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Cook - Armidale


Employer: St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
Work Type/s: Casual
Classification/s: Retail & Hospitality
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NSW

Job posted on: 14 August, 2019.
Applications close: 27 August, 2019.

  • Casual, work as needed
  • Based at Freeman House in Armidale NSW
  • Care Service Collective Agreement, SWSE Level 3, $ 26.51 per hour plus casual loading where applicable

What we do

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society's mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a 'hands up' approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

About the Service

Freeman House provides a range of services to men and women over the age of 18 and children under the age of 12. The 40 bed facility provides a longer term residential rehabilitation service with an adjoin withdrawal management unit to people with alcohol and drug dependencies, including single parents with dependent children. Freeman House also offers supported accommodation for men and men with families experiencing homelessness and community support that includes counselling, case management and group work for people living in Armidale and surrounding communities.

The Role

The Cook is responsible for preparing healthy and nutritious meals for large groups in a residential setting and will ensure high quality service delivery at all times. The role will undertake these key responsibilities:

  • supervise and participate in day to day preparation, cooking, service and delivery of meals; as well as provide catering for meetings and special events
  • ensure the purchase, delivery, storage, preparation, cooking, service and presentation of food and drink to residents are completed within the required timeframes and standards
  • ensure relevant food handling and food safety standards are followed
  • maintain good housekeeping at all times
  • report faulty kitchen equipment to the service administrator
  • ensure competent administration of kitchen documentation in accordance with relevant legislation and Freeman House policy and procedure
  • implement WHS procedures and comply with infection control guidelines
  • prepare for external food safety audits and accreditation and undertake necessary training and upgrades to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • be available to occasionally undertake other duties appropriate and relevant to this position

This role will report to the Service Administrator - Freeman House. Please click here for a copy of the Position Description.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Hold current Food Handlers Certificate
  • Minimum Certificate II in Commercial Cookery
  • Demonstrated ability to cook for large groups of people and to cater for dietary and nutritional needs of a diverse client group.
  • Ability to understand and implement WH&S and Food Handling related safety requirements.
  • Willingness to work with and empathise with people experiencing drug and alcohol issues.
  • An ability and commitment to maintaining an ethical, yet non-judgmental, attitude towards clients and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • An ability to work unsupervised
  • Commitment to the ethos and Code of Practice of St Vincent de Paul Society

Come and join our team!

We believe our employees are key to our success and in return we offer:

  • Job satisfaction working as part of a team making a difference to people's lives in an organisation that cares about people.
  • In addition to excellent learning and development programs, as a large purpose driven organisation we provide opportunities to grow your career across a range of teams and services.
  • Supportive, friendly and values driven team environment and culture.

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including reference checks, a Police check, Working with Children check, Health Declaration and/or a medical check, Right to work in Australia check. The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation, further information can be found in the Society's commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People.

If you have questions about this role, please email to Elodie Druitt (Acting Regional Clinical Director) Elodie.druitt@vinnies.org.au, quoting Casual Cook - Freeman House / VIN1561 enquiry via EthicalJobs.

St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. The Society strongly encourages applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature aged applicants.

How to apply for this job

To apply for this position please click here.

Please click here for Information on how to apply.

Applications close at 11:00 pm on 27 August 2019

Please submit your application with your Resume attached and answer the screening questions below.