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Temp. Chef and Volunteer Ambassador Open Arms of Minnesota +1 more

  • Date Posted July 30, 2021
  • Location Minneapolis, MN
  • Category Culinary / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM) is a nonprofit that prepares and delivers healthy, nutritious food to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Our mission is to nourish mind, body and soul. In our state-of-the-art kitchen, OAM staff members and more than 7,600 volunteers create meals specifically designed for our clients’ nutritional needs. We use fresh and, whenever possible, organic ingredients, including produce from our own Open Farms gardens. Volunteers deliver the meals throughout the Twin Cities metro area to approximately 2,400 clients, caregivers and dependents annually, providing nourishment and hope for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. There are no fees for any of Open Arms’ services. Open Arms is a volunteer-driven organization and is culturally unique in our high commitment to an excellent volunteer experience. Job description

Position Overview: 

This is a temporary full-time and benefits-eligible position in a high-volume production kitchen preparing and packaging ready-to-eat meals. Working as part of a team, the Chef is responsible for food preparation, kitchen safety and sanitization, overall kitchen cleanliness and organization This position will also support the Bakery operations as needed, as well as the operations for the Kitchen of Opportunities.  As with all OAM staff positions, this position is responsible for helping ensure volunteers and interns have an exemplary experience during all interactions with Open Arms, and is expected to consistently maintain a high level of customer service to all guests, clients and fellow team members. 


Primary Job Responsibilities: 

  • Provides an outstanding environment and experience for all volunteers by  
  • Regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with volunteers 
  • Ensuring volunteers have access to tasks and projects 
  • Maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times  
  • Setting an example to other staff by consistently providing high quality customer service, and modeling positive conflict resolution 
  • Help ensure Open Arms provides an outstanding experience for all volunteers by regularly seeking out meaningful and positive interactions with them and maintaining a positive, friendly and helpful attitude at all times.  
  • Direct upbeat and positive organized interactions with volunteers in the kitchen, including large groups.   
  • Maintains a safe work environment and ensures food safety by training and actively managing staff and volunteers to the regulations and standards in food handling, food storage, equipment operation, kitchen cleanliness and personal hygiene.  
  • Responsible for all aspects of daily food preparation and packaging in a large production kitchen. 
  • Follow safe food handling guidelines and all applicable state and local food safety regulations. 
  • Work on your feet, assisting in preparing the correct amount and type of ordered meals, ready for pick-up by customers.  
  • Ensures all menu items are produced using approved recipes and are created with high-quality ingredients.  
  • Ensure accurate labeling of all items produced in the kitchen, including sub-ingredients, allergens, product dating, etc., seeking guidance or clarification as needed from the Head Chef of Client Services.  
  • ​​Identify and resolve ongoing food production issues. 
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of new menus and recipes. 
  • Create written documentation for new recipe development and current recipe changes for product packaging labels. 
  • Control food waste. 
  • Demonstrate high level of customer service and professional behavior within the kitchen.  
  • Maintains food quality, safety and presentation standards through the use of portion control and appropriate cooking, cooling and storage and packing procedures. 
  • Ensures that high standards of sanitation, cleanliness and safety are maintained throughout kitchen. 
  • Assists in preparing for and catering in-house special events.  
  • Assist with daily production when needed.  
  • Assist the Kitchen of Opportunities operations when needed.   
  • Periodically measures food quality by tasting recipe components. 
  • Use computer as needed. 
  • Work as a team player and step in when needed. 
  • Be a Champion of our mission, purpose and values. 
  • Other related assignments as necessary.


  • At least two years of culinary experience, including professional baking experience. 
  • Experience in high-volume, commercial or production kitchens. 
  • ServSafe certified. 
  • Great organizational skills and ability to adapt quickly to the changing needs of the business. 
  • The drive and ability to learn new techniques and skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • A demonstrated commitment and understanding of high customer service 
  • Ability to be energizing and contribute to a positive team environment.  
  • The ability to maintain a positive attitude and cheerful demeanor in stressful situations. 
  • Ability to multi-task and keep composure while working under pressure during busy periods. 
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English. 
  • Ability to work in two different sites as needed.  
  • High work ethic and demonstrated reliability.  
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work occasional weeknights or weekends. 
  • Ability to adhere to attendance and punctuality requirements, to meet time-sensitive client and business needs. 
  • Sensitivity and commitment to diversity and ability to work respectfully with wide array of co-workers and members of the community. 
  • A passion for the mission and values of Open Arms.  

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to frequently lift and carry food, beverage and other items greater than 35 pounds, stand for long periods of time, and able to transport up to 70 pounds 
  • Able to stand, sit, walk, bend, stoop and twist.  Requires full range of motion, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision, full color vision, sense of smell and taste, and hearing to normal range 
  • Able to operate a variety of kitchen appliances, tools and utensils, and to operate office equipment and software programs 

Reports To:  Managing Chef  

Pay Rate: $19.00 per hour  

Location: Minneapolis, MN 55408 

Hours: 40 hours per week.  Position is temporary for 6 months and generally scheduled to work between 7:00am and 7:00pm.    


This position is eligible for an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes medical/life/ STD/LTD insurance, and personal time off (PTO), retirement plan with employer match program. Employee-paid dental plan is also available. 


Open Arms of Minnesota is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, disability  or socioeconomic status. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position. 


Equal Opportunity Employer

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