ESY Associate Chef Educator

Location: Samuel J. Green Charter School



FirstLine Schools: Associate Chef Educator

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.  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.


FirstLine’s Vision Of Teaching Excellence:

We develop teachers at FirstLine by focusing on excellence in teaching. To do so, we coach teachers and center professional development on our Vision of Excellence in Teaching rubric the components of which include:


  • On Task (Maintaining high expectations and maximizing instructional time)

  • Essential Content (Planning effectively)

  • Cognitive Engagement (Maintaining High Academic Expectations and Building Thinking Skills)

  • Demonstration of Learning (Leading Instruction, Checking for Understanding, Responding to Student Misunderstanding)

  • Community of Learners (Establishing Expectations and Responding to Student Behaviors)



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 Associate Chef Educator’s major areas of responsibility include collaborating with the Lead Chef Educator on curricular development/modifications and lesson planning, conducting kitchen classes for K-8 grade students, monitoring grade level expectations and ensuring that as many are being taught in kitchen class as possible. S/he also develops relationships with teachers, school leaders, and other FirstLine staff and infuses ESY values into school culture.


Position Responsibilities:

The Chef Educator’s specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Classroom Instruction, Curriculum Development, and Special Events

  • Lead classes while maintaining strong classroom management skills

  • Collaborate with the Lead Chef to enhance and evolve lessons

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

  • Assist/occasionally lead in the planning and delivery of “Edible Experiences” for students, including the annual Iron Chef competition, Market to Table field trip/cooking event, and others


Culinary Integration

  • Remain engaged and knowledgeable about seasonal produce and coordinate with the gardener to integrate garden harvest into kitchen lessons

  • Remain knowledgeable about food safety and service standards

  • Actively provide input and recipe suggestions

  • Continuous daily and weekly kitchen maintenance and management including sharing the task of washing a large volume of dishes, cleaning stovetop burners and food rotation


Communication, Professional Development and ESY Cultural & Wellness Integration

  • Provide kitchen team members with feedback and actively participate in holding team members accountable for goal setting.

  • Develop relationships with FirstLine teachers and administrators in an effort to integrate academics in the ESY classroom as well as assist in the growth the ESY program at the school

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

  • Attend and actively participate in professional development sessions held by ESY and FirstLine

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

  • Communicate consistently with parents, community partners, and local chefs


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent culinary experience (4 years of experience in culinary arts/nutrition)

  • Experience working with elementary/middle school students is required

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


Desired Qualities & Characteristics:

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

  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Highly detail-oriented

  • 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.)


ASSOCIATE CHEF EDUCATOR reports to: Lead Chef Educator/ESYNOLA Program Director


How to Apply : Please apply online via:  


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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