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Cook, Dining Services

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
28783022 Full Time Varies $40,841 - $51,803

Position Information

UC Riverside's Dining and Hospitality Services is recruiting for multiple, full-time Cooks. The Cook is responsible for providing team leadership, training and support in production and/or service of one or more food products for a specific station or multiple stations or units from a specified menu. Adheres to all food handling and sanitation guidelines. Follows established timelines for food production as required by customer flow. Interacts with team members and guests in a high volume dining setting. Incumbents typically train and or lead one or more Assistant Cooks, Sr. Food Service Workers or Students in proper food preparation, service and sanitation.

**As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is ten weeks after their first date of employment.**


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Culinary School Certificate or degree. Preferred


License Requirement
Valid Drivers License Required


Condition Requirement
Ability to successfully complete the Dining Food Safety Course (internal to UCR) with a passing score within 30 days of the appointment. Required


Experience Requirement
3 years recent experience in food preparation and general maintenance of a kitchen area; or an equivalent combination of Culinary Arts Coursework and experience. Required
Recent experience working in a high volume restaurant or food service operation and proven ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload. Required
Experience in operating equipment commonly found in a large production kitchen or retail kitchen and experience in performing the basic principles of food preparation and handling, including standardized recipes, batch cooking, and proper temperatures for storage and service. Required
Recent demonstrated experience in leading the process of team based meal production. Preferred
Demonstrated recent experience within a customer service oriented environment responding to and meeting/exceeding the needs of the customer. Preferred
Recent demonstrated experience in large volume food preparation, customer service and food safety. Preferred
Experience working in dining services within the college and university environment. Preferred

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Overtime Required
Shift Work (hours outside standard Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM work hours) Required
Must successfully complete a pre-employment, post-offer physical and background check through the DOJ and FBI prior to appointment start date. Required
Must wear University issued uniform and ID badge. Required

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge and experience in performing various standard cooking methods including but not limited to braising, broiling, grilling, stir-frying, blanching, steaming, sauteing, frying, baking, proofing and glazing.
Demonstrated skill in cutting, slicing and measuring dry and liquid food ingredients in units of measurement, such as cup, pint, ounce, quart and pound and demonstrated skill in reading instructions and understanding common food preparation measurements and terms.
Demonstrated skill in performing basic arithmetic calculations, such as adding and subtracting whole numbers, decimals and fractions, as is necessary to perform the job responsibilities.
Injury Illness Prevention Program Guidelines: Work in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. Comply with applicable policies and procedures and regulations, using personal safety gear, observing warning signs, learning about potential hazards, and reporting unsafe conditions. Must be able to exert well-paced mobility of up to four hours in length and stand continuously throughout an eight hour shift on uncarpeted surfaces. Must be able to move 20 pounds frequently and 50 pounds occasionally following proper safety guidelines. Must be able to stand, walk, climb, stoop, push, pull, reach, and crouch for extended periods of time, as required to complete job assignments. Ability to work in temperature extremes, continuous noise, and physical risks found in food service environments.
Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively and professionally using tact and diplomacy, skill to write legibly and record information as necessary to perform job responsibilities.
Knowledge of general rules of and procedures for sanitation and safety as it applies to food preparation areas, kitchens and storage areas.
Proven ability to read, speak and understand English sufficient to determine and carry out job duties and communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and customers.

Preferred Qualifications

Computer skills sufficient to use Excel, Word, Access, and web-based programs to prepare or input data into reports.

Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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