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ITAV at River City - Chicago, IL


Join our Team: Cook


About It Takes A Village Family of Schools (ITAV):
ITAV is a beacon for how to educate and love Black children. We provide comprehensive, culturally responsive social justice education and life-empowering social services. At ITAV learning is fun and transformative, teaching is innovative, and knowledge is not bound by the walls of the classroom. Students, staff and families  are empowered to be civically engaged and make positive change by addressing local, national, and global issues.  


It Takes A Village is seeking a dedicated and skilled Cook to join our team. As a Cook, you will be the heart of our kitchen operations, responsible for overseeing all aspects of food preparation and services to ensure the well-being and satisfaction of our young learners. The cook will be responsible for meticulously planning and executing nutritious and delicious meals that meet the dietary needs and preferences of our students. You'll work closely with management and staff to develop diverse and balanced menus that promote healthy eating habits and support overall growth and development.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare daily meals according to the prescribed nutritional guidelines and menus.

  • Ensure kitchen hygiene and safety standards are met consistently.

  • Manage kitchen inventory and collaborate with suppliers to source fresh and sustainable ingredients.

  • Supervise and manage cook assistants, ensuring efficient workflow and quality in meal preparation.

  • Maintain strict adherence to meal schedules to ensure that all meals are served on time and at optimal quality.

  • Engage with students and staff to promote nutritional education and healthy eating habits.

  • Assist in developing and testing new recipes that align with our dietary standards and cultural inclusivity.


Location: Bronzeville, South Loop, Austin, and Oak Park (Communities in Chicago, IL.)

Position Type: Full-Time



Required Education and Experience

  • Proven experience as a cook or in a similar role. 

  • Must have a Certified FoodService Manager license from the Chicago Department of Public Health.   

  • Must have a current and valid driver’s license.


Who You Are:

  • You possess a strong sense of community and commitment to promoting wellness and nutrition within diverse populations.

  • Your culinary skills are complemented by a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, allowing you to create meals that are both nutritious and culturally responsive.

  • You have the ability to adapt quickly to the demands of a fast-paced kitchen environment, demonstrating flexibility and resourcefulness. 

  • A collaborative team player, you thrive in dynamic environments and contribute positively to collective goals.

Why Join Us?

  • Impact: You'll be at the forefront of our support network for our children, ensuring they receive nutritious and delicious meals that fuel their educational success and personal growth

  • Growth: Joining us means abundant opportunities for your professional development, whether it's through training programs, mentorship opportunities, or even the chance to spearhead your culinary initiatives.

  • Community: You'll have the opportunity to work alongside a dynamic group of individuals, sharing your expertise and learning from others.

  • Innovation: Contribute to the creation and execution of innovative menus and culinary experiences that delight our students.


Ready to Make a Difference?
Are you inspired to make a difference in the lives of families through the art of cooking? Are you ready to lead our efforts in providing nutritious and delicious meals? If so, we'd love to hear from you. To apply, please upload your cover letter and resume here.



Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Competitive, transparent payscale aligned with local public schools

  • 80% employer contribution of medical benefits

  • Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

  • 3% 401(k) company match

  • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition assistance 

  • Targeted, ongoing professional development   

  • Opportunities for leadership, growth, and meaningful impact