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Manager, Cr(eat)e Culinary Studio

Posted: 06/09/2024

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Position Overview
The Manager, Cr(eat)e Culinary Studio will manage the day-to-day upkeep and programming for the Cr(eat)e Culinary Studio, featuring the Kroger Food Lab.  This position will manage food and equipment inventory, ordering, and acquisition; maintain a clean and safe teaching environment; lead and contribute to recipe development; and teach and assist with culinary programs. This role interfaces with diverse audience groups and requires strong customer service and interpersonal skills, organization, flexibility, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Working closely with the Program Development team, this position will contribute to and support successful program delivery across CMC galleries and spaces. This position will also work closely with the SSA (Service Systems Associates) food service team to maintain ServSafe credentials, access back-of-house equipment and ingredients, and develop culinary skills. The Manager will also coordinate with CMC’s Special Events team to share the space between programming and events. 
Program Coordination, Development, and Delivery (90%):
  • Ensure that all Cr(eat)e Culinary Studio (CCS) programs fulfill their brand promise for being credible, engaging, effective, safe, and welcoming experiences across the lifelong spectrum of learning.  Model and uphold the highest standards of customer service and inclusion.
  • Develop, test, refine, and deliver (lead and co-lead) recipes and regularly scheduled cooking classes, summer camps, cart-based programs, and other activities that explore the connections of food, science, history, and culture.  Maintain the schedule of CCS programming and work with others, including SSA and CMC’s Special Events team, to maximize the use of the space.
  • Maintain, inventory, organize, and coordinate the purchase of cooking equipment, kitchenware, consumables, and other materials used for food-based programs. Regularly inspect CCS materials and perform monthly inventory checks.
  • Communicate and connect with a diverse audience of program participants that include children, families, adults, and the general public; tailor programming and approach to community and participant needs.
  • Ensure Food Safety by obtaining and maintaining Manager-level ServSafe Certification.  Uphold a high level of food safety for all staff instructors and class participants.
  • Work closely with SSA food service team, SSA Executive Chef, and CMC’s Special Events team to co-program the CCS space and comply with all necessary regulations for food safety, proper protocols for using back-of house services, and obtaining and storing ingredients.
  • Track guest participation in CCS programs, collect visitor feedback, and relay outcomes.  Contribute to data and reports for any associated grants.
  • Track and relay ingredient, equipment, and presenter expenses, and correctly track and report hours engaged in food-related activities.
  • Use internal reservation, calendar, and communication systems to reserve CCS space and other resources for programming and preparation.  Communicate CCS programming organization-wide for awareness and collaboration.
  • Work with IT and Guest Services to manage program ticketing builds, track registrations and create class rosters for CCS programs.
  • Work with Director, Program Development, to identify, schedule and contract guest chefs and community partners to present in CCS.  Cultivate and steward connections with those who grow, prepare, and share food in the Greater Cincinnati community, as well as those working to prevent food waste and reach those experiencing food insecurity.
  • Be part of CMC’s participation in the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, a national network that shares recipes, guidance, support, and ideas.
  • As needed, participate in community events promoting CCS and CMC goals.
Assist with general Program Development team needs (5%):
  • Assist with programming needs on the floor as scheduled and approved by supervisor, including leading or assisting with a variety of programs in CMC’s STEM Lab, History in the Making classroom, Science Stage Shows and other gallery-related program initiatives.
  • Book classrooms and programming events on program calendar as directed or needed.
Be an active part of Learning and CMC goals and initiatives (5%):
  • Participate in CMC initiatives including all-staff trainings, all-staff meetings, and other collaborative projects, as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.
Desired Qualifications
  • Outstanding culinary demonstration and teaching skills. Culinary Arts Degree, Certificate or Diploma, or Bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, dietetics, or related field.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in Culinary Arts, Education, Science, or other relevant fields.
  • Food Handler or ServSafe Certification on file or ability to obtain and retain certification.
  • Well-developed skills that support creative approaches for working with diverse adults, families, youth, community partners, and general museum audiences.
  • Strong project management and collaboration skills; exceptional organizational skills.
  • A positive, flexible, mature attitude and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working with grant-supported programs a plus. 
  • This position reports to CMC’s Director, Program Development, and may work with volunteers and/or interns.
Employee Benefits:
  • Be a part of creating meaningful experiences, inspiration, and lasting memories!
  • Membership to the Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Complimentary admission to Featured Exhibits and OMNIMAX® films
  • Free parking at Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Discounts on food, beverage, and retail
  • Discounts on tours, programs, and events
Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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