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Culinary Specialist - Western US Region

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Culinary Specialist, Western Region (Educational Programs K-12) for the Campaigns department. The primary purpose of this position is work with major food service providers and institutions, with an emphasis on those that provide meals for educational programs for grades K-12, to create and develop plant-based culinary programs and educate food service professionals on the benefits of offering more plant-based menu options. 

This position will be responsible for:

  • Creating curricula, recipes, and menus, and conducting plant-based culinary programs for institutional food service providers that primarily provide meals for educational programs for grades K-12 to include conducting hands on workshops and demonstrations, helping institutions design menus and assisting with the development and delivery of marketing and institutional communication programs;
  • Establishing relationships and conducting live and web culinary education presentations, and working with institutions and companies toward the goal of developing plant-based culinary initiatives;
  • Drafting and coordinating support materials to include the development of recipes, training materials, toolkits and case studies;
  • Developing relationships with culinary institutions like the Culinary Institute of America, the School Nutrition Association, and others, to influence the development of plant-based culinary education programs;
  • Representing HSUS at food industry conferences and events;
  • Serving as a spokesperson by performing interviews and televised cooking demos;
  • Assisting with other campaign work as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in the culinary industry required, with an emphasis on plant-based food preparation preferred;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the food service management industry required; experience within the educational system is strongly preferred;
  • Must have ability to build/foster relationships and demonstrate high standards of tact;
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with and influence others both internal and external to The HSUS;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and conduct public speaking/presentations;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Must have attention to detail and commitment to excellence along with knowledge of food and foodservice industry procurement;
  • Knowledge about factory farming, nutrition/health and environmental issues a plus;
  • Must be willing and able to travel extensively;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills with flexibility and ability to manage multiple and often changing priorities while meeting time sensitive deadlines and deliverables.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701.  This position will be based out of a home office location within any state within the West Coast of the United States.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability, marital or parental status, or protected veteran status.


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