Cafe Cook

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
This position can be Full-Time with Benefits or Part-Time depending on availability and coverage. 
The Cafe at Kirkwood (Iowa Hall, Main Campus at Kirkwood Community College) is a part of the same culinary team that operates The Class Act Restaurant and organizes banquets/catering for The Hotel at Kirkwood. The Café provides fresh, high quality ingredients, a tasty gourmet twist to recipes, and menus with variety and flavor, to the students, employees and guests on Kirkwood's main campus. Our cooks provide production support to various product lines including hot food, baked goods, cold good and various catering needs.

  • 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. 


  • Prepare food production items for consumption, either on demand or based on anticipated business needs.
  • Inspect food preparation and serving areas to ensure observance of safe, sanitary food-handling practices. 
  • Substitute for or assist other cooks and baker’s as business needs demand. 
  • Support other functions such as Barista, Cashier and Dish as business needs demand.
  • Prepare, package and serve food items for sale and consumption at satellite locations.
  • Provide direction to prep cooks as needed.
  • Wash, peel, cut, and seed fruits and vegetables to prepare them for consumption.
  • Positively engage with customers and coworkers.
  • Regular and consistent attendance at work.
  • Leave Café and work areas clean and set for the following shift, including dishwashing as needed.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Transport supplies, food and equipment between various Café locations on campus.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions (i.e. menus/recipes) as well as to cook and plan meals.
  • Must be able to stand 5-6 hours a day and to squat, reach & bend on a regular basis.
  • Must be knowledgeable of food storage/handling techniques.
  • Understand and demonstrate the proper and safe operation of all kitchen and dish equipment
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  


The physical activities required for this position involves: 

  • Constant (over 2/3 of the time): standing, walking, using hands, reaching with hands and arms, talking or hearing, and tasting or smelling. 
  •  Frequent (up to 2/3 of the time):  lifting up to 50 pounds.  
  • Occasional (under 1/3 of the time): climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, and sitting. 
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.


  • High school diploma or the equivalent required. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Commercial kitchen experience. 
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with a post high school degree.  
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with more than two years commercial kitchen experience. 
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 94043

Posted 26 days ago

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