Kitchen · Santa Cruz, California
Department Kitchen
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $19.57 - $20.55 hourly

Housing Matters



Housing Matters partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing.  Housing Matters is a leader in working to end homelessness. Housing Matters is looking for individuals eager to make a difference and willing to enthusiastically commit to joining in our vision that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief and non-recurring.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Reporting to the Kitchen Manager, cooks are responsible for maintaining a clean kitchen while prepping, cooking and providing meals for Housing Matters residential participants. The ideal candidate will be able to work alongside volunteers and be immersed in the day-to-day operations involved with running an institutional kitchen while practicing safe food handling standards and procedures.

Typical Job Duties:

  • Preparing, cooking and serving meals. Food prepared must meet quality and Serve-safe standards for taste, temperature (doneness) and visual appeal.
  • Use all equipment in a safe manner according to proper procedures – stove, title skillet, kettle, convection ovens, can openers, knives, steam tables, ice wands, trash compactor, carts).
  • Wash dishes and kitchen equipment. 
  • Taking inventory and checking orders that arrive from the warehouse; organizing storage.
  • Following opening and closing procedures.
  • Maintaining and following cleaning and sanitizing protocols to ensure a safe environment. 

Employment Standards:

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • Properly operating kitchen equipment
  • Kitchen cleaning and safety procedures 
  • Kitchen organizational skills
  • Food handling 
  • Customer service skills

Some Knowledge of:

  • Homelessness in Santa Cruz County
  • Housing Matters policies and procedures
  • De-escalation communication techniques

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively in written and verbal formats.
  • Utilize basic computer skills.
    • Keep organized and multitask.
    • Lift 50 lbs.
  • Operate kitchen equipment properly.
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment. 

Special Requirements:

In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow differently-abled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Requires regular standing, walking, sitting, crouching, stooping, and communicating
  • Requires manual dexterity for regular repetitive finger motion and frequently reaching, pulling, pushing and lifting of objects and operating equipment
  • Minimum of 1 year of prior institutional cooking experience (school cafeteria, prison, shelter) preparing food for large volumes of people preferred.
  • Must be Serve-safe certified.


$19.57 - $20.55 hourly

Payment placement is determined by documented training, education, and experience relevant to the position. 5 days a week, 11am-7pm. May require evenings and weekends. Health Insurance and PTO benefits begin after a 30 day introductory period.  

Housing Matters is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  • Location
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $19.57 - $20.55 hourly