The Program Director creates and develops culinary education-focused programs on the local level to support and increase engagement of C-CAP’s constituent base – students, teachers, and alumni – in line with the national program goals of C-CAP. S/he manages external relationships with industry and education partners who are crucial to program success, and interacts as a program ambassador to help fundraise with donors.


  1. Program Management:
  • Develop and execute student programming, classroom support, and teacher professional development programs in accordance with national strategic plan
    • Ensure proper execution of student and teacher communications and materials, space acquisition/donation, vendor agreements, volunteer management, and product donations
    • Ensure that proper records are kept and entered into the national database, and that proper paperwork is collected, recorded, and filed on the C-CAP shared drive
    • Support career advising for students and alumni
  • Manage the Chicago budget, in accordance with C-CAP set policies and procedures
  • Create and manage relationships with key partners in the local education system, including culinary arts teachers, principals, and administration
    • Visit participating schools regularly
    • Represent C-CAP at district and educational community meetings and functions
  • Create and manage relationships with industry professionals, leveraging relationships to enhance student and teacher programming
  • Working with the Finance staff, ensure school contracts are prepared in accordance with C-CAP rates and fees policies, legal review, and are approved in a timely manner
  • Manage and execute classroom support and teacher programming, including all product donations, classroom visits, and teacher professional development programs
    • Ensure completion of the tasks of space acquisition/donation, vendor contract negotiations, teacher communications and materials, and volunteer management
    • Ensure that proper records are kept and entered into the national database
    • Manage and execute local alumni relations
    • Represent C-CAP at local industry \meetings, functions, and conferences
  • Manage program volunteers
  • Collaborate well across various C-CAP departments and locations to achieve programmatic and operational goals
  • Submit ideas for and participate in monthly national conference calls
  1. Program Data and Measurement:
  • Responsible for accurate, appropriate, and up-to-date records in C-CAP’s database and shared drive for students, alumni, teachers, volunteers, and industry contacts, including:
    • Contact information
    • Work, school, and relationships
    • Event and program registrations
    • Record of meetings and key conversations in database
    • Copies of correspondence
  • Regularly report program data and outcomes, consistent with C-CAP protocols
  1. Finance, Human Resources, and Operations:
  • Ensure program location is compliant in all regards
  • Formulate and prepare annual program budgets with the Chief Administrative Officer
  • Manage approved budgets and keep expenses within budgeted parameters
  • Provide the Chief Administrative Officer with clear and timely information to ensure smooth billing and payment remittance from participating schools
  • Submit expenses on a timely basis according to C-CAP’s policies and procedures
  • Train and manage staff for optimum performance


  1. Development:
  • Support and coordinate with the Director of Development in local fundraising work
  • Coordinate student and alumni participation in fundraising benefits, and for other cultivation and development events as requested
  • Help identify potential funders and prospects as well as in-kind product donors
  • Develop and manage a local volunteer body in accordance with organizational goals and priorities
  • Collaborate with other nonprofits and partners on special projects, when applicable
  1. Communications:
  • Work with the National office to support a unified communications plan
  • Communicate regularly with the national office about program work and interactions with supporters/donors
  • Send monthly program reports to supervisor for board and other communications vehicles
  • Send regular teacher communications that include program information, resources, and professional development components
  • Coordinate all external media details with the national office
  • Send email notifications of local events and programs to local development and industry contacts

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or can be considered essential to this position.


  • Culinary/Hospitality Degree or equivalent experience in the industry
  • Young adult development experience preferred (i.e. teaching, training, coaching, advising)
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Work well with others in a collaborative fashion
  • Timely response to work priorities and be accountable for effective results
  • Ability to manage multiple programs and initiatives successfully and meet goals
  • Ability to take direction, work efficiently, and with integrity
  • Follow through in agreed-upon program execution
  • Proficiency with computer application skills, particularly Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, CRMs, and MailChimp
  • Ability to maintain confidential records and information
  • A valid driver’s license is required
  • Ability to work from a home office equipped with a computer, scanner, phone
  • Undertake additional duties as assigned

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to hr@ccapinc.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.