The Salvation Army


Job Locations US-PA-Reading
Job ID
Food Services
Compensation Min
USD $11.00/Hr.
Compensation Max
USD $11.00/Hr.
Regular Part-Time


Position:   Cook

Department:   Learning Center, 301 S. 5th Street, Reading PA

Availability of Position:  Immediately

Schedule:  Part-Time 20+ hours per week; As assigned

Reporting Relationship: Corps Officers

Salary and Grade:  $11.00 per hour; 72 Non-Exempt



The Salvation Army is hiring and offers truly excellent benefit package to eligible employees including:
· Generous paid time off every year that includes: holidays, vacation time and sick time.
· Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of employment)
· Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans including Short Term Disability, AFLAC and Voluntary Term Life
· Most importantly – a job with a good purpose!


Position Overview: Under the advisement and direction of the Learning Center Coordinator, the cook will manage an inventory of food, maintain a clean, safe and sanitary kitchen and storage room, and prepare two (2) balanced meals per day according to dietary guidelines. The cook will also work closely with the Learning Center Coordinatorto maintain accurate statistics on meals served and food used.


Description of Position:       


I. Essential Functions


  1. Demonstrate knowledge, safety and professionalism while working in the kitchen.
  2. Prepare quantities according to the number of individuals in attendance.
  3. Attend and participate in staff meetings and accurately follow all directives.
  4. Assist Learning Center Coordinator with statistics and monthly reports as directed.
  5. Attend trainings necessary for compliance with CACFP and Department of Health requirements.
  6. Maintain excellent records for the food program, CACFP and Berks County Food Bank as needed.
  7. Plan and create monthly menus in accordance with CACFP program guidelines.
  8. Purchase food in the most cost effective manner, as guided and approved by the Learning Center Coordinator.
  9. Prepare and serve meals daily and snacks as needed. Prepare and communicate basic instructions for menu items to other staff or volunteers as needed.
  10. Be knowledgeable regarding the Department of Health Rules and Regulations and maintain records and standards for all funding and regulatory agencies as required.
  11. Wash and properly store dishes and utensils to maintain kitchen cleanliness standards.
  12. Maintain flexibility and work well with the Learning Center Coordinatorand Commanding Officers.
  13. Advise the Learning Center Coordinator in writing of any maintenance or repair concerns as needed.
  14. Complete all duties as otherwise assigned by the Learning Center Coordinator or Corps officers.

II. Additional Responsibilities


  1. Maintain open lines of communication with Learning Center Coordinator and Corps officers.
  2. Adhere to all written personnel and program policies of the The Salvation Army.
  3. Ensure strict adherence to all policies including those related to confidentiality, boundary issues, and professionalism and maintain high ethical standards with exemplary moral conduct at all times.
  4. Ensure cultural competency and practice non-bias principles.
  5. Demonstrate a kind and caring attitude.




Bilingual English/Spanish highly desirable. Ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment but also able to work independently. Effective time management and strong organization skills are required. Must be able to adapt, sometimes quickly, to meet the needs of the organization and the community. Valid PA Driver's License. Prior cooking experience in an institutional food preparation or restaurant setting is required. Must be able to become ServSafe certified within 60 days of hire. Child Protection Clearances PA Act 153 requires that all prospective employees complete the following clearance and background checks:   PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record/Fingerprint Check. Must have an understanding of and appreciation for the Mission of The Salvation Army.


Contact:  If you are interested in applying for this position:

Current Salvation Army Employees can apply online at  Prospective employees can also apply online at        


   No phone calls please.


Refreshed by the Divisional Human Resources Department on September 7, 2021.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.

Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ

and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Requisition No. 1566



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