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Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Harvard Square is seeking a talented, full-time Program Director, Food & Wine to manage and build the educational curriculum for the Food & Wine department

The candidate should have 3-5 years of relevant experience, ideally in an educational institution as well as a background in or a passion for food and wine. This position will also be responsible for the smaller Business & Technology curriculum.

The program director oversees classes, lectures and workshops for our Food & Wine and Business & Tech divisions as well as oversees the day to day management of CCAE’s kitchen, including inventory management.

Candidates need to demonstrate an understanding of food/wine and how these subjects are taught to adults whose skills range from beginners to professional.

CCAE seeks candidates with a collaborative work style; excellent administrative skills; excellent writing and verbal communication skills; and a track record of delivering results in a complex and fun workplace.

Our Program Director will combine high energy, great integrity and commitment to public service with a sense of humor. This candidate will work independently and collaboratively, exercising excellent judgment while respecting and inspiring our students, teachers and administrative staff.

The Program Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Ensuring that current course offerings meet students’ needs – noting areas that are not currently addressed, areas where the Center may have more courses than optimal, areas that need to be strengthened, and opportunities for new directions;

Serving as the primary liaison for teachers in the Food & Wine department, the program director supports outstanding teaching by attracting and retaining excellent teachers. This person seeks teacher input and suggestions; and provides feedback and guidance as needed;

Developing descriptive text for programming used in our catalog and website including but not limited to course descriptions, teacher biographies and scheduling information;

Communicating with instructors about private cooking class inquiries and custom classes;

Managing the CCAE kitchen and working closely with the Maintenance team, maintaining kitchen pantry and kitchen appliances;

Working with the Finance Office, executing hiring agreements and other administrative matters (i.e., payroll, requesting classroom set ups; reporting facility problems, etc.);

Developing a command of CCAE’s registration system, data management practices and budgeting related to specific program areas: and contributing ongoing efforts to enhance current spaces, equipment and systems to support our students and teachers;

Researching competitive information to determine how CCAE can best differentiate our offering from programs of other nonprofit culinary organizations offering classes.

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