Senior Program Cook

Location: Warr Acres Senior Center

Employee Type: Part Time

Education and Experience: High School diploma or G.E.D AND one year experience planning, preparing, cooking and serving food for large groups OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities

Certifications/Licenses: Food Handlers License; Safeserve Training and License

Job Summary: Plans, prepares, cooks and serves nutritional meals and snacks in accordance with established guidelines and schedules; ensures all meals are prepared and served in a safe and presentable manner; cleans kitchen facilities, equipment and appliances; maintains inventory of kitchen supplies and food in a neat and orderly manner.

To apply: Applications will be accepted Monday – Friday between 10 a.m.  and 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 1001 N. Pensylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107 or by email to


Essential Functions
This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position. The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

Meal Preparation and Planning

  • Plans, cooks and prepares a variety of foods and beverages utilizing kitchen equipment, utensils and supplies in accordance with acceptable and economical cooking methods.
  • Plans monthly menus in coordination with the Senior Center Coordinator and RSK staff
  • Ensures that enough food is prepared based on the number of people to be served and that food is prepared in a timely manner as scheduled
  • Serves food and beverages in a presentable manner; prepares plates for infants or persons requiring additional assistance
  • Sets tables with plates, napkins and utensils or sets up buffet line for self-service
  • Cleans tables, chairs, floors, dishes, utensils and kitchen appliances
  • Stores, refrigerates and freezes foods in a safe and economical manner; monitors expiration dates on all foods ensuring proper disposal of food with expired dates
  • Prepares snacks and prepares plates of food for people earing after normal serving hours
  • Maintains a high degree of cleanliness in the kitchen and dining room; ensures that all meals are prepared in a safe manner; ensures all kitchen personnel practice proper personal hygiene; ensures compliance with health regulations
  • Maintains proper supply and orderliness of kitchen stock inventory in order to meet the needs of the kitchen; orders, receives and processes food purchases; verifies that invoices are accurate and submits for further processing
  • Coordinates with the Senior Center Coordinator for needed supplies
  • Oversees and directs work of kitchen assistants and kitchen volunteers

Other Responsibilities (5%)

  • Assists in coordinating and carrying-out arrangements for programs and special events
  • Conducts weekly kitchen staff meeting covering the menu for the following week and assigns duties for meal preparation
  • Coordinates with the Senior Center Coordinator when ordering additional food for events
  • Supervises volunteers assisting in preparing and serving meals and in the cleaning of kitchen equipment
  • Performs other related work as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of proper cooking methods and procedures
  • Knowledge of meal planning techniques
  • Knowledge of acceptable food storage and cleaning techniques
  • Knowledge of cleaning practices, methods and techniques
  • Ability to prepare nutritional, tasteful and safe food for large groups in a timely manner
  • Ability to wash dishes, kitchen appliances and equipment
  • Ability to properly clean kitchen and dining area
  • Ability to order food and kitchen supplies in an economical manner to maintain an adequate level of inventory
  • Ability to read, write and communicate the English language
  • Ability to cook, taste and smell food
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
  • Ability to respond to emergencies in a calm and effective manner
  • Ability to visually inspect food for proper doneness and inspect kitchen and equipment for proper cleanliness
  • Ability to display eye-hand coordination

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to meet attendance requirements
  • Ability to operate equipment necessary to complete the essential functions of the position
  • Ability to move hands in repetitive motions including grasping, holding and finger dexterity
  • Ability to climb stairs, step stools and ladders
  • Ability to carry equipment necessary to complete the essential functions of the position
  • Ability to perform strenuous, heavy work involving the lifting and carrying of objects possibly greater than 25lbs
  • Ability to perform continuous walking, standing, bending and stooping
  • Ability to push/pull and reach

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors in a kitchen environment where there may be physical discomforts associated with extreme temperatures working around hot stoves/ovens or cold freezers, noise, chemicals, fumes, and the like.