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Lead Food Service Worker (5452C), Housing & Dining Services - 67895
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 25, 2024
Title Lead Food Service Worker (5452C), Housing & Dining Services - 67895
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Dining Services

Lead Food Service Worker (5452C), Housing & Dining Services - 67895

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: Wednesday, May 8, 2024


  • Assist in preparation of assigned menu items following department recipes and production sheets for breakfast, lunch, brunch and/or dinner.
  • Under oversight of a cook, prepare entrees, side dishes, accompaniments, soups, breads, desserts, salad bar items, various types of salads, condiments, fruit and veggie trays, cold accompaniments to entrees, salad dressings, etc. following the standard HACCP principles of food preparation, safety, and sanitation in food production and service.
  • Follow rules and policies for organic certification.
  • Merchandise food including garnishing for serving line presentation.
  • Participate in ongoing customer service programs which includes "just in time" production, demonstration cooking and or salad preparation and interaction with customers.
  • Reconstitute convenience, value-added products and food independently.
  • Complete service records at end of meal period.
  • Follow HACCP Principles: (1) Identify the potential consumer health hazards, (2) Identify the control points where the identified hazards may occur, (3) Establish critical limits for the potential hazards and safety measures, (4) Establish monitoring routines to ensure safety measures are working, (5) Establish appropriate responses if monitoring indicates a problem, (6) Establish accurate and detailed record keeping system that documents problems and the remedial steps to be taken, and (7) Establish a verification system that ensures the above steps are being followed.
  • May be asked to assist in other areas of the operation working down in classification.
  • Distribute prepared food at correct temperatures prior to service for specified meals to designated serving areas.
  • Batch cook food items as appropriate for organic and standard menu.
  • Frequently check service line to ensure quality control and HACCP standards are met.
  • Store products to maximize quality.
  • Store leftover food properly and with Chef or Manager and/or plans usage.
  • Prepare and dates food samples taken from service.
  • Establish and maintain positive relations with our customers.
  • Listen, and if possible, resolves customers' needs and reports 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.
  • Prevent cross-contamination - the transfer of pathogens (any agent that can cause disease) from one surface or food to another.
  • Be aware of potential allergens - any substance that induces an allergy such as dairy, wheat, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish, and nuts.
  • Be ready to answer questions about a dish that may contain an allergen.
  • Make sure allergen is not transferred from one surface or food to another surface or food not containing the allergen.
  • Follow recipes and no secret ingredients.
  • Safely operate and maintain all following equipment used in food production and service, including: mixer, food processer, ovens, steamers, fryers, grills, warmers, skillets, kettles, knives and utensils, wok, broiler, etc.
  • Demonstrate ability to use different kitchen equipment; should be able to disassemble and assemble equipment.
  • Ensure the cleanliness, safety, and sanitation of designated storage and work areas.
  • Large and small equipment and utensils used in food production.
  • Instruct and direct kitchen staff as needed.
  • Occasionally interact with customers, explaining menu variety and cooking questions.
  • Occasionally coordinate production operation and directs food service staff to meet operation deadlines.
  • Provide oversight and mentoring of food service workers and student staff.
  • Complete professional development and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in food preparation and general maintenance in a kitchen.
  • Ability to work independently and to prepare multiple menu items for a meal.
  • Ability to read, write, perform basic arithmetic, and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to follow recipes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of food safety and sanitation.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Ability to complete service records accurately at the conclusion of a meal.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in large volume production.
  • 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 $23.19 (step 9.0) - $27.17 (step 17.0).

  • 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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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.

The University of California's Affirmative action policy.

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