stimulating space for young people to explore their interest in cooking with a purpose.

Essential Functions

Responsible, together with the Program Director, the Program Specialist, and the Student Services Specialist for implementing youth programming.

  • Youth Support Across Programs (90% time shared respectfully between the three programs; Future Chefs Prepares, Future Chefs Delivers, and Sustains) : 
    • Support Specialists in the recruitment of youth participants for the school year and summer employment;
    • Support onboarding and orientation of new participants;
    • Coach a small caseload of youth participants;
    • Work with Specialists to deliver a non-culinary curriculum;
    • Assist in the design and delivery of essential skills training and workshops;
    • Apply Positive Youth Development practices;
    • Serve as point of contact for a Leadership Ladder team;
    • Plan and execute class materials and document class outcomes;
    • Ensure that data related to outcomes measurement is collected and entered on schedule;
    • Maintain regular student and program evaluation efforts including data collection, data input, and data analysis alongside program staff.
  • Organizational:
    • Support the organization's commitment to DEI work;
    • Support the organization’s fundraising efforts;
    • Work together with colleagues to address shortcomings and advance our mission.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Minimal 1-year experience in Positive Youth Development and Family Engagements;
  • Minimal 1-year experience in mentoring and coaching high school students;
  • Ability to establish appropriate mentoring/coaching relationships with high school students;
  • Comfortable with public speaking and group facilitation;
  • Ability to engage with all state-holders; community partners, parents, and board members;
  • Ability to inspire young people to get excited about working outside their comfort zone in new experiences;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Experience and/or strong interest in working with ethnically diverse teens and young adults from low-income communities;
  • Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to develop young people and help make positive shifts in attitudes and behavior;
  • Commitment to addressing issues related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • The desire to be part of a diverse learning community;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a productive team;
  • Flexibility and a positive, can-do attitude;
  • Ability to incorporate feedback;
  • Respect for the dignity of all work and willingness to consider multiple points of view;
  • Operates with personal and professional integrity to be a positive role model for young people.

Special Job Requirements

  • Ability to work a flexible part-time schedule that includes some evening and weekend hours during the school year and mandatory summer program participation;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and an ability to drive the company van;
  • CORI check and driving record check required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed onsite at Future Chefs, Roxbury, MA

Compensation: The hourly rate for this position is $20.00. Part-Time 20 - 25 hours per week

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/Future Chefs envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Future Chefs will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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