Job Information

University of Utah Cook in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 08/31/2021

Requisition Number PRN27513B

Job Title Cook

Working Title Cook

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00291 - Child Care & Family Resources

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $14.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

  • Prepares a variety of food service items by following established hospital recipes and procedures.


Essential Functions

Depending on the area of assignment, incumbents may be required to perform and/or supervise some or all of the following duties.

1. Prepare healthy food/snacks for children in our child care centers by following instructions/recipes.

2. Utilizes knowledge of cooking methods and preparation time requirements to ensure that adequate amounts of properly prepared foods are provided in a timely fashion.

3. Adheres to manufacturer instructions and standard kitchen procedures when operating machinery and equipment used in cooking including slicers, choppers, steamers, broilers, griddles, fryers, braziers, blenders, microwaves, etc.

4. Weighs cooking products as required to ensure proper portion delivery.

5. Cleans the work area, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, storeroom, and utensils in order to comply with county, and state sanitation requirements.

6. Performs quality checks for taste and appearance of finished food products.

7. May uses department-specific computer software to complete purchase and issue requisitions, forecasts cooking production for the child care program based on daily menus.

8. Sets up and stocks area for food service delivery; and assists in serving cooked items.

9. Orders, rotates, and maintains adequate stock levels required for cooking production by estimating needs according to the production schedule.

10. Assists in completing all aspects of cooking production to ensure that ordered items are delivered on time.

11. May develop, modify, or experiment with recipes and/or cooking procedures to improve kitchen output or services.

12. Uses cooking knowledge and experience to adjust recipes for factors such as altitude, special diet orders, etc.

13. Other duties as assigned

Problem Solving

Some incumbents may be authorized to assists the department manager in making decisions regarding hiring, appropriate disciplinary actions, training, and other actions.

Major challenges encountered by incumbents might include organizing and facilitating functions with minimal notice; limiting departmental waste by proper utilization of time and resources; implementing cost-control measures whenever possible; and prioritizing duties to ensure timely preparation, cooking, and delivery of ordered items.


Incumbents face exposure to potentially dangerous cleaning chemicals utilized in sanitation procedures as well as equipment and supply hazards such as wet or hot work surfaces and sharp edges on food containers, meat slicers, and food processors. This position involves lifting and/or pushing heavy supply containers, equipment, and food carts. Incumbents must operate heavy or mechanized equipment including slicers, mixers, blenders, steam kettles, fryers, and choppers.

Incumbents must comply with departmental policies regarding attendance and periodic evaluations in order to perform the job duties acceptably.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of institutional cooking experience, or equivalency, is required. Demonstrated human relations, computer literacy, and effective communication skills required. A current food service worker’s permit is also required.

Previous food production experience in a health care setting is preferred. Depending on the area of assignment, up to four additional years of institutional cooking experience and previous supervisory experience may be preferred.

Department Specific Qualifications

  • Speak and write in fluent English, as outlined in the CCL rule
  • Sufficient vision to read small printed material as well as long distances across playgrounds and classrooms to supervise staff and children.
  • Sufficient hearing to hear normal and telephone conversation.
  • Ability to speak in an understandable tone with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation.
  • Must meet physical characteristics (with or without the use of aids):

  • Lift small children (up to 50 lbs.)

  • Must pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation ( BCI ) background check


At least one year previous experience in a child care setting is preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.