Position Details

Position Title

Culinary Worker I

Position Number

Working Position Title


Posting Type

Civil Service





Human Resource Services

Primary Function

Employees in these positions perform general tasks related to preparing food and sanitation of kitchen/dining facilities. Specific tasks include, cooking/service, set up lines by arranging food and/or dessert; wash and stack dishes; clean and scrub pots and pans; clean conveyers, rack and set up trays and may serve customers in a cafeteria or restaurant setting. At higher levels, employees may serve as work leaders for groups in the performance of food preparation, serving and/or general maintenance functions.

Employees plan menus; supervise the ordering, receiving, storing and issuing of food items; coordinate the preparation and serving of food; maintain quantity and quality control; supervise the maintenance of sanitary and safety standards for food preparation. All employees are responsible to assist in assuring that work areas conform to federal, state, and regulatory agencies’ food safety standards.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

Employees in positions allocated to this level perform a variety of repetitive tasks in a food service unit. They work under direct supervision from a designated supervisor.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position


Food Handlers Certificate or Food Service Manager Certification required within 30 days of hire.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

Working Hours

Hiring rate/range

$12.00 per hour (rate will increase according to the collective bargaining agreement)

Posting Date


Closing Date


Priority Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

This job posting is to create a pool of qualified candidates for future openings. There may not be an actual vacancy at the time you apply.

• For information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package, please visit:

• Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine length of experience.

• Once your complete application is submitted and the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification and any special requirements associated with this particular position.

• Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application.

• ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE SCHEDULED TO COME TO THE NIU DEKALB CAMPUS TO TAKE A STATE UNIVERSITIES CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION . At the time of testing, you will be required to present a photo ID. NOTE : If you have previously tested for this classification and you wish to rewrite the exam to improve your score, please contact the Civil Service Testing Office at 815-753-6033 or 815-753-6034 by the posting deadline.

• Required documentation noted in the posting such as driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be presented at the time of the examination.

• If eligible for veteran’s preference points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this posting in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.

• Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

For more information regarding the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement, visit:

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Physical Demands

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Is Background Check Required

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ( ADEI ) at 815-753-8399.

Clery Act Information

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veteran's Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
Applicant Documents
Required DocumentsOptional Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Certifications/Licensure #1

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