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Second Cook

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, TN

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

Job Details

Position Overview

Primary Function: Employee performs semi-skilled work in preparing and cooking a variety of food stuffs for the dining hall. Works involves preparing and cooking a wide variety of food-stuffs, some of which may require special techniques and care to reduce costs and serve properly.
This position reports to the Executive Chef.

Career Band: NE4

Position Description

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
• Prepares and cooks a variety of foodstuffs.
• Operates standard cooking equipment; such as mixers, steamers, toasters fryers, ovens, grill and stoves.
• Participates in kitchen cleaning work, such as washing and cleaning equipment.
• Assists in preparing entrees and dining hall menus.
• Packages and labels prepared food product
• Secures food supplies from storeroom and/or refrigerators
• Practices food safety and maintains and follows sanitation (HACCP) standards.
• As needed replaces a more experienced cook in the latter’s absence
• Assists in storeroom duties such as receiving orders, rotating stock and taking inventory
• Other duties as assigned

Machines & Equipment Used: All standard kitchen equipment such as grills, ovens, mixers, tilt skillets, charcoal grills etc.

Budgetary Responsibility: None

Personal Interaction/Communication:

  • Student Contact: Limited interaction with student dinners
  • Internal: Limited interaction
  • External: Limited interaction
  • Attributes of a Successful Candidate

    Education: High school diploma or equivalent

    2 years basic food service experience

    Job Related Skills:
    Basic knife skills and food assembly

    Licenses & Certifications:
    As required

    Supplemental Information

    Confidential Information: Related personnel information

    Working Environment:
    High volume kitchen production with hot cooking equipment, cold storage, sometimes slippery floors. Some night and weekend shifts are required.

    Physical Requirements:
    Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to lift between 11-20 pounds (Light work), Must be able to carry between 11-20 pounds (Light work)

    Any additional requirements specific to this position:

    • Ability to comprehend, carry out and explain complex verbal and written instructions and/or recipes.
    • Must have basic math skills.

    DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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