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Lead Cook

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: 0601583
Recruitment Type: Open to All Applicants
Position Title: Lead Cook
Position Type: Staff
Position Status: Regular Full-time
Benefits Status: Benefits Eligible
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Hiring Range: $16.50 per hour + excellent benefits
Department: Dining and Culinary Services
Posting Date: 09/13/2017
Closing Date When a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.
Work Schedule:

FT; 40 hours per week. Hours and days vary.

General Description:

Our department provides the nutritional foundation for the academic and co-curricular success of Pacific Lutheran University students. The Lead Cook prepares a variety of foods for the main dining facility and leads a team of prep cooks and college students with strong emphasis on proper cooking techniques, safety, sanitation, sustainability, and exemplary customer service. Reports to the Operations Manager.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

• Prepare, season, and cook soups, meats, vegetables, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, ethnic dishes, desserts, and other food stuff for consumption in the university dining facility.
• Mentor, train, and supervise staff, student, and temporary workers with emphasis on cooking techniques, customer service, safety, and sanitation.
• Prepare scratch menu items. Assist in menu development and recipe creation.
• Read menu to estimate food requirements and requisition food or procure it from storage.
• Proper storage, rotation, and labeling of product. Responsible for condition of kitchen/equipment.
• Follow proper cleaning, maintenance, and reporting procedures. Comply with all safety standards.
• Perform other related duties as assigned or requested by a manager or supervisor.
• Dining Service’s team members are essential university personnel. In the event of PLU declaring emergency status essential university personnel must contact supervisor to obtain schedule.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with other university leadership, team members, and customers. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to explain cooking fundamentals to others using basic food science terminology.
• Ability to multitask and utilize effective time management during production.
• Ability to measure, cut, or otherwise work on materials or objects with great precision.
• Ability to detect food and labor waste issues and develop a plan of corrective action.
• Ability to provide exemplary customer service constantly and consistently.
• Working knowledge of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, gluten-free and allergy diets.
• Operational knowledge of commercial kitchen equipment including, but not limited to, the proper use of slicers, knives, box cutters, a dumpster, and all related equipment.
• Ability to work flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Required Qualifications:

1. 1.5 years professional kitchen experience. Graduation from a professional culinary training program may substitute for some experience.
2. High school diploma or GED.
3. High standard of personal hygiene.
4. Valid WA State Food Handler’s Permit or the ability to obtain one before beginning employment.
5. Valid Driver’s License (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
6. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, physical exam, drug screen (including marijuana), pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training, and provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract).

Preferred Qualifications:

• Working knowledge of computer applications.
• 2-3 years professional kitchen experience working a high volume line.

Work Conditions:

• Work in/around hot, dry, cold, wet, and/or humid conditions.
• Often work with/around standard kitchen/dishroom equipment requiring protective equipment.
• Summer schedules vary from the last week in May-August. Hours may be reduced to 24-30 hrs/wk or less during this time. Employees are encouraged to utilize accrued vacation during this time.

Physical Requirements:

• Ability to stand and walk for up to 4 hours without a break.
• Ability to bend and stoop to grasp objects, climb ladders, lift loads up to 50 lbs. unassisted, and push/pull carts weighing up to 100 lbs. unassisted.
• Ability to visually examine products for quality and signage/labeling for accuracy.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Other Information:

PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you 18 years of age or older?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you able to, after receiving an offer of or after starting employment, provide proof of US Citizenship or a current valid visa which would permit you to work in this country?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a High School Diploma or GED?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a valid WA Food Handler's Permit or the ability to obtain one before beginning employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * This position requires a pre-employment drug screen (including marijuana). Can you successfully complete this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a current valid driver's license which you have had for at least 2 years?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Letter of Reference 3
  4. Other Document