Arts Council

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

The City of Somerville seeks a Cultural Culinary Coordinator to assist with the operations of the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble program.  This job opportunity is ideal for a responsible, detail-oriented individual with food service experience interested in part-time work in an innovative educational environment.  The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) is the local cultural council for the City of Somerville. The SAC Nibble program celebrates and advocates for the culinary arts as the intersection of culture, community, and economic development. 


Statement of Duties

The Culinary Coordinator assists with culinary, cultural, and workforce development of the Nibble Entrepreneurship Program (NEP) with primary responsibilities including working with Cultural Director organizing and running Nibble educational workshops and cooking classes, supporting the Nibble Kitchen Manager in the kitchen, overseeing restaurant bookkeeping, creating systems and documenting progress of Nibble participants.  


Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Nibble Kitchen:

  • Support Nibble Kitchen Manager by serving as Person in Charge (PIC) during all Nibble cooking classes, at 1-2 shifts per week in Nibble Kitchen, and at occasional Nibble events in the community.
  • PIC duties include ensuring all Standard Operating Procedures are followed and that food is cooked and served properly and that kitchen is kept clean and well organized.
  • Perform bookkeeping/financial tracking


Nibble Entrepreneurship Program (NEP):

  • Support NEP outreach efforts to create program awareness and expand participation
  • Assist Cultural Director to structure, launch and run workforce development workshops
  • Coordinate NEP guest speakers schedule, payment, and curriculum
  • Coordinate translation services as needed
  • Work with Cultural Director to customize entrepreneurs’ educational experiences – finding specific resources, mentors and checking in with them regularly to assess progress and give feedback
  • Work with City Departments to promote business assistance resources
  • Document progress and plans of action for all Nibble entrepreneurs
  • Coordinate program initiatives with Cultural Director and Kitchen Manager; act as liaison between NEP and kitchen.


General Nibble Administrative Duties:

  • Schedule classes; develop class descriptions; help generate syllabi, class handouts, PowerPoint presentations; process class fees
  • Serve as Arts Council representative at Nibble classes, including: assisting teachers, and overseeing proper clean-up
  • Create schedule for Nibble vending outside kitchen and oversee vending
  • Help plan, run and promote special events at Nibble Kitchen and NEP-related programming at Arts Council events
  • Organize & maintain Nibble electronic and paper files
  • Assist Cultural Director with promotional materials via Nibble website, social and traditional media,  such as writing press releases and creating online events

Education and Experience: High School diploma or equivalent and one to three (1-3) years of food service or related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Safety Sensitive Position


Special Requirements:

CPR and First Aid certification

Must hold the following current Massachusetts certifications per 105 CMR 590 at or within one month of hire:

  • Food Protection Manager
  • Allergen Awareness Training

Failure to keep all certifications current may result in separation of employment.  Choke save certification preferred.  Employee standard schedule includes evenings and weekends, and may require flexibility.  Strong Spanish conversational skills preferred.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge of food industry and current health code requirements; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software programs; knowledge of social media for promotional purposes.


Abilities: Ability to handle problems and emergencies effectively; ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing with a wide variety of stakeholders; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to deal appropriately with employees, officials, other elected officials and members of the general public; ability to maintain a flexible schedule.


Skills: Strong organizational skills; excellent data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications; excellent communication and customer service skills; excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Bilingual or multilingual language skills preferred but not required; conversational Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali and/or Haitian Creole skills preferred.


Work Environment                                                                                                                                      

Work requires some agility and physical strength, such as standing or walking most of the work period.  Occasionally, work may require lifting heavy objects and carrying them.  There may be need to stretch and reach to retrieve materials.  Usually, the work will require extended physical effort over a significant portion of the work day.  Duties generally do not present occupational risk.  Injury could occur, however, through employee failure to properly follow safety precautions or procedures.  Examples of injury include bruises from falls, cuts or burns, or muscular strains from lifting, pushing or carrying heavy equipment or work materials.  May be exposed to wet/humid conditions, extreme temperatures, oils, moving mechanical parts, and/or potentially hazardous agents/chemicals. May be exposed to elevated noise levels.


Physical and Mental Requirements

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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Work effort principally involves standing and walking to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of sitting.  May be required to lift up to 50 pounds, and reach, carry, bend, and push/pull up to 95 pounds.


Motor Skills

Must be able to frequently talk/listen, grasp, push, reach, stoop/kneel/crouch, and use repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement. Must be able to regularly move and operate mechanical equipment. Minimal motor skills are also required for activities such as operating a telephone, personal computer and/or office equipment.


Visual Skills

Visual demands include clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and ability to identify and distinguish colors.  Employee will also require visual skills to constantly read documents for general understanding and analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by March 6, 2020 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Part Time 25 hours/week
$20.00/hour plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Application End Date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020