Executive Chef – Food Security Hub

Executive Chef – Food Security Hub

31 Jan 2024
Maine, Maine 00000 Maine USA

Executive Chef – Food Security Hub

Competitive salary of $75,000/year, 4 weeks paid vacation, and generous benefits package

Preble Street’s Emergency Food Services help meet the nutritional needs of our community members through our Food Security Hub, Mobile Food Services, Food Pantry, and shelter-based meal service sites. Preble Street has adapted how it provides food services to effectively meet the food needs of people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity—and we’re seeking food services professionals to join us in this exciting and innovative work.

Preble Street is seeking an involved Executive Chef to join on the Food Security Team. Charged with directing kitchen operations in the Food Security Hub, this hands-on, essential role will, oversee the expansion of meal production capacity from 2,000 to 10,000 meals per day while maintaining a high level of quality, collaborate with local farms and suppliers to maximize fresh produce usage, and train staff in production equipment and food processing, and. The Executive Chef will lead in menu planning, supervision of kitchen staff, program and resources development, policy and procedure compliance, and community relations. As a leader in the Food Security Hub kitchen, your professional kitchen expertise, creativity, and commitment to sustainable food systems will help further Preble Street’s mission every day.

The Executive Chef is a salaried, exempt position typically with a Monday – Friday schedule and weekend work as necessary.


Qualifications for the Chef role include significant experience in high-volume food service or related operations with three to five years’ management experience required, and relevant culinary training or education, with a minimum of two years’ experience in leading culinary processing and production with local, seasonal, from scratch cooking.

The Chef must also have the ability to plan, prepare and supervise preparation of high-quality meals with available ingredients for large groups in a commercial kitchen; the ability to maintain safe and efficient kitchen operations; strong organizational and collaborative skills; experience working, leading, and managing in a team setting, with a commitment to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive team; and positive regard for individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity.

To Apply: We encourage applicants to apply via Preble Street’s website employment page. Applications (resume and cover letter, preferred) may also be emailed or mailed via USPS mail to Preble Street Human Resources, 55 Portland Street, Portland, ME 04101. If you need assistance or accommodation in the application process, please contact us at hr@preblestreet.org. Please note that automatically generated confirmations of receipt will be sent in response to applications sent via email. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be otherwise contacted.

Preble Street, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, has been working since 1975 to provide best practice social services that meet urgent needs and end hunger and homelessness for individuals and families in Maine living in poverty. Preble Street is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to equity and inclusion in our workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals and consider applications for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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