Cook's Assistant - Full Time

Posted: 09/03/2021

Cook's Assistant $10.86 to $11.11
Job Summary
Assists in preparing nutritious meals for Friends of Children and Families Head Start participants in accordance with Head Start, District Health Department and USDA and Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) guidelines.               
Essential Functions
  • Under the guidance of the Cook, prepares meals for FOCAF/Head Start participants following menus prepared by the Health and Nutrition Manager, in compliance with health and safety regulations issued by Head Start, District Health Department and the USDA.
  • Conducts a meal count for each meal and compiles information on Ipad and HealthePro.
  • Maintains sanitary conditions in the kitchen, food storage and transporting carts.
  • Compiles daily, weekly and/or monthly reports on number of prepared and served meals.
  • Assures the kitchen facilities are maintained in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition, meeting all health regulations regarding food preparation.
  • Assist with meal prepping and dishwashing
  • Assures that special diet needs of identified children are met and that foods provoking allergies are not served to those children with special eating needs.
  • Assists in providing as variety of food which broadens the children’s food experiences, and is responsible for cultural and ethnic preferences.
  • Ensures dietary reports from ChildPlus are up to date.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor, and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Responds to questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Prioritizes and adjusts to the changing demands of the position.
  • Safely transport food, kitchen supplies, and other related food service materials to and from FOCAF centers and program by use of personal vehicle or FOCAF vehicle when available.
  • Remains current on principles, practices and new developments within work areas.
  • Handles and adapts to stressful situations.
  • Uses critical thinking skills when determining safety and creating safe environments for self, co-workers and children.
Additional Functions
  • Food preparation, health, nutrition, meal planning and safety standards.
  • Time management, task prioritization and organizational skills.
  • Operates several kitchen appliances (e.g., food processor, dishwasher, can opener, stove, and mixer).
  • Works irregular hours if required.
  • Complies with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Reports all unsafe activities to a member of management.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and FOCAF, Central District Health, and USDA policies, procedures and safety practices.
  • Participates in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  • Communicates effectively with others.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance if there is a need to travel locally during the course of the job duties
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • High school diploma or GED; and
  • One year cooking experience in an institutional kitchen.
  • Must acquire and maintain a Food Handler’s Certification upon and throughout employment.
  • Must pass a Health Physical Screen and TB test; must be able to lift 45 pounds.
  • Must pass a criminal background check that meets required state, federal, and FOCAF Head Start standards.
  • Must pass drug test and submit to random drug and/or alcohol testing.
  • Typical Physical Requirements
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities which permits the employee to communicate effectively with children, co-workers, families and the general public.
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation which permits the employee to procure, prepare, serve, and store food and supplies; maintain health standards.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee effectively work in the kitchen facility.
  • Sufficient mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to effectively work in a kitchen facility, perform cleaning tasks and occasionally lifting or moving objects.
  • Requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, twisting, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering and grasping.
  • Typical Environmental Conditions
  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels.
  • Intermittent exposure to cold environments occurring in commercial freezer and refrigeration units.
  • Intermittent exposure to hot/warm temperatures consistent with working near cooking equipment.
Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.
When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.
This is an accurate description of the essential functions of my position.

Friends of Children and Families is a non-profit organization serving Ada and Elmore Counties specializing in services to pre-school children and their families