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Dining Cook

  2022-01-21     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

Dining Cook

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 29329


Multiple full time Partial Year Career positions available in multiple Dining Halls across the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Benefits to working at UC Santa Cruz include:

• Medical, Dental & Vision Care Insurance Plans

• UC Retirement Plans

• Group Term Life Insurance

• Legal Insurance

• Pet Insurance

• Paid Holidays plus accrued vacation and sick leave

• Meal Allowance

• Gym discount at UCSC recreation facilities


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Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to Policy.

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UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


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The IRD for this job is: 01-19-2022


Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services (CHES) is a multi-funded organization within the Business and Administrative Services (BAS) division at the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz. CHES provides leadership in the areas of college student life and residential services, housing services, facilities, employee housing and capital planning, dining services, conference services, early education services, the Bay Tree Bookstore, ID card services, and business and financial analysis for these areas.

CHES provides on-campus housing and dining services to approximately 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students in ten residential colleges and six multi-college affiliated residential communities, which support single students and students with families.

UC Santa Cruz Dining is instrumental in the success of our students as well as providing services to staff, faculty and guests of the campus. Our mission is to be committed to creating a diverse, safe, fun and trusting environment for our guests and team; building an innovative dining program providing high quality service and food while embracing social, nutritional and financial responsibilities.

More information about UC Santa Cruz Dining can be found at:


Under the general supervision of managers, and/or the direction of higher level cooks, the incumbent prepares food appropriate to the level of skills of a Cook. Prepares assigned recipes for residence hall meals and other events, providing the highest quality of service to the customers. May assume a leadership role in the kitchen by organizing and directing production staff for meal service. Follows policies, rules and regulations of the University. Ensures health and safety guidelines are practiced. Performing under supervision, this is a journeyman position with experience and competency in food preparation. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Salary Information: $19.93 / hourly.

No. of Positions: 11

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:


Percentage of Time: 100%


Average Hours Per Week: 40

Days of the Week: to be determined

Shift Includes: Day, Evenings, Nights, Swing Shift and Weekends - TBD

Employee Classification: Partial Year Career appointment, with a TBD furlough period

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: SX

Job Code Classification: 005523 - COOK

Travel: None


60% - Food Production:

Prepares assigned menu items following recipes and production sheets for all meals. Follows the standard HACCP principles of food preparation, safety and sanitation in food production.

Merchandises food including garnishing for serving presentation. Participates in ongoing customer service programs which include "just in time" cooking, demonstration cooking and interaction with customers. Completes service records at end of meal period or shift.

Prepares food from scratch including entrees, starches, vegetables, gravies and sauces, soups, breads, desserts, and other dishes. Responsible for preparing entrees and works independently following cycle menus without directions.

Makes recommendations to Senior Cook or managers on problem recipes and may up-date, correct and modify recipes

15% - Quality Assurance:

Performs taste tests for quality and distributes prepared food at correct temperatures prior to service for meals in designated service areas. Batch cooks food items as appropriate.

Frequently checks service line to ensure quality control and HACCP standards are met. Stores products to maximize quality and food safety.

Stores leftover food properly and makes recommendations for planned usage of leftovers. Prepares and dates food samples taken from service. Independently decides reuse value for foods following HACCP guidelines.

15% - Safety and Sanitation:

Ensures the cleanliness, safety and sanitation of designated storage and work areas, kitchen equipment and utensils used in food production.

Cleans equipment, work tables, sinks and drains in kitchen areas.

As needed or directed, assists with cleanliness of tables, chairs and self-service areas. Sweeps, mops and vacuums floors in dining and kitchen areas. At closing and as directed, cleans all equipment, countertops, tabletops; empties all trash, recycling and compost cans; pulls floor mats and places chairs on top of the tables.

Sweeps kitchen floors, mops floors as per current practice and procedure, and cleans out drains.

Cleans restrooms to include but not limited to washing sinks, counters, walls, and mirrors. Washes commodes and urinals and mops floors as per current practice and procedure.

At opening and as directed, places chairs on the floor and replaces the floor mats.

Instructs and directs kitchen staff as needed. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations, using personal safety gear, observing warning signs, learning about potential hazards and reporting unsafe conditions.

Independently and safely uses, assembles, disassembles and trains others in the use of any kitchen equipment. Identifies problems with equipment and reports to management.

10% - Other Related Responsibilities

May instruct and direct the work of other staff to specified meal requirements.

May train, instruct and direct other staff.


• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in a variety cooking techniques and recipes for food preparation in a large dining services program.

• Demonstrated knowledge of how to prepare sauces, soups, vegetables, baked products and entrees.

• Demonstrated experience in increasingly complex levels of cooking in a large food service environment as well as general kitchen maintenance or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Communication skills and abilities to direct other staff work and to provide training to less experienced staff.

• Communication skills to interact with customers and take orders for display cooking or other special events.

• Knowledge of appropriate temperature requirements for the safe serving, handling and storage of food.

• Knowledge of how to safely operate a variety of kitchen equipment in a production kitchen.

• Knowledge of safety techniques and procedures for food preparation, storage, and service.

• Knowledge of merchandising and presentation techniques of food service.

• Ability to taste and discern product quality, to read and understand recipes and menus, accurately estimate ingredient requirements, check production and keep records in order to accurately plan production requirements and accurately requisition supplies and equipment.

• Ability to prepare complex recipes of a complexity appropriate to the job title and perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

• Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team-based environment.

• Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse groups.


• Bilingual Spanish/English or willingness to learn.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Ability to move equipment up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.

• Ability to work a variable schedule including evenings, morning and weekends.

• All employees must be able to pass the UCSC Dining Food Handler Card test within 90 days of employment, or already be in possession of a California Food Handler Card or ServSafe certification upon hire.

• The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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