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Company: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Job Summary
RISD Dining is actively seeking a skilled cook to join its in-house dining and catering program. Be a part of the team that delivers an exceptional dining experience by supporting local farms, preparing seasonally-inspired menus, and by utilizing the strengths of its staff.

We welcome qualified Cooks to join our diverse team, where RISD offers competitive wages and benefits, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Four (4) weeks of paid vacation
  • Personal and sick time
  • Robust medical, dental, and vision benefits, which begin the first day of the month following your date of hire
  • Fully vested 403(b) retirement contributions after meeting eligibility requirements
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Remission programs
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Free RIPTA Transportation to and from work
  • Available on campus parking
  • Meals at every shift

Cooks for RISD Dining serve in a hands-on position requiring the preparation of a wide variety of menu items utilizing a range of cooking methods including grilling, frying, sautéing, and baking and utilizing various kitchen equipment. They actively participate in a team setting, with keen attention to customer service, and to culinary and visual detail in support of dining’s mission.

Essential Functions:

  • Acknowledge customers in a professional and timely manner, preparing food items (to order) utilizing a range of cooking methods, including grilling, stir frying, sauté, and baking.
  • Consult with direct supervisor and other cooks as to seasoning, appearance and presentation of menu items on serving line. Maintain and adhere to recipe standards and portion controls to ensure consistent product and presentation. Work within a team setting to take constructive feedback, offer constructive feedback.
  • Perform pre-preparation work including gathering meats, frozen items and canned goods, cleaning raw produce, etc. Anticipate needs and maintain production schedules to assure timely preparation of items for meals.
  • Prepare foods for and set up a variety of served and self-service stations including but not limited to; deli station, salad bar, vegan bar and bakery displays for each meal.
  • Follow proper sanitation procedures and standards, maintaining high standards for safety and appearance of all dining and food preparation areas and equipment. Maintain cleanliness of cooking areas, equipment, freezers, and refrigerators.
  • Receive vendor deliveries. Date, rotate and properly store any incoming products. Assist in the ordering process, by informing the Supervisor or Manager of items that are required or out of stack and may be called upon to place some orders directly, and establishment and maintenance of par levels as well, assist and support inventory and inventory controls for all food and supplies.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience:

  • Strong oral communication skills required, including the ability to effectively communicate effectively with diverse and multilingual populations.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team setting.
  • Basic computer skills or willingness and ability to learn.
  • Rhode Island sanitation/ServSafe certification is required or must be attained within orientation and review period.
  • High school diploma required or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience as a cook or other related employment, with progressive responsibility, in a fast-paced, high volume restaurant or institutional foodservice setting with high quality standards.

Preference for any one of, or a combination of, the following:

  • Additional culinary education.
  • Prior experience working in a commissary production kitchen and/or catering environment.
  • Past experience mentoring and imparting job-related knowledge to others.
  • Executing upon seasonal menus.
  • Experience using Menu Management systems.
  • Recipe testing and updating and/or writing.
  • Experience with authentic cookery of international cuisines, especially Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino.
  • Prior cash handling experience.
  • A valid driver’s license and safe driving record.



Work Schedule

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Five days per week, hours vary. Coverage is seven days per week (two days off) while school is in session and can include daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

All dining and catering staff are considered essential personnel to the school and are therefore required to attend work even when the school is closed.

Employment Status (Temp, Term, On-call, etc)

Regular, Full-Time



Documents Needed to Apply

Resume (Required)

Cover Letter (Strongly Preferred)

Salary Grade Structure

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Dining – Culinary

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