Seeking Kitchen Conversations Coordinator
Kitchen Commons has an opportunity for a community leader to receive a stipend for coordinating the planning for one or two “Kitchen Conversations” events. We have secured full funding for the first event, tentatively scheduled for 5/18/19, and are actively fundraising for a second event to be held in September. We are inviting letters of interest on a rolling basis, with the goal of the Coordinator being able to join in planning for the May event by mid-March. We would love for people who are interested in this role to have attended at least one Kitchen Commons event in the past, but we’re open to chatting with anyone who has some event planning experience and around 1 – 2 hours per week to spend on the project between mid-March and mid-May, plus several hours on the day of the event.
To express your interest, just write to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your letter of interest, sharing what appeals to you about this role, what experience you have with event planning and/or facilitation, your general schedule and availability for meetings and work on this project, and contact information for one professional reference. Your letter can either be in the body of the e-mail or as an attachment.
Read on for more information about Kitchen Commons and the Kitchen Conversations Coordinator role!
About Kitchen Commons
Since our founding in 2011, Kitchen Commons has worked to create a network of Community Kitchen cooking groups across N/NE Portland. These groups revitalize underutilized kitchens and build strong relationships across difference through cooking together. Through our collaborative, neighbor-centered approach, we transform isolation, difficulty, and inequality in our current food system. Our mission is to foster community kitchens and leaders that bring people together to share food, resources, and relationships. By supporting each other in our journeys as cooks and food citizens, we work toward a Portland where healthy, local and justly produced food is valued on all levels—from the farm to the kitchen to the table.
The Kitchen Conversations Coordinator will lead a team of volunteers in planning an event in May, 2019. We’re working to secure funding for second event in September. Each Kitchen Conversation will be an opportunity for two or three storytellers to lead recipe teams in preparing a dish connected in some way to their food story. The role of the Coordinator will be to:
- Plan and facilitate event committee meetings
- Work with storytellers to develop and practice their stories
- Create plans for outreach and event logistics, with task assignments to volunteers
- Coordinate as needed with language interpreters, childcare providers, and videographers
- Co-facilitate the event alongside a professional facilitator
This role comes with a $500 community leadership stipend for each event. We may be able to fully or partially cover the costs for this person to attend a facilitation training, and to provide reimbursement for transportation, meeting food, etc. related to the project.