Elders Cook

Elders Cook 

Family Services

Reports To:
Family Services Director

TS Range:

FLSA/Time Status:
Non-Exempt/Part-Time (.8 32 hours a week)

Open Date:
August 12, 2016

Close Date:
August 26, 2016

This position is responsible for the overall meal service operations including food preparation, menu planning; responsible for maintaining food and equipment purchases. This employee works with the Kitchen Assistant to provide a team effort in the preparation of meals that responds to the nutritional and dietary needs of the tribal elder population. Must be available to assist with the Celebration of Life meals.  Employee ensures that meals are prepared with adherence to the Tribe’s food handling practices.  Position is part-time and funded by the AOA Senior Nutrition grant.

Duties and Responsibilities
On a daily basis, this position guides the work of the Kitchen Assistant.  This position will be responsible for:

Meal Preparation
Provide overall planning for 4 buffet-style meals complete with a salad bar and beverages for approximately 50 guests per meal.  This includes three lunches held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and 1 dinner held on Thursdays (except holidays).  Ensure pre-planned menu is adhered to and is attractively presented, including main entrée, side dishes, salad bar, occasionally healthy dessert option and beverage items.  Ensures salad bar has fresh items that are properly chilled and attractively presented.  Cooperatively prepares menu to ensure nutritious, tasty, and attractive foods are served that include low fat, low sugar, low sodium options.  Prepare menus in advance to be submitted to the Office Manager by the 10th of each month or the Thursday before the 10th when the 10th is on a non-scheduled work day.  Prepare food for the Celebration of Life meals which may have 200 +/- guests.  Provide overall coordination of the Elders’ Meal Program consistent with AOA Senior Nutrition grant goals and objectives.

Food/Supply Management
Develop weekly grocery lists to be submitted to the Office Manager every Thursday.  Oversee food/supply deliveries to assure all items ordered are received and dates are recorded on the food items.  Inventory and rotate food in pantry, refrigerators, and freezers making sure that expiration dates are not past.

Health & Safety Standards
Maintains safety standards, infection control, and food handling in accordance with established program procedures.  Participates in regular kitchen inspections and corrects any concerns found during inspections.  Conducts temperature tests for food including salad bar and beverages.  Ensures kitchen and dining room facilities are exceptionally clean, sanitary, and safe in accordance with kitchen management checklist.  Ensures clean-up following meal service including dishwashing, cleaning tables, and emptying of all garbage containers.  Informs the Family Services Department Director in a timely manner of any potential or actual problems that could affect the health or safety of elders or other guests of the meal program.

Working cooperatively as the lead of a two-person team.  Provide training and mentoring to the Kitchen Assistant and/or On-Call Cooks; monitoring the completion of work duties ensuring they are done as requested.  Work cooperatively with a rotating team of staff assigned to prepare the Celebration of Life meal with little notice of the date of the service.  Ensure kitchen operates in a clean, efficient, and economic manner.

·         Attend Elders Staff meetings on a weekly basis and training as directed.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position functions as a lead, but has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform the job successfully, this employee should demonstrate the following competencies:

Maintains confidentiality; remains open and respectful to the ideas, views and needs of elders and staff; shows respect and sensitivity to cultural values and differences; upholds program standards and organizational values of the Family Services Program; uses time efficiently; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; applies feedback to performance; completes work in a timely manner; observes safety and food handling procedures; adapts to changes in the work environment; works as a team player with other program staff; deals effectively with unexpected change, delays, and/or events; maintains a consistent work schedule and provides at least 24 hour advance notice of absences whenever possible; able to work a flexible schedule including some evening and weekend hours.

To perform the job successfully, an individual needs to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
High School Diploma and GED with two years of pertinent work experience or four years of pertinent work experience. Must have experience working in a facility as a cook with menu planning, food and supply purchasing, and inventory record keeping experience.  Must have experience cooking for and serving large groups of 30 to 100 people, occasionally, 200 +/-. Must be able to maintain confidentiality; address and communicate with elders in a patient and respectful manner.

Language Skills:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common factions, and decimals.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificate, Licenses, Registrations:
Must have and maintain a valid Food Handler’s Permit and First Aid Certificate, or obtain one within 30 days of hire.  Must have a Washington State Drivers License and be insurable per tribal standards.

Other Qualifications:
The successful candidate must be able to pass a criminal and employment background check.

Physical Demands:
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 disability to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Special vision requirements for this position are close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less);  distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); color vision (ability to distinguish colors); peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point); depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships); ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to warm, wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather and weather), and work near moving mechanical parts or be at risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Drug Free Workplace:
The successful candidate will be required to submit to a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening, in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Indian Preference:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781