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Kitchen Operations Associate

Apply now Department: 3670053010 K-State Olathe
Job no: 517556
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Dining / Hospitality, Health & Safety, Food Safety/Science/Systems
Pay Grade: 07A

About This Role:

K- State Olathe ( is seeking qualified applicants for a Kitchen Operations Associate. The Kitchen Operations Associate works directly with the Food Programs and Services Manager and other Kansas State staff to support the planning and execution of food programs, events, and classes. This position is primarily focused on the day-to-day operations of the Food Innovation Accelerator, the food business incubator housed in the research kitchen complex on campus.

This position requires working in a team environment. The activities and scope of this position will require interaction with outside contacts and entities on a continual basis. This position will interact on a regular basis with a broad scope of diverse individuals.

Work hours for this position are 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Incumbent may need to work some evenings and weekends on occasion.

Responsibilities include:

Lead role in the daily operations of Food Innovation Accelerator(FIA):

  • Client onboarding
  • Monitor client scheduling
  • Facility and equipment orientation
  • Food safety training
  • Process training
  • Explain and enforce kitchen policies and procedures
  • State and Federal inspection readiness
  • Web site updates
  • Will be required to assist clients with equipment and product challenges in the absence of the Food Programs and Services Manager
  • Partner in planning and execution of annual Food Business conference.

Maintain kitchen functionality:

  • Kitchen cleanliness
  • Inventory and order of supplies
  • Kitchen and equipment updates
  • On call for kitchen/client emergencies in the absence of the Food Programs and Services Manager

Assist other departments in research projects:

  • Sensory and Consumer Research Center
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Post-Harvest Food Safety

On and off campus engagement:

  • Supporting Events
  • Community Building Committee activities
  • Annual Food Business Conference
  • K-14 programming

Handle special projects and assignments for the Food Programs and Services Manager as needed. Also, manage other functions as the job requires to meet the needs and promote the success of the campus.

This is a full-time, non-exempt (hourly) position and is benefits eligible.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University’s Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus in the university’s system. The campus is located in Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City metro area. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle, which was created in 2008 when residents invested in the county's future by voting for a one-eighth cent sales tax. The proceeds from this tax generate more than $20 million a year to fund higher education through a unique partnership among Johnson County, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

K-State Olathe provides a unique work culture that offers a variety of professional development opportunities and a community building committee to organize campus wide activities that have included social gatherings, service opportunities and team building workshops. Professional development opportunities on campus and in the community that employees regularly participate in are employee tuition assistance for academic programs, on campus lunch and learns, professional development workshops on campus, Leadership Olathe, and various regional Chamber activities.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma and 2 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Culinary Arts or similar discipline.
  • 4 years of experience in food service.
  • 1-2 years of kitchen supervisory experience.
  • Understanding of assembling, operating, and maintaining professional kitchen equipment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of sanitation requirements of commercial kitchens, including personal hygiene.
  • Highly detailed oriented with strong organization skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people including university, corporate and industry members, K-14 students, and the general public.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, and occasional weekend shifts.
  • Ability to transport over 50 lbs. Frequent carrying, pushing, and pulling over 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time; ability to walk extensively.

Other Requirements:

  • Current Food Handlers certification.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and current contact information for three current professional references.

Application materials must be submitted online to be considered.

For question regarding the position, please contact Bryan Severns, Manager, Food Programs and Services, at (913.307.7317)

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Roberta Robinson, Human Resources Manager, at (913.307.7316).

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$20.00 - $23.00/ hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a background screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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