Position Title:

Kitchen Assistant

Position Hours:


Reports To:

Soup Kitchen Manager

Lazarus House Ministries started 39 years ago with a challenge from Mother Teresa (yes, THAT Mother Teresa) to a Marist Brother to make a difference in Lawrence. In the decades since, Lazarus House has earned a reputation as a trusted faith-based nonprofit in the Merrimack Valley. Food, shelter, work preparation, advocacy and clothing are our core strengths and we are committed to innovating to serve our community’s evolving needs best.

Lazarus House Ministries offers an opportunity to work among a diverse group of dedicated professionals. You can make a real difference in the lives of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity, poverty and homelessness. This good service is born out of a strong team, faith in God and each other, dignity, respect, collaboration and a heart for people of all backgrounds who have found themselves in poverty. We offer a continuum of care for our beloved Guests in five essential service areas: Shelter, Clothing, Food, Advocacy and Community Resources. We are committed to innovating to meet our community’s evolving needs.

Position Summary:

This person reports to the Soup Kitchen Manager and must have experience working in a food service and/or customer service environment. The ideal person is enthusiastic about food preparation and takes pride in their work environment.

Position Description:

  • Presents the face of the Ministry to guests, donors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Under the supervision of the Soup Kitchen Manager, help to prepare premade breakfast and lunches in accordance with Serve-Safe and applicable rules and regulations in amounts sufficient to serve all who come.
  • Ensure compliance with safety and health regulations and guidelines.
  • Track inventory and report shortages to the Soup Kitchen Manager in a timely manner.
  • Operate standard kitchen equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Control and minimize waste.
  • Serve meals with grace and dignity, greeting guests in a polite and courteous manner.
  • Responsible for all daily clean-up and sanitization activities including floors, tables, steam table, food preparation surfaces, utensils, dishes, and kitchen equipment in accordance with Serv Safe and applicable rules and regulations.
  • Conduct routine cleaning of ventilation filters, stove ducts, refrigerators and other equipment as needed.
  • Receive goods and supplies and place into inventory storage areas.
  • Move supplies from storage areas to kitchen.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate strong commitment to the mission of Lazarus House Ministries.
  • Understanding and support of how the Gospel foundation drives our decisions and actions throughout the Ministry.
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain Serv Safe and CPR/First Aid certifications.
  • 1+ year of experience working in food service, culinary arts or education in lieu of experience.
  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and cooking techniques.
  • Courteous, people and team-oriented with excellent inter-personal and communications skills.
  • Experience working with a diverse demographic of individuals.
  • Experience working with the general public.
  • Ability to manage multiple and changing priorities and be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

The information described here includes but not necessarily limited to general physical requirements, demands and working conditions that an employee is likely to encounter at Lazarus House, Inc. You must be able to handle or possess the ability to meet the following:

  • Prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching.
  • Eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to operate equipment pertinent to your position.
  • Lifting, moving, and carrying up to 50 pounds.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work with diverse populations, including people who are homeless or have a mental illness or other challenges.
  • Interact effectively with staff, guests, volunteers, benefactors, and the general public.
  • Able to manage the stress of the job
Please send applications and resume directly to hr@lazarushouse.org.