Free Library of Philadelphia

Nourishing Literacy Kitchen Teacher

Posted on July 9, 2018

Culinary Literacy Center

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center opened in June of 2014, providing innovative and accessible public programming to children and adults throughout Philadelphia. The Culinary Literacy

Center’s mission is to advance literacy through food and cooking around a communal table. Our goal is to do this work in a way that inspires curiosity and fun among participants.

Nourishing Literacy

Nourishing Literacy is the Culinary Literacy Center’s multidisciplinary school visit program, and is entering its fifth year. Children and older youth ages two and up visit our kitchen, ranging in group sizes from twenty to thirty-six students . The program takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays, both in the morning and afternoon. Lessons connect cooking to literacy, nutrition, and the Common Core standards. The program is designed to be enjoyable for the students, with the creative inclusion of academic learning opportunities and concepts. Each lesson is part of a larger unit that includes optional activities and information that can be used by the classroom teacher to implement before and after the kitchen visit.

Nourishing Literacy Kitchen Teacher Position

Kitchen Teachers are trained in using the Nourishing Literacy curriculum. The Kitchen Teachers are part of collaborative team, and are an important part of the program’s growth and evolution. In addition to teaching, Kitchen Teachers oversee the involvement of classroom teachers, chaperones, and volunteers during the lesson.


• Experience leading engaging, hands-on activities to groups of children and young adults

• Capacity to execute effective, positive classroom management

• Background working in food, and/or significant interest in the field

• Ability to work on feet for six hours at a time

• ServSafe Certified

• Completion of PA Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Background Check, and FBI



• Approachable, open attitude

• Communicative, receptive to feedback, and adaptable

• Solution-oriented, resourceful, and flexible

• Professional and reliable

This is a great opportunity for people who have a flexible schedule, are interested in food education, have a creative, energetic nature, and are skillful in working with children and older youth. We are hiring through August, with training sessions beginning in September. If you are unsure that your experience meets the listed qualifications, but have transferable skills, and are a quick learner with a passion for working with youth in a dynamic way, please submit an application. Please include a note about the support that you would need to be involved, and why this opportunity is a good fit for you. We are especially interested in creating opportunities for people who are at the beginning stages of their career, providing training, coaching, and mentoring.

  • 2018-2019 School Year
  • Hours vary depending on need, estimated between 12 to 20 hours per month

To Apply

Submit resume, references, general availability, and any questions and/or additional relevant information to Nourishing Literacy Program Manager, Shayna Marmar:

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