The Catering Lead Cook is a 24 hours/week, hourly position WITH BENEFITS reporting to the Manger of Catering Operations. The regular work schedule Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm This position has the probability of additional hours depending on schedule flexibility and increased business. This position is responsible for oversight and performing necessary cooking functions for designated catering events. This position is represented by the AFT-Classified Employees of Renton Technical College. The continuation of this position is contingent on catering sales.  Applications received by Friday, February 3rd will receive priority consideration. This position will remain open until it is filled.


Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions Include

Supervise, coordinate, cook and/or perform all tasks to ensure that all catering functions are performed as the customer expects according to the catering contract and department standards.
Meet timing standards for all food items on the designated menu.
Provide leadership for the assigned events and report any discrepancies to the supervisor.
Ensure high productivity in all assigned staff members.
Adhere to food costing and pricing procedures.
Monitor all assigned catering contract(s).
Set up designated dining rooms and/or buffet lines.
Perform all closing duties, ensuring security measures are followed.
Serve beer and wine during on-campus events and completes proper forms.
Properly complete or ensure the accuracy of food requisition forms.
Maintain the operations flow of patrons during the meal.
Complete or ensure that other staff has completed cleaning tasks to appropriate standards in assigned areas.
Complete the designated monthly inventories.
Monitor, stock, and reports any discrepancies in the delivery of food orders.
Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times, providing friendly customer service to patrons.
Monitor compliance with the health department rules and regulations at all times.
May perform the duties of the busser, dishwasher, and/or cook helper on occasion.
Communicate professionally and effectively, both orally and in writing, with college employees, departments and outside agencies.
Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

One year of experience as a caterer.
One year of supervision in the food service field is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English.
Minimum twenty-years of age.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, think critically and exercise independent judgment required.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010, specifically experience creating & editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Previous success learning new computer software programs/platforms required.
Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Successful experience using tact, discretion and courtesy while interacting with all persons.
Demonstrated attention to detail required as well as previous experience maintaining accurate records, managing multiple tasks, and planning and organizing work in order to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
Successful experience with diverse populations of varied ethnicity, ages, backgrounds and abilities, and a commitment to a culturally diverse environment.
Hold a food handler’s permit and a Washington State Liquor Control Board class 12 mixologist permit or be able to obtain them.
Ability to drive motor vehicles as demonstrated by holding a valid Washington State driver’s license is preferred.
Duties primarily involve active movement, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, lifting (up to 50 pounds), bending and kneeling for prolonged periods of time. The normal work hours for this position will be a minimum of 24 hours per week, and hours will vary to meet the needs of the culinary arts catering schedule.
Terms of Employment

The person hired is required to provide authorization for employment in the United States.  All offers of employment are contingent to background checks, including employment and required degree/credential verification. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform successfully in the position. Finalists are required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure form as required under RCW 288.112.080. Post offer, pre-employment criminal background checks are also required.

For questions regarding this position contact

Alex Vinson avinson@rtc.edu  425-235-2475

Chelsea Dillon  cdillon@rtc.edu  425-235-6579


EEO STATEMENT: Renton Technical College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veterans or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act and Washington State Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW and their implementing regulations. The following college official has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Vice President of Human Resources 3000 NE 4th Street Renton, WA 98056 (425)235-7873, titleix@rtc.edu.

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We acknowledge that RTC sits uninvited on the ancestral land of the Puget Salish people, including the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot Nations.  We are grateful to the original inhabitants of this land, upon which we gather and dialogue. We also acknowledge our increasingly virtual world, in which RTC’s work is done across multiple indigenous lands, in some cases, away from Puget Salish territories. We thank the original caretakers of our local lands and waters, who are still here.

Beyond acknowledgment, we each have an obligation to learn about and support our local tribes. Find out how on our resources page, which includes scholarships for Indigenous students.

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About Renton Technical College

Renton Technical College, located southeast of Seattle, has provided quality education in a variety of occupations for over 75 years. Our apprenticeship, professional-technical certificate, and degree programs offer entry and mid-level training in the areas of allied health, trades and industry, culinary, business, technology, automotive, and general education. Our outstanding basic studies program, with classes in adult basic education, English as a second language, and GED preparation, is available to those who need additional preparation prior to entering a training program and for those who simply wish to improve their math and English skills.  As an Achieving the Dream Leader College and an Aspen Institute top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, RTC is also proud to be a Military Friendly School, serving those who chose to serve.

Renton Technical College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff.  The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and are almost 60% of color.  We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.