About us

Founded in 1937, the mission of the Community Art Center is to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods and their worlds. The Community Art Center has propelled close to 8000 Cambridge youth to develop themselves artistically, academically and socially. We do this by providing a combined total of approximately 3000 program hours per year through three program areas the School Age Child Care Program, our Teen Programs (including Teen Media and Public Art) and our Community Programs which include the Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival – the oldest youth curated film festival in the country. The Community Art Center’s arts education programs and public art initiatives promote knowledge of self, connection to history, acknowledgement of place, and expression of differences and shared values. During a time of rapid change and economic inequality, the Community Art Center generates art that redistributes agency, promotes a right to co-create culture and allows communities to build a collective future.

What we seek

Reporting to the School Age Program Manager, the cook works as part of the School Aged Child Care team. Responsibilities include, preparing daily meals and snacks for students ages 5-19 following guidelines as set out by the Department of Education Child and Adult Food Program. The Cook will be directly responsible for creating menus, preparing shopping lists, following safe food guidelines, maintaining the kitchen, and tracking food and expenses for reporting and billing. The right candidate will have experience in a childcare program, and may already be ServSafe certified.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Prepare and deliver well balanced (starch, protein and green vegetables) daily meals and snacks, including daily count for DOE billing, to children ages 5-19 in School Age and Teen Media Programs

  • Prepare shopping list and purchase food with assistance from other staff every two weeks.

  • Maintain, organize and manage full service kitchen following all applicable regulations and standards set by CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) and implement new procedures as necessary, including preparing menus for the following week 

  • Monitor pest and rodent control practices in kitchen on a weekly basis, including DAILY vacuuming

  • Follow safe food storage guidelines

  • Follow all necessary precautions to prevent injury, accidents, fire or other incidents in the kitchen

  • Clean and disinfect facility daily, including wiping down counters before food prep and at end of day

  • Order and maintain food and kitchen, maintenance and paper ware supplies, including daily monitoring and stocking of paper supplies for restrooms

  • Prepare and submit monthly DOE/CACFP billing statements in collaboration with Director of Operations & Finance

Additional Qualifications

Candidates must be committed to the Community Art Center’s mission and organizational values, which are: We believe in the power of young people. We believe in the power of artistic expression. We believe in taking care of ourselves and each other. We believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond.

● Experience preparing food for School Age Child Care Programs is preferred

● ServSafe Certification is preferred, familiarity with principles is required

● Attendance at required nutrition and safety trainings

● Ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities

● Excellent organizational skills

● Creative, motivated, dynamic and outgoing individual

● Bilingual candidates preferred (especially English and: Haitian Creole, Spanish or Portuguese)


$16-18 hourly commensurate with experience


Part-time – 15-25 hours/week, typical schedule Monday - Friday 3pm-6pm, with modification as needed when the program is operating on a full day schedule, including vacation weeks

How to Apply

Please email a formal cover letter and resume to:, Attn: Cook

Community Art Center is an equal opportunity employer