Employment at GCYC

Culinary Worker

Reports To

Culinary Manager


Part Time


Up to 28 hours per week

Pay Rate


Position Summary

Under direct supervision from a designated supervisor follows safe work practices and assists the culinary department executing food service delivery including snacks, meal service and special events.  Designed to offer career development experience and training therefore preference for this Culinary Worker position is an active GCYC or GCCP member or alumni currently in high school or a high school graduate. 

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Ability and willingness to work as directed with attention to detail
  • Basic knowledge of equipment and utensils commonly used with ability to learn and consistently follow safe work practices as well as demonstrate proper hygiene required for food safety
  • Active listening- giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points.
  • Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentence and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Dexterity – Physical dexterity to complete demands of the position
  • Ability to work a standard work week with some weekends and demonstrate a respect for attendance, being on time, and communicating with supervisor about work expectations
  • Must have food handler sanitation license, or successfully complete within 15 days of hire
  • Work well in groups and unsupervised for work activities where quality work in a timely manner is expected
  • Preference for this Culinary Worker position is an active GCYC or GCCP member or alumni currently in high school or a high school graduate
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for certain food service functions as defined such as GCYC daily meals, daily staff lunch, and catering of special events including preparation, food quality, presentation, service delivery, administration, and cleaning
  • Assist with catering for special events, meetings, luncheons and culinary classes
  • Responsible for all functions related to clean up and sanitation before, during and after food services
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings
  • Support the mission of GCYC and serve as a role model for the youth and community
  • Work collaboratively in a team setting serving the needs of youth and take on other duties as assigned
  • Abide by the employee handbook and established GCYC policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Commit to the safety and development of all GCYC members
Physical Work Requirements
  • Majority of the work is conducted in a kitchen with exposure to cooking equipment and hot and cold temperatures. Operation of general kitchen equipment is required. Due to the nature of the GCYC campus and special events travel between buildings and to off-site locations may be required with exposure to outdoor elements.

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/