Kitchen Assistant

Location: The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, Red Shield Diner & Kitchen, 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73107

Employment Type: Part-Time

Job Summary

Assists Lead Cook in the preparation and serving of meals, snacks and coffee; prepares dining room for meals and assists in dining room and kitchen clean-up; cleans kitchen equipment and washes dishes; sweeps and mops floors.

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 incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

Preparation of Meals and Upkeep (95%)

Assists in preparing meals, beverages and snacks; washes and chops fruits and vegetables; mixes beverages and arranges snacks.

Assists in serving meals ensuring appropriate proportions are provided.

Washes, dries, and stores pots, pans, plates, glasses, cups, bowls, and utensils.

Cleans tables, chairs, floors, dishes, utensils, kitchen appliances and condiment holders

Sweeps and mops kitchen and dining room floors.

Cleans refrigerators, freezers, ice machines, coffee makers, stoves, and ovens.

Stocks foods, beverages, and supplies in an orderly and safe manner.

Empties trash cans.

Performs all kitchen work in accordance with health regulations as it relates to food preparation, food serving and storage.

Maintain orderly freezer and walk-in storage unit.  Clean and defrost as needed.

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.

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 and volunteers practice proper personal hygiene; ensures compliance with health regulations.                                                             

Other Responsibilities (5%)

Assists in monitoring work of volunteers working in the kitchen.

Performs other related work as required.

Materials and Equipment Used

Kitchen Dishes and Utensils


Education and Experience

High School Diploma or G.E.D. AND one year experience working in a kitchen preferred, OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Food Operators License

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of cleaning practices, methods, and techniques.

Ability to assist in the preparation and presentation of meals.

Ability to wash dishes and kitchen appliances.

Ability to clean kitchen and dining area.

Physical Requirements

Ability to meet attendance requirements.

Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language.

Duties are usually performed by frequent walking and/or standing, kneeling, or squatting relieved by lesser periods of sitting.

Working Conditions

Works is performed in a normal kitchen environment where there may be limited physical discomforts associated with working around hot stoves/ovens or cold freezers