Assistant Chef
Job Type

Position Title: Assistant Chef

Program: Neighborhood Enterprise Center (NEC)

Classification: Non-exempt,  Full-Time

Salary:  $18-$22 per hour; Commensurate with Experience 

Summary and Range of Authority: Under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager, the Assistant Kitchen Manager will provide: 1) Assistant management of the Neighborhood Café kitchen and catering operations, 2) Assist cafe and cultural menu development, 3) Prepare and execute café and catering orders and 4) Assist with culinary instruction and training for NEC kitchen staff and youth program participants.

The Neighborhood Café is a unique social enterprise modeled cafe and catering operation that comprises one function of the overall Neighborhood Enterprise Center (NEC). The Neighborhood Enterprise Center is an innovative center that was created to provide youth training and employment while also serving as a community hub of resources and offer walk-in support for the local neighborhoods including CalFresh enrollment, food distribution, COVID resources, and others. The Neighborhood Café is a multi-cultural and vibrant high-quality café that provides quick and affordable coffee drinks, teas, sandwiches, soups, and salads; however, its main focus is on its unique cultural menu that highlights diverse dishes from the local neighborhood.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Kitchen Manager with day-to-day kitchen operations
  • Prepare and have knowledge of a wide variety of high-quality café typical foods such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and side dishes
  • Prepare and have knowledge of a wide variety of high-quality baked goods and pastry typical foods such as cookies, breads, muffins, and scones
  • Prepare and have knowledge of a wide variety of authentic ethnic-based food items and dishes using traditional ingredients and techniques
  • Assist with food quality standards, portioning, and menu compliance
  • Assist with development of new menu items
  • Assist with training for staff and trainees in preparation of cultural, café, and pastry dishes
  • Assist with the highest cleanliness and hygiene standards in the kitchen
  • Assist with monitoring of appropriate food inventory levels
  • Assist with purchasing/ordering food and non-consumable products needed for day-to-day operations 
  • Assist with purchasing and transportation of food for café and catering needs
  • May work outside of the kitchen to provide support to social enterprise business events
  • Conduct outreach to businesses as needed
  • Attend required staff meetings and/or trainings within UPAC
  • Attend meetings or trainings on behalf of Program Kitchen Manager as requested
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Director and Kitchen Manager

Required Education, Certifications/Licenses and Language/Cultural Skills:

  • Valid San Diego County Food Handlers Card or attainment of one by start date

Minimum Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • Must have 1-2 years of experience in restaurant/catering setting of active food      prep and cooking of various cuisines and dishes 
  • Knowledge of bakery, cultural food, and/or high-volume food preparation 
  • Have a positive attitude, ability to work well with others and good communication skills
  • Familiarity with industry's best practices
  • Demonstrate leadership skills; responsible, mature, self- motivated and able to lead and inspire others
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals living with mental illness and/or high-risk youth
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, including cultural competency in working with people of various cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Must demonstrate basic level of computer literacy and experience using office productivity software i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet browsers, and Outlook. 
  • Must go through a background check (Live Scan Fingerprint)
  • Must have TB clearance
  • Must be able to drive for business purposes to other program locations in San Diego County
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license and comprehensive automobile insurance coverage, as required by law 
  • Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services of the Inspector General

Additional Preferred Education or Qualifications:

  • Culinary School Experience
  • Experience working in a mental health setting and/or working with youth
  • Experience cooking diverse cultural dishes
  • Experience with advanced baking and bakery items
  • Bilingual in any language
  • Experience teaching others in culinary arts

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Spends approximately 10% of work time sitting and meeting with others or working at a desk and/or computer. Spends approximately 90% of work time standing or walking within the work area or outside the kitchen at meetings and events, also bends, twists, stoops and reaches. Ability to communicate in writing and verbally. Regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Frequently is required to use hands to touch, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Frequently lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds, and occasionally 50 lifts to 50 pounds. Working conditions are normal for a commercial kitchen. The noise level is usually moderate.  

Salary Description
$18-$22 per hour