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 Job training students

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

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

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.