Cook II

Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Under the general supervision of the Executive Chef, Sous Chef and Residential Dining Manager prepares quality menu items through own efforts and/or through the coordination of assigned lead cooks. May work independently. Maintains food preparation and safety standards and complies with health code.

In accordance with applicable laws, and State and University policies/procedures the purpose of the UCCS Food Service Cook II is to prepare quality food for the resident dining community and catering through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, and services in a sanitary and safe environment according to UCCS Dining and Food Services specifications. Position conducts or assists in supervising the preparation and/or presentation and service of various foods including salads, desserts, appetizers, soups, stews, convenience food items, entrees, sandwiches, dressings and garnishes and/or baked goods.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs  (pop. 450K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties

  • Take orders and provide patrons quick and courteous service.
  • Prepare and be able to train others to prepare the customer’s order using the proper recipe, portion and technique.
  • Follow proper cooking, storage, and food handling techniques and assist in training student workers.
  • Assist in the supervision, along with the student managers, of the preparation and cooking of food at a variety of platforms including breakfast, salad bar, deli, grill, pizza, dinner entrees and catering events as assigned.
  • Keep work area clean, safe, and orderly at all times.
  • Complete and supervise training on all pieces of equipment prior to use.
  • Assemble, disassemble, and clean kitchen equipment.
  • Assist in all phases of set up, service and clean up in operation as needed.
  • May assist in storeroom duties such as receiving orders, rotating stock and inventory.
  • May be expected to work various shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Position may be assigned as “Essential Services Designation” – meaning required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Job Competencies:

  • Any combination of education, training, and experience, which demonstrates the knowledge and skill to perform the duties and responsibilities as described.
  • Ability to comprehend, carry out and explain complex verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, twist and lift up to 60 pounds when storing, stocking and gathering prepared products and/or inventory items.
  • Ability to stand and walk on hard floors for extended hours.
  • Requires the safe and efficient use of food service equipment such as ovens, grills, food choppers and processors, steamers, slicers, etc., as well as understanding the proper way to clean food service equipment.
  • Friendly disposition with effective customer relations skills with ability to work with a varied clientele is imperative.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively.
  • This position has been determined to be eligible for overtime (non-exempt) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Hourly Pay Range: Generally Starting at $12.32  - $15.58 

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado 

    This position is dependent on the availability of auxiliary revenues funding.

    Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of April 19, 2021.
  • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of April 26, 2021. The on campus interview will include a cooking challenge.
  • The potential employee start date is May 10, 2021.
  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Requirements

  • 3 years’ more experience in commercial food preparation and service.
  • Have completed or successfully complete ServSafe certification within 2 weeks of hire.
  • Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move.  Employee is occasionally required to have moderate bending, crouching, reaching, handling, fingering, moderate energy requirements, tasting/smelling, depth perception, color vision and good field of vision. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and constantly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

    Job Category: Facilities/Labor,Trades & Crafts
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Mar 31, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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