Catering Cook

University of Puget Sound
Dining & Event Services

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Catering Cook
Location: Dining & Event Services
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 6045
Staff Posting Details Appointment: This is a part-time (.75FTE), non-exempt, hourly position

Position Summary: The 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, Director of Event and Catering Services, and Director of Dining and Cafés. 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 Executive Chef, Catering Sous Chef, Director of Event and Catering Services, and Director of Dining and Cafés.


    Valid driver’s license Valid Food Worker CardMust be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; read and write simple sentences in conjunction with the adjustment of recipesAbility to pass pre-employment background inquiry, physical exam, drug screening, and strength testMust be able to work independently and in a team settingMust be flexible and able to perform multiple tasks and work in strenuous situationsAbility to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

2 years’ experience and high school diploma or equivalent. A combination of education, experience and training may be considered.

Language Skills

Must be able to speak clearly, listen attentively, read, write, and understand English

Physical Demands

The 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 lbsAbility to work in a fast-paced, strenuous environmentBe able to handle exposure to changing temperatures/extremesBe able to stand on one’s feet for extended periods of time
    Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
Compensation and Benefits: Up to $16.58/hr DOE. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

    ResumeLetter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

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 University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


Working at University of Puget Sound

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.

The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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