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Catering Chef

Req ID: 4299
Location: Chicago - South Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule:
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Catering Chef

Summary:  The Specialized Care for Immigrant Youth (SCIY) program provides residential services for 16 boys ranging in age from 13-17 years old who have entered the country without documents and without their parents. These youth also have needs for more intensive mental health services as well as behavior stabilization. The SCIY program serves youth mainly from Central and South America, but also sees children from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Fostering an atmosphere of family and security, we attend to the emotional, legal, medical, educational, and recreational needs of the children until they can be reunited with their families either in the U.S. or in their home country.

This position provides catering, food planning and preparation services in accord with program guidelines, applicable sanitation standards and contractual obligations.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Supervises program participants while in dining or kitchen area.

  • Prepares meals in accord with program needs and applicable food service sanitation standards.

  • Plans menu options within program guidelines and provides documentation, as assigned.

  • Maintains inventory of supplies and food items and assists in ordering of goods.

  • Oversees the purchase and delivery of grocery and catering items, as assigned.

  • Receives and processes catering orders and ensures delivery of requested items.

  • Initiates food service preparation and catering for special events.

  • Leads kitchen staff in the absence of a supervisor.

  • Ensures that the kitchen conforms to local health department codes.

  • Assists in the development, planning, and implementation of kitchen / catering operations. 

  • Standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality.

  • Other duties may be assigned.


    Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Education and/or Experience:High school diploma or equivalent and three years of relevant experience required.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree. 

  • Language Skills:  Bilingual ability preferred. 
  • License or Certification:State and city food service sanitation certificate preferred, or must obtain within 3 months of employment. 

  • Preferred Qualifications:Food service experience in an institutional setting and catering experience preferred.

  • Other Qualifications:  A valid driver’s license required.  Must successfully pass a background check.

  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to stand 90% of time.

  • Required to regularly walk, stoop, kneel, and climb.

  • Required to regularly use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.

    • Ability to lift/move 40 lbs. and up to 50 lbs. with assistance.

    • Required to work regularly with sharp objects.


      Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.




    Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.I,A3303_837_








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