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Montana State University Cook III in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21040

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Search Support at or 406-994-6468.

Classification Title Culinary Professional III/Cook III - BZ

Working Title Cook III

Brief Position Overview

Culinary Services is looking for motivated team members who are excited to actively participate in the ever changing world of the high-paced food industry.

Position Number Multiple

Department Culinary Services Administration

Division Auxiliary Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Teamsters

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $16.00 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Hourly

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Culinary Services (CS), a division of Auxiliary Services, provides meals for over 12,000 customers a day becoming an integral part of campus life and the overall college experience. CS proudly provides Montana State University students with not only a repertoire of various cuisines, cooking styles, and flavors, but a comfortable atmosphere to meet friends, study, and simply relax. The division is comprised of 2 residential dining halls, 9 retail operations, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and Bobcat Stadium Concessions, Fork in the Road food truck, MSU Catering, Indulge In-House Bakery & Salads, and the Farm to Campus Program.

The dining halls serve over 10,000 meals per day and are open 7 days a week from 7am – Midnight providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Late Night Bites. Specialty dinners are served multiple times a month highlighting Montana Made, holidays and other special events, and student/parent recipes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direction from the production management staff, the Cook III will be assigned to manage production and service for one concept within a large volume/high activity dining hall.

  • Skillfully prepares a wide variety of recipes while positively and professionally interacting with customers

  • Ensures quality product is being served

  • As directed by the management team will train and direct staff

  • Monitors inventory, keeps records, and orders accordingly

  • Directs the cleaning, disposition and storage of foods, supplies, and equipment

  • Properly handles food in accordance with FDA food codes

  • Directs staff in the cleaning of areas and equipment in accordance with the sanitarians recommendations

  • Performs other general kitchen duties

  • And actively contributes to the team by performing other duties as needed in support of the department’s mission.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Progressively responsible high volume cooking experience and/or cooking multiple cuisines or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Experience leading, directing, and/or training staff.

  • Experience providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Advanced degree or certificate in the hospitality, culinary arts, or related field(s).

  • Experience organizing and timing kitchen production.

  • Experience with inventory control.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Work effectively and efficiently in close cooperation with CS staff in a team-oriented environment

  • Exhibit creativity in the culinary arts and exercise critically good judgment concerning taste, palatability and aesthetics of food quality

  • Strong commitment to customer service

  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate employees to perform at and sustain a high level of quality

  • Highly motivated and work with minimal supervision

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment

  • Maintain compliance of policy and procedure

  • Prioritize and organize workload in order to complete tasks in a timely manner

  • Quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Be knowledgeable about State and Federal health and food safety guidelines

  • Represent the department and the University to others in a professional and courteous manner

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Shifts vary across departments.

Will work evenings, weekends, long hours, consecutive days during busy periods, and occasional holidays as the school and event schedule demands.

May occasionally work outside and in inclement weather assisting with special events.

Serve Safe certified or have the ability to become certified.

Physical Demands

  • Normal kitchen, cooler, freezer, dock environments.

  • Stationary and/or moving about for long periods of time.

  • Moving product up and down stairs.

  • Frequently moving and transporting containers/product weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Bending and/or position self while stocking product.

  • Operate handles on small kitchen utensils and other equipment.

  • Performing repetitive motions such as, but not limited to, chopping, stirring and serving.

  • Regular exposure to cleaning chemicals.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions Please either attach a resume/cover letter or fill in the work history on the applicant profile when applying.

Questions? Contact – Search Support at or 994-6468.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .