• Cook (Food Service Coordinator) - Lazarus Center

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/9/2019 7:40 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Social Services/Direct Client Services
    USD $17.83/Hr.
  • Overview

    The Lazarus Center provides a warm, safe, hospitable place with a community atmosphere for homeless and marginally housed men and women age 50 and older. On an average day, 250 individuals come through our doors seeking food and shelter. We offer overnight shelter for 49 men and women. The center is open 365 days a year 24 hours per day. As a result of their age and living conditions, the majority of our guests suffer from mental and physical disabilities. The Center opened in July 1990 to serve this special population of elderly people who are vulnerable to the weather, street predators, and illness.


    This position plays a critical role in providing nutritious meals for homeless and low-income men and women. The Food Services Coordinator (Cook) is responsible for the oversight of the health, sanitation and inventory of the Lazarus meals program. They oversee the daily operation of the meals program, in cooperation with the Lazarus Supervisor.


    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Food Safety

    • Maintains and cleans kitchen and equipment in sanitary and organized condition that meets health and safety standards and all contractual agreements
    • Maintains adequate inventory, including organizing, dating and continually rotating daily deliveries of food and supplies in all food storage areas. The Lazarus uses donations, commodities, food banks, and other resources to economically operate the meal program
    • Providing regularly scheduled food handling trainings for volunteers who handle food in the kitchen.
    • Prepare up to 500 meals daily

    Donor Relations

    • Managing positive working relationships with Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.
    • Picking-up food donations as necessary.
    • Train and work with volunteers
    • Welcomes and thanks volunteer groups and community volunteers
    • Tracking donations and keep records of donors.
    • Soliciting donations from local grocery stores, restaurants and cafes as needed.

    Weekly Menus

    • Produces nutritious, flavorsome, and visually appealing meal. This includes breakfast and lunch for 200+ people per meal, dinner for 50 people.
    • Plans and posts menus, prepares and serves meals
    • Providing food preparation instructions when needed.
    • Managing inventory: ordering food, rotating food, keeping food locked in secure locations.
    • Prepares lists of supplies needed for meals.
    • Keeps accurate temperature logs, meal counts, and other records as required.


    • Train the part time cook and volunteers. Supervision of part-time cook when Program Supervisor is not on site.
    • Provide support to the resident elected Kitchen Department Head who manages the kitchen staff.
    • The Food Services Coordinator works in collaboration with the Program Supervisor 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 BBQ.
    • Organize food for special events to celebrate holidays with clients and for staff events.


    • Ordering program supplies on a weekly basis and sorting arriving supplies.
    • Recording data on meals required for program outcomes.
    • Attend weekly staff meetings
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Meal preparation and cooking experience for large groups
    • Demonstrated ability in safe food handling
    • Current Food Handlers’ Card
    • Experience related to homelessness, mental health and substance abuse
    • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse population
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Good organizational and record keeping skills
    • Commitment to diversity, including sensitivity to the needs of volunteers, clients and  staff from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
    • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team and to make sound judgments without on-site supervision
    • Ability to represent the program positively to volunteers and donors
    • Ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.



    • At least one year of meal preparation and cooking experience for large groups
    • Experience with commercial kitchen equipment (e.g., dishwasher, steamer trays, stove)
    • Proficiency in Spanish
    • Valid WA state driver’s license
    • Computer literate with Microsoft Word and Outlook


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