TEENworks Culinary Employment Coordinator

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TEENworks Culinary Employment Coordinator

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New Posting - 11/19/21

Organization Overview

The Goodman Community Center (GCC) is here for our whole community. People from all walks of life and all ages come for programs and services that make their lives — and our community — stronger. We strengthen lives and secure futures within a community where everyone is valued and has the resources they need to be successful. Goodman Community Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed GCC employment application to be considered for the position. Questions may be directed to gcchr@goodmancenter.org.

Job Description

The TEENworks Culinary Employment Coordinator handles day to day operations of GCC’s youth employment and training programs. All elements of the program for youth should be guided by the GCC mission, vision, and values, evidence-informed, quality practices, Wisconsin Afterschool Continuous Improvement, and stated program outcomes. The Coordinator will follow the program logic model while developing and maintaining an intentional high school program that is rooted in best-practices of positive youth development. GCC programs focus on academic enrichment and social emotional learning in 3 areas of concentration: Lifelong Learning, Health and Wellness, Leadership and Community Engagement. The Coordinator will work with the TEENworks Manager and Assistant Director of Youth Programs to ensure all CLC initiatives and other GCC program goals and outcomes are met during the year. This position will provide intensive employment trainings, some with a culinary focus to support GCC preservation and catering programs, while also expanding the reach of TEENworks opportunities to support youth in career exploration and employment beyond GCC.

Essential Functions

  • Recruit youth from partner schools and community to maintain diverse teen employee team to meet
    departments’ staffing needs.
  • Support and maintain a consistent and effective 8th to 9th grade transition program in collaboration with
    the High School Manager and Assistant Director of Youth Programs.
  • Participate and attend meetings with the Youth Employment Network.
  • Assist in the publicity of TEENworks initiatives by writing or helping youth contribute articles,
    announcements, updates, and photos for Eastside News and GCC social media.
  • Coordinate community outreach opportunities for youth.
  • Create culinary schedules for youth employment (program kitchen, catering, and preservation).
  • Develop, implement, and continue to build Culinary Skills trainings for youth.
  • Create ServSafe accounts for students and assist in certification completion for TEENworks youth.
  • Coordinate and share resources with Transition Academy Culinary Educator to ensure consistency of
    standards and kitchen procedures.
  • Train TEENworks youth on Hospitality skills with support from the Hospitality department including Back
    of House and Front of House responsibilities.
  • Coordinate youth training opportunities with the TEENworks team and other GCC departments.
  • Plan and host pop-up dinners in partnership with the Madison Areas Chefs Network with support from
    the Communications, Hospitality, and Development departments.
  • Produce and distribute GCC’s Preservation CSA products with the assistance of the Entrepreneurship
    Coordinator, Culinary Educator, Communications/Development, and Food Resources Departments.
  • Create special events exposing youth to culinary career paths and employment opportunities.
  • Plan and facilitate opportunities for family engagement, including supporting Family Fun Nights.
  • Report youth, staff, volunteer, and family successes or concerns consistently to the TEENworks Manager.
  • Ensure adherence to standards and quality to meet all grant and contract obligations/requirements.
  • Participate in required continuing education hours and professional development opportunities.
  • Develop and complete work assessment plans, weekly checks-ins with supervisors and youth.
  • Develop recognition programs and announcements for TEENworks youths’ successes or improvements.
  • Teach TEENworks youth employment skills such as drafting a resume, the application process, interview
    etiquette, practicing interviewing, and employment paperwork completion.
  • Develop and implement a standard youth employment and training evaluation with the TEENworks team.
  • Develop individual SMART goals and plans for each youth’s next steps with post-secondary education or
    further employment, social emotional learning, and academic success.
  • Support the TEENworks Partnerships Coordinator in working with Fit Youth Initiative program to create
    and maintain generalized employment skills training for youth coaches and referees.
  • Support youth in their employment placements outside of GCC, mentoring youth for 6-12 months.
  • Monitor interactions with youth and work with staff on reinforcing positive language, positive behavior
    management, and problem solving.
  • Meet weekly with High School Enrichment team to stay updated on program and youth.
  • Support youth in earning high school credit for training and employment experience including
    employability or leadership skills certificates.
  • Maintain records for each youth that detail trainings, certifications, employment held, credit earned,
    family engagement, and goal achievement.
  • Work with the TEENworks Manager, Assistant Director of Youth Programs and HR to maintain systems for
    enrollment and employment paperwork.
  • Enter and maintain youth records in databases and support TEENworks Manager in providing narratives
    for grant reports.
  • Perform other job-related duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the
    duties of this position.


  • ServSafe Certification (can be obtained after receiving position).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or other related field and/or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years of experience working with middle/high school age youth in a human services/family/youth
    development setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience with youth employment laws, programs, strategies, and principals.
  • Require to pass Child Care Division Central Background Registry.
  • Required to have valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record to be trained to drive a GCC van.
  • Preferred already established connections with Dane Co. school districts and alternative programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with: problem solving; recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go
    wrong; behavior management; and conflict de-escalation/resolution.
  • Understanding of, appreciation for, and experience with ability, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomically, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations.
  • Strong organizational, facilitating, and leadership skills.
  • Mature attitude, creative, resourceful, and a positive role model for youth.
  • Excellent written and verbal comprehension and communication.
  • Ability to use computers daily in an interactive manner for extended periods of time as necessary.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in multiple environments (i.e., indoors, outdoors, schools, office, and out of office).
  • Occasional weekend and evening hours based on program needs.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
    functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While
    performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: sit, stand, walk, bend; and occasionally push, pull, lift and carry
    objects (up to 50 pounds); sufficient mobility to attend frequent meetings and appointments in community settings; and drive. Job requires
    frequent verbal and written communication. Computer, telephone, copier, and fax use are required.