Assistant Cook (Food Services and HIV Services)

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to; or mail to EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239; or fax to (503) 223-7007. Position open until filled.

PURPOSE: To provide support to EMO Food Service and HIV Services Program Managers.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Food Service Program Manager, HIV Services Program Manager


LOCATION: EMO’s Patton Home (4619 N. Michigan), EMO’s HIV Day Center (2941 NE Ainsworth), and other locations as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, non-exempt

BENEFITS: Salary range begins at $17.00 hourly. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  1. Assist in all aspects of the Patton Home and HIV Day Center’s food programs including:
    > preparing breakfasts and lunches, making box lunches, washing and cutting food
    > taking orders for meals and tracking attendance
    > assisting with the transportation of prepared meals
    > supporting volunteers working in the kitchen
  2. Function as the manager’s assistant. Ability to cover for the manager as needed and run the kitchen independently.
  3. Ensure that all sanitary and health regulations are met.
  4. Ensure organization and cleanliness of kitchen, food preparation and storage areas.
  5. Maintain current food handler’s card.
  6. Work with and solicit food donations from local donors.
  7. Process all food donations.
  8. Provide psychosocial support to HIV Day Center clients.
  9. Ensure the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers by developing, maintaining, and enforcing client compliance with the HIV Day Center’s policies and procedures.
  10. Attend staff meetings and required trainings.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE:  Ability to correctly use kitchen-cleaning chemicals, maintain food at proper temperatures, and comply with all health and safety regulations; Ability to maintain kitchen equipment and utensils in a neat and systematic order; Maintain current food handler’s permit.

SKILLS: Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a setting that serves elderly, disabled and ill clients from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

EFFORT: Ability to repeatedly lift 25-30 pounds, and occasionally lift 50 pounds; Ability to perform tasks that involve repeated bending, walking, overhead reaching, lifting and twisting; Able to stand for two-hour blocks of time, working at counter for up to seven and one-half hours per shift; Must possess valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability.

RESPONSIBILITY: Demonstrated ability to work independently while maintaining a close relationship with supervisors and with the broader organization.

WORKING CONDITIONS: High tolerance for conflict, ambiguity and change. Tentative schedule will be Monday-Friday, 3 pm-11:30 pm, subject to change based on program need. Must possess valid driver’s license and have access to a working vehicle.


Spanish language proficiency.

Working knowledge of HIV disease and HIV related issues, including mental health concerns.

Prior experience working with individuals impacted by trauma or serving populations experiencing homelessness and other underserved or marginalized communities.

Experience in institutional or large volume cooking preferred.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.