Sous Chef




HOURS: 40 hours/week

PAY: $20-$24/hour depending on experience (Spring semester approximate dates: early January 2021-mid-May)

The Oxbow School is a one-semester fine arts program for high school juniors from public and independent schools nation-wide. The School offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio/classroom, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with Visiting Artists, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the richness and diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community.

The Oxbow School is located at the oxbow of the Napa River in historic Napa, California. The Oxbow pedagogical approach includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary approaches that lead to more effective learning. Oxbow students are encouraged to explore the interconnections that form our web of knowledge, by working with real materials in authentic settings.

The kitchen of the Oxbow School will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day, for an average number of 60 resident students and faculty. In keeping with the Oxbow philosophy of community, student work teams will participate in the daily activities of the kitchen. The experience will provide students with an increased awareness and appreciation of simply prepared, sustainably produced, food. When school is not in session there might be other programs that involve providing meals and special event cooking. The job is a full time position with benefits for the spring semester season (with the option to extend based on state guidance for opening).

Responsibilities include collaborating with the Head Chef to:

  • Prepare and serve 3 meals a day/7 days a week for an average of 60 people during regular semester and other cooking responsibilities during the remainder of the year
  • Plan menu; order food and supplies
  • Participate in the development of sustainable resources, especially organic ingredients
  • Be actively involved in the creation of “community” at Oxbow
  • Assist in teaching students with basic kitchen skills, food preparation, and kitchen upkeep
  • Plan and prepare for occasional special event meals
  • Supervise the kitchen when the Head Chef is unavailable
  • Monitor use of supplies and maintenance of equipment
  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness and order

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities: organized, team-player, flexible, open-minded, agile, enjoys working with adolescents, optimistic, hard-working, creative thinker, and community-minded. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Jennifer Jordan, Head of School, at jjordan@oxbowschool.org. No phone calls please.

The Oxbow School is an equal opportunity employer.

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