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Cook/ Baker (Aurora)

Posted: 03/14/2021

Colorado Early Colleges Mission Statement: All students, regardless of background or skill level, will have the opportunity to pursue a growth mindset that will allow them to achieve mastery and to demonstrate they can succeed in school, in college, and in their chosen career. No exceptions. No excuses.

Food Service - Cook/ Baker

Salary: $16.50 an hour
Non-Exempt: No
Part-time: Yes
Supervisor’s Title: Kitchen Manager
Location: Aurora
Hours: 3-4 hours daily
Start date: As soon as possible for remainder of school year and some summer days **no evenings or weekend hours**


  • PERA
Summary: The Cook/ Baker should encompass a strong cooking and line cooking background as well as admin; be passionate about working in kitchens that make from scratch meals that operate with the National School Lunch Program. This position will mainly prepare breakfast and lunch items on the menu provided by CEC Nutrition Services and works directly with the Kitchen Manager but being able to assist in all areas and cross train is very important.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    
  • Coordinate the daily activities of the kitchen, including planning the menu for the day, assigning duties for each employee, ensuring food prep and cooking are completed each day and planning weekly orders
  • Primary person prepping cooking standardized scratch recipes for students and staff on-site
  • Some baking will be required
  • Utilize the computer to perform daily and weekly functions
  • Implement proper sanitation and kitchen safety programs as defined by federal, state and local guidelines and rules including the Nutrition Services HACCP program
  • Train Nutrition Services Assistants on menus, proportions, requirements on menus, sanitation, safety, instruction on equipment, customer service and computer system
  • Assist the Kitchen Manager in ordering food supplies for required menu and various outside vendors, while maintaining and monitoring inventory
  • Assist lead cook in all areas and ability to cross train in all areas
  • Other tasks as assigned
Education and Experience:   
  • High School or GED Certificate preferred
  • 1-2 years of experience in cooking, expanding recipes, customer service and sanitation. School food service experience preferred
  • Must have strong math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions
  • Ability to maintain accurate records/reports
  • Ability to relate well to students and staff
  • Attendance and punctuality are important

Job Qualifications:
  • Demonstrates good written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to follow instructions, both verbally and written
  • Computer experience with Outlook, Work, and Excel preferred
  • Must understand the fundamentals of culinary operation, including operating knowledge of kitchen equipment, within one month of hire
  • Possess the basic ability to understand documents, define problems and draw valid conclusions.
  • Must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, where teamwork is essential.
  • Must be able to cook from scratch.  Baking experience would be a plus.
  • Applicants must preferably be proficient in the English language with the ability to read, write, and speak English fluently.

Certifications, Licenses, and Registrations:  
  • Serving it Safe certification is required to be completed within the first year of hire
  • Must attend mandatory in-service trainings and classes
  • Upon a conditional offer of employment, all employees must complete a background check and confidential medical inquiry and examination. Final offer of employment is conditional on the results of both the background check and passing the medical examination. The medical exams shall be conducted in order to ensure that candidates are physically able to perform the essential functions of the desired positions with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license or reliable mode of transportation  

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: 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 successfully individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • High exposure to self to: bruises due to slipping, falling or bumping into equipment; cuts due to use of knives and meat slicer; heat burns due to stove, oven and steamer; repetitive motion injuries due to food prep work, serving or working on the computer.
  • Requires repetitive bending, reaching, pulling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, bending, or other physical movements
  • Moderate physical effort (must be able to lift up to 45 pounds)
  • Prolonged standing and walking
  • Eye and hand coordination for register and computer operation
  • Visual concentration on equipment
  • Noisy environment
  • Temperature/humidity variations    
  • Some training at our Fort Collins location is required
Conditions of Employment
  • All offers of employment are conditional upon a successful background and references check
  • Selected applicant is an employee at will
  • Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado State Board of Education’s Drug-Free Workplace policy
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), the selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States
 Colorado Early Colleges is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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