Kitchen and Cafe Co-ordinator Vacancy

We are currently recruiting a part-time paid cafe and  kitchen co-ordinator to support and train our kitchen and cafe volunteers for a minimum of 91 hours a month (average 21 – 28 per week).

How to apply

Deadline for applications is strictly Sunday 21 January 2018  and interviews will take place on Wednesday 24 January during the day.

Apply here (please do read the description below first!)

The start date for this post is as soon as possible after interview, although we will consider a later start date or staggered start for the right candidate.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed cafe and kitchen co-ordinator to join our friendly, lively team.

With a love of vegetarian and vegan food preparation, you will be somebody who can work well with others, is happy to work alone if needed and own your own initiative.  A friendly persona and clear communicator, you will be somebody who is genuinely passionate about The Art House’s mission.

This is a permanent position and we are looking for somebody who wants a long-term commitment, to allow time to really become part of our Art House community.

Position description

You’ll be supporting volunteers in the cafe and kitchen, making sure our food is cooked on time to the highest standards, making sure our high standards of hygiene and safety, customer service and food excellence are adhered to.

You will also be training volunteers both on the job and helping to manage the volunteer rota.  Experience of working in the voluntary sector, hospitality industry (or both) is preferable but not essential.

This is an ideal role for somebody who wishes to gain some management experience in a supportive environment.

About us

We are a 100% not-for-profit, community run cafe, arts venue and creative hub in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.  We have a cafe over two floors which is open over lunchtimes and evenings, with a view to opening longer hours in the future.  We serve gorgeous, organic, mostly vegan food and have a busy programme of events every week.

The Art House is more than a cafe – it is a community, a place where people can feel part of a greater social movement for positive change.

We are a little place with very big ideas and we are looking for somebody who is as passionate about our mission and willing to work hard to achieve it, as we are.

You need to have

  • A big love of food, cooking and eating, especially vegetarian/vegan food!
  • Availability for 21 hours per week, worked on a rotating basis to include weekends, with additional hours to cover holidays and sickness.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new systems, be flexible and adaptable and, in time, contribute your own ideas and systems.
  • An organised, reliable and structured approach to work.
  • A sociable, confident personality the ability to work very well with many different kinds of people.
  • The ability to work unsupervised.
  • Fast reactions and the ability to remain calm when it gets busy and random (it will!)
  • Experience of cooking for larger numbers of people.
  • The role involves fairly early morning starts, standing up for extended periods of time, carrying equipment and walking up and down two flights of stairs during the course of a shift and working in a semi-open kitchen which can be quite noisy when the cafe is busy.  We will discuss at interview stage any reasonable adjustments needed to enable the successful candidate to manage the physical and mental demands of the role.

You will need to be

  • 18 years or over
  • Supportive of vegan and veggie lifestyles, with a strong understanding of these diets – even if you are not vegan or veggie yourself.
  • Hugely excited by our mission and values, these should be in alignment with your own purpose in life!
  • Interested in people, outgoing and friendly.
  • Very reliable with a proven work ethic.
  • Serious about working in a safe way, respecting the trust our customers put in our crew to prepare food safely.
  • Able to delegate effectively.
  • A great communicator, both verbally, on the phone and email and social media.
  • Able to hold a space, keep an eye on many things at a time and deal with problems and the day-to-day challenges of the role cheerfully and calmly.
  • Able to work within systems and take guidance and suggestions on board in a mature way.
  • Willing to engage with the bigger picture of how we run – we have no strictly-set roles here, everyone commits and contributes.
  • We’re happy for you to express your style, but be presentable in manner and appearance.
  • Available for a long term position which includes weekend work.

You will need to like

  • Using email and social media – this is how we communicate at The Art House!
  • Solving problems and coming up with new ideas.
  • Working in a small business environment with volunteers and lots of changes.

We are looking for somebody who

  • Understands their limitations and is willing to learn, develop and grow.
  • Has an understanding of different lifestyles, diets and allergies.
  • Has a passion for either the arts, the environment or community – preferably all of these.
  • Loves preparing good food. Will go beyond what is usually expected of a catering role.  Working for The Art House is a calling!
  • Is open to working in new ways, including learning how to co-ordinate in a non-hierarchical way and able to work with volunteers from all walks of life.

It would also be great if you had

  • Experience of working in the nonprofit or voluntary sector.
  • Some experience of the hospitality industry, this can be either paid or unpaid experience.

We are an equal opportunities employer who proactively work to have as much diversity as possible in our paid crew, to reflect the diversity of our volunteers and customers.

Practical details –

Hours:   21 hours on average per week (91 contracted hours monthly), mostly worked in the daytimes, Tuesday – Sunday, alternating weekends and with flexibility both given and expected.

£8.25 per hour plus meals on shift and staff discount.

The role involves working with our team of volunteers, usually unsupervised.  You will be opening the building quite often and working on your own at times.

Training new volunteers, food ordering, menu planning and basic admin and record keeping duties will be included in the role.

We are near public transport links and cycle routes.

Pay is monthly, in arrears.

Holiday entitlement is 6 weeks per year, 2 weeks at a time maximum.

How to apply:

We are only accepting online applications up to midnight on Sunday 21 January 2018.

Apply here

You will also need to upload a copy of your current CV

Questions?  Please get in touch (please don’t use the comments section to ask questions, or come into the cafe, or telephone – thanks!)

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