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Food Program Cook
A Special Place Preschool

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Food Program Cook
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Job Summary

Wage
$13-15 per hour
Job Type
Full-time
Job Last Posted
Job posted 30 days ago
Job Role
Food Prep
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit
Job Schedule
Weekdays

Job Description

     Working under the direction of the Center Director and/or Site Supervisor and in collaboration with the other teaching staff, the Food Program Coordinator (FPC) is responsible for planning, overseeing the preparation, and serving of all meals provided to children at the Center and ensuring California Adult & Child Food Program (CACFP) regulations are met. This can include, but is not limited to, planning monthly menus, completing daily meal production records, documenting meals at point of service, grocery shopping, preparing meals (these may include raw meat). FPAC is responsible for developing and maintaining professional communication and dialogue with members of the teaching team, Center Director, and the children.       This position works with less supervision than the Teachers, but recognizes all levels of experience have a role in the team. This classification must attend and maintain required online trainings in order to meet the State of California, CACFP requirements (mandatory and elective online courses).     These are the core functions of the job that, if removed, the job would simply not exist. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.  · Oversight and preparation of service of all meals served at the Center · FPC facilitates meal service for breakfast, lunch, and snack, and communicates CACFP Program needs to the Center Director as is necessary  · Ensure accommodation of special dietary requirements, such as diabetes or food allergies · Daily meal production records, accurate meal counts at point of service (POS)  · Meal Pattern and Menu preparation and accurate shopping list and daily temperature readings.  · General kitchen duties including washing dishes, handling raw meat, mopping/sweeping, setting up/putting away service materials, arranging dining environment, and performing cleanup following service.  · Incorporates culturally diverse menu items and cooperates with weekly cooking projects and social events. · Promotes and enhances appropriate child nutrition utilizing the CACFP requirements and creates positive experiences around family style meals. Is responsive, to and sensitive to child’s needs and teacher request and familiar with PRIDE skills a social emotion child development technique utilized by all employees interacting with children. · Models positive and professional communication and maintains family confidentiality.    Performs other duties as requested.    A commitment to the agency’s mission of the YWCA. Familiarity or experience with issues that impact the lives of people supported by the YWCA. Sensitive to issues of confidentiality and diversity.    The consistent display of these behaviors is essential to continued employment:   · Professionalism: Treats others with respect. Accepts feedback without defensiveness. Understands needs of the organization might outweigh personal feelings and still provides diligent and careful work product. · Good Judgment: Considers impact of personal and professional choices. Consistently makes decisions in keeping with organizational values, supervisor’s direction and common sense. · Problem Solving: Able to handle common problems without supervisor intervention while knowing when supervisor participation is warranted. Able to foresee when actions might have consequences to others and communicates appropriately before implementing changes.    The candidate must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for employment in this position:   · Prior food handling and menu planning experience preferred · Valid CA driver’s license and current auto insurance  · High school diploma or equivalent. · Prior to employment, obtain TB testing, and fingerprint clearance · Prior to employment, must pass pre-employment physical and drug test · Prior to employment or within 30 days of employment provide proof of immunizations to influenza, pertussis and measles. · First aid and CPR certificates a plus · Familiarity with CACFP Program a plus   Knowledge & Skills:   · Needs of preschool children, including appropriate child nutrition · Standard English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation · Basic arithmetic computation · Universal Precautions and other safe work practices   Ability to:   · Communicate with children and adults from varied backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic levels. Has the ability to work with children and families where English may not the primary language.  · Learn and implement regulations mandating the CACFP. · Maintain orderly work environment and perform tasks in a prescribed and safe manner. Maintain and improve professional skills and knowledge.  · Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and individuals contacted during performance of duties. Be flexible and receptive to suggestions, input and change.  · Operate modern office equipment, including computer, phone, fax, copier, etc. Understand and carry out both oral and written instructions in an independent manner. Communicate effectively and tactfully in both oral and written form.    The candidate who possesses the following skill(s) is preferred over an otherwise equally-qualified candidate: · Proficiency in another language other than English, specifically, Spanish or other locally significant languages    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · Candidate must be able to lift up to 50 pounds · Movement within preschool and office environment · Ability to write by hand and use keyboard to perform general office functions · Ability to communicate by speech and hearing continuously · Visual acuity (close, distant, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus and view accurate color perception) needed for detail work, computer use, reading and to potentially supervise children in a variety of activities · Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time · Frequently required to walk, run, move, squat, stoop, bend, twist, turn, push, pull and reach in interactions with preschool aged children and maintenance of the child care center environment     p

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Team Size

1-10 team members

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