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Sr. Food Service Worker (5651C), Housing & Dining Services - 62620
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 2, 2024
Title Sr. Food Service Worker (5651C), Housing & Dining Services - 62620
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Dining Services

Sr. Food Service Worker (5651C), Housing & Dining Services - 62620

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

In the Division of Student Affairs and under the Residential Student Services Programs portfolio, Cal Dining is a self-operated dining program focused on culinary excellence, social responsibility and supporting the living/learning environment of our customers. With more than 12,000 meal plan holders, Cal Dining serves over 5 million meals per year in 14 facilities with a combination of residential "all you care to eat" dining, retail "a la carte" dining, training table, early childhood meal production and catering. Cal Dining services the campus seven days per week , seventeen hours per day employing 450 full and part time staff and approximately 400 Cal student workers across multiple locations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 26, 2023


Food Production and Service:

  • Set-up, prepare, replenish, distribute food products, beverages, and supplies in designated areas to ensure availability in a timely manner to meet customer demand,
  • Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled food preparation, to include but not limited to grilling, frying and use of pizza ovens.
  • Assemble and basic preparation of food products and beverages to support service and menu production, in adherence
  • to Cal Dining service and production standards.
  • As cooks' helpers, assist with preparing and panning menu items, wash and cut raw vegetables, slice luncheon meats and cheeses; open and pan convenience food items in preparation for service; replenish dry storage bins; and clean equipment, cutlery, utensils, work tables, shelves, storage racks, cutting boards and sinks in the main food production areas.

Food Production and Service:

  • Maintain knowledge about food being served, including allergens, ingredients, etc.
  • Establish and maintain positive relations with our customers.
  • Listen, and if possible, resolve customers' needs and report them to the manager and/or supervisor.
  • Interact enthusiastically and pleasantly with customers and co-workers to ensure a positive interaction and outcome in every interaction.
  • Practice good stewardship with university and customer resources.
  • Serve, plate, and package food using portion control techniques, resulting in an appealing final product.
  • Follow basic principles of safety and sanitation in food service.

Sanitation and Safety:

  • Maintain cleanliness of all work area, including sweeping, mopping, wiping surfaces.
  • Remove and properly dispose of trash, compost, and recyclable materials.
  • Immediately resolve or report spills, damages, defects, and other issues to maintain safety and sanitation of the facility.
  • Ensure all operational areas are clean and organized in a timely manner to meet customer demand.
  • Clean and wash soiled dishware and equipment using correct procedures of safety and sanitation.
  • Organize and store clean dishware into proper transporting equipment.
  • As general utility workers, dish machine attendants, pot and pan machine attendants, perform a wide variety of duties for the maintenance of the, equipment used.
  • As general maintenance workers, clean and maintain production equipment and areas ton include but not limited to pots, steamers, ovens, grills, deep wells, fryers and mixers; clean work tables, shelves, sinks, drinking fountains, storage cabinets, ice machines, refrigerators and food storage bins; clean walls, doors, and air-vents;
  • collect, empty wash and redistribute garbage cans; and sweep and mop floors in kitchen or dining area.
  • As pot and pan machine attendants, assemble, scrape, soak and wash pots, pans and utensils in the pot machine or three compartment sink; and clean pot machine, work tables, soak sinks and portable storage pot racks.
  • Put away all items when clean

Other Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Food preparation experience.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Experience following directions related to job responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct the work of others.
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English and follow oral/written instructions.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate and maintain restaurant food service equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Retail food service experience.
  • ServSafe or Food Service Handler Certification.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $21.15 (step 1.0) - $22.88 (step 9.0).

  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), partial-year career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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