A Place Called Home

Kitchen Coordinator

Employment type
Part Time
24 days ago
Los Angeles, CA

Job Title: Kitchen Coordinator
Department: Nutrition & Urban Agriculture
Reports to: Nutrition & Urban Ag Supervisor
FLSA Status/Hours: Non-Exempt/ up to 30 hours
Pay Rate: $12.00-$14.00

A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth and community center in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes, fitness and health and wellness opportunities. As youth participate in our programs, they discover interests and talents and develop a better sense of themselves and their place in the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that youth will stay in school, pursue higher education, attain viable jobs, and become active community members capable of making positive change in the world in which they live.


The Kitchen Coordinator reports to the NUA Supervisor, and assists in the coordination and preparation of NUA events. These events include classes and experiences in the kitchen, garden, dining room and classroom. The Kitchen Coordinator will track and coordinate the food, material and space needs of these events and synchronize instructors and kitchen staff to ensure these needs are met. Candidates with a passion for food, health, wellness, food justice and food education are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times
  • Work with APCH direct service staff to evaluate and maximize opportunities for intra- agency educational experiences for members ages 8-21
  • Ensure engagement and integration of youth of all ages into NUA programs
  • Oversee day-to- day meal service and food requests at The Bridge and from other departments
  • Implement NUA initiatives that support overall APCH goals for members ages 8-21
  • Coordinate customized food needs at The Bridge and for other departments, ensuring they are consistent with NUA operational and nutritional guidelines
  • Interface with Urban Ag Coordinator to ensure maximized kitchen use of produce from our community gardens.
  • Support in the preparation and distribution of meals and snacks on both campuses
  • Support safety and dietary compliance according to agency and health department standards on both campuses
  • Interface with Social Enterprise team to support the creation and implementation of APCH social enterprise efforts related to NUA
  • Assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the kitchen
  • Coordinate department’s ongoing volunteer days and special events as needed
  • Coordinate with department staff to plan and host recurring harvest, sorting and distribution activities in APCH kitchen and garden sites
  • Help establish and oversee new department initiatives
  • Support garden operations
  • Other duties as assigned


To perform this important job successfully, the Kitchen Coordinator must be able to fulfill all of the elements of the Job Description to the highest standard, and be able to work well with colleagues in a high energy, collaborative environment with open communications. The ideal candidate will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to his/her own ongoing personal and professional development. All employees are expected to contribute to ongoing growth and improvement in their departments via excellent job performance. Additionally, you are expected to speak up if you become aware of deficiencies and needs; and to offer solutions and make suggestions for improvements in your purview areas. Likewise, because each employee and each department is integral to the entire APCH community, we expect that as you focus on your area, you will also consider the big picture and the overall mission of the agency, and communicate with the appropriate individuals if/when you become aware of problems and/or have suggestions for ways and opportunities to make APCH stronger and better. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.

Technical and Performance Skills

  • Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Time Management
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Flexibility
  • Mission-Driven
  • Dedicated to excellence
  • Detailed oriented
  • Strong Organizational Skills
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Interest in community advocacy
  • Intermediate research skills


  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in culinary arts, health, agriculture, sustainability or related fields (preferred)
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working with school age youth
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in food service or culinary arts
  • Basic knowledge of food preparation, presentation, and cooking methods
  • Basic knowledge of event planning
  • Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (preferred)

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Able to work in chaotic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
  • Walking, standing required on daily basis
  • Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work
  • Lift up to 30-40 pounds regularly
  • Willing and able to clean kitchen space and equipment
  • Able to communicate and convey accurate information
  • Type 45WPM

Additional Information

  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Passion for working with children and young adults


Background screening required/Relevant skills assessment during initial screening

To apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, to Human Resources at [email protected]. (E-mail submission only/No phone inquiries)

Responses will be sent only individuals meeting the outlined requirements of the position