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On-Call Catering Cook

University of Puget Sound

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On-Call Catering Cook

University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 5079

Location: Student Union-Dining Services

Full/Part Time:

This position is on-call and hours vary based on business needs. The ideal candidate will have maximum flexibility, including weekends and evenings.Position DescriptionThe duty of a Catering Cook is to prepare a variety of food items for retail/board operation, catered events, special receptions, and other functions as requested by the Catering Sous Chef, Executive Chef, Assistant Director for Catering and Cafes, and Director of Dining and Conference Services. The Catering Sous Chef will have primary day-to-day supervision of the position. The Executive Chef will ensure adequate staffing, scheduling, training, and timekeeping responsibilities are met.Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

    Prepares a variety of food items for retail/board operation, catered events, special receptions, etc.
    Garnishes and decorates food items and/or service lines for eye-appealing presentation of food.
    Cleans kitchen and food storage areas, utensils, and equipment.
    Maintains all aspects of proper sanitation, health and safety standards for food storage, food preparation, and kitchen safety.
    Operates mixers, ovens, choppers, shredders, steamers, grills, grinders, steam kettles, fry kettles and other food preparation equipment.
    Anticipates and performs preliminary preparation necessary for meals the following day.
    Properly labels and stores food in refrigerators, freezers, and storerooms.
    Works with and instructs student staff in preparation, storage and handling of food items.
    Performs other related duties as assigned or requested by Catering Sous Chef, Assistant Director for Catering and Cafes, and Executive Chef.
Minimum RequirementsQualificationsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Valid driver's license Valid Food Worker Card
    Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; read and write simple sentences in conjunction with the adjustment of recipes
    Ability to pass pre-employment background inquiry, physical exam, drug screening, and strength test
    Must be able to work independently and in a team setting
    Must be flexible and able to perform multiple tasks and work in strenuous situations
Education/ExperienceTwo years of related experience. Related education may substitute for up to one year of experienceLanguage SkillsMust be able to speak clearly, listen attentively, read, write, and understand EnglishPhysical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Ability to lift and transport a minimum of 30 pounds. On occasion, ability to lift up to 40 lbs
    Ability to work in a fast-paced, strenuous environment
    Be able to handle exposure to changing temperatures/extremes
    Be able to stand on one's feet for extended periods of time

Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: The hiring rate for this position begins at $13.50 per hour. Decisions about starting salaries will be made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations. Application Deadline Information: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Required Applicant Documents:You will be prompted to upload all required documents as one file titled "Required documents." Please combine all required documents shown below into one Word or PDF file. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

The University of Puget Sound is an equal employment opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

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The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

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