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Job Number:  45976
Project CHEF - Chef Assistant
Job Posted: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Closing Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
(64 days ago)
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: (not entered)

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food, is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table. Designed to immerse children in the process of cooking from preparation to clean-up, children gain knowledge about food; they discover the pleasure and satisfaction in creating meals for themselves and they develop the skills so that they can apply their new-found knowledge and abilities in making healthy food choices at home.


As of September 2018, Project CHEF has licensed the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) to deliver the Project CHEF program to schools in the Vancouver School District as well as the GVFB’s surrounding catchment area. GVFB is a non-profit organization which provides assistance to over 26, 500 people weekly through 13 member locations and close to 85 agency partners located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. GVFB is committed to its mission – to create empowering environments that provide and promote access to healthy food, education and training – through community collaboration and is pro-actively working to help end hunger.


The Project CHEF Chef Assistant works closely with the Project CHEF CHEF Instructors and the Project CHEF Coordinator to implement the Project CHEF programs in VSB elementary schools and the community. They are responsible for assisting the Chef Instructor in bringing the Project CHEF curriculum, its mission, goals and learning outcomes, to life in the classrooms with up to 60 children, plus teachers and parent volunteers, each day.


Key Responsibilities:


Program Implementation:

  • Assist with daily classroom cooking demonstrations and food literacy lessons with children from Kindergarten to Grade 7.
  • Guide and assist students through all aspects of cooking and food literacy learning (prepare food, cook, clean, compost/recycle, dine) with emphasis on developing knowledge and skills, and promoting the development of healthy attitudes toward food.
  • Provide close supervision of children, ensuring safety when working with heat sources, knives and cooking equipment.
  • Assist with program move-in and move-out at schools, including set-up and take-down of program equipment and materials, safe handling and preparation of perishable food items, maintenance of clean and organized food preparation/cooking areas, safe management of electrical wiring and cords, and ensuring classroom spaces support the delivery of experiential learning activities.
  • Assist with day-to-day activities to support program delivery, including safe ingredient preparation and menu preparation; sanitization and inventory of equipment; daily towel laundering; waste management (compost, recycling, garbage); coordinating program evaluations for all participants (students, teachers, parents); and other duties as required.
  • Welcome and work with parent and community volunteers.
  • Ongoing maintenance of program materials, including equipment inventories, sanitization, etc.

Program Development and Stewardship:

  • Participant in and represent the Project CHEF program at school, GVFB and community outreach events (including occasional evenings and weekends).
  • Assist with Project CHEF programming outside of school settings, such as cooking clubs and camps, community events, etc.
  • Participant in ongoing curriculum development in collaboration with the Project CHEF team.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with new and existing Project CHEF supporters, including community participants, parents, food purveyors, donors, etc.

Education Requirements:

  • Culinary and/or Pastry Arts degree (e. g. Red Seal Chef Certification), culinary training or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with elementary school aged children (Kindergarten to Grade 7)
  • Current Food Safe Level 1 Certification
  • Standard First Aid Certification an asset
  • Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector)


  • A broad understanding of food literacy, from garden to table.
  • Experience with food preparation and safe food practices.
  • Comfortable working with a highly diverse, unionized public school system, and working with children of all abilities.
  • A passion for food education and a love of children.
  • An openness and willingness to share healthy meals with children around a table.
  • Proven experience with building, facilitating and maintaining healthy relationships with diverse populations (educators, administrators, non-profit staff, parents and children).
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Collaborative, yet self-motivated and independent.
  • Creativity, flexibility, adaptability and a good sense of humour are essential.
  • Ability to work in a busy and physically demanding environment: standing and walking for much of the day, and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:

This is a full time position, permanent position, 37.5 hours a week. Monday to Friday with some weekends and evenings required. The position will require physically demanding work including long periods of standing, transportation to new sites weekly, assistance in set up and tear down of classrooms and the movement of boxes and supplies.

How to Apply:
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Please submit your cover letter and resume in one Word document to HR@foodbank.bc.ca using the position title in the subject line. Applications must be received by Thursday, July 19th. Only those candidates with suitable backgrounds and experience will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Contact Details:
www:   www.foodbank.bc.ca

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