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Assistant Cook

Reports to: Program Director

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 30 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower the individuals we serve through comprehensive, quality services that strengthen families and meet the current needs of the community.

University Settlement Neighborhood Center, serving Manhattan's Lower East Side offers a robust menu of services to a diverse population of older adults aged 60 and older. The multi-service program provides case assistance, lunch, health and wellness activities, recreational and educational activities.


  •  Responsible for ordering, receiving, inspecting, and safe storage of dry, perishable, and frozen food, including daily check of refrigerator and freezer temperatures
  •  Prepare, cook, and serve meals with the chef in accordance with the New York City Department of Health and the New York City Department for the Aging for at least 50 congregate breakfasts and 170 congregate lunches daily
  •  Oversee work of volunteers and individuals assigned to meal service
  •  Prepare work schedule with Director and Chef
  •  Prepare daily food cost records
  •  Make local food purchases if needed
  •  Attend training sessions
  •  Collaborate with Director and Chef on Menus
  •  Ensure that all kitchen equipment is cleaned and sanitized weekly
  •  Clean all pots, pans, utensils, and kitchen equipment on a daily basis
  •  Clean stoves and ovens once a week, clean refrigerators weekly
  •  Other duties as assigned by Director


  •  Must have New York City Department of Health Food Handler's Certificate
  •  High School Diploma preferred
  •  At least two years of experience in the food service industry
  •  Must work well with others in a fast paced environment
  •  Ability to follow menus, large quantity recipes, and schedules
  •  Good physical health, ability to stand for long hours and lift heavy objects
  •  Basic computer skills required, including Microsoft Office
  •  Must speak and understand basic English

Hours: 35 hours, Monday through Friday

Salary: $40,000


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