NWITC Cook 1

(On-Call)

CONTINUOUSLY OPEN TO DEVELOP A POOL OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

NWITC Cook 1

Department:      
Northwest Indian Treatment Center (NWITC) Inpatient Facility

Reports To:      
Treatment Director, Stephanie Tompkins

FLSA Status:  
Non-Exempt

TS Range:     
3/4

Opening Date: 
Continuously open to develop a pool of qualified applicants

SUMMARY: 
Performs a variety of kitchen duties including large quantity cooking, ordering food and supplies. Responsible for planning, preparation and serving of meals. Maintains cleanliness of kitchen, dining and storage areas. This individual is a journey level cook who may be responsible for kitchen operations.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Other duties may be assigned)

Prepare, cooks and serves patient meals to include special diet needs.

Works with the Cook 2/Harvester to learn how to harvest and prepare Native American cultural foods, prepare herbal teas and medicines for patients and provide coverage for Cook 2/Harvester responsibilities.

Supports the compost by separating foods and other garbage materials.

Plans meals which are nutritious, flavorful and attractive for patient’s guests and staff with a focus on low fat, low sugar with an accent of fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates.

Orders food and maintains inventory within the allotted budget.

Monitors and maintains infection control, safety standards and procedures for all food preparation, storage, and delivery areas as per Department of Health requirement and recommendations and NWITC policies.

Ensures proper storage of all food and kitchen supplies.

Informs Treatment Director or Clinical Coordinator of any potential or actual problems related to preparation, supply, storage, care, or cleanliness of food or kitchen supplies which could affect the safety or health of patients and staff.

Unpacks food and stores appropriately.

Cleans ranges, oven, broiler, grill, deep fryer, steamers, sinks, refrigerators, salad bar, ice machine, and coffee areas daily.

Empties garbage, and washes dishes, cleans kettles, tables and other surfaces as needed.

Responsible for weekly cleaning i.e. washing the baffles over the stove, stove sides, grill surface refrigerators, hot food server and salad bar.

Prioritizes appropriately to meet all meal and other agency schedules.

Provides meals which are nutritious, flavorful and attractive for patient’s which are the correct food temperature and thoroughly cooked.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: 
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, 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 or GED and one year of relevant experience Working in a facility as a cook responsible for ordering food/supplies, planning menus, cooking large quantities, and maintaining cleanliness of a kitchen, dining and other food areas. OR 3 years of relevant experience. Must have knowledge of Washington State Department of Health requirements for food health and safety.  Experience working with Native Americans is preferred.

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

Maintain 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 NWITC 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 advance notice of absences whenever possible; able to work a flexible schedule including some evening hours.

QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

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.

CERTIFICATES, 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. Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have completed services for a minimum of six months and should have six months of sustained recovery

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.

CONTACT:
Human Resources Department (360) 426-9781