Bilingual Chef Instructor LA

Common Threads

Job Category
Restaurant/Food Service
Posted : 2023-07-07

Are you passionate about cooking and nutrition? Do you enjoy working with children and families? Do you speak English and Spanish fluently?

Common Threads is seeking a dynamic teacher-who-can-cook or cook-who-can-teach to work as a part-time Chef Instructor in the Los Angeles, CA, area. A Common Threads Chef Instructor is the face of the organization, teaching hands-on cooking classes and nutrition education to K-8th grade students, parents, and teachers in school kitchens and community spaces and establishing relationships with schools, students, families, and volunteers. Chef Instructors will teach in both virtual and in-person settings.

All lessons emphasize using fresh, quality ingredients and adopting healthy cooking and eating habits. Each week features the cuisine of a different country or world region and/or a nutrition lesson, with recipes and tastings of typical foods from different cultures.

This is a part-time variable hour position that generally works 5-10 hours a week when classes are in session. Some nights and/or weekends may be required.


  • Work with students in Kindergarten-8th grades and their parents, and manage a classroom of up to 20 participants and four volunteers

  • Teach kids and parents cooking skills and nutrition; give students the tools to make healthy choices

  • Communicate with school and partner organization staff and administration as well as with Common Threads staff

  • Instructors will be trained on the curriculum, policies and procedures, and administrative responsibilities

  • Instructors are required to follow the approved course curriculum, complete all grocery shopping and submit required documentation

  • Administer pre-and post-surveys to students and families and manage paperwork as needed

The above statements are intended to describe the essential job functions of this role and are not an exhaustive list of all duties performed by personnel occupying this position.


  • Basic knowledge of nutrition

  • Culinary school and/or food industry experience required

  • Experience teaching or working with children is strongly preferred

  • Reliable and dependable - able to commit to programs, arrive on time, and proactively communicate any needs or issues

  • Ability to be flexible with scheduling and possess a go-with-the-flow attitude

  • Must hold current food service sanitation certifications

  • Must have access to a car and a valid driver’s license

  • Instructors may be asked to teach virtual classes via Zoom and should be comfortable teaching in a virtual setting and must possess adequate technology for teaching a class, including high-speed Internet, a laptop/computer/digital tablet, camera, headphones/mic, etc.

  • Experience working with culturally diverse audiences

  • Experience and/or high comfort level working virtually with internal and external team members

  • A commitment to the mission and values of Common Threads

  • Must be fluent in Spanish and comfortable teaching in either English or Spanish or both as needed

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Compensation rates

    • Teaching classes range from $75 to $150 per lesson

    • For administrative duties (i.e., training, attending meetings, documentation) is $20/per hour

  • This position is grant-funded.

  • Chef Instructors are employees of Common Threads who are eligible for paid sick time, professional development opportunities, and access to resources within our Employee Assistance Program.

Additional information:

  • Common Threads job applicants are subject to a background check before employment

  • This is a part-time position with varied daily/weekly hours as needed. Some nights and/or weekends may be required.

  • The candidate should reside in the Los Angeles area

  • Position reports to the LA Senior Program Manager

About Common Threads:

Common Threads is a nonprofit that teaches children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage health and wellness. We are national in scope, with strong roots in each of our 11 major program locations, reaching 30,000 children, parents, and teachers in 2020-2021. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious, and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition, so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes. We believe that adequate and healthy food contributes to wellbeing. For more information, visit our website or Common Threads’ social media accounts (@CommonThreadsOrg on Instagram and @CommonThreadsUS on Twitter).

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands/fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Common Threads’ EEO Statement:

Common Threads provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Common Threads complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Common Threads expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Common Threads’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

How to apply:

If you think you meet most of these qualifications, we’d like to meet you! Submit your application at No phone calls, please. Serious applicants only, incomplete applications will not be considered. No third-party firms.

Job Location
Los Angeles, California, United States
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