Culinary Arts instructor

Culinary Arts instructor

Our motto is My School. My Choice. My Future.


CATEC is looking for a high school Culinary Arts Instructor for the 2018-19 school year.


The Impact you will have:

In this capacity, you will have the opportunity to change the lives of local students from nearby high schools by sharing your expertise and teaching them about the work that you love.  In doing so, you will be directly contributing to the quality of the future workforce in your industry. In addition, you will also be helping the community by working with local employers to address what skills/training they need for their employees.  CATEC offers 10 Programs and 2 Academies with certifications and educational pathways leading to exciting careers.


What CATEC is:

The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) is a regional technical education center that helps high school students and adults obtain the jobs they seek. Our centralized, unified career development program helps students develop strategic approaches to cultivating their careers.


CATEC houses two academies which offer educational and career pathways for students in partnership with post-secondary institutions and employers. Click here to read about the other programs that we offer. Students may qualify to receive industry certifications and credentials. These credentials are a valuable tool to gain full-time employment in growth industries with livable wages. Graduates also may continue their education utilizing the dual enrollment credits they received while in high school. Because we are jointly owned by the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville, we serve students from both school divisions.


Click here to read more about CATEC’s mission and vision.


Who we are:

We are a small, close-knit staff of approximately 30 professionals who are committed to preparing our students for the workforce as we have been doing since 1973. We pride ourselves on being committed to our students and we work closely with area business partners. As a result, our students are ready to enter the work force when they graduate or they can use their training and certifications to pay for college tuition or pursue further training. Click here to see the list of who you will be working with.


What qualifications we need you to have:

Because this class is dual enrolled, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts, or an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts with demonstrated competence in the culinary field. In addition, you will need to have two years (or 4,000 clock hours) of successful occupational experience in Culinary within the last five years. You must hold, be eligible for, or be willing to obtain a Virginia Collegiate Professional or Technical Professional teaching license through VDOE with an endorsement in the applicable subject area.  All statutory requirements must be completed, including the VDOE Industry Certification Credential. We can assist you with all of that. Finally, you need to be willing to obtain a CDL within the first year of employment in order to drive the CATEC Food Bus.


If you need a VDOE provisional Technical Professional teaching license, you will have three years to take three mandated college classes (that better prepare you to teach) to earn your 5-year license. Then, you will be required to earn 180 recertification points every 5 years.


What you will be doing:

You will be working 200 days a year, 7.25hours a day enriching the lives of local high school students who choose CATEC as an elective.  Students are here for 2.5 hours in the morning and then a second group comes for the afternoon block. You and the students will spend part of your time in the classroom and the rest in your “lab” – immersing themselves in the “hands-on experience” that is so vital to their training. Click here to view some of the Career and Technical Education competencies that your students will master. Culinary Arts students can earn these certifications such as Commercial Foods Assessment (NOCTI) and Serve Safe Certification (Food Handler/Manager). Articulated credit is available for the Culinary Institute of Virginia and this class is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Click here for more details about the class in our Program of Studies.


We have found that the instructor drives enrollment. Because CATEC courses are electives, students choose to come here. Every instructor participates in recruiting events such as CATEC’s Open House, local Career Fairs, and hosting perspective students. This would include both events held during work hours occasionally and 3-5 curriculum fairs (per year) at the base high schools after instructional hours. Participation in competitions such as SkillsUSA is encouraged; we actually host the district competitions every 3 years.


What responsibilities you will have:  Click here to read the job details.

You will also:

  • Manage CATEC’s Food Bus “Technical Eats.” You will be creating and maintaining the program to incorporate the Food Bus activities and community outreach into the program curriculum. This will include scheduling of events, purchasing, staffing, creating the menu, and catering for events here and in the community. Click here to see the news coverage about Technical Eats.
  • Hold a minimum of two advisory council meetings a year
  • Prepare students to participate in internships and/or job shadowing opportunities

Why you will want to work here with us:

  • We pay based on your years of experience, education, and qualifications; this is in accordance with the Albemarle County Schools teacher pay scale.
  • We offer the same great benefit package that Albemarle County does.
  • You will follow a teacher’s schedule which means summers and holidays off. Click here to see the current Albemarle County School Calendar.
  • We are committed to the concept of life-long learning and professional development. You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your skills and competencies. We have monthly staff meetings and Professional Learning Community meetings 2-3 times a month; both provide chances to collaborate and support one another.
  • No two days are ever the same.
  • Your students receive relevant/CATEC specific Career Development training while they are here so that they are able to market the skills and training you’ve taught them.
  • If you are a retired Culinary Arts instructor with a current VDOE license, you may be qualified as an instructor in a “critical shortage” area.

This is what one of our graduates had to say about their training at CATEC:

“I will tell you, CATEC played a big part in where I’m at today. Making the decision to attend CATEC was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. It is the school that helped shape my career, absolutely.”

Michael Lynch

Director of Plant Operations

Poplar Springs Hospital


Do you want to join our staff?

Please apply using this link to the Albemarle County Human Resources’ job openings page.


The position will be open until filled. If you have the qualifications we are looking for, you will be contacted for an interview. Feel free to contact Leslie Chisholm 434-973-4461 ext. 69013 or if you have any questions.



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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Hiring for Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center shall be accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status or disability unless otherwise permitted by Albemarle County policy, CATEC policy, or applicable law. Applicants hired by Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center must be citizens of the United States or legally authorized to work in the United States. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities if requested.