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Cook I (Franklin Dining Commons)

Employer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location
UMass Amherst

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 522547
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Franklin Dining Commons
Union: AFSCME
Categories: Food Service/Hospitality

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Prepares and cooks food such as meat, fish, poultry, sauces, gravies, soup, and other foods in large-scale quantities; evaluates food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature, and taste. Leads small teams for the preparation of more complex dishes. Trains kitchen staff as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Cooks food in quantities following standard recipes and established procedures adjusting recipes as needed to produce required amounts.
  • Reads and uses computer generated standard menus and recipes to prepare meals.
  • Roasts, fries, boils, broils, and seasons meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, and other foods required for daily meals.
  • Communicates with Cook II or Cook III on any menu problems.
  • Assists other food service staff with the preparation and cooking of more complex dishes.
  • Measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe, using kitchen utensils and equipment to prepare soups, salads, desserts, dressings, gravies, sauces, stews, etc.
  • Ensures the safe and sanitary storage of unused food to prevent spoilage.
  • Operates kitchen equipment such as cutlery, grinders, and slicers to portion and/or prepare food for cooking.
  • Trains kitchen personnel in the proper portion control in preparation and service of food.
  • Evaluates food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature, and taste through observation and tasting in order to determine if it is fresh, properly portioned and prepared correctly.
  • Ensures cleaning and/or sterilizing cooking equipment and work areas.
  • Transports food from kitchen to serving areas.
  • In absence of Cook II assumes supervision of kitchen personnel.
  • Other Functions

    Performs other related work as required.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • At least one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in the preparation and cooking of food in a hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, catering firm, government, private institution or diploma/certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocation school at high school level or higher, with a major in culinary arts, food services or food trades.
  • Incumbents must be certified as food handlers within six (6) months of the appointment start date through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e., ServSafe).
  • Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques used in food handling, storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food in large quantities.
  • Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in food handling, storage, preparation, and cooking.
  • Ability to train staff on the types and uses of utensils and equipment used in large quantity food preparation and cooking such as ovens, knives, stoves, steamers, fryolators, etc.
  • Knowledge of the proper quality, appearance, and condition of foods.
  • Ability to read and interpret recipes and weights and measures tables.
  • Ability to assist others to interpret recipes.
  • Ability to give and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Requires the ability to balance, carry, push, pull, stand, bend, reach, twist, lift and perform repetitive movements.

    Additional Details

    This position is designated as essential personnel.

    Work Schedule

  • 1:30pm -9:30pm with alternating weekends.
  • 35 weeks minimum.
  • Salary Information

    AFSCME – Non-Exempt Grade 10.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Along with the application, please submit a resume. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Mar 11 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jun 11 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

    Organization

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

     

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    Location
    181 PRESIDENTS DR
    Whitmore Administration Building
    Amherst
    Massachusetts
    01003
    US

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