Culinary Manager

September 12th, 2023
Culinary Manager

Culinary Manager

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Education
Salary Range: 70000-75000

Position: Culinary Manager 

Reports to: Chief Program Officer

Salary Range: $70,000 – $75,000

FLSA Classification: Salary/Exempt

Direct Reports: Culinary Assistant and Fellows


Key Relationships: Fellowship and Alumni Manager, People and Operations Manager, Manager of Employer and Strategic Partnership, and Executive Team


At Drive Change, our mission is to support formerly incarcerated young people and create quality employment pathways to ensure their economic and emotional wellbeing. We work to create systemic change and sustainable impact through unapologetically reimagining what’s possible for the food and hospitality industry.



Education:  I am committed to my own growth and education. I commit to learning about the issues, systems, historical and current, that affect the food system and American Legal System.


Innovation: I continually look for ways to approach our work through innovation and creativity.  I bring new ideas, question the status quo and am committed to being part of the solution.


Hospitality: I approach all members of our DC community with care, empathy and a desire to connect and meet them where they are at.


Courage:  I am committed to taking action in order to center equity and justice in our work and collective mission.


Collective Accountability:  I give and ask for feedback consistently and with an open mind.  I understand that feedback is a gift and investment in personal and professional growth. I hold myself and others accountable to our values.



Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance 

Unlimited Paid Time Off Policy

Company-Sponsored Professional Development Opportunities


About the Culinary Manager Position:

The Culinary Manager is an Educator and Manager. The Culinary Manager transforms the kitchen into a learning environment that develops culinary skills and an understanding of kitchen systems while supporting a Fellows’ social-emotional growth. The Culinary Manager is responsible for managing the Drive Change kitchen and food truck and facilitating the culinary curriculum. The Culinary Manager is responsible for setting a high quality standard for  kitchen operations and mentoring the fellows in the program.


Additionally, the Culinary Manager creates a dynamic menu that is culturally appropriate, healthy, cost-effective, and seasonal, serving as the foundation for all public-facing outreach via the Drive Change food truck and at industry events.



Provide Collaborative Management of and Leadership in Programming

  • Administer, operate, and deliver services for the Fellowship Program, taking the lead in all aspects of culinary training

  • Ensure that job training curricula align with employer needs and current skill demands

  • Lead the development and delivery of culinary program curricula, preparing fellows for success in the hospitality industry

  • Enhance and refine the culinary job training curriculum in partnership with the Fellowship and Alumni Manager

  • Work closely with the Manager of Employer and Strategic Partnership to position members effectively for job placement

  • Manage all program logistics to ensure seamless in-person and virtual training operations

  • Track success metrics, collaborating with the Chief Program Officer to collect data and share fellows’ success stories

Support Social-Emotional Growth, Development and Management of Team 

  • Provide comprehensive culinary training and mentorship to the culinary team, including the Culinary Assistant, with a focus on fostering their professional growth

  • Offer guidance and support to other kitchen staff, including former fellows, in their culinary development

  • Cultivate a supportive learning environment that encourages team members to take risks, explore new culinary techniques, and develop critical thinking skills

  • Actively engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, fostering a culture of understanding, empathy, and respect within the kitchen team 

Provide Effective Management and Organizational Leadership

  • Be an integral member of the Drive Change Leadership team, offering strategic insights to the Executive team on operations and strategic planning, contributing to a collaborative and caring organizational culture

  • Lead and mentor high-performing teams

  • Ensure efficient internal communication, collaboration, and a culture aligned with diversity, equity, and inclusion principles

Ensure Compliance with Labor and NYC DOHMH Standards

  • Adhere to all NYC DOHMH facility compliance and food handling regulations

  • Collaborate with the Fellowship team to ensure compliance with labor standards, including daily breaks and accurate timekeeping

Manage and Report on Program Budget, including CARE Events

  • Regularly report on program expenses and diligently track all costs and expenditures, partly for educational purposes

  • Take ownership of the Kitchen Budget, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the P&L

  • Mentor and educate the Culinary Assistant on P&L management to facilitate growth and learning

  • Identify and recommend vendors that allow us to remain within budget and match our values

Ensure Personal Growth And Leadership Development In Order To Be An Impactful Leader And Educator

  • Foster an environment that accommodates various learning styles and reveals learning opportunities at every turn

  • Uphold positive practices in supporting your staff’s social-emotional learning, linking it to tangible business outcomes

  • Master the synthesis of information, presenting it in an organized and digestible format for diverse stakeholders

  • Identify pain points and inefficiencies for strategic problem-solving, designing improvements and leveraging current resources

  • Deepen your knowledge and appreciation of food and its culinary possibilities

  • Consistently challenge your own biases regarding race, class, business, and justice

  • Cultivate your personal social-emotional growth


  • 3+ years of professional restaurant/food service experience

  • 2+ years of management experience

  • Driver’s License

  • NYC DOHMH Food Handlers License

  • Proficiency with Google Suite and Zoom

  • Problem-solving abilities that can build processes and find and implement actions for improvements

  • Highly organized, with attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines

  • Passionate about food, reimagining criminal justice, and building ethical food systems


  • The Culinary Manager position is a full time, in-person, salary/exempt role. Hours worked will be weekdays flexible to accommodate fellowship needs and event dates. Evening and/or weekend work may be required on occasion.
  • The office location for this position is Brooklyn, New York.

To Apply:

Please submit the following to [email protected]: a one-to-two page resume and answers to the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter): 

  • What aspects of this role are you most motivated by and why?
  • How does your personal and/or professional experience illustrate your commitment to working towards racial and economic justice? How do you anticipate that experience to aid your ability to accomplish the expectations of this role?
  • What does the Drive Change tagline, “Reimagine Justice, Reimagine Service” mean to you?
  • Describe a group, community, or team that you have been a part of. How did your skills or experience contribute to the overall success of the group? How do you believe your skills or experience would contribute toward the success of this organization?


Drive Change Inc

  • 630 Flushing Avenue
  • Brooklyn, New York 11206
  • United States of America
  • Phone: (347) 696-0943

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