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Food Services/Lead Cook

Reports to: Executive Director


Prepares meals at Sabbath House, an emergency shelter for men & women, as well as meals to support community partners providing services to people experiencing homelessness. All of our staff have the opportunity to act as coaches, encouragers, teachers, and safety officers. This position requires a person to be able to multi-task, maintain patience, treat all shelter participants with dignity, use a trauma-sensitive approach and to guide participants towards self-sufficiency.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cleans food preparation areas as determined by law and company policy
  • Prepares foods to the specifications of the supervisor
  • Prepares food for set meal times within the shelter
  • Makes adjustments to food items to accommodate guests with allergies or specific diet concerns
  • Oversees volunteer teams in the kitchen as directed
  • Operates various kitchen appliance such as a blender, oven, grill, or stand mixer
  • Assists other cooks during the food assembly process
  • Cleans up after all food
  • Communicates with supervisor about how to improve meal service
  • Oversees shelter participants in vocational training programs


  • Basic Computational Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Verbal Communication
  • Kitchen Equipment Knowledge
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Cooking and meal planning skills
  • A teachable spirit
  • Experience in problem solving
  • Creativity
  • A concern and respect for the poor and hungry
  • Commitment to the values of the Jesus Center
  • Team Player: working with a diverse group of staff and community members towards shared goals
  • Basic computer, internet, and smart phone skills
  • Must be able to stay on feet for multiple hours, walk up to three miles per 8-hour shift, lift up to 50 lbs. to transport food from warehouse to kitchen.

Job Type: Full-time, starting at $17.00 per hour

How to Apply: Email resume to with “Food Services/Lead Cook” as the subject.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Hourly Wage: 17.00