UTEC, Inc – Chef

UTEC’s Culinary Innovator / Chef is responsible for all kitchen and culinary enterprise operations. Duties include, staffing, inventory management, and menu and recipe development. The Chef will serve as a liaison between enterprise operations and nonprofit programming.


  • Hiring, management, and continuous training of staff.
  • Develop profitable and appropriate menus and recipes
  • Create and maintain a culture of food safety and sanitation
  • Assist in development and maintenance of ordering and inventory systems
  • Maintain supplier relationships
  • Facilitate successful execution of all catering jobs
  • Maintain the highest standards regarding quality of all kitchen products and materials.

Physical Demands:

  • Work standing for extended periods
  • Some bending, stooping, and/or squatting
  • Possible exposure to different temperatures and humidity levels
  • Exposure to food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat, eggs, milk)
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, or pull weights of up to 60 pounds

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Culinary degree preferred
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communicator
  • Extensive experience in catering and casual restaurant service
  • Menu and recipe development expertise
  • Youth Work/Nonprofit experience preferred, but not required
  • Able to work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the business, including nights, weekends and holidays as required.

COMPENSATION: Based on experience. Full benefits package including 3 weeks of vacation, paid holidays and sick/personal time, and partly-subsidized health and dental insurance.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply via email only. Please submit a cover letter and resume (Word or PDF files) with “Culinary Innovator application” in the subject line. No calls, please. Not all inquiries will receive a response.

ABOUT UTEC: UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of their most disengaged young adults to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach and correctional facility in-reach to meet proven-risk young people “where they are.” UTEC engages young adults in workforce development programs through their social enterprises and onsite alternative education, with long-term coaching and support services. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming. For more info, please visit www.utecinc.org

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How to apply

Email: ckelly@utec-lowell.org

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