Cook (Part-Time) - Salinas AB109 Housing First


Cook - Positions #1397


Salinas AB109 Housing First


116 E. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901


Deborah Carrillo, Deputy Regional / Program Director


(831) 422-9171


Class 83 ($12.98-$17.79/hour)


Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt


Until Filled



We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Cook reports to the Program Director and is responsible for cooking quality food in sufficient quantity, in compliance with contract requirements for the facility.


1.  Assist with the general operation and duties of the kitchen.

2.  Prepare and serve food for the offender population.

3.  Serve meals on time and ensure the service window remains open per facility schedule.

4.  Conduct a taste test of all food prior to serving for quality control.

5.  Reserve a sampling of each meal for food contamination determination.

6.  Ensure proper storage and dating of all food - refrigerated, frozen, dry, leftovers, late plates, etc. Document leftovers by name, date, time and initials. Reheat properly (165 degrees internal temperature).

7.  Make certain that each meal is cooked and served as described per the approved menu.

8.  Follow menu change procedures.

9.  Responsible for kitchen sanitation in accordance with State and local health department requirements.

10.  Provide alert supervision of residents working in the kitchen.

11.  Dress appropriately in clean clothes.  Wear a hairnet and disposable gloves while in the food preparation and serving area.  Exercise good personal hygiene.

12.  Work in partnership with Monitor staff for meal counts, kitchen clean-up, safety and security. 

13.  Ensure all residents sign for their meals.

14.  Conduct meal close-out procedures ensuring all residents had their meal or have a late plate. 

15.  Make sure all special diets meals are prepared per approved directive 

16.  Ensure cooking temperatures and maintenance of equipment are up to standards.  Keep refrigerators, freezers and food storage shelves clean and orderly.

17.  Follow key and knife control procedures at all times.

18.  Complete all kitchen safety, hygiene, and supply logs.

19.  Attend meetings and trainings as deemed necessary by the Residential Supervising Cook.

20.  Will drive on Agency business.

21.  Thinks and acts quickly and efficiently in emergencies.

22.  Comply with all Turning Point Safety policies and procedures, including but not limited to: workplace safety, reporting work related injuries, Infection Control and preventing potential safety risks for staff, clients and others.

23.  Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.  Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


1.  Possess a high school diploma or GED.

2.  Food Handlers certification.

3.  Six (6) months experience in preparing quality and quantity food and/or culinary education.

4.  Ability to follow the menu in preparing the daily food listed.

5.  Ability to plan and prepare well-balanced meals.

6.  Ability to read and understand recipes, labels, and instructions for food preparation.

7.  Ability to work in a residential kitchen environment with elevated temperatures.

8.  Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Word.

9.  Possess a valid driver's license and have access to a dependable means of transportation that is properly insured and operated in accordance with all laws.  Agency insurer authorization is required. 

10.  Ability to pass a criminal background check.

11.  Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, general physical, and TB test.

12.  Must maintain good relationships with consumers, co-workers, government and civic representatives, as well as community members within whom the Agency is transacting business, and relate to them in a professional manner.