Job Description

The San Diego Rescue Mission is built on beliefs that speak to the heart. We believe this is more than a job, that it’s a calling to love our neighbors and those in need the way that Jesus would. In our programs, we create a holistic approach to recovery and rehabilitation while ensuring that our building is a safe haven for men, women and children who have experienced homelessness.

The Food Service Specialist prepares and cooks large quantities for residents, guest and employees of the Mission.  Regularly assists Food Service Manager in cooking and dining areas.

To prepare and cook in large quantities for residents, guests and employees

To assist Food Service Manager with cooking, dining area and special events

To assist in the sorting of donations

To coordinate activities with Work Therapy Clients

To assist in providing a supportive work environment

To represent our Mission, Vision and Values

To continue to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ and Spiritual Leader

Cooks food in quantities according to menu and number of persons to be served.

Coordinates activities of one or more Work Therapy clients who assist in preparing, serving and distributing meals in-house or for delivery.

Prepares ingredients; performs basic cooking tasks such as cutting meats and vegetables, baking pastries, etc.

Sorts food donations and utilizes donated versus purchased items, taking advantage of foods in season and local availability.

Informs Food Service Manager of needed supplies and keeps records.

Preserves a supportive work environment by treating people with dignity, respect, compassion and integrity at all times, and works to resolve grievances; maintains professionalism and promotes a positive Mission image.

Supports and participates in the Work Therapy program; assists Program staff in creating a productive, therapeutic, educational and professional environment that enables clients to learn and/or develop job skills and appropriate workplace behaviors.

Contributes to team effort by reading, understanding and supporting the Strategic Plan.

Creates and attains individual impact goals (and departmental goals) in support of the Strategic Plan.

Performs job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others; respects and conforms to Mission’s Anti-Fraternization and Anti-Harassment policies as well as all other guidelines regarding behavior and conduct.

Follows both standard operational and program procedures and reports needed changes.

Attends all mandatory meetings and trainings (unless previously excused by manager).

Maintains confidentiality of sensitive mission information such as student, employee and donor data.

Skills / Requirements

To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Mission assumes that the incumbent will serve as an advocate for the Mission, will support and defend our Mission Statement, Statement of Faith and Mission Values, and has a genuine desire to serve the Lord in the ministry of “rescue.”

Education:  Minimum high school diploma.

Experience: Minimum three years work experience in quantity-style cooking with supervisory duties.  Previous experience with the homeless, substance abusers, mentally ill and/or dually diagnosed preferred.  Nonprofit experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of sanitary procedures and health codes; coordinate and/or direct a variety of complex tasks and assignments simultaneously and successfully; exercise good judgment and make sensible decisions; attentive to detail; prioritize effectively; effective oral and written communication skills; eagerness to learn and be trained; work both independently and as part of a team; provide information to public by answering questions and requests; regular, timely attendance.

Special License/Certification: Current Food Handler’s card, C.A. Driver’s license

Travel/Transportation: The incumbent must travel on a regular (or periodic) basis, as the job requires.  The incumbent must have reliable transportation (public transportation may be acceptable depending on the purpose of travel).  If the incumbent receives authorization to use a Mission vehicle to perform duties, he or she must present a current California driver’s license and good driving record in order to be placed on the Mission’s insurance policy.


The incumbent is in a non-confined cooking and dining area in which he or she is free to move about at will. However, the incumbent is expected to stay on-site for most of the scheduled work hours. The incumbent works in a department that is regularly assigned Work Therapy clients who may have a mental or physical disability or illness. The incumbent works in a residential setting, which consists of individuals who may have a mental or physical disability or illness. Physical resources may be limited and, in some cases, are donated. 

  • Must work evenings, overnights, weekends, and/or holidays as needed
  • Must be on-call or participate in an on-call rotation (if available)


The incumbent may spend a majority of time standing, speaking, listening and/or writing.  He or she is expected to travel on a regular (or periodic) basis, as the job requires (see Qualifications above).  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Please see below for further physical requirements.

  • Bending
  • Pushing
  • Squatting
  • Carrying
  • Kneeling
  • Reaching
  • Twisting
  • Lifting
  • Walking
  • Picking
  • Standing
  • Grasping
  • Pulling
  • Sitting
  • Lift 20-30 pounds
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Operates office equipment such as, computer, printer, telephone, and fax
  • Driving cars, trucks, and other equipment (current licenses required)
  • Working around equipment and other equipment
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Exposure to extremes in temperature, humidity, or wetness
  • Exposure to dust, gas, fumes, or chemicals

Important Notes

Benefits to working for us

  • Competitive health Insurance packet: employer pays 85% of medical benefit premium (employee only)
  • Competitive PTO policy; 11 paid holidays
  • Employer paid Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Employee paid Dental and Vision insurance  
  • Employee paid Supplemental Insurances; Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness and Accident
  • 401K - 4% match, vested after 1 year
  • Family culture; servant leadership
  • Flexible work hours, (position dependent)
  • Promotion opportunities

No phone calls please.  

All openings are subject to change without notice, due to the volume of applications/resumes received, we are unable to respond to status inquiries. Please be assured that your information is being properly handled and forwarded to the appropriate hiring staff. If your skills and qualifications meet the needs of the job, you will be contacted. If attaching a cover letter please combine resume and letter in same pdf before uploading.