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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: U4002 / Sr Cook
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Prepares, seasons, and cooks a wide variety of meats, vegetables, soups, breakfast dishes, and other food items in large quantities. Provides training and guidance to other employees performing the same or related work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receives food ingredients and supplies from main kitchen and pantry as required for daily operations.
  2. Reviews production schedule to determine food requirements including variety and quantity of food for preparation and to assemble supplies and equipment needed for daily cooking activities.
  3. Seasons and prepares a wide variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats, soups, salads, and cereals in accordance with prescribed recipes.
  4. Slices, grinds, and cooks meats and vegetables using a full range of cooking methods; Tests foods being cooked for quality.
  5. Carves and displays meats, vegetables, fruits, and salads; replenishes service lines as necessary.
  6. Prepares and bakes simple pastries and rolls.
  7. Records inventory of supplies and orders stock from main storeroom; estimates daily and weekly requirements and replenishes items as appropriate.
  8. Caters special events as required.
  9. Maintains clean work areas, utensils, and equipment.
  10. Instructs and functionally supervises the activities of other employees performing the same or related duties.
  11. Attends to day-to-day problems and needs concerning equipment and food supplies; detects and ensures disposition of spoiled or unattractive food, defective supplies/equipment, and/or other unusual conditions.
  12. May be required to prepare special diets according to prescribed standards.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to read and write.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Ability to prepare and bake a variety of pastries, rolls and/or other baked goods.
  • Ability to prepare routine administrative paperwork.
  • Skill in cooking and preparing a variety of foods.
  • Knowledge of food preparation and presentation methods, techniques, and quality standards.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to accept receipt of goods and supplies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Recording inventory of supplies and ordering stock from main storeroom; b) estimating daily and weekly requirements and replenishing items as appropriate; c) instructing, training, and functionally supervising the activities of Cooks and/or other employees performing the same or related duties; and d) ability to obtain State of New Mexico Food Handler's Certificate.

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017