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Food Prep Specialist

Food Prep Specialist

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Job Location

500 30th Ave S.

Seattle, WA 98144

Type of Job

Part Time



Open Date: 


Interviews expected to begin: 

March 21st

Closing Date: 

Until filled

Hours Per Week





Provides assistant to CDM or Chef in a variety of support functions within the performance of assigned kitchen duties. He/She washes dishes, run the dishwasher, cleans-up kitchen, takes out the trash, sweeps/mop kitchen and dining room floor, assist chef with plating of food, making coffee, serving food to diners and the setup of the dining hall for meals.  They help to maintain an environment that is clean, safe, comfortable, and organized in a manner that will assure efficient meal service and encourage older persons to participate at the meal site.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with prep work for meals, helps with plating of food, serves diners, washes dishes, clean up meal area and kitchen, and takes out trash.

  2. Ensure adherence to all applicable health codes and proper food handling techniques.

  3. Work with center staff, volunteers, and site supervisor to address special needs/concerns of the site.

  4. Attend meetings as able to facilitate information sharing between administration, line staff, participants, and volunteers.

  5. Demonstrate an eagerness to learn and enhance skills that promote cultural competence.

  6. Participates in events related to understanding institutional racism and building cultural competence.

  7. This position may supervise student volunteers.

  8. Other duties as assigned.

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Strong communication skills, customer service or people-oriented

  2. Dependable in work attendance, reliable.

  3. Some locations may require a valid Washington State Driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle to do weekly shopping and any necessary subsequent errands.

Education & Experience

  1. Minimum 11th Grade Education.  GED or HS diploma desired.

  2. Valid Food Handler’s permit or ability to obtain one.

  3. 1 – 2 years prior institutional food prep and/or cooking experience desired.

Skills & Abilities

  1. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member. 

  2. Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, and other culturally diverse populations.

  3. Computer experience required.  Basic Computer skills, i.e. familiar with checking emails, data entry, MS Word, and MS Excel literate.

  4. Maintain good relationships with persons using the facility, social and governmental agencies serving the elderly.

  5. Demonstrate friendly, courteous, and effective communication skills with staff, participants, volunteers and visitors.

Note: LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff and participants read and interpret documents such as menus, food labels, food preparation instructions, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. 


MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, interpret data.


REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form, problem solve with kitchen staff.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The employee must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for many hours.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to sort, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment is a food production facility.  The employee works in a sometimes hot, humid and cold kitchen area.  The area may become congested and noisy during busy times.  The employee also may work with any of the following:  stoves, griddle, steam cookers, refrigerators, freezers, food mixers, food processors, meat slicers, dishwashing equipment, sinks, knives and various utensils, pots and pans.  Work hazards include hot surfaces, steam, wet floors, hot oil, heavy lifting, knives and other sharp objects, mechanical equipment and cleaning chemicals.

At Central Area Senior Center, we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, we are building an equitable and inclusive organization and providing our team of staff, volunteers and board members with the tools to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression. All members of our team are responsible for providing and supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment that will enrich our interactions with each other and our products and services. This responsibility provides the foundation for empowering our customers (primarily those who are aging and giving care to others) so their needs are justly represented and their desires amply fulfilled.

Selection Process:

This is a competitive selection process. All fully completed application packages that show the minimum qualifications and have followed the How to Apply instructions will be reviewed. Interviews will be scheduled for those applicants whose qualifications in the areas listed above most closely correspond to the position’s requirements. In order to preserve our resources toward furthering our mission, only candidates with whom we wish to arrange an interview will be contacted. All others will be maintained in our files for a minimum of six months.

Criminal History Background Checks and must complete a Criminal History Self-Disclosure Form.



AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, other national service alumni, people of color, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:  Complete application, send resume and three references to: 

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