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Hackney School of Food
Posted: 9 Nov 2023
Deadline: 6 Dec 2023
Compensation: £31,000 (pro rata) per annum
Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract
Who we are
The Hackney School of Food is a thriving community-based cookery school and garden. We were formed from a partnership between the Leap Federation and the charity Chefs in Schools. Our mission is to teach children, their families, and our local community to cook and grow food.
Through teaching a ‘seed to spoon’ approach to food production and preparation, we provide people with the knowledge, confidence and skills to prepare inexpensive, tasty and nutritious meals. Using produce from our own gardens, prepared in our award-winning professional kitchen, we work with schools, families, community groups and businesses, in the heart of East London.
We are committed to researching, refining and developing what works most effectively in cookery education – drawing from, and sharing with, others here in Hackney, nationwide, and abroad. We share that knowledge freely: proving that it is possible to do better, raising aspirations, and giving others the tools needed to succeed.
We do this because we believe that sharing these skills will give people a better chance of a happy and healthy life. It will empower them to look after their own physical and mental health, and create a more resilient, healthy and happy population.
About you and the role
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for our mission to join the Hackney School of Food. This is a brand new role and comes at an exciting time in our growth, as we’ve recently become a Community Interest Company.
Working under the supervision of the General Manager, you will support the ongoing success of our children’s cookery and food-growing classes. Coordinating the delivery of this core programme will include outreach and liaison with schools, scheduling and logistics of the class delivery, and collecting feedback to ensure we have a lasting impact.
This role also offers the opportunity to contribute fresh ideas to the development and coordination of both income-generating and local community events which are two key pillars of the School of Food. A key focus will be growing income from paid events held on the 175 days the School of Food isn’t open to schools, to reinvest into the running of the kitchen and garden and to provide community classes for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. This will ensure the role is always varied and no two days look the same - you may be setting up a social prescribing course for local residents one day, then organising a team away day for a corporate team the next.
This is a one-year, fixed-term contract but, funding permitting, we hope to extend it permanently.
You will be the right person if you…
The responsibilities, skills and experience listed below give you an idea of what we need for this role. If you don’t meet every requirement but feel you would be able to work with us to deliver the majority of them, we would urge you to apply anyway.
Cooking and food-growing class coordination
Corporate events and private hire
Marketing and outreach
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and for us the most important ‘experience’ is passion for our mission. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.
As we work with children & young people, an offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and DBS clearance.
To ensure a fair and unbiased recruitment process, we will invite candidates to interview based on their anonymous answers to a series of questions related to their day-to-day job.
Please follow this link to answer the questions and submit your application: https://forms.gle/j4ZcK6txnU4rXhwe7
The deadline for receiving applications is 9am on Wednesday 6 December.
Your answers will go through our sifting process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed.
We expect the first stage, online interviews, to take place on Friday 15 December.
We want to get to know you at the interview and understand we can do this best if you’re at ease. We’re an inclusive employer and want to create a welcoming working environment for everyone. If you need adjustments to the interview process, please let us know.
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About Hackney School of Food
The Hackney School of Food is a thriving community-based cookery school and gardens. We were formed from a partnership between the Leap Federation and the charity Chefs in Schools. Our mission is to teach children, their families, and our local community to cook and grow food. Through teaching a ‘seed to spoon’ approach to food production and preparation, we provide people with the knowledge, confidence and skills to prepare inexpensive, tasty and nutritious meals.