Food Services Associate (petaluma)

Employee Support Programs including counseling, financial planning, and elder care resources.
100% employee’s Gold-level medical/dental/vision premium paid by employer.
Generous vacation and holiday package.
403B & AFLAC

The Food Services Associate reports to the Shelter Operations Manager and is responsible for coordinating the smooth running of our large commercial kitchen, in a safe and professional manner, resulting in three meals per day for our clientele. This is a 35/hr per week position. Sunday through Thursday from 7am to 230pm. (30 minute lunch).

-Support volunteer shifts in the kitchen to provide consistency in food safety and sanitation practices, and in cooking practices, food quality and competencies.
-Open and prepare kitchen every morning, pull food for shift volunteers, ensure breakfast is delivered.
-Work with lead volunteer chef regarding weekly menu; utilizing ingredients on hand.
-Ensure weekly instructional sheet and duty description is provided to each volunteer shift lead.
-Work with Shelter Operations Manager to access inventory and order items from food bank and supporting stores.
-Assess all kitchen inventory monthly and order supplies accordingly (Fishman’s).
-Perform end of month meal tally and other month end paperwork.
-Work with Volunteer Coordinator to address intermittent volunteer issues/questions/guidance.
-Sign-in court-ordered volunteers and train on safety and logistics.
-Assist with preparation and cooking when not fully staffed with volunteers. Some additional hours may be required on occasion.
-Clean kitchen and dining area as needed.
-Perform cooler temperature calibrations.
-Participate in Staff meetings, Volunteer Orientations, Kitchen Management meetings, Organization Leadership meetings, and Food Program Team meetings.

-At least 2 years kitchen experience.
-Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
-Strong capacity for guiding and working with volunteers.
-Ability to stay calm and keep a sense of humor in a fast-paced environment
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially excel, required. Familiarity with Salesforce desired.
-Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values collaboration and roll your sleeves-up attitude.

Minimum A. A. Degree in Administration or Certificate in Culinary field, or applicable work experience. Food Handler’s permit will be required within first 30 days of hire.


Ability to read and write instructions. Ability to respond effectively to time-sensitive projects. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to food preparation.


California Driver’s License and access to an insured vehicle required. Food Handler’s permit will be required within first 30 days of hire.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may become loud at times. The temperature may be warm to cold due to oven/stove use and freezer and outdoor access.


35 hours per week. Sunday through Thursday, 7am to 230pm


COTS is a drug and alcohol-free work environment AND an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COTS is committed to its mission, principles and values and expects the same dedication from its employees. Integrity, Results, Accountability and Respect are the cornerstone of all that we do and how we measure ourselves as an organization. COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. We encourage diversity in our workplace.

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