Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.42 - $24.12 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Variable

#120675 Cook

Extended Deadline: Wed 6/7/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/20/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/5/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Under the supervision of the Chef de Cuisine, responsible for performing journeyman-level food preparation techniques in a campus kitchen. Provide training to staff and student employees in entry-level cooking duties. Performs simple culinary duties, such as preparing food at a short grill, grab-and-go items, made-to-order stations, making salad dressings/sauces, and cleaning and preparing produce, serving up to 1,500 meals per shift. Ensures that high standards of food quality, service, sanitation, and safety are maintained at all times. Follow recipes and adhere to strict food safety and allergen procedures.


Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) is a self-funded, large and complex campus department consisting of 7 divisions, with over 700 career employees, 1000 to 1200 student employees, and an annual operating budget greater than $256 million. HDH provides housing for approximately 18,000 undergraduates, grad students, faculty, staff, and their families in over 400 buildings covering over 8 million sq. ft. HDH is implementing an aggressive building plan which added 10,000 new beds in the next ten years and will almost double our square footage by 2032.

HDH houses 38% of UCSD’s enrolled students with a goal of housing 65% by 2032. HDH provides maintenance and repair, contract meals/meal plan management, retail food service, conference services, and catering services to residents, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

Housing/Dining/Hospitality commits to facilitating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment, fostering a sense of belonging for our students and staff. As HDH we understand, each unique individual with varied thoughts and experiences makes our department strong. Aligning with UC San Diego’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategic goals, Housing/Dining/Hospitality is proud to promote and create opportunities for greater equity, diversity and inclusiveness within our division.


Employee will be scheduled to work an average 70% annually. This position is subject to furlough (June-September and could be scheduled up to 90 days) and curtailment periods (spring and winter holiday breaks where operations are suspended up to 21 days due to the academic calendar).


  • Three (3) years of experience in food preparation and general maintenance in a kitchen or dining area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Problem solving skills to handle situations such as staff shortages, product failures or utility equipment failures.

  • Ability to conduct training programs for staff and student employees.

  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions with little supervision.

  • Ability to safely operate and maintain food service equipment. Skill in operating equipment such as mixers, food processors, slicers, blenders, impingers, gas range, flat top grill, char broilers, hot wells, deep fat fryers, rotisseries, Rheon machines, woks, sauté pans, steamers, and kettles.

  • Ability to measure dry and liquid food Items in units of measurement such as cup, pint, quart, pound, and oz to adhere to recipe and production requirements properly.

  • Experience working with standardized recipes and production sheets.

  • Ability to read, write, perform basic arithmetic calculations, and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Previous training or experience in food preparation techniques.

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with customers, students, staff, faculty and guests.

  • Skills in and knowledge of related food service functions such as safety and sanitation, production methods, and equipment maintenance.

  • Ability to accurately complete and maintain paperwork, including temperature logs and production records.

  • Must comply with all food handler procedures required by federal and state laws and department requirements.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background check and DMV check.
  • Ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's license to drive a University vehicle and be able to participate in the DMV Pull program.
  • Operating needs of the department require varied work schedules, (i.e., a.m., p.m., and/or weekend shifts and/or 10-hour workday).
  • Employees may be required to take off (vacation or temporary layoff) during scheduled operational shutdown periods, such as Christmas, Spring & Summer breaks. Health codes require prescribed uniform, hair covering, and good personal hygiene.
  • Meal schedules require extreme attention to promptness and excellent attendance. Meal perquisite is required for all Dining Services employees.
  • Employees may be required to change work location on a daily basis as needed or for an indefinite time period. Must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate Catering schedule.
  • CANRA Mandated Reporter: This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and requires immediate reporting of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of anyone under the age of 18.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $40,528 - $50,363 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $19.41 - $24.12

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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