Lead Cook, Residential Dining

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit


Serve Colorado State University Dining Services with loyalty, competence and professionalism and to expect the same from others; to maintain within our Institution the highest standards of service, quality products and food safety and to promote the same standards within the community by personal practice and example. Residential Dining Services sole purpose is to provide Colorado State University students, faculty/staff and the community with a quality food service program.


Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.

CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership Discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit www.facultyandstaff.colostate.edu to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

This Lead Cook (DS IV) position will act as a work leader over employees and a fully operational cook preparing/producing food from an established pre-printed menu and standardized recipes. Responsible for quality, quantity and appearance of foods prepared, as well as training, coaching and mentoring. This position will mainly work at the Durrell Dining Center with a work shift of Sunday through Thursday from 5:30am – 2:30pm.

Note: Work schedules and location are subject to change due to business operation needs throughout the year.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of food production experience in a commercial kitchen environment.



Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies (e.g. knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics) which have been outlined as essential to performing successfully in this position:

  • Complete coursework in Culinary Arts (i.e. Associates or Certification) Please be sure to provide your Culinary Arts coursework in the Education and/or License/Certification section of the application.
  • Work experience in a high-volume (500+ meals) food production operation and food safety certification such as ServSafe or HACCP.
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated through a positive attitude, pro-active approach to work, ability to mentor and train others, and delegate tasks by identifying others strengths.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple activities/tasks with competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and verbal communication skills necessary for building and maintaining successful work relationships.
  • Exemplary customer service skills and a desire to provide memorable customer service interactions with clients and customers.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Food Production Duty/Responsibility

  • Serve as the work leader over personnel.
  • Provide input on the operation and produces meals from preprinted menus using standardized recipes and methods to maintain high quality, nutritional standards, and safety & sanitation regulations.
  • Food items are produced by the ability to bake, roast, broil, steam, fry, grill, chop, measure, and mix ingredients, etc. by hand or using power operated equipment.
  • Monitor and restock service areas by assuring food product quality and availability.
  • Record/verify temperature control checks (HACCP).
  • Garnish foods in an attractive manner.
  • Pull/prepare and produce food items for further use.
  • Train hourly and other Classified employees to do the same.

Percentage Of Time 65% Job Duty Category Sanitation Duty/Responsibility

  • Determine if areas meet established level of cleanliness and when to do appropriate scheduled cleaning.
  • Also check quality of work of the hourly employees. Report safety hazards if seen.

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Food Handling Duty/Responsibility

  • Monitor, supervise and assist in handling food and supply items properly by storing, refrigerating, freezing or disposing following safety, sanitation, and operation guidelines.
  • Record and access customer counts, food preparation, production, inventory and all other information pertinent to Computrition Menu Management System.
  • Train hourly and other Classified employees to do the same.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Inventory Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Conduct inventory and orders by gathering data, past and present, to meet the need for future foods and supplies.
  • Using the Computrition Purchase Requirements Report determine items needed & quantities to be ordered.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Customer Service Duty/Responsibility

  • Assure established rules and regulations are enforced and followed by colleagues and customers.
  • Establish and nurture a positive relationship with customers.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Kitchen Operations Duty/Responsibility

  • Close kitchen and shut down equipment by exercising safety, sanitation, and security procedures.

Percentage Of Time 3% Job Duty Category Meeting Attendance and Other Duties Duty/Responsibility

  • Attend assigned meetings and training sessions passing appropriate assessments as applicable (ie: Dining, Departmental, Unit, ServSafe Manager Certification, Allergy Training, New Employee Training, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 2%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the “Work Experience” section on the application. We must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that we can calculate full-time experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening. **Please see the “Required Documents” section of the posting.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a complete application; however, resumes may still be required as a component of complete application materials.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which often requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from humanresources@colostate.edu. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check in your Junk and Deleted folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu


  • Please check the “Help” link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office at the main phone line: 970-491-MyHR (6947).

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.