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Lead Cook - Catering

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Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18049
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Classification Title Culinary Professional III/Cook III - BZ
Working Title Lead Cook - Catering
Brief Position Overview

If you are passionate about delivering an exceptional dining experience for clients, come join the team at MSU Catering!

Position Number 4N0765
Department Catering
Division Auxiliary Services - University Food Service
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Teamsters
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $15.64 per hour
Contract Type Classified Hourly
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

University Catering provides full catering services for campus and other contracted events. A sample of the 2000 events worked per year include: VIP meals, buffets, served meals, coffee breaks, drop-offs and sack lunches. The number of catered events can be upwards of 15-25 daily.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under supervision of the Executive Catering Chef and the Assistant Catering Chef works to maintain an efficiently run kitchen that services small and large scale concurrently run events:

  • Preps and cooks a variety of cold and hot foods while ensuring quality control
  • Supervises and trains full-time and part-time staff
  • Maintains inventory control
  • Provides excellent customer service
  • Ensures equipment is being maintained
  • Interacts with the Health Inspector to ensure all sanitation guidelines are being followed
  • And actively participates as part of the team while performing other duties in support of the department’s mission.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Progressively responsible institutional or high volume restaurant or catering food service experience including food preparation/production/cooking experience or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Experience leading, supervising or training staff.

Experience providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Culinary degree or certification.

Experience with inventory control.

Experience with recipe testing and development.

The Successful Candidate Will
  • Work effectively and efficiently in close cooperation with Culinary Services staff in a team-oriented environment
  • Exhibit creativity in the culinary arts and exercise critically good judgment concerning taste, palatability and aesthetics of food quality
  • Prepare a wide variety of recipes in large volume
  • Have a strong commitment to customer service
  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate employees to perform at and sustain a high level of quality
  • Be highly motivated and work with minimal supervision
  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment
  • Quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Exhibit accurate record keeping skills
  • Follow health and sanitation guidelines for food preparation and handling
  • Maintain strong working relationships
  • Represent the department and the University to others in a professional and courteous manner
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. Please do not send a copy of your driver’s license at this time. (If the successful candidate possesses a valid out of state driver’s license, candidate must obtain a valid Montana driver’s license within 60 days.)

Eligible for overtime. Will be asked to work evenings, weekends, long hours, consecutive days during busy periods, and occasional holidays as the school and event schedule demands.

Will work home football games and other special campus events as deemed necessary.

Serve Safe certified or have the ability to become certified.

This position is eligible for full MSU benefits including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Retirement Plan
  • Tuition Waiver

Physical Demands

Normal kitchen/cooler/freezer environments inclusive of:

  • Stationary and/or moving about for long periods of time.
  • Moving and lifting containers weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Moving product up and down stairs.
  • Stocking product at various heights.
  • Gripping handles on a wide range of kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Performing repetitive motions such as, but not limited to, chopping, stirring and serving.
  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals on a daily basis.
  • Cooking/working outside and in inclement weather.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screened starting on September 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

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Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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  2. Cover Letter

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