Cooking Instructor

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity.
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Job Summary:

In collaboration with the program director, school principal and other key stakeholders, the Cooking Instructor will supervise a group of 15 students as they participate in all extended day activities with the WHEDco-Extended School Day Program at The Highbridge Green School, with special attention to activities that will promote the health and well-being of all students enrolled.


  • Supervise a group of up to 15 students
  • Facilitate select activities and maintain the health and well-being of all students enrolled.
  • Explain techniques and safety procedures for youth participants and demonstrate appropriate use of materials and equipment.
  • Establish clear objectives for lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to the students
  • Assist with program set-up and clean-up.
  • Oversee progressive development of student skills leading to a final project.
  • Take attendance.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results and adapt accordingly.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Encourage positive character development in all youth. • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Must be knowledgeable and skilled in cooking and have prior experience successfully working with middle school youth groups.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must have the ability to lead participants in-group activities, especially leading enrichment and recreational activities.
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development.
  • A minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required.
  • Demonstrate appreciation and understanding of group management and child development.
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance.
  • Able to work late afternoons and/or evenings including from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Well-organized, able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Current, active college enrollment or college degree preferred.
  • Previous work experience in low-income communities preferred.

Competitive hourly rate based on experience. This is a part-time hourly position