Food Production Associate

Lowell, MA
Part Time
Mid Level

Job Title: Food Production Associate

Reports to: AD of Food Production

Type: Part-Time

Category:     Social Enterprises


Background on UTEC, INC: 

UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach, reaching proven high-risk youth where they’re at. UTEC engages youth in workforce development and educational programs, and provides mental health services and intensive case management. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming. For more info, please visit

UTEC is committed to its vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which pledges to honor the lived experiences and expertise of individuals; create community and celebration of cultures; challenge all forms of oppression; and embody a culture that leans into discomfort and recognizes it as a growth opportunity. UTEC is dedicated to fair and equitable compensation practice, the health, mental health, and overall well-being of young adults and staff and to creating an environment that supports work-life balance and the individual and professional growth of all. 


Job Summary:

The Food production associate will provide operational support to the AD of Food Enterprises and across the Culinary Enterprises. Duties will include supporting Madd Love Meals, Catering orders, Events, and the Community Kitchen. This person will also be training and working with UTEC Young Adults as well as staff. The ideal candidate has outstanding customer service skills, excellent communication, experience working with Young Adults, a strong background working with Catering/Events, and a valid driver’s license. This person must be eager to learn more about food and have a passion for community service; they also must be flexible to work events as needed, including some evenings and weekends (with compensation).


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Train new and existing employees as well as Young Adults on standards, new processes/procedures when appropriate
  • Be the onsite manager for event rentals as needed – includes opening/closing building, supervising staff & Young Adults, and managing multiple vendors for the corresponding event
  • Manage clients and rental bookings in UTEC Community Kitchen
  • Establish and maintain a safe work environment including both food and sanitation safety in order to comply with all regulatory standards in various environments


  • Work with the Enterprise Team to meet all deadlines and fulfill Madd Love Meal orders
  • Collaborate with UTEC Young Adults in programming to achieve above with an eye on professional development
  • Serve as the primary liaison for Madd Love Meal client communication
  • Work events as needed, including some nights and weekends
  • Deliver Madd Love Meals and Catering orders to clients by the desired times
  • Provide input and feedback for enterprise planning

Required Skills/Abilities 

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with food and kitchen equipment
  • Ability to work a M-F, 7:30am-3:30pm schedule
  • Active driver’s license in good standing
  • A quick and adaptable learner and teacher
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Positive attitude
  • Collaborative communication skills
  • Exemplary customer service history
  • Time management and strong organizational skills
  • Flexibility to work off hours for events when necessary
  • Proven track record in upholding standards
  • Adept with Google Office Suite

Education and Experience

  • High School credential or equivalent
  • Experience in catering and events management
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • ServSafe Manager certification or equivalent preferred
  • TIPs certification

Physical Requirements 

  • Work standing for extended periods
  • Intermittent bending, stooping, and/or squatting
  • Possible exposure to different temperatures and humidity levels
  • Exposure to food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat, eggs, milk)
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, or pull weights of up to 50 pounds

This is a part time position with an hourly pay rate of $23 per hour.

UTEC also stresses the importance of work-life balance and offers several wellness opportunities including additional time off (i.e. for the past two years we have closed at 3pm on Fridays during the summer months), an employee assistance program, down payment assistance for first time home buyers, parental leave, bereavement supports and unlimited free coffee! 

UTEC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, UTEC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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