POSITION SUMMARY Neighborhood House’s Head Start program provides an opportunity for participants to learn, grow, and thrive in an environment that emphasizes parents as primary teachers, a co-operative environment between families, teachers, family advocates, home visitors, and other staff, connection to community resources, and learning through child-led play. Our program is designed to meet the needs of and to provide school readiness skills to all eligible children, including those with special needs and disabilities, so our community’s children and families are stronger for life.
This position will be responsible for meal services for the Head Start classrooms and, Early Head Start group socials, maintaining meal planning paperwork, ensuring appropriate preparation and serving of planned meals, and maintaining a clean food preparation environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Menu Planning Duties:
• Develop the 6-week cycle menu and submit to Health Coordinator for approval.
• Complete the menu planning forms for each day of meal service.
• Maintain a file of all menus, food planning records, and recipes.
• Fill out the Change of Menu Notification form if needed.
Food Purchasing Duties:
• Work with the Health Coordinator to develop and implement procurement procedures that ensure that goods and services are obtained efficiently, economically and in compliance with state and Federal law.
• Maintain accurate and detailed recipes for all of the food on the menu, including time needed to prepare.
• Develop weekly food and food service supplies purchasing list and order from appropriate food vendors using online ordering systems if available.
• Submit food purchased invoices to the Health Coordinator weekly.
• Maintain a continuous file of food purchases and inventory of food.
Food Preparation Duties:
• Prepare daily breakfasts and lunches on time, in a sanitary manner, in adequate quantity, and tasting, looking good with appropriate consistency.
• Ensure the appropriate kinds and quantities of food for snacks are set out daily for the classrooms.
• Ensure food is maintained at appropriate temperatures.
• Develop and implement classroom nutrition projects that follow classroom procedures.
Kitchen Equipment Duties:
• Ensure that all equipment used in the meal service (such as dishes, pots and utensils, kitchen counters) are cleaned and sanitized daily.
• Ensure that major equipment (such as the refrigerator, stoves, and microwave) are cleaned and sanitized monthly.
• Ensure cupboards and other storage areas are cleaned twice a year.
• Maintain an inventory of equipment and make recommendations to the supervisor when additional equipment is needed.
Kitchen Staffing Duties:
• Schedule staff coverage of the kitchen and work with kitchen staff to determine any additional supply or equipment needs.
• Ensure that the general appearance and cleanliness of the kitchen is maintained.
• Report any major maintenance or repair problems to the supervisor as needed.
• Facilitate the smooth functioning of the kitchen and meal service by coordinating services and communication of information.
• Complete reports as requested.
Attends Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and other food, sanitation and nutrition trainings as required and/or needed.
Attend all Head Start staff meetings and trainings and Neighborhood House all-staff meetings and trainings.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
High School Diploma or GED and one (1) year experience cooking for large groups; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with preschool aged children. Experience or ability to learn CACFP guidelines and record keeping. Knowledge of CACFP food components, serving sizes and basic nutrition.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and troubleshooting skills. Excellent organizational, planning, food preparation and sanitation skills.
This position will act as Lead for the Kitchen Assistant(s).
Assist with ensuring all program activities are operated in compliance with internal and external laws and regulations.
Scope of responsibility includes Lead for the Kitchen Assistant(s). Carry out lead responsibilities in accordance with Neighborhood House’s policies and procedures and all applicable laws. Responsibilities may include assisting with interviewing, hiring, and/or training employees; assisting with planning, assigning, and/or directing work; assisting with conducting appraisal performance; and assisting with addressing and resolving complaints.
Demonstrated proficiency in handling confidential nature; ability to assume a high degree of responsibility; ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups; and ability to work independently. Ability to appropriately assess and handle crises, and solve problems as needed.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures and communicate effectively with those whose English language skills are limited. Excellent oral and written communication and ability to communicate professionally with clients, families, service providers, community members and co-workers. Ability to work as a team player.