Collegiate Foodservice Opportunities

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Job Detail

Winter 2022
Panda Express Cook - Dining Services
Central Washington University
Dining Services
Full Time
$30,000 - $39,999

Job Summary

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21.14.1, CWU employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about medical and religious accommodations are available here: Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

The Wok Cook (Food Service Worker Lead) leads the work of others. Responsibilities include using Computrition to draft menus, add recipes, quantify recipes, order food items from the warehouse, to get menu information and enter inventory values. This position is directly involved in leading, directing and training the culinary staff including student food workers and on-call staff. This position ensures professional food preparation, leads food production and helps prep for next day’s meals, ensures proper food storage practices are taken, and maintains a sanitary work environment.

The Wok Cook is responsible for preparing all dishes according to Panda Express recipes and standards, with accountability for:

  • Ensuring recipes compliance, execution, and food safety practices
  • Preparing all dishes to meet company standards for flavor, color, and aroma
  • Guiding Kitchen Help and assisting with their training
  • Performing all Back of House (BOH) and Front of House (FOH) responsibilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to cook foods from scratch using a variety of cooking techniques.
  • Knowledge of operation and production kitchen equipment.
  • OR equivalent combination of experience and/or training which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Special Conditions of Employment

  • Must have or be eligible to obtain WA State Food Handler's permit within 30 days of initial hire date.
  • Must be able to obtain SERVSAFE Certification within 6 months of initial hire date.
  • Must be able to pass Panda Wok Cook Certification within 6 months of initial hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience cooking and leading other kitchen staff in a large-scale food service operation.
  • Food production experience within a university or hospitality driven environment.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion.
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment.


  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: $2,677/month with periodic increases up to $3,446/month

Schedule/Appointment: Schedule TBD / 40 hours per week / 10.5 month cyclic appointment / WFSE Bargaining Unit 1

Working ConditionsWork is performed primarily indoors, at times in hot/cold/noisy/wet areas with some exposure to hazardous equipment and products. Working in temperatures from 0 degrees (freezer) to 350+ degrees (around cooking equipment) is common. Work requires walking and standing (often in a stationary position) for the majority of each shift.  Bending/climbing/carrying/pulling/pushing/lifting associated with loading/unloading of supplies and preparation, plating and serving of food is required. Occasional overtime is required, and shift work may be required. Additional physical requirements of the position include: Pushing utility carts, and hand carts with up to 150 lbs. of supplies around to various work stations; correctly lifting 35lbs. individually from the floor or shelf locations to heights of 48” so products can be poured into smaller containers or put on work tables. Dining Service’s mission is to provide exceptional food services to the campus community.  All staff are expected to work in support of this mission in every function they perform.  All staff are expected to work in support of the department’s continuous quality improvement program, so service and products are properly handled, prepared, garnished/merchandised, and served to our customers. There is some exposure to hazardous equipment and products found in kitchen environments.  Work will be in a kitchen setting.  Work requires the ability to use both hands for production work. Meals are served on campus seven days a week therefore requiring staff to be scheduled between Monday to Sunday.  Staff members are hired with the understanding that they may be scheduled to work throughout the week. Cross training may include use of Chinese cook knife, wok, and other restaurant equipment.  Evening or weekend shifts may be required.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit:

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

  • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
  • Resume including work history, education, training; and

  • Contact information for three professional references.

Screening Begins: November 5, 2021 and will be open until filled

**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Contact: Dining Services 
Phone: 509-963-1591
Website: CWU Dining Services 

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Monique Gonzalez
400 E University Way
Dining Services - MS7588
Ellensburg WA, 98926-7588
NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The National Association of College & University Food Services does not verify the accuracy of these statements.