• Nativity House Cook

    Job Locations US-WA-Tacoma
    Posted Date 3 days ago(1/15/2019 7:21 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Homeless Adult Services
    USD $16.65/Hr.
  • Overview

    Catholic Community Services, Homeless Adult Services (HAS) is the largest provider of adult homeless services in Tacoma, Washington. Nativity House (NH), a program of HAS, is the central hub to serve homeless adults in the Pierce County region.   It operates 24-hour/7-day a week, offering services (emergency shelter, meals, systematic outreach, Rapid Rehousing, Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment, Employment Services, Spiritual Support, 50 units of permanent supportive housing, etc.) to meet the basic needs of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness guests with meeting their goals.


    The Nativity House cook is responsible for preparing and cooking breakfast and lunch (approximately 1,300 meals each day) for our homeless guests. This position supervises and coordinates activities of volunteers engaged in serving, food preparation and cooking,  dishwashing, and enforces our “Clean as you go” policy.  The cook plans meals based on the incoming inventory each day and the food in the freezer/refrigerator to minimize waste and spoilage.  The afternoon cook is responsible for ensuring that the volunteer groups who come in to cook dinner for our homeless guests know how to use our kitchen equipment correctly and assist them with any questions that they may have about preparing the food.    They will ensure that volunteers leave the kitchen clean, all food is put away, wipe down serving and cutting counters, and kitchen equipment, sweeping and mopping floor before they leave.  They will be responsible for cooking the meal if a volunteer group is not scheduled or doesn’t show up.


    **This is a full time position.  Hours are Wednesday – Friday 3pm – 8:30pm, and Saturday – Sunday 8am – 7:30pm.**


    • Responsible for the preparation, cooking and serving of all meals.
    • Responsible for supervising and coordinating activities of volunteers engaged in food prepartion, cooking and serving.
    • Enforces and follow our “Clean as you go” policy.
    • Responsible for inventory control, meal counts, and other information as requested by the Operations Assistant.
    • Cleans all kitchen equipment and recommends repair and service needs to the Operations Assistant.
    • Works with the kitchen team to effectively manage guest’s behavior and create a safe and welcoming environment.
    • Participates in training and staff meetings.
    • Other duties as assigned


    Minimum Qualifications

    • HS Diploma or GED.
    • 1-year of experience as a cook.
    • Current Pierce County Food Handlers Card.
    • Ability to respond quickly to program changes.
    • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
    • Requires the full manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination and alertness to use mechanical equipment.
    • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
    • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
    • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy. (required to provide current driving abstract).
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    • Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork.
    • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Culinary Arts Degree.
    • Professional cooking experience.

    Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors.


    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

    Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.


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