Bridge Boston Charter School
Food Program Leader/Executive Chef
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|Posted On:||Friday, 1st June 2018|
435 Warren St, Boston, MA 02119
Bridge Boston Charter School is a tuition-free public school that serves Boston’s children through a combination of rigorous academics, a focus on the whole child, and full-service programming. Our children are often the most economically and socially disadvantaged in the city. The school began operations in the fall of 2011 and moved to beautiful new quarters in Roxbury in the fall of 2017. The school now has 350 children enrolled in K-6 and within two years will reach total enrollment of 400 students with the addition of grades 7 and 8.
Bridge Boston Charter School students will thrive in a challenging, joyful, inclusive K1-8 public school community that values close partnerships with families and a focus on the whole child. Our students will develop the skills necessary to excel academically in rigorous high schools, reach their individual potentials, and view themselves as creators of their own futures. Through full-service programming, including a robust food program that is fully integrated into the life and culture of the school, Bridge Boston Charter School will work to remove the health and social obstacles that can hinder student learning.
Food Program: Why this opportunity is unique.
Physical space. Creation of a self-operating feeding and food learning program was integrated into the planning for and construction of the new location: with philanthropic support the school was able to build a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, office space for food professional staff and an inviting dining area in the central light- filled atrium. Outdoor space for a school garden has been reserved. With this comprehensive infrastructure in place, Bridge Boston seeks to hire an experienced and strong leader to plan and implement a food service and learning program consistent with the mission and philosophy of the school.
Planning Year (September 2018-June 2019). The school’s Board of Directors, administrative leadership and faculty believes that the food program is equal in importance to all other programs that support and educate our students. Moreover, we understand that a healthful diet is essential to supporting our student’s ability and readiness to learn. Thus, the school has allocated resources to support a planning year for the Food Program Leader to:
• Develop the operations/business plan for the food service which consistent with the parameters and reimbursement structure of the National School Lunch and other USDA feeding programs
• Get to know our students, faculty and volunteers, curriculum and supportive programs for students and families—understanding our values and our culture is essential to building a successful food program.
• Establish a working relationship with the Massachusetts Department of Education which administers the National School Lunch Program and other USDA funded food programs.
• Design staffing plan and hire other food program staff
• Complete equipment needed for kitchen, if any.
• Identify “food learning” opportunities for students in all grades, in cooperation with school faculty, as well as creative marketing strategies to engage students in appreciating and enjoying the food being served.
• Establish partnerships with national, state and local organizations that provide technical assistance and materials support and grant funding for school food programs, such as the Massachusetts Farm to School initiative and the Chef Ann Foundation.
• Supervise the current food service vendor (Revolution Foods)
Throughout the planning year there will be opportunities for the Food Program Leader to organize and serve meals for bi-monthly student and family dinners, Board of Directors meetings and donor recognition events. These meals are budgeted and supported by the school separate from the core budget of the daily school meals program, and will allow the Food Program Leader to utilize the kitchen and dining space for school functions while establishing his/her leadership role to all members of the school community.
Launch of full service food program
It is expected that the fully operating food service will launch in June, 2019, serving our summer programs and be ready to provide full service for the 2019- 2020 school year.
Demonstrated commitment to providing children with meals made from fresh, whole foods, sourced regionally or locally when possible and within budget, so as to support their health and readiness to learn, play and lead a full and productive life.
At least three years of experience as the senior director of a school food service and at least three additional years serving in a supportive culinary position in a school food service program serving 500 or more students and participating in the National School Lunch and other USDA meal programs. Experience working with low-income children living in urban areas and affected by food insecurity is highly desirable.
Excellent administrative skills, especially full knowledge of and experience participating in the USDA National School Lunch Program, including all required software, nutrition compliance and reporting programs and other mandatory features of the NSLP. Skilled in the use of computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Demonstrated culinary training, skills and experience (such as culinary school credentials, experience). Serve Safe and Allergen certification.
Salary and benefits: Competitive with that provided to Senior Food Service Directors in public school districts in the State of Massachusetts.
The above announcement is preliminary; a detailed job description will be provided to individuals interested in applying for the position. Interviews will be conducted in person, and/or via Skype with members of the school administration, academic leadership and Board of Directors. The consulting firm, Fresh Advantage LLC is conducting the job search for Bridge Boston Charter School Food Program Leader position.
To Apply: Interested parties should submit a letter of interest in the position, along with a resume, to: