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Job ID: 137137

Cook, International House, 5337
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 29, 2020
Title Cook, International House, 5337
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Dining Services

Cook, International House, 5337

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.

Departmental Overview

Founded in 1930 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, self-supporting residential and community-oriented center located in the southeast foothills of the Berkeley Campus. The historic facility is adjacent to the California Memorial Stadium along Piedmont Avenue. The building has six floors of residential rooms, including a conference center featuring the Chevron Auditorium with a capacity of 350, several other smaller meeting rooms, plus a library, and a dining commons with a capacity of 325. Since its founding, it has housed more than 95,000 residents including two Governors of California and eight Nobel Prize laureates. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding among people throughout the world across cultural, economic, and ethnic lines.

Each year I-House provides some 1,100 students and scholars from 75+ nationalities (including the USA) with an opportunity to live and learn together over the course of a typical 12-month cycle. With a renewed emphasis on the acquisition of intercultural leadership skills, I-House strives to augment and expand the impact of the residential life experience by encouraging lifetime personal and professional connections that transform lives and offer skills that enrich and enhance career opportunities. I-House's rich array of programs serves the residents, the campus and local community.


We are in search of an experienced Cook to join our dynamic dining and catering team. The successful candidate will experience working in a newly renovated, state of the art dining facility. Under direction of the Executive Chef, or Senior Cook, prepares main entrees, and more complex recipes. Follows policies, rules and regulations of the University and the department, and ensures that health and safety guidelines are practiced.

In conjunction with other food production staff, including student workers, the Cook will assist in food ordering, menu planning and supervision of kitchen support staff. A very important responsibility of the Cook will be to provide high quality food, maintaining high standards and excellent customer service to the University community through innovative and creative menus. Provide skilled food presentation and plating with both portion and quality control. Cleanliness, safety and sanitation of designated storage and work areas, large and small equipment and utensils used in food preparation are essential to a high performing Cook.


Prepares assigned menu items following department recipes and production sheets for breakfast, lunch, brunch and/or dinner, including entrees, side dishes, salads, starches, vegetables, gravies and sauces, soups, desserts, following the standard principles of food preparation, safety, and sanitation in food production and service. Merchandises food including garnishing for station presentation. Participates in ongoing customer service programs which includes just in time cooking, demonstration cooking, station cooking, collaboration with food service workers, and interaction with customers.

Prepares food from scratch. Responsible for preparing entrees and works independently. Responsible for food station preparation, presentation, production set-up, organization, and clean-up Makes recommendations to Chef or Senior Cook on problem recipes, and collaborates with the cooking team to make recommendations and improve recipes and menu. Reports production and mealtime usage to Chef Managers and uses the production sheets from the inventory management system to prepare meals.


Safely operates and maintains the following equipment used in food production and service: mixer, food chopper, ovens, steamers, fryers, grills, can opener, steam jacketed kettles, knives and utensils, wok station, pizza oven, broiler grill, and saute station, omelet station, flat-top grill, and other equipment as necessary. Identifies problems with equipment and immediately reports them to supervisor.

Required Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

Previous Cook experience in high volume food service environment.

3-5 years proven experience in food preparation and general maintenance of all areas in the kitchen.

Focus on food quality, nutrition (including knowledge of allergens), safety, while maintaining compliance with all sanitation regulations.

Ability to manage multiple priorities to ensure operational procedures are met.

Must have or be able to obtain within 30 days, Serve Safe Certification, and maintain certification throughout time of employment.

Working knowledge of standard food production equipment including mixers, choppers, ovens, grills, steam kettles, tilt skillets, woks, and saute stations.

Must be able to endure long periods of standing, lift containers up to 50 pounds and perform repetitive hand motion.

Ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management in a dynamic, flexible environment.

Ability to read and perform basic writing in English, perform basic arithmetic calculations and follow oral and written instructions including recipes.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in a bargaining unit environment.

Experience working in a college/university setting a plus.

Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Experience working in a multicultural environment.

Salary & Benefits

Hourly Rate: $17.52 (STEP 1)

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information


Sun 9a - 5:30p

Mon Off

Tue Off

Wed 6a - 2:30p

Thu 6a - 2:30p

Fri 6a - 2:30p

Sat 7a - 3:30p

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 see:
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