Position Description

Cook Full-Time

Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury

300 Westminster Canterbury Dr

Winchester VA 22603

Title: Cook
Department: Dining Services
Responsible to: Kitchen Supervisor

Job Summary: Responsible for food preparation according to production sheets and daily menus, presentation and distribution to all serving areas, including all dining rooms, café and catered events. Follows standard recipes and practices safe food handling procedures in accordance with state, federal and SVWC sanitation policies and procedures.

Required Education, Experience, Skills and Licensure:

  • High school diploma/GED preferred
  • Basic reading, writing and math skills required
  • Minimum of 1–2 years cooking experience preferred

Job Requirements:

  • Supports the mission and purpose of SVWC
  • Supports the Board of Trustees and administration
  • Presents a professional, caring image
  • Obtains employment and annual tuberculosis testing as required by Virginia State Licensure
  • Attends annual mandatory in-services required by the state licensure and all other mandatory in-services and/or meetings required by other regulatory agencies and/or by SVWC
  • Follows and supports the policies and procedures established by SVWC

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Is responsible for food preparation, including accompaniments and garnishes, presentation and distribution
  • Prepares hot entrees, soups and vegetables by following production sheets and menus and distributes food to all serving areas, including all dining rooms, café and catered events
  • Follows a standardized recipe
  • Completes advance food preparation as indicated
  • Inspects all food being served for taste, temperature, quality and quantity
  • Follows all local, state and federal guidelines and sanitation regulations in all kitchen areas, as well as SVWC policies and procedures
  • Confers with manager on duty concerning unusual problems or concerns
  • Stores food items properly during and at close of meal service
  • Cleans work area and equipment used in food preparation
  • Dresses in appropriate and complete uniform, which is neat and clean
  • Completes other duties as assigned

Authority: N/A

Universal Precautions Risk Classification (Category D): The person holding this position understands that Universal Precautions Risk Classification categories apply to this position and that he or she may be exposed to the AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis B viruses. The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues (although situations can be imagined or hypothesized under which anyone, anywhere, might encounter potential exposure to body fluids).

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here 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 enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Must be able to visually identify and discern printed words on either typewritten pages or a computer screen
  • Must be able to identify and differentiate colors
  • Must have depth perception within normal ranges


  • Must be able to respond to spoken words and other auditory sounds, including the ringing of telephones or beepers and monitors
  • Must be able to respond and communicate orally by telephone


  • Must be able to push and maneuver carts/stretchers/space savers loaded with weights of 10 pounds
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting (over 10 pounds occasionally and 5 pounds repetitively, from ground level to shoulder height)

Tools and Equipment:

  • Must be able to use, operate and interpret information from equipment in work area


  • Must be able to verbally communicate in the English language directly and over the telephone and be understood

Range of Motion:

  • Must have mobility in all parts of the body: walking, bending, lifting, reaching above head and using hands
  • Must be able to kneel or squat for five hours of an eight-hour shift
  • Must be able to walk continually for seven hours
  • Must be able to stand and/or be mobile by walking for 99 percent of an eight-hour shift
  • Must be able to complete tasks that require sitting (1 percent of the workday)
  • Must have manual dexterity and fine motor skills (typing, computer, etc.)

Working Conditions:

  • May be required to work near or with voltages of up to 480 volts AC
  • May have to work in a hot (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) or cold (under 0 degrees Fahrenheit) environment
  • Must be able to work under pressure
  • Must be able to work overtime
  • Must be able to work a rotating shift
  • Must be able to work on call
  • Must be able to utilize or wear protective equipment or apparel in accordance with OSHA standards

Mental Capacity:

  • Must have mental capacity to fulfill the requirements of the job, including problem-solving, logic, communication and numerical calculations
  • Must be able to read and understand written instructions in English
  • Accurate recall and memory
  • Must be able to use judgment in making decisions and choices
  • Ability to analyze numbers and make basic mathematical calculations
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by management as required. SVWC reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties or working schedules based on its duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description does not constitute a written contract of employment.
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