Coast Community College District - Costa Mesa, CA4.0

Performs cooking and preparing of cold items and a variety of food preparation duties according to planned menus, recipes, and the number of persons to be served. Serves as an instructor's assistant, reinforcing curriculum and overseeing café operations and the preparation of cold food items for campus requests and child development center.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Cook is within a service-oriented career ladder and capable of organizing, leading, and performing made-to-order cafeteria food assembly, service, and baking that usually requires more than one production phase. The Cook requires a demonstrated ability to organize and sequence steps involved with baking and cooking food items from scratch and to assign tasks to student-workers and other service staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
Organizes and sequences preparation of cooked and baked food items and service. Oversees and does final prep of food ingredients so those food items such as hot or cold sandwiches that can be assembled during peak times.
Determines quantity and type of ingredients, and the sequencing of steps to produce final products. Assigns and demonstrates assembly steps to students.
Prepares other food items such as sliced meats and salad bar foods. Cuts fruits and vegetables and prepares packaged portions and/or serving trays. Operates miscellaneous kitchen equipment such as a slicing machine, mixer, and warming oven.
May serve as team leader when setting up for catering and/or attending a food production station, assembling, wrapping, and displaying standardized portions for sale.
Monitors and records food temperatures and handling safety at regular intervals during the preparation and assembly times.
May serve as a cashier, accepting money and point-of-sale meal collections and assisting in the compilation of daily receipts and counts.
May take on the baking of pastries, cakes, bread, and other goods as needed.
Maintains work areas in an acceptable safe and sanitary condition. Washes, sanitizes and cleans kitchen equipment, surfaces, and serving areas. Sweeps floors. Fills and wipes off condiment containers. Restocks napkin and eating utensil dispensers.
Cleans and sanitizes equipment, utensils, appliances, and storage areas to comply with health and sanitation regulations.
Assembles, counts, and may assist with delivering meals to meeting locals and the Child Development Center.
Assists with counting inventory and may order food items and supplies to fulfill daily meal requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills:
The position requires working knowledge of institutional and commercial quantity food preparation, methods, procedures, and service. Requires working knowledge of instructional sequences to support teaching. Requires working knowledge of food storage and sanitation procedures. Requires working knowledge of kitchen/production facility safety and safe work procedures. Requires basic knowledge of food production line processes. Requires sufficient arithmetic skills to compute weights, measures, counts, and portions. Requires sufficient reading skills to interpret menus, ingredient lists, and preparation instructions. Requires sufficient human relations skill to exhibit positive customer service, give instructions, and work as a productive member of a team.

Requires the ability to perform the essential duties of the position. Requires the ability to independently maintain and monitor a kitchen or one or more production environments. Requires the ability to understand and follow District/College Food Service policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Requires the ability to apply wellness policies for the nutritional content of food. Requires the ability to orient and train food service staff and perform basic recordkeeping functions and complete routine food service reports. Must be skilled in the operation of commercial kitchen equipment used for cooking and baking. Requires the ability to sequence food preparation activity in order to serve a variety of food items at the same time. Requires the ability to follow oral and written instructions. Requires the ability to interpret menus and ingredient lists. Requires the ability to work varying shifts and locations.

Education and Experience:
The position requires completion of a community college culinary curriculum and one year of experience in retail food service and catering. Alternatively, the position may accept a High School diploma (or GED) and 3 years of experience in institutional cooking in an education or equivalent setting involving meal planning, sanitation, and recordkeeping.

Licenses and Certificates:
May require a valid driver license. Requires a Serve-Safe or equivalent certificate.

Physical Abilities:
Incumbent must be able to function effectively indoors and outdoors engaged in work of primarily an active nature. Requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time, bend, kneel and stoop. Requires sustained lifting of medium to heavy weights (under 50 pounds) and occasional lifting of heavy objects up to 75 pounds. Requires the ability to handle hot material and work in an environment dominated by wide temperature extremes. Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination maintain pace in a production setting, to use kitchen utensils and equipment, and move and position hot materials.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed indoors where significant health and safety considerations exist from physical labor and handling of sharp objects, equipment, and materials in conditions that vary in temperature and stability.
Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment:
This is a regular, full-time, 12-month per year classified position. The typical working days are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the ability to work a fluctuating schedule which may include occasional weekends and holidays. This position may include overtime hours required to assist instructors during lab classes that are taught. This would include a 3% fluctuating shift differential to be added in addition to the regular salary amount. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. This position may include overtime hours required to assist instructors during labs.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

PAY PHILOSOPHY: Coast Community College District, through policies, practices, and other benefit programs, delivers a fair and equitable total compensation program that promotes equal employment opportunity, inclusion, and workforce vitality. In general, it is the policy of the District to place new employees at the first step of the salary grade. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees.

  • Heavy work – Lifting, carrying and/or pushing 100 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • The work environment characteristics 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 the essential functions.
Additional Information

Additional Information:
ATTENTION: Before applying, please be sure to review the Coast Colleges District Board Policy regarding Nepotism (BP 7310 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)) to check if your application may be impacted. If you have any questions, please contact HR Recruitment at 714-438-4714 or 714-438-4716.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:

A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application.
A current resume (uploaded as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
A cover letter (uploaded as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
Answers to all supplemental questions (please provide clear and detailed responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put "see resume" or "N/A", or leave blank).
Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.

Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

Disability Accommodations:
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.

All online applications and required materials received by the deadline date will be screened to determine which applicant(s) meet(s) the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
Applicants who meet the required qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview with the College/District. Therefore, it is required that applicants submit clear, detailed responses to all supplemental questions in order to demonstrate his/her qualifications as related to the position.
If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in-person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.