• Kitchen Organizer

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Social Services/Direct Client Services
    USD $15.45/Hr.
  • Overview


    The Aloha Inn is a resident managed transitional housing program for 66 homeless adults. We work to place every resident in appropriate housing as quickly as possible. We provide a number of services designed to assist people in finding and maintaining permanent housing. Residents are required to save money every week for permanent housing, contribute to the daily operations of the program, meet regularly with our housing counselor, and pay a nominal weekly rent. In addition, some residents are required to attend drug and alcohol recovery meetings and maintain an ongoing relationship with a mental health provider. Our screening criteria are intentionally low-barrier in regards to criminal history, past evictions and landlord issues, and credit history. As a result many of our residents have multiple barriers to finding permanent housing.



    The Kitchen Organizer is responsible for oversight of the health, sanitation (adhering to Health Department requirements) and inventory of the Aloha Inn meal program. They act as the liaison for food donors and Public Health (both Healthcare for the Homeless and our inspector from the Public Health Dept.). In addition, they empower residents to utilize the meal program in a safe and sanitary way through community education.


    This is a part-time, 20 hours per week, position and includes benefits and pro-rated paid time off.  Pay range is $15.45-$16.22/hour DOQ.



    Food Safety

    • Ensuring health standards are met by the kitchen team.
    • Providing regularly scheduled food handling trainings for residents who handle food in the kitchen.
    • On-going consultation with community partners to ensure the use of best practices.
    • Developing effective tools for residents to refer to regarding food handling and sanitation.

    Donor Relations

    • Managing positive working relationships with Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.
    • Picking-up food donations several times a week.
    • Tracking donations and prepare reports for Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest.
    • Soliciting donations from local grocery stores, restaurants and cafes as needed.

    Weekly Menu

    • Researching and attending meal planning trainings with an emphasis on nutrition.
    • Creating weekly menu plans.
    • Providing food preparation instructions when needed.
    • Managing inventory: ordering food, rotating food, pulling provisions for meals from restricted-access storeroom.

    Support Resident Management

    • Provide support to the resident elected Kitchen Department Head who manages the kitchen staff.
    • The Kitchen Department Head reports to the Executive Committee and the General Assembly. The Kitchen Organizer works in collaboration with the department head to ensure safe food handling guidelines are being followed, the kitchen is adequately staffed and food donations are rotated.

    Special Events

    • Organize the menu and food preparation for the annual anniversary BBQ.
    • Organize food for special events to celebrate holidays with residents and for staff events.


    • Attend weekly staff meeting.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Supports Services Manager coordination of pest control treatment


    This position requires the employee to work in an environment where there may be exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious material. Other exposures could include cleaning supplies, chemicals involved in pest control, paint and other materials used in building maintenance, building temperature fluctuations, dust, noise, and odors. Other working conditions may include interruptions, working alone, evening or weekend work, responding to emergencies, working on-call and interactions with angry persons.



    1. Current food handler’s card
    2. Experience working in a commercial kitchen or food bank, or other related experience
    3. Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision
    4. Organized and detail organized
    5. Able to work with people of diverse backgrounds and temperaments
    6. Good at working with people and pulling a team together
    7. Conscientious performance of duties and responsibilities
    8. Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing.
    9. Ability to work within the mission, goals and objectives of Catholic Community Services.
    10. Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.



    1. Current of former resident of the Aloha Inn transitional housing program.
    2. Have a good driving record and possess a valid Washington drivers license.


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