Division Mel Trotter Ministries
Location Mel Trotter Ministries
Employment Type Full Time Employee
Date Posted 2/1/2021
Job Code Cook
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Job Details

About our Culture

Who is Mel Trotter Ministries?

We are innovative, empathetic and compassionate difference-makers. We dream and dare more for MTM because all of God’s people deserve more. We walk alongside people as they transform their lives. Do you share our innovative and driven love of people, and do you want to make a difference? Join our team! Together and through the power of Christ, we can do immeasurably more to solve homelessness in our community.

You belong here if:

You are called to make an impact in greater Grand Rapids.
You are called to help men, women and children overcome homelessness.
You see value and potential in every human being no matter how broken they are.
You rejoice in seeing lives transformed forever.
You are called to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus to everyone.

Staff Attributes

Our staff exemplify passion to a faith-based approach to advocacy for the guests. They are humble, supportive team players, who acknowledge their own gifts and those of others, are truthfully transparent, seek input from others, admit and learn from mistakes, are highly coachable and approachable. Our staff are hungry, innovative, goal-oriented, eager contributors, who show a dedicated work ethic. They exhibit empathy, compassion, active listening, and self- awareness. They are sensitive across racial, class and cultural lines, ethical, and approachable. They exhibit work habits of punctuality, dependability, accountability, responsibility, cooperation, team participation, integrity, problem solving, and overall positivity.


About the Position

Cook - Full Time

This position provides cold and hot food preparation. This role is responsible to work positively with staff and volunteers from the guest and community groups, offering kind direction and servant leadership in the work of serving our guests. This role is responsible to ensure that meal services are completed to Mel Trotter standards and that all spaces are restored to cleanliness, organization, and security. This position is required to work various shifts including some weekends.

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

We will trust you with: (Job Responsibilities)

* Prepare cold and hot food according to recipe and quality standards

* Maintain cleanliness and comply with food sanitation standards at all times

* Serve all meals in accordance with established portions and presentation standards

* Maintain consistent communication with your team, Kitchen Supervisors, and Director of Culinary Service to ensure consistency and efficiency in preparation of food

* Exhibits and encourages positive team behaviors and work ethic

* Work with staff and guests to maintain a safe, sanitary and secure kitchen

* Set up, maintain, and break down prep area and service areas each shift

* Ensure knowledge of menu and food products

* Stock and maintain designated food stations(s)

* Visually inspect all food before it is presented

* Practice correct food handling and food storage procedures according to federal, state, local and company regulations


 Bring your strengths: (Job Requirements)

* Excellent hospitality and customer service, excellent communicator

* Catering or banquet experience preferred, not required

* Excellent knife and culinary skills, able to use of all kitchen equipment

* Experience cooking from scratch

* Excellent working knowledge of Michigan Food Code

* ServSafe certified or willing to be certified

* Works well in a fast-paced environment 

* Exercises positive change management


 Working Conditions:

* Regular standing, walking, climbing, crouching, bending, pushing, or pulling

* Understand, speak, read, and write fluent English

* Required to talk and hear

* Able to lift 50 pounds regularly

* Able to use fine motor hand functions

* Frequently exposed to varying temperatures

* Able to work actively and on one’s feet for up to eight hours