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Cook I

Application Deadline: 02/18/2019

Organization: Sonoma State University

Location: Rohnert Park, CA

Salary: Depends on experience

Website: www.sonoma.edu

Contact Details:

Application Process

Click the "http://apptrkr.com/1355303" to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:

1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)

2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Organization Details

About Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.

Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at http://www.sonoma.edu/ps/about/jeanneclery.html; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at http://www.sonoma.edu/housing/general-info/emergency-prep/fire-safety.html.

Contact Information

Sonoma State University

Human Resources

Main (707) 664-3100

Fax (707) 664-3196

1801 East Cotati Avenue

Rohnert Park, CA 94928



Job ID: 104748

Full/Part Time: Full-time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Department Name

University Culinary Services

Salary and Benefits

The anticipated starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $2,600 a month.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the http://calstate.edu/hr/benefits/documents/csueu-unit-2-5-7-9-benefits-summary.pdf link or by request from SSU Human Resources.

Application Deadline

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on January 2, 2018. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full time, non-exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.


Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

Reporting to and under general supervision of the Sous Chef, with additional lead work direction provided from other members of the University Culinary Services Management team, the Cook I performs routine duties required in the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food. The Cook I is responsible for cleaning, sanitizing and maintaining kitchen equipment and work areas based upon Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety practices (CALCODE). The incumbent may also participate in maintaining records and solving work problems and is part of the University Culinary Services Team that supports the core values and the mission of the Division of Administration and Finance and that of Sonoma State University.

Under general supervision, the major duties for the Cook I position include, but are not limited to, the preparation of assigned meals and the following responsibilities:

- Prepares, produces, heats, cooks, bakes and serves a variety of foods including soups, entrees, meats, vegetables, desserts, breads, salads, sandwiches, sauces, beverages or other food and beverages as specified by menus, recipes, and production records.

- May assist a Cook II with food preparation and the cooking process and may assist in providing work direction to student assistants.

- May oversee others perform duties such as slicing bread, weighing ingredients, cutting and grinding meat and cleaning areas.

- Sets up, cleans and breaks down workstations (including equipment).

- Keeps records such as production reports and temperature logs.

- Perform opening and closing duties.

- Garnishes foods per established guidelines.

- Operates kitchen equipment such as, but not limited to, electric mixers, slicers, grinders, ovens, stoves, grills and flat tops, tilt-skillets, tilt kettles, steamers, warmers, coolers, and combi-ovens.

- Utilizes kitchenware such as, but not limited to, knives, spatulas, whisks, tongs, spoons, and ladles.

- Practices safe food handling guidelines according to Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety and regulations (CALCODE).

- Assists in the monitoring and management of food waste.

- Performs daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly deep cleaning of the facility and service areas and all kitchen equipment.

- Follows established recipes and meets quality standards both in volume and small quantities.

- Cooks meals to order.

- Prepares special dishes for customers with food allergies.

- Receives, labels, and stocks food and supplies according to Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety and regulations (CALCODE).

- May assist in taking inventory.

- Performs repetitive work such as slicing, chopping, cutting, stirring, and frying.

- Performs all duties according to Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety practices.

- Attends and makes use of training opportunities.

- Attends culinary meetings.

- Arrives to work groomed, with clean hair and hands in a clean uniform - adhering to uniform guidelines.

- Assists in the cleaning of facilities, reorganization of storage areas, and assist in any open operation within the Culinary Services

Performs other secondary duties as assigned.

Duties primarily takes place in one of the various kitchens on the Sonoma State University campus, including working both indoors and outdoors to support and participate in university activities and events. Early morning, swing or evening shifts may be required and will be specified by the supervisor to meet operational needs. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs, including the University's commencement weekend which is regularly scheduled in May. As a non-exempt employee, any request for overtime will be specified and pre-approved by Appropriate Administrator. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator.

This position requires, with or without reasonable accommodations, the ability to frequently sit, move or stand for office and/or event functions for extend periods of time, work in over a 450+ degree surface, as well as a close environment with high temperatures and machinery, be at a computer for 2-3 hours/day, occasionally reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop and kneel and lift objects of up to 50 lbs in weight.

Required Qualifications


The incumbent must have an equivalent to one year of experience performing the duties of a Food Service Worker I or equivalent to one year of experience in assisting a cook in the preparation and cooking of a varied menu. Beginning proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) is required. The Cook I must possess and maintain a food safety manager certification, which has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam is a requirement of position.

The Cook I must possess a strong working knowledge of kitchen sanitation and safety measures; food handling sanitation; principles, procedures and equipment used in the storage, care, preparation, cooking and dispensing of food in large quantity; and methods and procedures used in the operations, cleaning and care of utensils, equipment and work areas based upon HACCP principles and Health Department Laws. The incumbent must possess the ability to prepare and cook all food groups; follow oral and written instructions; keep accurate records; and read and write at a level appropriate to the position.

The incumbent must be able to work in a very stressful environment where constructive feedback from others is encouraged and must work well with others on a team. As this position is service orientated and contains a high level of customer contact, it is imperative the incumbent has the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with a diverse population and displays a professional and hospitable attitude to all. They will communicate verbally with guests, coworkers and supervisors respectfully and efficiently. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations. Must also possess the ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economy, society, and environment) into all aspects of performing job duties.

Qualification Note

Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire or within 30 days of hire.

Physical Requirements

Requires successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam.

EEO Statement

Other Information

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.