Careers at Manna

Mobile Kitchen Coordinator

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you a skilled home cook and culinary enthusiast? Interested in sharing your love of cooking to contribute to food security? Do you want to be challenged at work, learn new skills, work in an organization that values equity and community engagement, have a lot of fun, and make a significant impact? Manna Food Center is seeking a Program Coordinator to facilitate youth and adult cooking classes utilizing Manna’s new Mobile Kitchen.

Our Story: Manna Food Center has been providing food assistance to residents of Montgomery County, MD for nearly 35 years.  Through food distribution programs, nutrition education, and local advocacy Manna is creating a community where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County a place where all live in dignity.  Over the last 6 years, we’ve developed a robust nutrition education program in order to provide our participants with the tools to plan and prepare budget-friendly healthful meals. As part of our advocacy work, Manna developed Breaking Bread to foster conversations about the root causes of food insecurity, namely racial inequity, and come up with new solutions to this persistent issue.

We are in need of a Program Coordinator who is interested and able to teach a wide variety of audiences in a unique mobile classroom.  The Coordinator’s primary responsibility is scheduling and implementing cooking education at schools and other community locations at least two days per week.  The Specialist will also lead a new community-based Breaking Bread project to encourage community members to get involved in generating solutions to the presence of food insecurity in the County.

Reports to: Nutrition Education Program Manager,  Lindsey Seegers

Essential Responsibilities

Facilitate youth and adult cooking classes utilizing the Manna Mobile Kitchen and curriculum appropriate for elementary school youth, parents and/or seniors.

Works with school staff and other community stakeholders to schedule mobile kitchen classes and coordinates schedule with Logistics team to allow for regular pop-up pantry events.

Utilizes Mobile Kitchen volunteers to assist with class facilitation, as needed.

Assists Nutrition Education Program Manager with strategies to monitor and evaluate program impact.

Works with the East County coalition to use the Breaking Bread initiative to build community engagement and address food security issues within the lens of racial equity.

Collaborates with Development and Communications team to ensure accurate program goals, statistics, and outcomes are incorporated into grant applications and reports.

Represents Manna at coalitions and other community based gatherings, sharing updates on Manna’s work, soliciting information from stakeholders, and reporting back to relevant staff to aid in advancing agency’s strategic priorities.


Our Hiring Process and Timeline

We will accept and review resumes with cover letters from 6/26/17 through 7/12/17.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to

We will aim to schedule phone interviews with top candidates during the week of July 17th.

Finalists will be invited to attend an in-person one-hour interview between July 24 and July 28.

Our intention is to make an offer the week of July 31. We would like to have the selected candidate start in early August.

Manna Food Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Requirements

A great sense of humor!

Commitment to our mission, vision and our values of Respect, Service, and Partnership.

Experience teaching people of diverse ages and cultures.

Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred.

Able to multi-task effectively and handle a wide variety of diverse and concurrent responsibilities.

Excellent organizational and communication skills and attention to detail.

Experience handling food safely in accordance with relevant public health regulations.

Excellent customer service skills and experience collaborating with diverse staff and volunteers.

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Outlook.

Ability to work two Saturdays per year.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary in the low $40,000s with the opportunity for an annual merit-based raise.  Salary is negotiable and based on experience.

Full-time, non-exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in work-life integration and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.

10 days of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays (including employee’s birthday), 3 paid personal days, and 10 days paid health leave yearly

Upon successful completion of 60 days of employment, we offer an optional employee health plan and, after 90 days, the option to invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) with Manna matching employee contributions up to a maximum of three percent of pay.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to stand continuously for up to 3 hours at a time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification and are subject to change at any time. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Manna is an Equal Opportunity Employer.