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Kirkwood Community College Lead Baker in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lead Baker

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Lead Baker


$16.67 Hourly


Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Type

Hotel FT Hourly


Financial Operations

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  • Description

  • Benefits


Sign on bonus!!

$150 sign on bonus after the first 45 days and $200 after 6 months!

We offer benefits UNHEARD of in this industry! Check them out here! ( This includes things such as 18 days of paid time off a year, a very low cost for health insurance, tuition benefits, hotel stay discounts, and a generous retirement account program.

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


Supervises workers engaged in preparing and serving food prepared by Bakery staff. Responsible for food production and menu development for Bakery services and food production for various size groups, including Restaurant and Banquet (plated functions, buffet functions, breaks, receptions, etc). This position serves as a trainer. Trainers are responsible for supervising the learning experiences of students in all areas of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, The Kirkwood Center for Hospitality Arts and The Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.

  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.

  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.

  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.

  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Train workers in food preparation, and in service, sanitation, and safety procedures.

  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure efficient service and conformance to standards.

  • Control inventories of food, equipment, small ware, and liquor, and report shortages to designated personnel.

  • Assign duties, responsibilities, and work stations to employees and students in accordance with work requirements.

  • Estimate ingredients and supplies required to prepare a recipe.

  • Analyze operational problems, such as theft and wastage, and establish procedures to alleviate these problems.

  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.

  • Maintain compliance with required training as designated by supervisor.

  • Regular and consistent attendance at work.

  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.


  • Serve as a professional role model.

  • Attend Trainer orientation prior to the practicum.

  • Understand objectives and expectations for the practicum.

  • Assist students in achieving course objectives.

  • Coach and nurture students in performance of skills.

  • Document observations of performance & progress in timely fashion, utilizing forms provided.

  • Supervise students and provide feedback on performance, as required.

  • Report student performance to the Hospitality Program faculty and professional staff.

  • Serve as a resource for students: answer questions and provide guidance during the practicum.

  • Collaborate with faculty and professional staff.

  • Ensure adherence to all regulatory requirements, including the health code.


  • Effective time management skills.

  • Effective organizational skills.

  • Ability to follow instructions (i.e. menus/recipes).

  • High ability to cook and plan meals.

  • To be able to supervise kitchen help and keep them on track.

  • Knowledge of nutrition and bookkeeping.

  • Must be able to stand 8 hours a day.

  • Must be able to squat, reach and bend on a regular basis.

  • Knowledge of food storage/handling techniques.


  • Treats students, faculty, college and professional staff equally in regards to gender, age, etc.

  • Makes self familiar with and follows policies, procedures and protocols of the program, college, professional staff, and facility.

  • Assumes responsibilities, is prompt and dependable in attendance, and effectively applies problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrates professional role modeling for students.

  • Represents the program, college, and facility in a positive manner.

  • Maintains professional, objective relationship with students and all others.

  • Maintains professional relationships with facility personnel, professional staff, and colleagues.

  • Promotes trust and respect between students, faculty, college and professional staff.

  • Train students to job tasks and responsibilities according to the faculty’s and facility’s Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Assists students in identifying strengths and areas for improvement.

  • Promotes belief in student’s self-worth and self-awareness.

  • Maintains confidentiality.

  • Expresses and demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service at all times.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Working Condition:

The following physical conditions and hazards may be encountered while working in this position:

  • Indoor environment

  • Noise

  • Odors

  • Extreme temperatures

  • Moisture and/or humidity

  • Fumes

  • Gases

  • Poor ventilation

  • Burn hazards

  • Moving mechanical parts

Physical Requirements:

The physical activities required for this position involve:

  • Standing over 2/3 of the time.

  • Walking over 2/3 of the time.

  • Sitting under 1/3 of the time.

  • Using hands over 2/3 of the time.

  • Reaching with hands and arms over 2/3 of the time.

  • Climbing or balancing under 1/3 of the time.

  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling under 1/3] of the time.

  • Talking or hearing over 2/3 of the time.

  • Tasting or smelling over 2/3 of the time.

  • This position requires lifting:

  • Up to 50 pounds up to 2/3 of the time.


  • High School diploma or equivalent required.


  • Preference will be given to those candidates with a post high school degree.

  • Preference will be given to those candidates with a minimum of two years full-time experience in a related hospitality setting or the equivalent education and related work experience.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed the core assessments of the Skills Advantage WorkKeys Program.


Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email:

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Kirkwood Community College


6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52404