University of Pennsylvania COOK I in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 95-28955

Posted Job Title COOK I

School Name Residential and Hospitality Services

Org External Dining

Posted to the Web 06/22/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade U

Employment Type Non-Exempt

Hours 0

Position Type Limited Service

Position Schedule As scheduled M-Sun incl. am/pm; 40-hour week

Months 9

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

Residential & Hospitality Services (RHS) provides essential 24/7 services for the University of Pennsylvania, comprising student housing, residential and campus dining services, conference and event services, University Club operations, and services for those seeking off campus housing. RHS responsibilities include administering housing-related services to 11 College Houses and Sansom Place (graduate and undergraduate housing) across campus, working with other partners to provide students and guests with services that support living and learning in the University residences; and overseeing numerous food operations and dining services to ensure delivery of consistent, high-quality food to a diverse on-campus clientele through a wide variety of venues.


The Cook I is responsible for assisting the Chef in the timely preparation and presentation of all food items by various methods of cooking and baking and in the provision of a quality food service to the clients of the University’s Dining Halls. This position assumes the Chef’s responsibilities in the absence of the Chef. Following standardized recipes and using batch cooking procedures, the Cook I records quantities produced, quantities unused, and recipe yields accurately and interfaces with the Chef concerning all facets of the day’s production. The position also assists the Chef in overseeing and training subordinates and in the implementation of all sanitation, safety, and quality assurance standards. The position is responsible for keeping the kitchen clean and orderly by implementing ‘clean as you go’ standards and insuring all work areas are clean and sanitized during and at the end of the work shift. The Cook I is also responsible for the utilization of leftover food with approval of the immediate supervisor and is responsible for the proper labeling, dating, covering, and storage of all leftover food and the cleanliness of the refrigerators in the areas. Ongoing training is mandatory and must be attended when offered.


A High School Diploma or GED is required and 2 years to 3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be sanitation certified or willing to obtain certification within 90 day introductory period. Previous supervisory experience in a busy, large kitchen. Demonstrated experience in all aspects of food production including preparation and presentation, following standardized recipes, using batch cooking procedures and use/storage of leftover food. Experience implementing and training staff in sanitation, safety, and quality assurance standards. Ability to deputize for Chef as required. Willingness to attend ongoing training. Ability to lift up to 50lb. Ability and willingness to work schedule am/pm and weekend shifts as scheduled.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Applicant Documents

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