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Production Cook - Men's Shelter 

EOE StatementIt is the policy of Union Gospel Mission to grant equal opportunities for employment to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, biblical marital status, ancestry, age, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably discharged military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or any legally protected status.
Category Program  

Job Title: Production Cook                                  Department: Culinary                                                       Location: As Assigned          

Reports To: Production Chef                             FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                                             Date Revised: May 2022

Range 3

UGM considers every position one of ministry and a vital and valued part of our team.  Therefore, it is essential that all employees of UGM have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and subscribe to our Statement of Faith and Core Values. Additionally, employees must be willing to lead and/or participate in Bible study, prayer, devotions and sharing the Gospel.


The Production Cook is responsible for the day-to-day prep/production needs and meal service along with client supervision. Their objective is to ensure consistency in culinary services, sustainable use of donated food products and support for clients in a safe and healing environment.


Key Result Area #1: Leadership

  • Supervise volunteers, community service workers and clients on UGM’s culture and core values; adhere to all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Inform the Production Chef of all critical culinary operations.
  • Maintain health department, 2nd Harvest, OSHA standards.
  • Communicate weekly with volunteers, community service workers and clients regarding scheduling and unplanned changes.
  • Participate in the UGM Outcome Based Management Process, i.e., SWOTS, SMART goals and one-on-ones.
  • Carry out relevant training for handling food, non-food products, and donations.
  • Wear protective equipment, follow safety protocol throughout each workspace; secure kitchens, storage areas and coolers to prevent theft and follow protocol.
  • Attend culinary operations and required site specific and UGM meetings.
  • Actively seek to uphold UGM Genesis Process and Grace Process principles.
  • Demonstrate a teachable spirit and willingness to learn.

Key Result Area #2: Essential Duties

  • Oversee preparation, production, quantity, inventory, and portion control; exhibit strong culinary skills by tasting and reviewing produced food at each meal period and during preparation and production stages.
  • Perform shift roll calls and follow procedures for missed, excused, changed or augmented shifts.
  • Supervise weekly menus, recipes, pull, prep and production sheets; ensure required dietary/ allergy needs are met as needed.
  • Execute on Banquet Event Orders (BEOs), production needs and special meals as needed.
  • Count all meals served on the Monthly Meal Report daily.
  • Keep storage areas, freezers and coolers cleaned and sanitized to maintain safe working and cleanliness standards.
  • Submit comprehensive Requests for Maintenance when needed.
  • Collaborate with the Production Chef while executing the prep/production needs of associated facilities and ministries, when requested.
  • Maintain dining rooms during service and non-service periods.
  • Collaborate with Trent Warehouse Manager and Report on inventory needs.
  • Maintain exterior work environments, including: sweeping, pressure washing, trash and snow removal, etc.
  • Complete any other duties as assigned by the Production Chef.
  • Document all client related concerns by end of shift.

Key Result Area #3: Volunteers

  • Assist with training volunteers on how to effectively communicate concerns or issues with clients.
  • Assist with tracking and maintaining volunteer logs.
  • Ensure volunteers are wearing appropriate clothing and nametags.

Key Result Area #4: Clients

  • Assist with ensuring Work Therapy expectations are being fulfilled.
  • Collaborate with Rescue, Recovery and Site teams to ensure clients are adhering to UGM program requirements.


  • Grounded and committed Christian: able and willing to model servant-leadership and interested in being part of a ministry to the poor, homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill.
  • Active member of the body of Christ, in accordance with the Union Gospel Mission Statement of Purpose, Statement of Vision and Statement of Faith.
  • Strong sense of calling to minister while utilizing culinary skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – written, verbal and instructional. 
  • Intermediate computer skills using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience at effectively building, developing and leading culinary teams.
  • Available to work weekends, special events, holidays and at various UGM locations as needed.
  • Must possess trustworthy, teachable and reliable traits.
  • Model appropriate boundaries and strong work ethic.
  • Valid Driver’s License and insurable by UGM’s insurance company.
  • The ability to pass ServSafe Certification, Food Handlers Card, Second Harvest and Forklift Certification.
  • Criminal background check is required.


Occasionally = 1%-33%; Frequently = 34%-66%; Continuously = 67%-100%

  • Work is primarily indoors with exposure to variable conditions and need to be able to withstand changes in temperature, occasional smoke, steam, heat and exposure to chemicals – continuously.
  • Requires finger/hand dexterity to operate kitchen machinery, equipment, knives, etc. - continuously
  • Ability to hear, see, taste, smell and speak clearly – continuously.
  • Working with a diverse population, many of whom struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness – continuously.
  • Occasional exposure to seasonal weather conditions, and may require sitting, standing, bending, reaching, and going from building to building -frequently.
  • Requires a sustained level of high energy, stamina and the ability to move about multiple facilities – frequently.
  • Able to work ten hour-plus shifts with the ability to stand, climb stairs, ladders, carry objects, sit or walk for extended periods of time – occasionally.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry 25 lbs – continuously.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry 50 lbs – frequently.


  • Computer (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Google Chrome)
  • Copier, printers, phone, fax, PCs, tablets
  • Refrigerated Trucks, Pick Up/Delivery Vans
  • Meat slicers, mixers, fryers, ovens, stoves, combi-ovens, dish machines, steamers, knives, tilt skillets, pots/pans, beverage equipment, catering equipment
  • Forklifts, pallet jackets, hand trucks, roller racks, hand tools, power washers, trash compactors, hand tools


  • Previous cooking experience
  • Experience working with people who are homeless or in recovery – preferred


Union Gospel Mission is a privately funded 501 (c)3 non-profit, evangelical Christian ministry.  Our designated purpose is religious and we are a Christ-centered ministry which is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and helping the homeless and impoverished.  We consider every position to be essential in the fulfillment of our ministry and Statement of Purpose.  As such, each employee must have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.  All employees must:

  • Be able and willing to share the Gospel and participate in all of the ministry activities of Union Gospel Mission;
  • Subscribe to Union Gospel Mission Statement of Faith and Qualifications for Employment upon hire and continuously while employed;
  • Adhere to Union Gospel Mission Employee Handbook. 

Wage $18.33 - $20.29  40 hours/week, 8 hours a day various days and shifts.  

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Rotating Days and Evenings  
Position Production Cook  
About the Organization Welcome to Union Gospel Mission Online Application. Union Gospel Mission is a 501 (c)(3) and is charitable, non-profit, Christian organization and a Christian Community. As such we require all people joining our Community to share our beliefs (Traditional Non-Denominational Christianity) and Code of Conduct. The details of this will be included in the application process. These distinctives are allowed as an organizational religous exemptions contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, concerning religious discrimination in employment.

It is the policy of Union Gospel Mission to grant equal opportunities for employment to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, biblical marital status, ancestry, age, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably discharged military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or any legally protected status.

You are invited to begin the questionnaire for this position. This process should take about 15-20 minutes. In order to be considered you will need to complete all of the sections of the online application, and provide your work history, educational background, and references. If you are not prepared with the information, please return at a more convenient time for you. If you have a Resume you will be able to upload it and it will work to autofill much of the application.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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