Organization:  Red Wolf Child Care Center

Position:          Child Care Head Cook   

Supervision Responsible for: Assigned Staff

Major Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Red Wolf Child Care Manager. The cook implements the 6-Week Cycle Menu, purchases, and prepares food, completes the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) paperwork and supports center staff with nutrition for special occasion activities in the classroom. It is the cook’s responsibility to prepare these meals and snacks by methods that are sanitary and maintain high nutrient levels. It is also the Cook’s duty to deliver meals to the classroom ready for family style meal service and suitable for the children’s age and development. The cook orders all food and supplies necessary and provides the 477 Child Care Manager with all receipts and paperwork. The position involves expensive organizing, problem solving, record keeping, and time management.

Skills & Knowledge:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Implements the cycle menu in accordance with CACFP policies and procedures.

Orders food needed for meals and snacks served on site and for specific needs of individual classrooms.

Cleans and maintains the kitchen, food service utensils, equipment and food storage areas to standards meeting the Sanitation Requirements and with regards to food safety and sanitation.

In cooperation with the Child Care Manager and/or 477 Administrator(s), helps to maintain all required CACFP paperwork. Paperwork includes menu production records, monthly adjustment sheets, food transport records, inventories, cycle menus, attendance sheets and food order records.

Participates in team meetings, required in-services, and all cook required trainings as requested.

Posts and maintains cycle menu for display.

Communicates and works effectively with other staff members.

Trains cook assistants and potential substitutes in the CACFP paperwork and in all other aspects of the cook’s roles and responsibilities.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Employees in the food and operation must comply with posted procedures for cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Employees are required to wear hats, hair nets or any other protective clothing to ensure cleanliness and sanitary standards.
  • Must be neat, presentable.
  • Must be able to follow and knowledgeable of all policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to converse with the public.
  • Must be dependable, reliable, and able to work all scheduled hours.
  • Attendance at all trainings and opportunities offered such as: CPR/First Aid, CACFP Annual Training.
  • Must complete online courses.

Experience/Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED or be willing to obtain upon hire.
  • Must successfully complete a health screening free of any physical/mental condition that would affect ability to work with or around young children, including safeguarding those children.
  • Must submit TB (Tuberculosis) risk assessment or test results.
  • Must complete and submit fingerprint cards for national background check and pass background check
  • Must be self-motivated and develop daily routine to complete job duties.

Mental demands/Physical demands/Environmental factors:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing and pulling;
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be clean and sanitary in dress and grooming.
  • Must possess a valid driver license and be insurable under company insurance.

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