Food Production and Safety Coordinator
Employment Class: Full-time Regular
Pay Status: Nonexempt, $15 per hour
Expected Hours: 35-40 hours per week
Start Date: May 2020
Reports To: Chef
Housing Available: Yes (housing on campus is available but not required)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, through the lens of science, changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.
Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School’s historic campus serves as base camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We’re proud to be Summit County’s #1 Best Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!
Program Overview and Job Summary
The Food Safety and Production Coordinator is a full-time position that will work closely with the Chef, and occasionally with the Operations Manager, to ensure that all clients are fed healthy and nutritious meals, while maintaining the highest level of safety and sanitation. Creativity, ability to follow standard operating procedures, and the capability of asking questions and seeking solutions is a must.
Types of programming and meal service:
- Education Programs: From mid-August through Memorial Day, Education Programs are our most regular type of programming. Clients include visiting schools, generally aged 3rd grade through high school with accompanying parents and teachers, staying for 3 days and two nights while studying various curriculums. Meal service includes two hot breakfasts and dinners, bag lunches, various snacks, and a dessert in conjunction with evening programming. Spring and fall programs accommodate a higher volume of programs than the winter season, and additional part time staff are brought in to assist during these periods. Occasionally groups will follow the same meal plan but stay for a shorter or longer session and programs may be here during the school week or over the weekend.
- Summer Camp: From Memorial Day through mid-August, Summer Camp is our most varied and highest volume program. Clients consist of day and overnight campers aged 5 to 17 and meal service is provided for all residential staff members. Meal sizes can vary from 60 (staff only) to 150 (overnight camp + staff) and topping out at 200 (Thursday BBQ lunch with 2 separate day camps + staff + administrators.) While a basic meal plan is outlined, each individual week session during the 12-week duration of camp has its own programming format (Adventure Camp, Space Camp, Deluxe Camp, etc.) which brings subtle variations in meal service execution. Most shifts will be worked by a team of kitchen staff members.
- Adult Retreats: The least regular type of programming is catering for Adult Retreats. Ranging from coffee & tea service for meetings held in the KSS administrative building to large scale overnight programs, clients choose a meal service from a multi-tiered menu with various pricing options which can be customized to the clients’ preferences.
- Day Retreats: KSS averages 1 Saturday a month during the school year hosting a group on campus for the day and provide one or two meals, often in the form of a hot lunch. These groups are often 30-60 people. (Program examples are Girls in STEM, Girl Scouts, a school from Denver up for a ski day at a local resort, or community volunteers);
- Staff Meals: Once a month during the school year kitchen staff provides a hot meal for our administrative team and instructors to eat as a community in the dining hall. These meals, much like Staff Meals during Summer Camp are the best places for kitchen members to flex creativity and experiment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepare, serve, and clean up meal service for groups of 20-200; clients may include: students, campers, chaperones, adult group retreats, as well as donors, board members, and staff; depending on size or type of programming, the position may work independently or as a team;
- Ensure a high level of health and safety, cleanliness, and food hygiene and ensure that safe working practices are followed; hold other staff members accountable for these practices;
- Learn and execute established work practices, methods, and procedures; work with Chef to train seasonal staff;
- Work with Chef on ordering, organization, scheduling, invoice coding, hiring of seasonal staff, semi-annual review and revision of menu, recipes, daily & periodic task checklists; stand in for Chef in the event of illness, vacation, or other absence;
- Ensure food storage areas accessible to staff are maintained with adequate and quality inventory;
- Possess an attention to detail and an ability to be flexible and adaptable in terms of a regularly evolving program schedule;
- During high volume On The Road or Adventure Programs, the position may be required to assist in off-site facility or camping-based food packing and preparation roles;
- To adhere to existing working practices, methods, procedures, undertake relevant training and development activities and to respond positively to new and alternative systems;
- Carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements
- Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
- Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
- Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form;
- Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;
- Superior customer service skills with the ability to be creative and think ‘outside the box’;
- Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
- Effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience;
- Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions.
Required Education, Experience, and Certifications
- Five or more years of relevant food service experience;
- Current State Food Safety Manager certification or willingness to obtain through KSS upon hiring;
- Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
- Excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license;
- Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
There may be some infrequent travel in Colorado required.
Physical Demands of this Position
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; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or hold objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit for extended periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. This position requires the employee to work in close contact with his/her teammates. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but varies seasonally due to programs and staffing on campus.
Starting at $15/hour, plus generous compensation and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability & life insurance, employee assistance program, 401K with 3% employer match, vacation, sick, holiday time, and powder days!
1 position available
Please submit the Employment Application found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. Applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. The Application Deadline is 4/15/20, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. For more information, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].
Equal Employment Opportunity
Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.