9-month position (Aug 16-May 15); actual start and end dates may
vary based on academic calendar
This position is responsible for assisting with the assignment of
work activities of kitchen helpers and student employees working in
the food production area and is responsible for daily preparation
of food items for Dining Services. Individual in this position
works under the supervision Food Service Manager and Assistant Food
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
Detailed instructional recipes for all food items to be prepared
and procedures on all preparation and food handling are provided.
Food Service Managers are present in-house to serve as resource
personnel and to monitor the quantity and quality of items being
prepared for service and to insure sanitation standards are being
met. This position has no supervisory responsibilities. To perform
this job successfully, and 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 essential functions.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short
correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.
Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small
group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the
Ability to add and subtract, multiply and divide in all units of
measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed
but uninvolved written or oral
instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few
concrete variables in standardized situations.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
One (1) year (12 months) of experience in food service cooking in a
commercial setting that is comparable to that described in the
lower level of this series.
Food Handlers Certificate or Food Service Manager Certification
required within 30 days of hire
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
One (1) year (12 months) of experience in food service cooking in a
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the
performance of this position.
1. Knowledge of materials and methods used to prepare food on a
large scale, use and care of relevant utensils and equipment and
food values and nutrition.
2. Ability – Plan meals on a large scale.
3. Service Orientation – A strong service orientation, actively
looking for ways to help people.
4. Supervision – Ability to work with and supervise other kitchen
5. Cleanliness — Knowledge of sanitary procedures and directives;
how to use simple cleaning solutions and equipment.
6. Standard mathematics such as addition, subtraction, calculation
of fractions, percentages.
7. Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people
are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking
questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate
8. Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and
paragraphs in work related documents.
9. Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of
products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or
10. Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards —
Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine
whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or
11. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing
specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish
12. Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail
and thorough in completing work tasks.
Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30pm-8:30 pm; Off Monday and Tuesday
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$14.26 per hour (per Collective Bargaining Agreement)
Hiring Rate Information
Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and
internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to
Priority Review Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Link to Department Homepage
- 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 combined length of
- If you have education and/or training in excess of what is
required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial
- After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed
to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the
classification, including any specialty factors associated with
this particular position.
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sensitive and important information in a way that protects your
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- 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 wish to rewrite the
exam to improve your score and register position, please contact
CivilServiceTesting@niu.edu with the subject line
Culinary Worker III -Cook 1452 by the posting
- Required documentation noted in the posting such as driver’s
license, licensures, or certifications MUST be presented at
the time of examination.
- If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points,
DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable
Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order
to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service
- After testing of all qualified applicants has been completed
for this position, the names with the top three scores will be
referred to the hiring department for interview.
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Culinary Worker III for more information including typical
duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing
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- Please click Human Resource
Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern
Illinois University’s benefits package.
- 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
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. While performing the duties of this job, the
employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to
finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear.
The employee frequently is required to taste or smell. The employee
is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop,
kneel, and crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up
to I0 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, color vision, and depth perception. 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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While
performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly
exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently
exposed to wet/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work
environment is usually moderate.
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
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Is Background Check Required
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.
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
. For further assistance,
please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
and Education ( AAEOE ) at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 www.safety.niu.edu/clery 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 www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf or
by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at
815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- 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
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
- Certifications/Licensure #1
- Certifications/Licensure #2
- Military Discharge Documents ONLY