Community Kitchen Operations Associate

Posted 2/8/2019 | Applications Accepted Until Filled

This is a part time, non-exempt, position that is approved to work up to 29 hours per week. Those hours are expected to include at least the below times. Exact times on site may be adjusted in the future if approved in advance by the Kitchen Coordinator, but will not be adjusted to increase weekly hours beyond 29.

  • Monday through Friday: 7:30am - 1:30pm

  • Sunday: up to 2 hours in the am to open and then ensure the proper closing of the Community Kitchen

Reports to: Community Kitchen Coordinator

The Kitchen Operations Associate is responsible for highly efficient kitchen operations, including meal preparation and clean up, through successful collaboration with teams of assigned volunteers. The Associate is also responsible for other duties as assigned and as necessary to continually improve the Community Kitchen experience for patrons and volunteers alike.  

The Primary Outcomes for this position are that 1) The Kitchen efficiently produces healthy, nutritious meals for all patrons, according to an agreed meal plan; 2) The Kitchen production and storage areas and systems are high performing, meeting or exceeding all food preparation, cleanliness, and related code requirements; and 3) All volunteers feel valued and well led in undertaking their assigned duties in the kitchen. The responsibilities and duties required to achieve these outcomes are not included in an exhaustive list below - rather, this position is primarily accountable to achieving these three objectives, and other duties as determined may need to be performed to achieve these.


  • Prepare food as called for by agreed meal plans five days a week

  • Meet or exceed the performance standards of commercial food service establishments

  • Ensure food is properly stored and marked for later use

  • Ensure that other kitchen supplies are appropriately stored and organized for efficient use

  • Identify opportunities to improve the patron experience as well as volunteer experience

Essential Duties

  • Clean and organize all kitchen supplies and appliances, complying with all Health Department sanitization guidelines

  • Prepare nutritionally balanced meals that meet the needs of a diverse patron population

  • Supervise, direct and work alongside volunteers as they carry out various tasks related to food distribution, dining room set up, and general clean-up duties

  • Assist the Kitchen Coordinator in the training and leadership of volunteers

  • Complete duties on behalf of the Community Kitchen Coordinator for paid time off coverage

  • Assist the Community Kitchen Coordinator with unscheduled and unanticipated tasks as they arise

  • Attend appropriate training seminars and conferences pertaining to the preparation and serving of food

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to think creatively and “outside the box” to solve problems

  • Manage and empower volunteers

  • Ability to balance assertiveness and kindness

  • Ability to cook for large groups of people (150-300 people/meal)

  • Experience in cooking for large groups of people is strongly preferred


  • Culinary Degree/Certification preferred

  • Knowledge of client systems and greater Holland community, particularly the culture of poverty and an understanding of addiction/substance abuse

  • Must pass a criminal background check

Physical Factors

  • This position requires the ability to bend, lift and twist on a regular basis

  • This position requires the ability to lift a minimum of 50-75 lbs. on a regular basis

  • This position requires the ability to drive between CAH buildings and to various community locations

Note: This Job Description is a description of the typical duties of this position, and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties. Job incumbents may be asked to perform other duties as required.

To Apply

Apply using the form found below, and be sure to submit both a resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages expressing your interest in the position and how your background qualifies you as a candidate.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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