Chef Instructor/Nutrition Educator

Position Status




NHC Position Type

Health Education

Position Summary

Common Threads will utilize the NHC Chicago member to lead virtual nutrition and healthy cooking classes for student, adult, and families living in underserved communities in Chicago, with potential to implement classes for families in person as the city begins to open back up. In addition to teaching lessons, the member will be expected to build relationships at the district, school, and community level to schedule classes and ensure they are meeting local needs and interests as well. The member will be responsible for maintaining a high quality of implementation, scheduling, auditing and communication with school administrators and staff, community partners, and the Common Threads team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engaging in outreach and promoting health education topics and healthcare services
  • Collaborating with pre-existing patients and partner organizations
  • Scheduling and coordinating intervention/class logistics
  • Facilitating interventions and classes about health issue prevention and management and overall wellness,
  • Creating healthcare and wellness educational materials
  • Facilitating and conducting healthcare and wellness trainings and classes
  • Implementing and executing program using established protocols
  • Planning and preparing for classes
  • Engaging in program planning
  • Doing healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Developing community relationships
  • Coordinating with food access programs

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate

Speaks language(s) spoken by patient populations, Compassionate, Experience with public speaking, Open-minded, Non-judgmental, Self-starter, Multi-tasker; ability to balance, Coordination and/or great project management skills, Good verbal and written communication skills, Proficient computer skills and data entry skills, Passion for community outreach or helping others to improve their health a plus.

Knowledge Required for the Position

Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options.


Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments following set procedures, independently. The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required. The supervisor assigns service activities in terms of project objectives and basic priorities and is available for consultation in resolving controversial issues.


The Member independently plans and carries out the projects and selects the approaches and methods to be used in solving problems. , Completed projects are reviewed very generally to determine that objectives have been met and are in compliance with policies and regulations.


Detailed guidelines exist, including regulations and directives, handbooks, precedents, industry standards and files of previous projects. Member must use considerable judgment in adapting current or developing new guidance.


Member has to develop, analyze, or evaluate information before the service position can progress.

Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments

Member provides timely services of a personal nature to others. Service position assignments involve a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations that conform to established criteria. The service position product or services affect the social, physical, and economic well-being of a substantial number of people on an ongoing basis.

Nature of Contacts

Community Organizations

Purpose of Contacts

To motivate, influence, or educate people to support change behaviors.

Special Considerations

Unusual service hours, involving evenings, weekends, or long shifts , Special dress code, Criminal history check requirements beyond those required by National Health Corps.

Criminal History Check Requirements Beyond NHC Standard Checks

All members must undergo a background check through Common Threads and Chicago Public Schools.