Job Posting 84682

Kitchen Relief
The Bissell Centre
Edmonton area
closed 3 days ago (Fri, 24 Jun)
on-call / relief / casual  •  $16.25 per hour



Are you a Kitchen and food service Professional looking to make an impact in your community? Do you have endless optimism, ready to move and create change in the community? Through the vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our community comes from all walks of life and so do we.


Through our programs we work to empower people from meeting their own basic daily needs to having sustainable livelihoods, secure housing, and feeling hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. By joining Bissell Centre, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to realize our vision.

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for an individual wanting to join the Bissell Centre Community Meals & Food Services team. Are you ready to be our Casual Kitchen Relief and make an impact in our community?




The Casual Kitchen Relief, Community Meals & Food Services, is responsible for supporting the kitchen management team in maintaining a high standard of cleanliness, organization and operational efficiency within the kitchen and other service areas. The expectation is that the Kitchen Relief will act as a support position and focus primarily on food packaging, organization of food stuffs and supply, workstation cleanliness and maintenance, and the loading/unloading of donations and stock-away processes.




Duties and Responsibilities



  • Model the values of Bissell Centre and communicate these principles in a clear and compelling fashion both internally and externally. Translate agency values into Food Services culture and everyday activities to foster a welcoming and engaging working environment.
  • Mission focused and driven to provide services and food security for our community participants.

Kitchen Operations, Customer Service and Maintenance

  • Adhere to daily and weekly cleaning checklists.
  • Ensure the walk-in refrigerator, walk-in freezer, chest freezers and fridges are clean and organized daily.
  • Responsible for assisting in the execution of food service requests for special events that may sometimes fall on statutory holidays or weekends (appropriate compensation for working statutory holidays is determined as per Alberta Labor Law and Bissell Centre internal policies).
  • Responsible for a clean workstation and the minimization of wastage.
  • Responsible for dishwashing and kitchen maintenance after each completed meal service.
  • Communicate any issues to the Head Chef which could affect meal service before the service is provided.
  • Set up, break down and maintenance of workstations and kitchen opening/closing procedures.
  • Communicate with the Head Chef regarding inventory of food packaging and service supplies required for production in advance so that they are ordered and delivered on time.
  • Report safety hazards discovered in the workplace to the Head Chef immediately and take preventative actions where possible.
  • Ensure that all donated food items are labelled and dated accurately and systematically rotated for expiration dates.
  • Show empathy and the ability to communicate with and support individuals facing mental health, addictions, chronic illness, homelessness, poverty, and related challenges. Able to respond appropriately to intense situations, provide conflict resolution and work directly with individuals with barriers.

General and Administrative

  • Support agency policies and procedures, including reporting of staff concerns, safety issues and critical incidents.
  • Participate in probationary and annual performance evaluations.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, training sessions and performance check-ins.
  • Participate in routine morning team rallies with kitchen staff prior to operating business hours.
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety and Loss Prevention policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of staff, customers, and community participants.
  • Perform other duties as required that may not be listed in the formal job description or as assigned by the Head Chef.



Qualifications & Commitment to Values


Formal Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Relevant work experience including a minimum of 6+ months in a kitchen relief or support position.

Sector Knowledge

  • Familiarity with issues of poverty and Edmonton’s urban core is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with the non-profit industry and/or non-profit food services operations is considered an asset.


  • Personal commitment to Bissell Centre’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
  • Ability to apply Bissell Centre’s Strategic Framework into day-to-day work.
  • Commitment to maintaining integrity and confidentiality related to Bissell Centre.

Working Conditions


This position works closely with community participants who are experiencing complex life situations. As such, this position requires a calm and empathetic demeanor with the ability to de-escalate conflict and intense situations with clear and effective communication methods.


Ability to spend frequent periods of time standing and frequent periods of time moving, bending, and lifting. It is a frequent requirement to stoop or lift material, fixtures or equipment and climb ladders. Employees must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 50lbs.


Ability to work in a kitchen environment with varying temperatures and frequent exposure to a variety of food ingredients, grease, and other potential allergens.


Flexibility of the working week is inherent in this position as the workload fluctuates. Flexibility to work a combination of evenings, weekdays, weekends, and statutory holidays is required.


Guiding Competencies


The Employee should demonstrate strong competency in the following:


• Behave EthicallyUnderstand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the mission, vision, and core values of Bissell Centre.

• Build RelationshipsEstablish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.

• Communicate EffectivelySpeak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.

• Service FocusAnticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of participants and the community to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.

• Foster TeamworkFoster, sustain and role model productive team management practices, and contribute to a positive team environment. Share expertise and knowledge to support, coach and develop others.

• Make DecisionsAssess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions that are timely and in the best interests of the organization.

• Stay OrganizedSet priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.

• Plan ProactivelyDetermine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create, and implement action plans, and evaluate the processes and results.

• Solve ProblemsAssess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

• Adapt to ChangePersonal capacity to adapt to change, lead competently through change, and make strategic adjustments to address changing needs.

• Self-MotivateCapable of demonstrating independence and entrepreneurialism.

• Work SMARTCreate goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound.


Screening Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Child Intervention Record Check
  • Class 5 License, 3 Year Driver’s Abstract, Proof of Vehicle Liability Insurance and Registration (applicable only if operating agency vehicles)

Training Requirements

  • Conflict into Calm Training
  • Naloxone Kit Training
  • WHMIS Training



Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:


Prasanna Peddireddy

Head Chef, Community meals & Food services


Application Deadline: June 24th, 2022


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Bissell Centre continues to take action to protect person served and staff. Strategies related to Bissell Centre’s response to COVID-19 are driven by the guiding principle of taking all reasonable precautions and measures to protect the health and safety of both persons served and staff. In keeping with this intentional purpose, COVID-19 full vaccination is a condition of employment for new hires, except due to legitimate, established exceptions.


Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

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