Company: OWENS VALLEY CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Posted on: February 20, 2021
POSITION TITLE: Early Head Start (EHS) Cook/AideCLASSIFICATION:
Non-ExemptDEPARTMENT: Early Childhood Education (ECE)SUPERVISOR:
EHS Site CoordinatorPAYRATE: $10.57 to $14.87 per hour
Under direct supervision of the EHS Site Coordinator, plans and
prepares nutritious, well-balancedmeals for EHS participants in
compliance with all USDA and CACFP regulations as well as federal,
stateand tribal regulations. Maintains cleanliness of food
preparation areas, kitchen, utensils, andequipment. Ensures all
safety and food handling is in compliance with applicable
regulations. Assiststeachers in providing classroom experiences to
enhance and promote the educational, cultural,intellectual, and
social growth and development of children.
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of
the duties performed by this position and isnot all-inclusive. Each
classification may not be assigned all duties listed, nor do the
examples coverall duties which may be assigned.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Plans and prepares well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks
according to established policies, procedures, and nutritional
guidelines; meals must be prepared according to established
- Submits monthly food reports, daily meal counts, and food
service reports on a timely basis.
- Conducts inventory of kitchen equipment, utensils, and linen
- Orders or purchases food and foodservice related items to
ensure that adequate supplies arevavailable at all times.
- Ensures that products in first are used first.
- Follows proper food handling procedures, including wearing
required hair netting, wearing of serving gloves, and maintaining
- Practices good hygiene, including not wearing painted or
ornamented finger nails, staying away from food when sick, and
washing hands after personal breaks or handling meats,
- Maintains temperature controls for stored food and prepared hot
food in accordance with state recommended procedures.
- Stores food and non-food products appropriately.
- Thaws frozen products required for the next daily meal
- Maintains a safe and healthy environment in accordance with
established policies, procedures, and regulations in both the food
preparation and dining areas.
- Washes and dries pots, pans, eating utensils, and other cooking
- Cleans and sanitizes kitchen and dining areas.
- Delivers meals to the classroom or serves meals.
- Maintains accurate records.
- Participates in training programs as required.
- Assists in implementing lesson plans in a manner that will
develop each child's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social
behavior; assists with planned activities to stimulate growth in
culture, language, social, and motor skills.
- Assists teachers in providing stimulation activities and
experiences in all curriculum areas; avoids activities causing
over-stimulation or fatigue.
- Assists teacher in play, reading, field trips, and group
- Encourages children to communicate.
- Assists in analyzing and appraising children's development and
- May accompany and transports children on field trips or to
- Instructs children in practices of personal cleanliness and
- Ensures the cleanliness and safety of materials, classroom, and
playgrounds by performing routine inspections and disinfecting
equipment, facilities and toys.
- Assists parents in feeling welcomed, comfortable, and
- Assists teachers in maintaining effective working relationships
with parents by assisting with parent participation.
- Assists teacher in implementing established classroom rules and
routines and ensuring that they are understood and accepted by
children and their parents.
- Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results
- Maintains confidentiality of privileged information.
- Transports children to/from center.
- Performs other duties as required.
High School Diploma, GED or CHSPE; one year food preparation
experience and current Infant Toddler Child Development Associate
Certificate (CDA) or ability to obtain and maintain a CDA within
six (6) months of hire; Current First Aid, CPR, Automatic
Defibrillator certificates required, or obtained and maintained
within six (6) months of hire; California Food Handler's
certificate required, or obtained and maintained within three (3)
months of hire. Experience with Native Communities preferred. Shall
possess and maintain a valid California Class C drivers' license,
and qualify for employer insurability, throughout the course of
employment. Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol
screen, TB clearance, and background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of how to prepare well-balance and nutritious
- Knowledge of menu planning and sanitation procedures.
- Knowledge of proper and safe food handling, storage, and
- Skill in preparing food for young children.
- Skill in handling sharp knives, and other cutting
- Strong organization and time management skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively in the English, both
verbally and in writing.
- Ability to safely operate various cooking equipment and kitchen
- Ability to work extended hours and various work
- Knowledge of early childhood development, diet and nutrition
- Knowledge of Native American traditions, language, history and
- Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar,
punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
- Skill in administering disciplinary rules to children and
resolving situational conflicts among children.
- Skill in interacting and engaging children.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships
with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and
with co-workers at all levels.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact,
fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with
- Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is
required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with
hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is
required to walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
The employee occasionally is required to sit; and climb or balance.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50
Work is generally performed in kitchen areas with exposure to heat,
cold, fumes and steam and a moderate noise level. Additionally,
work is performed in a ECE setting with a moderate noise level
where employee may be exposed to unpleasant odors, hazardous
material and infectious disease. Evening and/or weekend work may be
required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.
Travel is required.
Native American Indian Preference:
Native American Indian preference shall apply to all positions at
OVCDC pursuant to the Indian Self Determination and Education
Assistance Act (24 USC 450, et. seq.), 25 CFR 271.44, applicable
Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances, and other relevant laws.
This is a grant-funded position. Continued employment in this
position is contingent upon renewal of the grant on a year-to-year
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