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  • Kitchen Manager/Head Cook (Hourly/Non-Exempt)

    Whittier Area First Day Coalition
    Job Description
    Job Title:  Kitchen Manager/Head Cook (Hourly/Non-Exempt)
    Program:  Recovery from Homelessness Program
    Reports to:  Interim Housing Program Director



    Under the direction of the Interim Housing Program Director, the Kitchen Manager/Head Cook supervises the overall operations of residential food services at First Day to ensure the preparation and serving of nutritionally balanced meals for First Day residents seven days a week.  Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to food purchasing, preparation and maintenance of quality standards, sanitation, training of employees in methods of cooking, preparation, portion and cost control and cleanliness.  The position requires a considerable degree of initiative and mature judgment.  The ideal candidate must possess an acceptable level of experience necessary to interact with senior management, staff and program participants.



             Meal Preparation

    • Oversees and manages the preparation and production of three daily meals and one evening snack for approximately 50 program participants and guests on a daily basis;
    • Ensures that all food and products are consistently prepared and served according to First Day’s recipes, portioning, cooking and serving standards.
    • Prepares a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other food items for cooking in broilers, ovens, grills and a variety of other kitchen equipment.
    • Works with the Interim Housing Program Director to adjust meal preparation in order to avoid overages and/or shortages.
          Inventory Control
    • Responsible for preparation of menu and food orders that are necessary for menu preparation  
          one week prior to delivery
    • Monitors food item inventory and assists with controlling waste
    • Handles, stores and rotates all food product inventories to ensure FIFO standard
    • Control food cost and usage by following proper requisition of products from storage areas
          product storage procedures, standard recipes and waste control procedures
          Health & Safety
    • Ensures that the service facility and equipment are kept in a neat, clean, safe and sanitary condition
    • Maintains a clean work environment including preparation tables, shelves, grills, broilers, convection oven and refrigeration equipment
    • Reports repair and maintenance needs to Shelter Manager and Bridge Housing Program Manager in a timely fashion
    • Complies with all established kitchen and workplace safety guidelines as set by CalOSHA, ServeSafe, HACCP and other entities
    • Responsible for maintaining appropriate cleaning schedules for kitchen floors, mats, walls, hoods and other equipment and food storage areas
    • Check and maintain proper holding and refrigeration temperature control points
    • Provide supervision and guidance to Cook position
    • Make employment and termination decisions including interviewing, hiring, evaluating and
          disciplining kitchen personnel as appropriate
    • Oversee training and orientation of new kitchen employees and volunteers
    • Prepare all required paperwork, including forms, reports and schedules in an organized and
          timely manner
    • Be knowledgeable of kitchen workplace policies regarding personnel and administer fair, prompt
          and consistent corrective action for any and all violations of organization policies, rules and    
    • Attends all scheduled employee meetings and brings suggestions for improvement
    • Provides monthly Board reports by the 10th of each month to the Interim Housing Program
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Interim Housing Program Director, CES Program
    Director, and/or Executive Director



    • At least two (2) years experience in a cafeteria, restaurant, hospital, school or other food service establishment where batch cooking is performed
    • Must obtain ServSafe Certification within 3 months of hire
    • Knowledge of safe food handling and proper sanitation practices
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
    • Demonstrate good judgment; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and, must be able to maintain reliable and regular attendance
    • Must be able to maintain basic recordkeeping and understand and carry out oral and written directions.
    • Oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish is highly desired
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs., at least a distance of 10 feet
    • Successful completion of background screening, an updated negative Tuberculosis Test (within the last 6 months) and proof of Hepatitis A vaccine
    • Access to reliable transportation and ability to maintain regular work schedule and attendance
    Physical Demands & Work Environment
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
    The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and or/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves.  The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs and the lack of personal care.  The employee must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.
    NOTICE:  This job description is provided as a general summary of common job duties performed by individuals assigned this job title.  It is not all-inclusive, nor is it intended to create a contract, written or implied, between employees and First Day.  It does not alter the employment-at-will relationship that exists between employees and First Day.  As a condition of employment, all First Day employees are expected to perform job duties assigned by management even when such duties are not described in their job description
    First Day is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


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