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Production Kitchen Trainer

7136 · 11 days ago
Seattle, WA, 98101, US
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Production Kitchen Trainer

Department: Programs

Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time

Location: Seattle, WA.

Pay Rate: $28.00 - $30.44/hour


FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for 30 years — one person, one job and one community at a time.

People experiencing poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding barriers to getting and keeping a job. At FareStart, we help people overcome barriers by teaching work and life skills needed to succeed in employment and in life. By investing in people, providing meals and building community, we transform homelessness, hunger and poverty into human potential.


Every individual has the opportunity to thrive in an equitable and just world.


FareStart transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nourishes communities through food, life skills and job training.


  • Acceptance: We build relationships based on the belief that the past informs but does not dictate the future.
  • Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, regardless of background or differences. We actively listen and seek first to understand.  We are honest, even when it is difficult.
  • Openness: We create a culture of trust through transparency and open communication. We are open to new ideas.
  • Collaboration: Contribute positively to strengthen the organization and our impact through teamwork and through partnerships.
  • Accountability: We are responsible to each other, to our community and ourselves. We are committed to rigorous evaluation and making fiscally responsible decisions that align with our mission.
  • Inclusion: We provide a community of belonging, regardless of background. We value and seek out diversity.
  • Growth: We are a learning organization.  We invest in continuous improvement and growth.


There are two positions available.  One will focus on the restaurant and one will focus on box lunches/café prep/food security.  

This position supports FareStart students as they work toward achieving their self-identified goals for personal stability and economic mobility, using a person-centered approach.  Using a trauma-informed approach this position trains students in building the skills they need to be successful in employment and life, through virtual, in-person classroom, on-the-job instruction, teaching empowerment, and the fundamental technical skills and knowledge need to work in food businesses.  This position works closely with kitchen leaders and case managers to identify and address behaviors that may stand in the way of a student achieving their goals. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide instruction to students through virtual, on-site classroom, and on-the-job training.
  • Teach hands-on fundamental technical skills and knowledge needed for working in food businesses, such as knife skills and safety, sanitation, stacking order, food safety, portioning, recipe adherence, teamwork, following directions, sense of urgency, attendance, etc., in both a group and individual setting.
  • Responsible for organization and cleanliness of classrooms and training kitchen.
  • Provide students ongoing coaching and feedback to support them in their skill development and achieving their goals.
  • Make recommendations for and support the development of adjustments to the new and existing curriculum to increase student skill-building.
  • Perform hands-on support of meal production.
  • Build trusting, positive, communicative work relationships with kitchen leadership and case managers to support students and address areas of concern.
  • Identify and provide emergency crisis intervention for students as warranted.
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of student data and completion of paperwork to meet all organizational and funder requirements.
  • Actively participate in meetings for student support, program development, organizational information, training, etc. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At FareStart, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, and two (2) or more years of related experience working in a high-volume production commercial kitchen; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • One (1) or more years of experience in employment and/or job training program.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, LGBTQIA+, and gender backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.  Ability to work with customized databases and technology and to conduct internet research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Possess a strong understanding of overarching workplace skills that support successful employment.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, and ability to work with diverse audiences racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, LGBTQIA+, and gender diverse communities.
  • Ability to hold students to a high level of personal responsibility and accountability using trauma informed practices.
  • Ability to provide a positive environment and manage behaviors that can disrupt learning.
  • Knowledge of, and experience using a variety of teaching methods.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive to change; able to make adjustments in a positive manner.
  • Ability to remain calm and supportive during high stress situations.
  • Ability to build and foster positive and collaborative relationships across the organization.
  • Ability to take in new information and perspectives to inform and adapt work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with audiences of different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team, within diverse teams and environments.
  • Ability to display sensitivity, tact, and responsiveness in various situations and maintain a high level of confidentiality.  Able to handle confidential information with discretion. 
  • Ability to listen, give and receive feedback in a productive and professional manner. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt communication based on audience and purpose with inclusivity.  Ability to disseminate information effectively to appropriate levels.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests and meet deadlines in a professional manner.  Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with excellent communication skills.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • This position is exposed to a typical office, classroom, and commercial kitchen environments. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

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 accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • This position may occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • This position requires close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand.  The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATION: FareStart requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


  • Competitive pay based on experience and qualifications
  • Paid time-off (5 weeks first year of employment)
  • Paid holidays, including up 2 floating holidays
  • 401(k) savings plan with company match
  • Medical (including vision), Dental, Disability, and Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free ORCA pass

Why Should You Apply?

  • Be part of our mission to disrupt poverty.
  • Join a supportive, respectful, and celebratory community among our staff, students, board, and volunteers.
  • Organizational commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
  • FareStart encourages the personal and professional growth of its employees.

For information on FareStart, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at:

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

FareStart is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, diverse organization.  To fulfill our mission, vision, and values we are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

FareStart defines antiracism as the clear acknowledgment that racism permeates organizations, communities, and industries, including our own. We recognize that we have a duty to be vigilant in addressing and confronting racism in how we make decisions, show up in our communities, build business practices and policies, and engage in intentional partnerships and philanthropic endeavors to fulfill our mission and vision.


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