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Foodservice Coordinator - Homeless Youth Center - Paid
Title:Foodservice Coordinator - Homeless Youth Center - Paid
Department:Youth Resource Center
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah

Kitchen Coordinator - Homeless Youth Resource Center

Schedule: Full Time, benefits-eligible! Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm.
Pay rate: $18 per hour

Benefits - Approximate full-time benefits package value = $21,000+:

  • Low-cost medical, dental, and vision coverage. Health savings account. 403b retirement plan with employer match (50% match up to 3%).
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • 33 paid days off: 11 observed paid holidays, 12 sick days, and 10 vacation days to start. Vacation increases to 12 days after 1 year, 15 days after 2 years, and more at 5 and 9 years of service.
    • Sick and vacation time accrue hourly per pay period.
  • $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance; additional coverage available.
  • $1,200 annual employer contribution to your Health Savings Account (paid quarterly).
  • Employee Referral Program including cash bonuses and paid time off.

Volunteers of America, Utah provides community-supported paths for those who are vulnerable to improve their lives and increase their self-reliance. In alignment with our mission, VOA Utah encourages individuals with lived experience to apply. We recognize that a person’s life experiences can provide firsthand knowledge relevant to being successful in the work that we do.

The Youth Resource Center is a drop-in resource center and emergency shelter for all youth aged 15—22 imminently at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. We provide essential basic need items, such as three hot meals a day, pantry food, showers, laundry, life-skills groups, housing and employment case management, dental and medical care assistance, as well as access to mental health services on-site. From 7:30 pm to 8:30 am the YRC transitions into a 30-bed emergency shelter.

Position Summary

The Food Service Coordinator oversees all kitchen operations, ensuring the provision of nutritious meals, maintaining food safety and hygiene standards, managing inventory, and coordinating with volunteers and partners to support homeless youth.


Essential Duties

  • Plan, prepare, and serve any Breakfast or Lunch meals that aren’t covered by Volunteers, communicating with management and staff on how to support.
  • Maintain stocked, organized, and rotated pantry inventories to support meal services and client needs.
  • Rotate and organize perishable food stock and leftovers, ensuring compliance with food safety guidelines.
  • Implement weekly cleaning schedules to uphold kitchen hygiene and safety standards.
  • Assess and optimize supplies, equipment, and storage regularly.
  • Ensure paper products and cleaning supplies are stocked and accessible. Monitor and replenish gloves, paper towels, trash bags, etc., ensuring safe usage of cleaning materials and chemicals.
  • Communicate inventory needs to management for ongoing support.
  • Efficiently place orders, manage communications with partners and reports to the Utah Food Bank, and stay within budget limits.
  • Maintain clear and respectful communication with current and potential partners, presenting a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Maintain organized records of inventory, spending, and communications, sharing relevant information with management for decision-making.
  • Attend work as scheduled and arrive at the designated time.  
    • Work must be performed on-site due to the need to provide direct client care.


Secondary Duties

  • Evaluate and enhance operational processes, collaborating with team members, volunteers, and clients to innovate kitchen programs.
  • Utilize spare time for strategic planning and outreach to potential partners, working towards seamless expansion of functionality and support.
  • Perform other functions as necessary or assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. High school diploma or equivalent required and 2 years of social services or homelessness-related experience or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Passion for serving the community and supporting homeless youth.
  • Self-driven and capable of working independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a focus on tidiness and hygiene.
  • Punctual and proficient in time and project management.
  • Ability to uphold professional boundaries, confidentiality regulations, agency policies and procedures, and interact in a professional manner with a diverse workforce, clients, and the public.
  • Willingness to accept supervision and direction.
  • If driving is a part of the job, must be at least 21 years of age, possess a current driver’s license, have a good driving record, and be insurable under the agency liability policy.
  • Must be able to pass Utah-DHS – Office of Licensing background screening and pre-employment drug screen.


Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.
  • Ability to move around the facility, interacting with volunteers and clients for extended periods.
  • Work is generally performed in the kitchen involving consistent moving and lifting of various items and inventory. 

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Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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