Substitute Cook's Assistant

Posted: 09/03/2021

Substitute Cook's Assistant - $10.86 hr.
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 Care 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 Safety 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 a variety of food which broadens the children’s food experiences and is responsible for cultural and ethnic preferences.
  • Ensures dietary reports are ran on a monthly or as needed basis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Uses critical thinking skills when determining safety and creating safe environments for self, co-workers and children.
  • Operates several kitchen appliances (e.g., food processor, dishwasher, can opener, stove, and mixer).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates commitment for professional development and continuous growth by actively seeking out and participating in training opportunities.
  • Engages with supervisor and co-workers on constructive and timely feedback, accepting feedback as a growth opportunity, and is open to continuous improvement for oneself and the organization.
Additional Functions
  • Food preparation, health, nutrition, meal planning and safety standards.
  • Time management, task prioritization and organizational skills.
  • Complies with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Reports all unsafe activities to a member of management.
  • Works irregular hours if required.
  • Handles and adapts to stressful situations.
  • Prioritizes and adjusts to the changing demands of the position.
  • 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.