Coordinator, Ecumenical Kitchen Community Center, Catholic Charities

Coordinator, Ecumenical Kitchen Community Center, Catholic Charities

This full time, hourly, 37.5 hours per week, position is responsible for the oversight and administration of the 179 West Chew St, Allentown, PA location, consisting of the Ecumenical Soup Kitchen and the Chew Street Community Center.  Responsible for scheduling, supervision, and training of volunteers and/or volunteer groups to manage the Ecumenical Soup Kitchen and other community partnerships operating out of the Chew Street location. Managing the purchasing and coordination of donation drives for the Ecumenical Soup Kitchen to keep adequate food supplies for operating of the programs and improve community partnerships.  Assist the Community Center Coordinator in the planning and execution of events/activities at the 179 Chew Street location and throughout the Diocese of Allentown.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan meals;
  • Design and produce a newsletter;
  • Gather, prepare, purchase and coordinate food for the public.
  • Supervise, recruit, and train volunteers at the Chew St. location in their programs to ensure successful, uninterrupted service at the Chew St. program.
  • Maintain updated list of Soup Kitchen volunteers’ clearances and contact info to ensure all required clearances and paperwork are completed in a timely manner; assist Community Outreach Administrator to maintain compliance;
  • Oversee the maintenance of the kitchen, kitchen supplies and provide a positive relationship with the community;
  • Coordinate programming needs and schedules to ensure positive and appropriate interaction between Chew St. Community Center participants and Ecumenical Kitchen volunteers/patrons;
  • Engage community partners, non-profits and businesses to develop programming that support the Ecumenical Kitchen, afterschool programs, and other community opportunities.
  • Ensure all volunteers have legally required background clearances and Diocesan forms for compliance.
  • Responsible for leading the donor-acknowledgement process, ensuring that the process is complete and accurate for all donations. Utilizes AWARDS system to help coordinate record-keeping of donations, and maintains reporting requirements for grants and donors, including Second Harvest, to maintain and obtain funding resources for Chew St. Programming.
  • Assists with grant exploration and grant writing as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Sound moral character and willingness to work within the guidelines of the Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethical norms.
  • Excellent command of English and the ability to compose reports, correspondence
  • Good communication and organizational skills; Experience managing and recruiting volunteer individuals and groups
  • Ability to organize and conduct a food/lunch program
  • Excellent computer and technology skills, with a proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Publisher, and social media platforms.
  • Must have the ability to pass all applicable clearances on a yearly basis.  Including but not limited to: FBI, Child Abuse and State Police;Employee is required to be able to drive their car or a Catholic Charities car to various office settings or community locations.
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness, and/or youth and families experiencing socio-economic barriers to success.
  • Experience in planning community events for groups up to 200


Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services or other related field, or applicable job experience
  • Must have or be able to obtain ServSafe  Certification within 90 days of hire
  • Post High School degree in appropriate field or the equivalent in work experience.
  • Must complete required Mandated Reporter Training (MRT) prior to (within 5 years) or on start date and every 5 years thereafter or when dictated by agency, Diocese of Allentown, and/ or Commonwealth Law; 
  • Must complete Protecting God’s Children Training (PGC) within 3 weeks of start date and monthly online bulletins, as well as any recertification, for the duration of employment.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone.  Use of hands to operate standard office equipment; with occasional reaching and lifting up to 30 pounds is required.
  • Employee is required to be able to travel, purchase, and organize perishable and non-perishable goods necessary for the preparation, distribution and storage of supplies for the feedings on a weekly basis.
  • Employee is regularly expected to move throughout the Community Center building, kitchen area, food storage rooms, upstairs and operate commercial oven, commercial range refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers, including up and down multiple flights of stairs daily.
  • Employee is required to be able to drive their car or a Catholic Charities car to various home settings or community locations; the ability to drive to those locations safely is required, unless exceptions are explicitly recommended by the Program Director and approved by the Executive Director, or in keeping with ADA requirements.

Working conditions: 

  • Food program/kitchen setting and a community center room
  • Must be willing/able to travel to grocery stores, food depots, churches, etc, when required by supervisor or programmatic needs;
  • Must be available to work weekends, flex hours for shopping/planning, etc.