Program Director, Future Chefs
Third Sector New England - Boston, MA

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Who We Are Future Chefs prepares urban youth in Greater Boston for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary arts and supports them in developing a broad base of transferable skills as they transition to the working world. Operating from a unique hybrid model that focuses on fostering workforce development skills within a youth development framework, Future Chefs serves more than 100 young people each year. We believe every young person is an asset to their community and offer authentic work experiences to instill the mindset and habits of success, thus strengthening our local economy and building civic engagement. The organization is working to expand programming in Boston, formalize an apprenticeship model and increase staff capacity to best serve its growing number of participants and graduates.

Job Summary Future Chefs is seeking a dynamic leader with a demonstrated commitment to youth development to oversee and develop high-quality programming to serve older high school and college-age students. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will supervise four staff members in the Culinary Pathways and Apprenticeships programs, providing guidance for day-to-day operations, as well as a strategic vision for long-term program growth and development. This role will oversee an efficient system for measuring outcomes and tracking data, incorporating those outcomes into program development. The Program Director will also serve as a member of the Senior Management team, collaborating with the Executive Director to determine the strategic direction of Future Chefs, and supporting the efforts of the fundraising staff as needed. This is a new role at Future Chefs.

Essential Job Functions Program Development and Organizational Leadership – 40%
  • Oversee the delivery of all Future Chefs programming, including Culinary Pathways and Apprenticeships, ensuring a safe, supportive and engaging environment for youth
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and with input from key staff members, determine program offerings and parameters, using program outcomes and metrics as needed
  • Develop and manage process to ensure program design is informed by participant and partner input
  • Oversee staff in conducting effective outreach and recruitment of new participants to the program
  • Oversee staff in developing organizational and community partners to support the Culinary Pathways and Apprenticeships programs
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Management Team
Staff Management – 30%
  • Supervise four program staff members, setting clear expectations and providing direction, support and guidance
  • Oversee program staff hiring, training and orientations
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development for program staff
Program Evaluation and Metrics – 30%
  • Guide program staff to determine clear and appropriate performance and outcomes metrics
  • Oversee the development of an efficient system to track participant data and measure outcomes using Salesforce
  • Collaborate with staff and external consultants to customize SalesForce for Future Chefs outcomes and ensure ongoing user adoption and training
  • Participate in Future Chefs-sponsored or related events, occasionally on evenings and weekends
Who You Are Experience: You have a demonstrated commitment to youth development programming with a keen understanding for building effective systems. You hold a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work or a related field. You have strong organizational, analytical, and managerial skills and are committed to employing technology to realize program goals and objectives.

Attitude: You are committed to alternative pathways of career development for young people. You are a positive, committed team player, willing to dive-in and get your hands dirty with mission-based work. You think creatively, collaboratively and know what it takes to leverage resources at the ground level. You are an acknowledged “people person” able to forge new relationships and sustain long-term connections.

Work Style: You have a “big picture” approach to your work but a keen eye to detail. You are able to manage up and across departments, are motivated by new challenges and seeing work to completion. You are able to guide your direct reports to success and inspire them to improve.

  • 5-10 years of experience, including working with high school and college-age youth in a community-based/ youth development organization
  • Workforce development experience highly preferred
  • Master’s degree in Education, Counseling/Guidance, Social Work or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff
  • Excellent organization, time management and communication skills
  • Flexible self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Respect for the dignity of all work and willingness to consider multiple points of view
  • Comfortable with technology; Experience using SalesForce or other CRM database a plus
  • Knowledge of food service industry a plus
Special Requirements
  • Ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Must pass CORI check
Salary and Benefits Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package included. Flex time considered.