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Pastry Sous Chef

Bakery Operations | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

Dog Tag Bakery, Inc, an important staple in the community, offers a baking difference. We run a unique program that provides service-disabled veterans and military families with the tools they need to transition to civilian careers. When you choose this Bakery, you are not only honoring our military community, you are also funding our program. In this way, together, we proudly serve those who have so proudly served our country. The Bakery serves as a living business school to empower veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers find purpose outside the military. Great opportunity and we also offer benefits with this role!   

As one of most highly trained on staff, the Pastry Sous Chef must be a leader of quality and creativity in the kitchen.  Must be a good trainer, delegator and motivated to help Dog Tag Bakery reach our goals and fulfill our mission. Work schedule must be flexible.

 Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist and supports Head Chef
  • Maintain a positive and respectful work environment
  • Offer guidance and support to cooks, bakers and stewards, and FOH
  • Assist in the execution and compliance of Health and Safety standards, including CDC COVID-19 guidelines, as well as the Rules and Standards as listed in the Dog Tag Employee Handbook
  • Ensure all product is kept to Dog Tag Bakery standards
  • Control inventory and production levels
  • Help with the selection and training of new employees
  • Help with training and education of fellows
  • Work across departments on special requests and projects
  • Attend and contribute to back of house meetings
  • Attend management meetings when necessary
  • Communicate staffing, equipment and ingredient needs to Head Chef
  • Help keep food and labor cost on budget
  • Place orders for small equipment when needed
  • Help the Head Chef with ordering of normal bakery goods
  • Research and test recipes for new menu and seasonal items
  • Maintain an understanding of the program, as well as assisting with curriculum and assisting the Head Chef with rotation


  • Strong organizational, management and communication skills
  • Clear understanding and enthusiasm for Dog Tag Inc. mission
  • Good attention to detail
  • Works well under pressure
  • Quickly recognize and resolve problems
  • Must operate machinery in a safe manner and report unsafe conditions
  • Must be able to multi-task effectively
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50lbs
  • Must have flexibility in schedule
  • Highly responsible, punctual and reliable
  • Associates in Culinary Arts or equivalent
  • Must be able to read, write, use simple math, follow and give oral and written instructions.
  • ServSafe Food Manager Certificate
  • 2+ years of industry experience

Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.