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Project Specialist

Posted on 10 January 2023 by

General Business 
Valhalla, NY  

Title: Project Specialist II - IN2WORK Coordinator
Requisition #: 425170
Location: Valhalla, NY, US, 10595
Career Area: Food Service
Job Description

IN2WORK (I2W) is a vocational training program opportunity for people who are currently incarcerated. The IN2WORK program aims to help reduce recidivism by providing students with the opportunity to learn transferable, foundational food service and job skills through a comprehensive curriculum requiring classroom and hands-on training. Students receive a nationally recognized certification upon completion of the program, a key differentiator when looking for employment after release.

The main purpose of IN2WORK is to teach students how to function in a workplace setting and work as a team, leading to an increase in public safety and a decrease in future victimization. Students learn accountability and responsibility through disciplined classroom and hands-on training. By building competent and confident graduates, I2W set students up for success upon reentry.

Job Responsibilities
Lead the implementation of IN2WORK, teach and train students accepted into the program. Manage and maintain the daily and weekly schedule of the program at assigned locations. Track and report program progress to I2W support team. Serve as reentry resource for the graduates of the program - support for scholarship and employment opportunities pre & post release. Provide support for food & retail programming, and/or commissary and warehousing operations at the component level.

Specific duties include:

  • Implement the I2W Program at all applicable locations in within the determined geographical area (Food, Retail, & Juvenile) and surrounding locations.

  • Successfully meet the program KPI's.

  • Partner with the client teams to recruit, schedule, and retain students in the program.

  • Facilitate the program I2W as designed for each location.

  • Train Aramark operations teams on implementing and continuing the program.

  • Partner with I2W support team to remain current on progression of the I2W program, attend monthly meetings.

  • Maintain database of I2W graduates for all locations.

  • Track I2W graduates who are released and have interviewed/offered jobs with Aramark and community partners.

  • Support and work with community groups to educate them on IN2WORK to help graduates find employment opportunities upon release.

  • Facilitate on-the-job training through food service and retail operations.

  • Support daily operations, pending account type - Food Service or in the Commissary/Warehouse.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Lead the front of the house of the dining operation (Cafeteria/ Residential Dining Facility) in conjunction with the Food Service Director
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates food service activities in order to deliver a finished product to the customer

  • Develop and implement food service plans aligned with the client's mission and vision, to include sustainable practices

  • Role will entail 50% of IN2WORK teaching and 50% responsibilities involving food service operations at the facility.

This job profile does not contain a comprehensive listing of all required activities, duties, or responsibilities. Job duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Strong interpersonal skills, a self-starter, confident in his/her abilities, self-motivated and detail oriented with the ability to effectively manage people and drive results without formal influence.
Committed, results-driven leader who can make an impact; takes initiative, makes things happen, accepts accountability, and has a “can do” attitude; sense of urgency when needed.
Strong communication skills: oral and written, plus the ability to communicate appropriately with a wide range of people and behavior styles.
Show sound judgment when working with confidential employee, client and Aramark information.
Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new situations, anticipate needs and plan ahead.
Ability to work independently and effectively in a team setting.
Well-honed ability to multi-task and prioritize; lead varied teams and manage high volume of workflow.
Demonstrated ability to lead without formal authority and build influence through logical and convincing decision-making.
Process oriented, with an exceptional eye for detail; diligent and sensitive to tight deadlines
Proven track record of developing and successfully managing initiatives and strategies.
Consistent track record of meeting and exceeding performance goals.
Proven proficiency with the following computer applications: Word, Excel, Adobe and PowerPoint; Smartsheet, a plus.

Effectively use deliberate influence strategies to impact, shape, or re-direct the behaviors of others without formal authority.
Effectively interface with all levels of a corporation.
Facilitate and participate in discussions and gain exposure with numerous constituents.
Personality Traits:

Strong value system, unquestionable integrity, and good listening skills.
Intellectual curiosity and critical thinker.
Creative and flexible in style; able to adapt to new situations in a dynamic environment.
Perseverance and the ability to drive complicated opportunities to a successful conclusion.
Advocate for improving the value and impact to the company by challenging the status quo and being interested in more than executing ideas provided. Must constantly bring and identify methods to enhance our processes and systems that add value and efficiency.
Contribute to a positive, fun working environment by always supporting teammates, assuming the best intentions and best outcomes, and always fostering creativity and good ideas.
About Aramark
Our Mission

Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet.

At Aramark, we believe that every employee should enjoy equal employment opportunity and be free to participate in all aspects of the company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by applicable law.

About Aramark

The people of Aramark proudly serve millions of guests every day through food, facilities, and uniform services in 19 countries around the world. Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet. We believe a career should develop your talents, fuel your passions, and empower your professional growth. So, no matter what you're pursuing - a new challenge, a sense of belonging, or just a great place to work - our focus is helping you reach your full potential. Learn more about working here at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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