2017-2018 Lead Chef Educator, ESY

Location: FirstLine K-8th Grade Schools


Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans


About FirstLine Schools

In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.   Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:

  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence

  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship

  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members

  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success

Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.



Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) envisions generations of New Orleans children who have healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves, and their community.  ESYNOLA's mission is to teach children to make healthy connections through food.  Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs.

We believe that:

  • Food education should be taught in conjunction with core academics

  • Children learn by doing

  • Health and wellness contribute to the success of the whole child

  • Beauty is the language of caring

  • Local farms and sustainable farming practices are vital

  • School food reform is an integral part of the education we offer our students

  • Families and communities are integral to our success


Position Summary:

The Lead Chef Educator designs, plans, and conducts kitchen classes for K-8th grade students. This includes curricular development and lesson planning, managing and mentoring teaching kitchen staff and volunteers, planning and delivering on special events for the school community, and overseeing the systems development and maintenance of a productive, institutional teaching kitchen.  A lead chef educator connects with co-teachers, academic teachers, school leadership, and other school staff to ensure valuable lessons, experiences, and integration of ESY values into school culture. S/he also acts as a member of the ESY Leadership team for program visioning and planning.

Position Responsibilities:

Classroom Instruction, Curriculum Development, and Special Events

  • Develops lessons that include academic parallels to grade level expectations as well as creative experiential based learning methods for various age groups

  • Leads classes while maintaining strong classroom management skills

  • Records students’ day-to-day behaviors and class grades as directed by site-specific administration

  • Collaborates with kitchen team to enhance and evolve lessons

  • Develops and leads special “Edible Experiences” for students, including the annual Iron Chef competition, Market to Table fieldtrip/cooking event, and others

  • Teaches after-school culinary classes, as appropriate

Kitchen Management and Culinary Integration

  • Oversees all kitchen staff, interns, and volunteers, and ensures they have all the tools and information necessary to be a successful part of the kitchen team

  • Manages Delta Corps team member, including evaluation, goal-setting, and guidance of year-long project

  • Remains engaged and knowledgeable about seasonal produce and coordinates with the site gardener/garden teachers to integrate garden harvest into kitchen lessons

  • Ensures the additional ingredients for recipes are purchased

  • Maintains an up-to-date kitchen inventory (cleaning products, equipment, pantry items, etc.), and ensures that necessary items are purchased and stocked

  • Maintains all kitchen equipment in working order; communicates with facilities staff about needed repairs/maintenance

  • Codes and manages purchasing, with a mind to yearly kitchen budget

  • Ensures kitchen staff have an up-to-date knowledge of food safety and service standards

Communication, Professional Development and ESY Cultural & Wellness Integration

  • Provides a voice for the kitchen at ESY Leadership meetings and relays any pertinent information back to the kitchen team

  • Provides kitchen team members with feedback and assists them with goal setting and upholding a level of accountability

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with FirstLine teachers and administrators in an effort to integrate academics into the ESY classroom as well as grow the ESY program in coordination with the wider school mission

  • Collaborates with all ESY site staff on site-specific cultural and wellness integration

  • Attends and actively participates in professional development sessions held by ESY and FirstLine

  • Is an active presence in the school community (attends morning meetings, all-staff meetings, professional development sessions; attends leadership meetings as appropriate; takes initiative to stay informed of school events and activities, and to find opportunities for ESY to participate and contribute)

  • Communicates with parents and families with regard to special events and student behavior

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • Culinary Degree or 3 years’ industry equivalent experience, or other demonstrated expertise in culinary arts/nutrition required

  • 2-3 years instructional experience working with K-8 students required

  • Experience working with high-poverty student population preferred, especially in a public/public charter school

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Proficient with information technology

  • Strong project management experience

  • Ability to represent the organization to a variety of audiences


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:

  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep environment

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Attention to cleanliness and sanitary standards appropriate for a teaching kitchen

  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders

  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results


Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.

  • Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)

LEAD CHEF EDUCATOR reports to: Program Director, ESY


How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.

FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


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