JOB OPENING: Part-Time Head Chef

The Part-time Head Chef prepares and serves meals to residents and guests, including food preparation, serving, cleaning, and supervising volunteer groups who come in to prepare meals. The Part-time Head Chef is responsible for managing the kitchen during their shift and works with the Kitchen Manager and volunteer groups to provide consistent, high-quality nutritious food at scheduled meal times.

This Part-Time position is 25 hours per week and includes shifts on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 am - 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am - 7:30pm

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Managing all functions of the kitchen during their shift
  • Prepare and serve meals for 200+ residents and guests per meal
  • Model proper safety, cleanliness, and professional standards for all kitchen volunteers
  • Provide training for volunteer groups in safe operation of all kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Assist Kitchen Manager with oversight of participants in job training programs
  • Coordinate volunteer programs, activities, and community work groups with Volunteer Coordinator
  • Create and maintain a positive working relationship and good communications with all ACCHH/GRACE Marketplace and partner staff
  • Coordinate donations and donation pick-ups as needed
  • Supervise volunteer meal groups to ensure proper food handling procedures are being followed
  • Work with Kitchen Manager to manage inventory rotation and product storage standards
  • Maintain kitchen and dining area by ensuring cleanliness and safety, and monitoring equipment conditions
  • Ensure that all food and products are consistently prepared and served according to portioning, cooking and serving standards
  • Fill in where needed to ensure guest service standards and efficient operations
  • Responsible for maintaining appropriate cleaning schedules for kitchen floors, mats, walls, hoods, other equipment and food storage areas
  • Attend all scheduled employee meetings and brings suggestions for improvement

Work will be conducted in a kitchen environment. May encounter temperatures ranging from 32 degrees F to 450 degrees F around equipment. May occasionally walk on slippery or uneven surfaces. May occasionally climb ladders during a shift.  


  • Minimum 3 years culinary experience
  • Experience with crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and conflict de-escalation, or begin training within 30 days of employment
  • Willingness to receive ongoing training in motivational interviewing, low-barrier shelter, housing-focused shelter, progressive engagement, trauma-informed care, and other best practices
  • Working knowledge of the Housing First philosophy, and ability to articulate associated programs and best practices to staff, volunteers, and Board members
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate fellow employees and guests
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Outgoing personality and ability to create a positive experience for all volunteers and guests

Physical demands: ability to continuously stand, walk, and lift up to 50 pounds.

Culture and Benefits

GRACE is an exciting, fast-paced organization filled with some of the best people you could ever hope to meet. All of our programs - day services, permanent housing, emergency shelter, volunteers, and more - are organized around three core values: Safety, Impact, and Respect. We’re on a mission to end homelessness, and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve what we do. GRACE offers opportunities to make your work schedule fit your life.  

Salary & Benefits

Salary Range:
$15/hour plus $4/hour hazard pay until March 2022. 

Reports to: 
Kitchen Manager

Part-Time, 25 hours per week

Eligible for health, dental, and life insurance

Instructions for applying

Qualified and interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Lavern Battles, Kitchen Manager at [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled.



Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."


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