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Nutrition Assistant I

St Joseph Medical Center Tacoma, Washington

The posted compensation range of $18.01 - $25.47 /hour is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay CommonSpirit in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting. CommonSpirit may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range as permitted by law.

Requisition ID 2023-329587 Employment Type PRN Department Food Service Hours/Pay Period 0 Shift Varies Weekly Schedule Shifts Will VAry Remote No Category Dietary

In 2020, united in a fierce commitment to deliver the highest quality care and exceptional patient experience, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health came together as natural partners to build a new health system centered around the patient: Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Our combined system builds upon the scale and expertise of our nearly 300 sites of care, including 11 hospitals and nearly 5,000 physicians and providers. Together, we are empowered to make an even greater impact on the health and well-being of our communities.

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are now united to build the future of patient-centered care across the Pacific Northwest. That means a seamlessly connected system offering quality care close to home. From basic health needs to the most complex, highly specialized care, our patients can count on us to meet their needs with convenient access to the region’s most prestigious experts and innovative treatments and technologies.

While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid vacation, adoption assistance, annual bonus eligibility, and more!


Job Summary

This job is responsible for participating and supporting all aspects of healthcare food service operations.  Works with facility staff to provide optimal nutritional care and demonstrates excellent customer service to patients, guests and staff.  

Job Functions:

  • Follows healthcare food service industry standards, regulations, guidelines and procedures including monitoring and maintaining food temperatures during cooking, holding, and storage processes; avoids cross contamination of foods and adheres to personal hygiene requirements; maintains proper labeling of food products and ensures storage of food equipment, and machinery per regulations and facility guidelines.
  • Prepares and serves good within guidelines of menu and dietary requirements using required kitchen utensils and equipment; maintains knowledge of recipe ingredients to respond to food allergy questions or requests.
  • Follows organizational standards and guidelines for a high quality patient and customer experience; ensures proper meal portioning and an aesthetically pleasing presentation. 
  • May be responsible for one or more of the following: • Cashiering • Serving in the retail area • Assembling, delivering and retrieving patient trays • Performing cold food prep • Performing utility assignments (e.g., dish washing, washing pots & pans, maintaining equipment) • Performing catering functions and or delivering/picking up catered food • Supporting inventory maintenance duties • Supports / performs all department tasks as needed, including general cleaning of equipment and work areas (e.g., cleaning the tray line, equipment, coolers, office area, and emptying trash cans, etc.)

Performs related duties as required.


Education/Work Experience Requirements

High School Diploma/GED or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


  • Current (within the past 12 months) ServSafe® Allergen and Food Service Handler Certifications. If not currently certified, certification to be obtained within 30 days of hire. 
  • Washington State Food Worker Card.

While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid time off, tuition assistance, adoption assistance, and more!

Unless directed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis. CommonSpirit Health cannot anticipate the date by which a successful candidate may be identified.

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