Okanagan College transforms lives and communities. We are one of Canada's leading colleges. We create outstanding educational experiences for our learners, both students and employees. We work and learn in a welcoming and caring culture. We are a catalyst for change through collaboration with our learners and partners. We serve, lead and anticipate the social, economic and environmental needs of communities.
Vocational Instructor - Culinary Arts
Trades and Apprenticeship
Okanagan College’s mission is to transform lives and communities and the Trades and Apprenticeship portfolio takes mentorship of the next generation very seriously. As an instructor, knowledge sharing, and mentorship is at the heart of your work. The duties and responsibilities of a Vocational Instructor include continuing excellence in one’s field, instructional and professional duties, professional developments, and service. If you would like the opportunity to pass on the skills and experience you have gained working within the Food industry to the current and future generations of Okanagan cooks, chefs, and bakers, we strongly encourage you to apply to this posting. As an Okanagan College employee, you will have access to paid vacation and holidays, professional development funding, sick leave, employee assistance program, allowance for safety footwear, and an in-depth health and wellness plan.
Education and Experience:
1. Successful completion of a cooking apprenticeship program and a Certificate of Apprenticeship with an Interprovincial endorsement.
2. An undergraduate degree and post secondary teaching experience are preferred; however, applicants with an equivalent combination of teaching and work experience may be considered.
3. An Instructor’s Diploma or valid BC Teacher’s Certificate appropriate to the instructional assignment is preferred, and will be required following appointment in accordance with the Collective Agreement.
4. Minimum ten years’ experience in culinary arts with at least 5 years of high level culinary arts work including 2 years at an executive chef level or equivalent.
5. Experience in international food preparation and additional certification or experience is desirable.
6. Culinary competition experience would be considered an asset.
Functions and Duties:
Instructional duties may include any or all of the following:
Instructional (teaching assignments)
Course and program preparation and revision
Evaluation and marking of student work
Other functions related to instruction
Professional duties may include any or all of the following:
Service may include any or all of the following:
Participation on OC committees
Attendance at articulation meetings
Representing OC at other functions
Administrative and other duties
Professional development activity that is intended to promote teaching excellence, subject area competence, and technical competence in the area of professional or instructional expertise.
Skills and Abilities:
Candidates must be committed to a team approach, demonstrate good written and oral English skills and have good interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have an exceptional teaching record with demonstrated learner-centred teaching philosophy. Successful applicants will be an integral part of the team that will help Okanagan College realize the promise of a world-class college. Candidates will be comfortable in a computerized environment and demonstrate knowledge of programs relevant to their discipline. The successful applicant will be able to encourage communication between students and faculty.
Professional Cook Red Seal
Vocational - Regular Full-time
Appointment Start Date:
The instructional schedule typically consists of 37 weeks of instruction. A typical instructional week consists of 27.5 hours of instructional time and 2.5 hours of non-student contact time for a total of 30 hours per week. Programs are typically offered year-round.
As a continuing, full-time instructor, take full advantage of your 21 days of Curriculum and Professional Development time to pursue the enhancement of course materials as well as the enhancement of your current skills and knowledge. Also take advantage of available Professional Development funding allotted to employees every fiscal year to broaden your horizons beyond the scope of your current subject area.
In addition, the 43 days of allotted vacation allows you to take full advantage of the warm temperatures and gorgeous lakes the Okanagan has to offer in the summer and the snowy slopes and mountains offered in the winter. With stat holidays off and the holiday closure around Christmas, you will have time to spend the holidays at home with family and friends.
Annual Salary/Hourly Rate:
Salary range $69,753 to $111,776 annually; normal starting salary between $76,574 and $83,395 annually, dependent on relevant education and experience.
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:
To apply for this position, please go to our employment site: https://www.employmentopportunities.okanagan.bc.ca and complete an on-line application.
All applications must be submitted through our employment site to be considered.
Okanagan College is committed to increasing the equitable and inclusive participation of marginalized people in all aspects of college life. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black People, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, people with disabilities and people with diverse gender identities or expressions. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, AccessibilityHR@okanagan.bc.ca
With a history dating back to 1963, Okanagan College has been embedded in the social, cultural and economic fabric of the region for over a half-century. The institution provides post-secondary education and training to the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen regions and has a strong reputation for excellence in learning and teaching through its wide range of academic, career, continuing education, developmental, trades and vocational programs.
The College’s catchment area extends from Osoyoos and Princeton in the south and west to Mica Creek and Revelstoke in the north, covering an area of 37,750 km2 and serving a population of nearly 400,000 people. Each year, approximately 16,000 individual students attend Okanagan College in programs spanning an array of areas such as Arts, Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Health and Social Development, Adult Upgrading and in niche areas such as Viticulture, Animation and Sustainable Construction Management Technology. Also offering vocational training, Okanagan College is the second largest trades training institution in B.C.
The latest chapter in Okanagan College’s history began in 2005, when Okanagan University College evolved into two separate institutions: Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan. Okanagan College has since grown significantly, with rapid expansion in almost all program areas.
Known for its easily identifiable red logo, the College’s brand has taken a firm hold in the business and social fabric of the region. Many have attributed this to the College’s focus on partnerships and outreach, while meeting student, community and employer needs. With an annual operating budget of over $125 million and more than 1,000 employees, OC is a significant contributor to the regional economy.