Dec 02 2023
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Part Time, $17.50 / hour
Job Description


Employment Status: Part-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $17.50 per hour

Work Hours:

  • Wednesdays - Sundays 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Benefits eligible, average of 35 hours per week.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of Chef, the Cook supports the cafe kitchen operation with regular culinary work, including cooking and a preparing all menu items.


About HoMA, the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Originally established as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawai‘i’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day. Over the decades, the museum has become known for its strong tradition of art classes and community engagement, both inside the walls of the museum and beyond. In 2011 the Honolulu Academy of Arts merged with the dynamic and vibrant Contemporary Museum, reinvigorating the museum’s contemporary holdings and ushering in an opportunity for renewed commitment to the art of our time. The Honolulu Museum of Art was born.

With a dynamic global art collection and a dedication to innovative exhibitions and engagement with contemporary artists, HoMA strives to create a broad range of meaningful art experiences that are inclusive and accessible. Over the past century, the museum’s permanent collection has grown from 500 works to more than 55,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years. The Museum has one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, including an unrivaled collection by artists of Hawaiʻi. The collection also contains significant holdings in European and American paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century art; an extensive collection of works on paper, textiles, decorative arts; and traditional works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Other highlights include the Samuel H. Kress Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and the James A. Michener Collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Contemporary Art from around the world has an established and growing presence in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Education has been an integral part of HoMA since its founding, and the Learning & Engagement department supports the Museum vision by advancing knowledge and fostering a thirst for creative thought, agency, and artistic excellence. Programs, which range from classes and lectures to tours and workshops, are designed to inspire and spark wonder in people of all ages and skill levels. Through Learning & Engagement initiatives, HoMA strives to instill a love and appreciation for art in children at an early age, promote a culture of lifelong learning, and foster artistic excellence and support a healthy arts ecosystem in Hawaiʻi.

As HoMA approaches its centennial in 2027, it is poised to embark on a new chapter guided by a renewed vision and Strategic Plan that focuses on HoMA’s core purpose: to be a home for art and education that exists for the benefit of the entire community, presented in a setting that prioritizes beauty, harmony, and promotes learning, self-awareness and connection. With acknowledgment of HoMA’s history and purpose at the forefront, the Strategic Plan charts a course for HoMA’s next chapter in a rapidly changing world. It will transform HoMA into a relevant and sustainable 21st century museum where people of all ages and from all walks of life will be invited in and reinforce HoMA’s ability to bring the art of the world to Hawaiʻi and the art of Hawaiʻi to the world.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must demonstrate broad knowledge of culinary practices and cooking techniques.
  • 2 years of prior experience working in a professional kitchen as a cook.
  • Interest in culinary arts with a desire and willingness to learn.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • Ability to work within and support a diverse community of visitors, artists, and employees.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Organized and detail oriented with the ability to handle multiple tasks and work calmly and efficiently under pressure.
  • Flexible and agreeable in regard to duties assigned and work schedules given.
  • Proven cooking experience, including experience as a line cook, restaurant cook, or prep cook.
  • Excellent understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment, and procedures.
  • Accuracy and speed in executing assigned tasks.
  • Familiar with industry’s best practices.
  • Culinary school graduate or student.
  • ANSI, Servsafe, or State of Hawaii Food Handlers Certification.

Essential Duties:

  • Food preparation and cooking/plating during service.
  • Maintains kitchen work areas and cafe equipment in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Sets up and stocks stations with all necessary supplies.
  • Prepares food for service (e.g. chopping vegetables, butchering meat, or preparing sauces and dressings.)
  • Cooks menu items in cooperation with the rest of the kitchen staff.
  • Answers, reports, and follows chef’s instructions.
  • Cleans up station and properly disposes of or stores leftover ingredients.
  • Stocks inventory appropriately.
  • Ensures that food comes out simultaneously, in a high quality and timely fashion.
  • Complies with sanitation regulations and food safety standards.
  • Maintains a positive and professional approach with coworkers.
  • Assists with special events and catering as needed.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

This job operates in a kitchen environment. This role routinely uses an oven, grill, stove top, sinks and dishwashers and tools to clean kitchen appliances. Employees in this role are frequently exposed to hot water, potentially slippery floors, and cleaning chemicals. Able to walk, stand, use stairs and climb a ladder, bend, stoop, kneel and crouch. Must be able to use arms, hands and fingers to hold utensils, sharp knives, and heavy pots and pans. Must be able to pick up, hold, carry, and lift overhead up to 50 pounds. Must be able to reach outward and overhead. Noise level is usually normal to occasionally loud; employee must have the ability to hear, listen and speak clearly.


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:

HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ community.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.