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After School Matters Culinary Instructor in Chicago, Illinois

After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 350,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, in Belmont Cragin at our Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters, and in the Pullman community at the new Gately Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit

Summary of Position:

After School Matters is seeking committed, part-time Culinary Instructors to teach culinary arts programs for 15-30 high school participants (15:1, instructor: teen ratio) between the ages of 14 to 20 for our Summer 2021 program session.

After School Matters is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. As a result, the dates and timelines listed below may slightly change based on local health recommendations/requirements and feedback from our individual program providers.

The typical schedule for Summer 2021 is as follows:

  • Summer: 6 to 7 weeks, daily Monday through Thursday/Friday (based upon the program model), four instructional hours per day. Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.

  • Summer programs begin in late June or early July 2021

The optimal candidate will have a passion for culinary arts and youth development. Special preference will be given to curricula and program ideas that increase access for male, Latinx participants, and the inclusion of diverse learners.

Instructors must have a program curriculum plan. See ASM Program Planner (


  • Design an engaging, hands-on culinary arts curriculum that utilizes a variety of instructional methodologies that establishes clear objectives for teen participants

  • Provide instruction in, and lead teen participants though, inquiry-based discovery methods, including but not limited to, Instructor demonstrations, hands-on activities, performances, assessment and coaching, youth and instructor content development, etc.

  • Provide teen participants with the basic/advanced fundamentals and technical knowledge in the selected discipline

  • Engage and guide teens through the culinary process considering the varied methods of cooking styles.

  • Establish and maintain a rigorous and cooperative learning environment where students flourish taking in account varied learning strategies and best practices that address diverse abilities and backgrounds

  • Guide student practice and development towards a culminating project (i.e. gallery showing, performances, portfolio development, commissions, marketing, gift shop sales) at the end of the program

  • Intentionally expose teen participants to the varied professions in culinary arts and related industries

  • Develop, plan, and implement high-quality related field trips, master classes and guest visits to enhance instruction and training

  • Organize, develop, and coordinate special events/activities in the discipline

  • Intentionally support critical youth development skills, including leadership development; community building; real-world and experiential learning; public speaking; youth voice and agency

  • Attend all planning and program dates, including: Instructor orientation, professional development workshops, meetings and other required sessions

  • Participate in the recruitment, interview, and selection process of participants

  • Maintain a safe, engaging, and positive environment for program participants

  • Provide supervision during program field trips and other youth engagement opportunities

  • Manage and track program activities such as attendance, interview outcomes, enrollment, evaluation surveys, and pertinent student records in an online data tracking system (CitySpan).

  • Report all problems or concerns and program updates to After School Matters Program Specialist to maintain consistent lines of communication throughout the program session.


  • Associates or Bachelor?s degree in the related discipline preferred but not required

  • Content area expertise in culinary arts

  • CPR Certification from American Red Cross or American Heart Association preferred

  • Supervisory/teaching experience preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to teach formal and informal technique in one of the relevant disciplines in group settings with a minimum class of 15 students

  • Be knowledgeable of the relationship between culinary art with real world experiences

  • Broad knowledge of culinary arts discipline and its terms and definitions.

  • Enthusiastic about teaching culinary arts, including baking, pastry, and savory items.

  • Experience working with groups of people (teenagers and adults)

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Must be organized and possess a strong attention to detail

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise teens at an average of 15:1, instructor: teen ratio

Physical Demands:

The physical demands 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.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.

  • Must be able to spend extended periods of time standing and physical move around the program space while instructing

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 occasionally exposed to weather conditions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume at

After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.