Temporary Kitchen Lead

Job Locations US-WA-Olympia
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/4/2020 12:53 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Hidden (27827)
USD $17.48/Hr.


$17.48 – $18.53 HR/DOE


The primary function of The Community Kitchen (TCK) Temporary Kitchen Lead is to pick-up and coordinate the distribution of to-go meals daily at multiple sites in a pleasant, healthy, safe and secure manner during the COVID-19 pandemic and to lead on-site meals at The Community Kitchen.  This is a temporary position with variable hours Monday through Sunday.  The Kitchen Lead reports to the Community Involvement Coordinator and partners with other Kitchen staff to oversee the activities and efforts of the loading and unloading, serving to-go meals, and in cleaning and sanitizing both on and off-site.  The Kitchen Lead will work with other staff to pick-up, the return of food and other supplies, and to clean-up pans, Cambros, and other tools and will lead a variety of groups including volunteers, to prepare, cook and serve on-site meals in an effort to produce food to those in need, many who are without homes.  The sites of meal delivery and service may include, homeless encampments, quarantine and isolation sites, shelters and other sites as directed by Thurston County. The Lead must hold a current Washington State food handler’s card and/or ServeSafe Certification, and a current Washington State driver’s license and drivers insurance.


***3 Part Time Positions Available - 20 Hours a week***




Help in the preparation and serving of meals and cleaning of the kitchen

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:


  • Under the direction of the Community Involvement Coordinator and Site Coordinator, lead meal loading and unloading, and distribution and/or the staging of meals to-go for serving on and off-site. Prepare, cook and serve meals at the onsite location located in the Salvation Army building in Olympia.
  • The Community Kitchen has a variety of volunteers, staff and external staff from other agencies that this position will need to collaborate and work alongside. The Kitchen Lead will coordinate all of these entities during meal in which they are leading to ensure that the meals are prepared, cooked and served in a safe way for all involved.  The Site Coordinator controls the menu and schedule for meals and will direct the Kitchen Lead on what meals to prepare, etc.
  • The Kitchen Lead will be in charge or making sure all areas of the kitchen are cleaned, sanitized, that all food storage is properly put away for the meals in which they lead.
  • Coordinate the efforts of the other staff in loading and unloading, and distribution and the staging of meals to-go for serving on and off-site.
  • Lead the distribution and serving of off-site meals to-go. Make sure to-go supplies are replenished and foods are ready to-go.
  • Coordinate and assist other staff in distributing and serving to-go meals.


Ensure that The Community Kitchen is a safe & healthy 

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Ensure food is stored, and served in accordance with all Dept. of Health regulations and direction provided by the Community Involvement Coordinator.                                     
  • Ensure the proper sanitation of all serving areas and equipment in accordance with all Dept. of Health regulations and direction provided by the Community Involvement Coordinator.
  • Ensure all kitchen, serving, and other equipment is in good, safe, usable condition and notify the Community Involvement Coordinator of any concerns.
  • Drive to-go meals and supplies in CCS’s provided vehicle and maintain a sanitary environment for food and equipment transport.
  • Ensure the issued kitchen and other equipment is cleaned and sanitized, returned and properly stored for future use prior to end of each shift and clean up garbage inside and outside of the facility following CCS policies including the policy on the safe handling of needs.
  • Supervise the other staff in sanitizing and cleaning-up after meal service, during the return of equipment to The Kitchen, and before storing CCS vehicles.
  • Possess a current Washington State Food Handler’s Permit at all times while employed.
  • Possess and carry a current WA State driver’s license and driver’s insurance.

Ensure the safety and security of the public and volunteers

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:


  • Take all actions necessary to ensure that TCK is a welcoming and safe place for volunteers, staff and others.
  • Take all actions necessary to ensure the health and safety of all meals that this position leads which benefit people living without a permanent home in shelters, a mitigation site, and in encampments

Other duties as may be reasonably assinged including helping on-site at the Community Kitchen as time allows

  • Sort, pick up and transport supplies from vendors, Thurston County Food Bank, and other places.
  • Deliver meals to various sites.
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth operation of The Community Kitchen and its service to those in need.


Minimum Qualifications


  • At least 1 year of food service experience.
  • Have a general knowledge of food handling and meal preparation including food safety, worker safety, and inventory acquisition and control.
  • Must have good verbal and written skills
  • Valid WA State driver’s license and current driving abstract indicating clean driving record. Reliable transportation
  • Food Handlers Card and current TB test
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a team of staff and volunteers
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to respond quickly to program changes.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • 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
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.


Preferred Qualifications


  • High School diploma or GED
  • AA Degree in food related field
  • Experience in managing, training and supervising volunteers.
  • Intimate knowledge and experience in working with diverse cultures and racial groups.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


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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