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Cook - Dishwasher -Cafeteria Specialist

Hiring Deadline: Open until filled
Position updated on:
Zip Code: 78724
Industry: All
Employer: KIPP
Job Tracking ID: 1378387319
Job Description:
We currently have different kitchen positions available at each campus location (noted below with position descriptions).

East Campus:
8509 FM 969
Austin, TX 78724

South Campus:
5107 I-35 South, Suite A
Austin, TX 78744

Full-Time, East Campus
The Cafeteria Specialist works as a part of the KIPP Austin Public Schools Cafeteria Team. The Cafeteria Specialist would help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere to enhance the student's meal time experience. This position would efficiently handle the sale of food, and to prepare an accurate, balanced tabulation sheet for Food Service accounting purposes. The Cafeteria Specialist would work effectively in the cafeteria/kitchen or where designated by the Front of House Supervisor. This position will include server, cashier, prep-cook, and dishwashing duties. This position will abide by the strictest standards of physical and food safety, freshness and sanitation. This is a full-time position.

Part-Time, South Campus
The Cook works as part of the KIPP Austin Public School Kitchen Team to prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and a snack for up to 2500 students and teachers. This position has a firm understanding of nutrition, of nutritious ways to prepare food to maximize its capabilities, and to support the districts Wellness Program. This position will abide by the strictest standards of physical and food safety, freshness and sanitation. This is a full-time position.

Full-time, East Campus
The Dishwasher works as a part of the KIPP Austin Public Schools Kitchen Team to maintain kitchen work areas, equipment, plates, trays, and utensils in a clean sanitary and orderly condition. The dishwasher may sometimes assist in food preparation or service as necessary. This position will abide by the strictest standards of physical and food safety, freshness and sanitation.

Qualifications vary between roles. Visit www.kippaustin.org and click CAREERS to view a full list of current opportunities and their descriptions.

All KIPP Austin staff members will demonstrate the following:
• Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the KIPP Austin mission and KIPP Austin community
• A clear, authentic and transparent sense of your strengths and areas of growth as a professional; an ability to easily adjust tone
• Demonstrate a commitment to continue professional development individually
• Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
• Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Austin students

• Exposure to temperature variations and wet conditions.
• May walk and work on uneven and slick surfaces.
• Requires reaching above and below shoulder height.
• Some exposure to dust, gas, fumes and chemicals
• Exposure to blood borne pathogens: Level III
• May need to use a ladder or stool to reach product or supplies.
• Frequent repetitive hand motion.
• Frequent excessive standing during assigned work day.
• Frequent requirement to lift, carry, push, pull, sit, stand, walk, reach, crouch, climb, balance, kneel and stoop.

TO APPLY: Please visit our website at www.kippaustin.org click on the "CAREERS" tab to complete an online application OR please bring your resume to the KIPP Austin Central Kitchen (8509 FM 969 Austin, Texas 78724).

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Employee Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Compensation: TBD

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