Position Purpose

Prepare and deliver healthy meals to Head Start centers throughout Lane County.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

Food Preparation & Clean up (70%)

  1. Assemble food, dishes, utensils and supplies needed for timely meal preparation.
  2. Prepare high-quality nutritional food, in quantity, as directed by Food Service Manager.
  3. Follow standardized recipes.
  4. Prepare and sort food for meal preparation for each classroom.
  5. Adhere to sanitation and safety procedures prescribed for the Head Start kitchen.
  6. Assure that food temperatures are hot or cold enough and that kitchen areas are sanitary so that health standards are maintained.
  7. Wash dishes, pots, pans and utensils using approved sanitation methods.
  8. Return all items to their proper storage site.
  9. Complete routine maintenance of main kitchen and equipment, including weekly deep cleaning .
  10. Routine cleaning of individual classroom food service areas.

Delivery and Inventory (25%)

  1. Deliver meals from main kitchen to classroom kitchens as assigned.
  2. Order and pick up supplies as needed.
  3. Assist in receiving orders from vendors, insuring that proper items have been delivered.
  4. Assist with menu planning.
  5. Assist with food inventories as assigned.
  6. Reconcile container inventory weekly.

Food Service Maintenance & Misc. (05%)

  1. Perform weekly a thorough visual safety check and complete checklist.
  2. Report any needed equipment or kitchen repairs.
  3. Attend meetings and trainings as needed and required.
  4. Other duties as requested

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start Policy on confidentiality.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

  • Strong knowledge of large-scale food production, typically from one year relevant experience or education.
  • Working knowledge of sanitation and safety procedures prescribed for large scale kitchen production.
  • Working knowledge of inventory systems.
  • Basic literacy skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and respond appropriately to the unexpected (staff shortages, equipment malfunctions etc.) while maintaining strict meal schedules.
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of current insurance coverage.
  • Current Food Handler’s Card and Health Appraisal.
  • Employment contingent upon the results of the following:
    • Enrollment in Child Care Division- Central Background Registry
    • DMV check
    • Drug Screen
    • Physical Capacity Examination

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes

  • High level of daily repetitive motion with hands and arms in food preparation and delivery activities.
  • Continuous standing and walking for most of an 8 hour work day.
  • Occasional driving of agency vans for food delivery when assigned.
  • Frequent daily bending and lifting of bulk foods, food bins and hot food caddies: bulk food items are lifted from the floor and weigh 10-50 lbs. each, food bins weigh 30-70 lbs, and are lifted from floor and work tables.
  • Occasional loading on and off of vans for delivery.
  • Regular crouching occurs to retrieve items from lower shelves.
  • Regular reaching occurs to retrieve utensils and food items from storage shelves and cupboards up to 8′ high and from van beds.

Position Information

  • 9 month position, (may be required to substitute for main kitchens at other times).
  • Supervised by Food Service Manager

This job description was last update/edited for Whiteaker site, Jan 2008. August 2021. January 2022

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

Because this position requires in-person work and is student and/or visitor facing, complete vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) is required.

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.
Head Start of Lane County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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