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Date Posted: 11/11/15

Seasonal Catering Cook (79127)
University of California San Diego

Hiring Salary Range
$16.73 - $19.23 / Hour

Filing Deadline: Mon 11/23/2015

Please note that this is a 100% limited appointment for up to 150 days.

Responsible for the preparation of quality food in a fast-paced, high volume, catering operation. Responsibilities include: the efficient operation and maintenance of all kitchen equipment, the execution of all department standards concerning food handling, cleanliness, safety and personal appearance. Duties also include scheduling and coordination of production and food product presentation, as well as assisting in training others in more complex recipe preparation.

Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) is a self-funded, large and complex campus department consisting of 7 divisions, with more than 600 staff employees, 700-800 student employees and an annual operating budget of $140 million. HDH provides housing for approximately 15,000 undergraduates, grad students, faculty, staff and their families in over 400 buildings and approximately 5.3 million sq. ft.

Currently, HDH houses 38% of UCSD's enrolled students with a goal of housing 50% in the near future. HDH also provides maintenance and repair, contract meals/meal plan management, as well as retail food service, conference services and catering services to student residents, faculty, staff, and campus visitors

Operating needs of the department require varied work schedules, (i.e., a.m., p.m., and/or weekend shifts and/or 10 hour workday). Employees may be required to take off (vacation or temporary layoff) during scheduled operational shutdown periods, such as Christmas, Spring & Summer breaks. Health codes require prescribed uniform, hair covering, and good personal hygiene. Meal schedules require extreme attention to promptness and excellent attendance. Meal perquisite is required for all Dining Services employees. Employees may be required to change work location on a daily basis as needed or for an indefinite time period.

• Skills in and knowledge of institutional food production.
• Proven knowledge of and experience working with standardized recipes and production sheets.
• Ability to interact and communicate effectively with customers, students, staff, faculty and guests.
• Mathematical abilities to interpret and record production data, to use proper weights and measures in recipes as well as to provide statistical data, to store data and to reconcile invoices. 
• Skills in and knowledge of related food service functions such as safety and sanitation, production methods, and equipment maintenance.
• Knowledge of efficient methods of ordering, requisitioning, storing and receiving supplies, and of developing quantity and quality production controls. 
• Writing skills to develop and change recipes as well as to write vendor reports.
• Knowledge of methods of ensuring customer satisfaction including product analysis and problem solving assessing user/client opinion)
• Ability to organize work and materials for maximum productivity and to delegate tasks to support staff. 
• Problem solving skills to handle situations such as staff shortages, product failures or utility equipment failures.
• Ability to safely operate and maintain food service equipment.
• Ability to conduct training programs for staff and student employees.
• Understanding of food specification including meat buyer's guide, USDA produce, poultry and frozen specifications as well as weights and measures to accurately account for and inventory items.
• Skills in and knowledge of warehousing large quantities of merchandise, accounting and distributing via departmental recharge and delivery protocol, including ability to schedule, supervise and account for multiple daily deliveries to other units.
• Skills in and knowledge of general operational management to supervise opening, closing and security of unit.
• Skills in time management and in prioritizing workload to meet daily production schedule and deadlines.
• Ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds.

• Job offer contingent on a clear background check.
• Valid California Drivers License required. Must have and maintain good driving records and participate in the DMV Pull Program.

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