Assistant Cook/Food Transporter, Head Start

  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    FULL_TIME
  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
  • Deadline:
    23/11/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Assistant Cook/Food Transporter, Head Start
Employee Type: Full-Time Regular or Part-Time Regular
Supervisor Title: Manager, Nutrition or Cook, Head Start
Division: United States Programs

Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

Summary
The Assistant Cook/Food Transporter will assist in ordering, preparing, serving and documenting meals and snacks for children served in the Head Start and/or Early Head Start program, following menus and all phases of kitchen operations including inventory control.

You will contribute to smooth flow of operations in the assigned kitchen, and to the functioning of the kitchen in adherence to health and food safety codes and the strict cleanliness of the kitchen and food service and storage areas, preparing foods for infants and toddlers and/or preschool children following the USDA/CACFP and Head Start tandards. This position may involve reassignment to various kitchens/centers as deemed necessary for program operations. You will assist in ordering, preparing, serving and documenting meals and snacks, and will be responsible for safely transporting meals to program satellite sites. This position may involve reassignment to various kitchens/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.

As a front-line representative of Save the Children, you are required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that, he/she comes in contact with and represents the agency values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. The position must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report, respond to any instance of child abuse and promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding obligations.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Prepares food to meet the needs of children with special needs, restricted diets, medical issues or disabilities; ensures that specifications are met in accordance to Save the Children policies, State Regulations, OHS and CACFP/USDA
  • Prepares and serves food and assists in any food related activities as directed and menus as approved by registered dietician/nutritionist.
  • Prepares and serves all meals as planned, paying attention to food presentation and freshness
  • Assists Head Cook with overseeing full kitchen operations and may supervise volunteer assistants (depending on size of workload)
  • Assists with maintenance of inventory for food service operations
  • Assists with the processing and storage of food and food related items as they are delivered
  • Assists with ensuring that standardized recipes are followed and appropriate quantities of food and serving proportions are prepared and served in accordance with the CACFP meal requirements
  • Assists with ensuring production books for CACFP and documents are completed accurately on a daily basis
  • Attends child nutrition meetings and required program meetings.
  • Receives, inspects and verifies delivery of food, food related items and all kitchen/food inventory in absence of Head cook.
  • Implements a cost-effective food service program, according to federal, state and local regulations that is a financially successful operation by helping to control food and labor costs
  • Performs any other relevant duties as assigned by manager
  • Delivers meals to satellite Head Start Program sites
  • Keeps in close contact with the site office while in the field
  • Conducts pre- and post- inspections of vehicle daily
  • Ensures health and safety standards are followed at all times of deliveries (to and from vehicle and to and from classrooms), by maintaining and monitoring the food temperatures before and after deliveries
  • Reports any and all accidents or incidents to the supervisor immediately
  • Provides a clean and safe environment inside and outside of the transporter vehicle
  • Maintains and follows delivery schedule as set by program managementAssists with maintenance of inventory for food service operations
  • Assists with the processing and storage of food and food-related items as they are delivered
  • Helps prepare food to meet the needs of children with special needs, restricted diets, medical issues or disabilities; ensures that specifications are met in accordance to Save the Children policies as well as state and federal regulations
  • Helps serve all meals as planned, paying attention to food presentation and freshness
  • Assists with overseeing full kitchen operations
  • Attends child nutrition meetings and required program meetings.
  • Receives, inspects and verifies delivery of food, food related items and all kitchen/food inventory in absence of Head Cook
  • Implements a cost-effective food service program, according to federal, state and local regulations that is a financially successful operation by helping to control food and labor costs
  • Performs any other relevant duties as assigned by manager

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus at least two (2) years of related experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in a food service environment
  • Proven teamwork and successful customer service orientation
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-management of time and overall cleanliness
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels, both internal and external
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Physical Requirements related to essential functions: Ability to perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10 pounds constantly, performing such activities as sitting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping. This also includes some duties that require repetitive action and motion skills, keyboarding and computer use.

Clear pre-employment background check requirements, including local, state, and national criminal records check, sex offender registries, employment, and education verifications (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and pass all state and local health requirements required post job offer and prior to employment.

This position will require the incumbent to operate a motor vehicle to fulfill certain essential functions of the job. The incumbent should maintain a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with any Save the Children policies pertaining to the safe operation of motor vehicles.

Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven relevant knowledge of basic food preparation and kitchen operations, including food safety requirements is a plus
  • General bookkeeping skills are a plus
  • Previous experience having met Health Department Regulations, USDA and Head Start Standards is preferred
  • Previous experience working with CACFP is preferred
  • Certification in ServSafe is preferred

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit-at every opportunity-to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form-in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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