Oregon State University Cook 1 in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P01015CT


This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Cook 1 position for the University Housing and Dining at Oregon State University (OSU). A personal and professional commitment to providing excellent customer service and creating inclusive environments is a core value of University Housing and Dining Services. UHDS recognizes the importance of learning both in and out of the classroom, and supports the concept of education as an individual as well as a community experience. UHDS strives to provide students, faculty, staff, and guests with safe, economical, convenient, and comfortable living and dining options, and the department works to maintain the highest educational and service standards. UHDS houses 4,000 students and offers a variety of living and dining options in 15 residence halls, three dining centers, two coffee shops, a market, and a limited number of family apartments. UHDS is an auxiliary enterprise which is funded solely by customers who use our services — we receive no State or General fund allocation. UHDS is committed to an appreciation for diversity, and fosters an open, respectful and enjoyable living, learning and working environment.

Dining Services is a part of the living and educational experiences of residence hall students and assists in the retention of students by providing well-prepared, nutritious food. Our focus is on providing quality service to all residents, faculty, staff and guests who dine in UHDS facilities.

This position is eligible for meal perquisites per the SEIU contract.

This position will adhere to all OSU and UHDS policies and procedures.

The purpose of this position is to assist the Food Service Coordinators, Cook 2, and Banquet Chefs to maintain quality of service, and prepare menu items using good cooking methods as well as care in safety/sanitation. Requires participation in development and support of improvements to customer service. Will prepare some menu items to order to customers’ specifications. Must follow recipes thoroughly, incorporate proper food handling techniques and serving portions, train and lead work (schedule, assign work, approve work) of student employees as well as provide classified employees in the restaurant with direction and leadership in cooperation with the management staff. This position may also be responsible for opening or closing.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

One year of experience as a cook in a commercial food service facility; OR possession of a Certificate of Completion in culinary arts and/or Foods and Hospitality Service from a certified community college or technical school.

Requirements :

Effective internal and external customer service skills.

Effective communication skills, including the ability to understand and provide guidance to others regarding directions/instructions, recipes, safety information, machine instructions, etc.

Ability to respond positively to changing work demands.

Ability to work cooperatively with a variety of individuals.

Ability to obtain a valid Food Handler’s certificate within 30 days of employment. Must maintain certification throughout service with UHDS.

Pursuant to UHDS Policy, this position is required to maintain current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification (if cognitively and physically able to do so) within 90 days of employment of when training becomes available by the department. Training is provided at department expense. Duty to act ends at summoning professional emergency assistance.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.


Conditions: This is a physically active job in a commercial kitchen environment. Incumbent will experience long periods of standing on a hard floor, working with commercial kitchen equipment, and fluctuations in work flow, temperature, and noise level.

Must be able to work shift on your feet and perform frequent arm movements.

The employee in this position will often be required to lift or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, and push or pull carts weighing up to 50 pounds.

Schedule: Shift and/or work assignment may be changed based on operational needs. Because we provide meals for the student residents, early morning, evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required.

Good attendance is crucial for stability and day-to-day business needs. Must follow attendance and break schedules, and must be on time and in uniform when shift begins.

This position is deemed essential, and the incumbent is expected to report to work during inclement weather, emergency and other University work curtailments or closures.

Salary (Minimum): $12.38/hr

Salary (Maximum): $17.40/hr