Job Title: Lead Cook
Department: Family Development
Status: Full Time (52 wks. per year), Non-Exempt
The Cook is directly responsible to the Health Services Coordinator and ensures that Nutrition services are in compliance with the CACFP guidelines and the L.E.A.P. Start/Early Head Start Comprehensive Program Plan. It is the understanding and expectation of this organization that all employees will take the opportunity to contribute to the overall success and mission of the agency above and beyond the basic requirements of their job.
- Adhere to the agency’s policy on confidentiality both within the agency and the community and adhere to all program policies and procedures.
- Work closely with all program staff to ensure an integrated approach and provide comprehensive services to children and families.
- Utilize professional reading, writing and communication skills in order to carry out necessary job requirements.
- Supervise assistant cook and any volunteer help in the kitchen on a daily basis.
- Participate in the development of all menus which conform to CACFP standards and Head Start Performance Standards.
- Plan and purchase food in a timely and cost effective manner based on established menus.
- Document appropriately food purchases and food consumed on a daily basis.
- Plan and purchase non-food items, which are related to nutrition services.
- Prepare and/or supervise the preparation of food for children, parents, staff and home based snacks (if appropriate) in accordance with the menu and standardized recipes.
- Meet all sanitary requirements for kitchen and entire food service program.
- Keep kitchen and storage areas clean, organized, and free of clutter and debris.
- Wear appropriate attire for food service and meets WCHS dress code. Exhibit healthy personal hygiene.
- Contribute positively to center morale and program atmosphere.
- Assist in the annual revision of the Comprehensive Program Plan, Policies and Procedures, Community Assessment and in the program self assessment.
- Attend upon request all staff and other appropriate meetings, trainings and conferences. Some of which may require out-of county travel and evening/overnight attendance.
- Promote and support the program’s School Readiness goals and the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) goals.
- High School diploma or GED.
- Preferably one-year food preparation experience.
- An interest and knowledge in the preparation and serving of high quality foods to ages 0-5 years.
- A valid driver’s license.
- An understanding of young children and low-income families, and an appreciation of parents as the primary educators of their children.