Sous Chef

Kirkwood Community College

Job Reference #: 00977

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Manages the daily operations of the kitchen both restaurant and banquet in absence of, and in assistance with the Executive Chef. The Sous Chef will also serve as a Mentor.  The Mentor is responsible for supervising the learning experiences of students in all areas of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, The Kirkwood Center for Hospitality Arts and The Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education. 


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  • Open or close the kitchen.
  • Effectively communicate with staff and guests alike.
  • Maintain food quality standards, including consistency and presentation.
  • Interview, train, and develop kitchen staff.
  • Manage production in kitchens.
  • Maintain all menus and recipes used in hotel kitchens, as well new recipe development.
  • Ensure that sanitation and safety standards are observed and comply with local regulations.
  • Check the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met. 
  • Check the quantity and quality of received products. 
  • Order or requisition food and other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of cooks and workers engaged in food preparation while meeting designated payroll costs.
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure conformance to established standards. 
  • In conjunction with the Executive Chef determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays. 
  • Instruct cooks and other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food. 
  • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients while meeting food /labor cost goals. 
  • Regular and consistent attendance at work.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.


  • Serve as professional role model.
  • Assist students in achieving course objectives.
  • Coach and nurture student in performance of skills.
  • Document observations of performance & progress in timely fashion, utilizing forms provided.
  • Supervise students and provide feedback on performance, as required.
  • Complete evaluation tools in timely manner, and evaluate and report student performance to the Hospitality Program faculty. 
  • Serve as a resource for students:   answer questions and provide guidance during the practicum.
  • Calculate student hours to ensure that the required hours for the practicum have been met.
  • Meet with Hospitality Program faculty to submit student evaluations, hours, and other collaboration.
  • Ensure adherence to all regulatory requirements, including the health code. 
  • Serve as Adjunct Faculty within the Hospitality Program a minimum of once per year, no more than once per semester.


  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Exhibits and models professional conduct for students at all times and in all settings.
  • Promotes trust and respect between students, faculty, college and professional staff. 
  • Assists students in identifying strengths and areas for improvement. 
  • Acts as a facilitator of learning; discusses, questions, and oversees student learning. 
  • Expresses high expectations of student performance concurrent with course objectives.  
  • Maintains confidentiality. 
  • Expresses and demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service at all times.
  • Stays current with industry and educational trends.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Position involves sitting, standing, and/or walking constantly (67-100%).   Constant (67-100%) talking to or listening to persons over the phone or face to face.  Constant (67-100%) reaching with hands/arms, lifting, dexterity, grasping, repetitive motions, and use of hands.  Constant tasting or smelling (67-100%).  Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling occasionally (10-33%).  Exerting up to 50 pounds constantly (67-100%).

Working Conditions
The following physical conditions and hazards may be encountered while working in this position:

  • Indoor environment       
  • Noise
  • Odors    
  • Extreme temperatures                  
  • Moisture and/or humidity                            
  • Fumes  
  • Gases    
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Burn hazards
  • Moving mechanical parts


  • High school diploma or the equivalent required.   
  • Must have a minimum of three years full-time, leadership experience in a related hospitality setting or the equivalent education and related work experience.  
  • Must have valid driver’s license and own transportation.  


  • Preference will be given to those candidates with a post high school degree.   
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed the core assessments of the Skills Advantage WorkKeys Program.


Job Benefits:

Kirkwood Community College offers competitive benefits for its employees in an effort to maintain a competitive, talented workforce. 

Application Instructions:

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Job ID: 76720

Posted 15 days ago

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