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Job Description

Position

Cook

Reports To

Food Services Supervisor

Department

Food Services

FLSA STATUS

Non-Exempt - Full Time


Primary Position Objectives

Assists in the preparation and service of meals. Responsible for kitchen and dining area sanitation.


Brief Description of Duties

  • Prepares well-balanced, nutritious meals, which enable them to remain healthy throughout their participation in the program.
  • In collaboration with the food service manager, prepares three meals per day, except on holidays and weekends, when two meals are acceptable. In lieu of the third meal, healthy snacks shall be available to students on weekends and holidays.
  • Meals shall be planned and prepared using a minimum of a 28-day cycle cafeteria menu.
  • Ensures meal service is provided for work-based learning, off-center activities, late arrivals, etc.
  • Ensures food options and nutritional guidelines outlined in company policy and the PRH shall be provided.
  • Ensures all meals and food items meet the dietary needs and desires of a diverse population, including ethnic, vegetarian, and low-fat alternatives.
  • Assists in developing and implementing procedures for ordering, purchasing, receiving, storing, inventorying, and issuing food products that ensure the prevention of fraud and abuse, protection of food and food preparation equipment and areas from contaminants, insects, and rodents, and the safe and sanitary handling and storage of food.
  • Assists in implementing procedures to obtain student input into the planning and evaluation of the content and quality of the meals and service provided in order to ensure students have input into meal planning and are satisfied with the center food service.
  • Ensures the safety, health, and security of students, staff, and property.
  • Provides quality customer service to the students that we serve at all times.
  • When assigned, completes the cafeteria lock-up checklist on a daily basis and is accountable for security in this area.
  • Follows CDSS plan and Code of Conduct system daily.
  • Works towards meeting performance standard goals.
  • Maintains good housekeeping to include sanitation in all areas and complies with safety practices.
  • Adheres to required property control policies and procedures.
  • Complies with all DOL guidelines, OFCCP regulation, Quality Assurance Plan (QAP), Serrato policies and procedures, Job Corps notices and bulletins, and Center policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates and abides by Serrato Corporation’s core values and operating principles.
  • Models, mentors, and monitors appropriate career success skills.
  • Helps students become more employable through continuous reinforcement.
  • Participation in PRH mandated staff training is mandatory. Failure to participate may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies

Performance Standards/Results

Effective

Communication

  • Presents information both clearly and concisely and regularly confirms correct interpretation of information.
  • Very high standard of communication skills both written and verbal for the presentation of facts and ideas.
  • Shows professional non-verbal body language and actively listens to others. 

Organization of Work

  • Action oriented. Demonstrates the ability to handle several projects simultaneously with decision making, flexibility, and problem solving.
  • Implements the key principles of time management, task allocation and priority assignment in addition to personal organization.
  • Shows attention to detail and ability to complete work with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Continually seek ways to improve employment service provided via development of professional skills and personal growth.

Professionalism

  • Demonstrates professional interpersonal skills when interacting with others. Abides by Serrato Corporation’s Healthy Workplace Environment policy.
  • Acts as team player and builds professional relationships with coworkers to achieve goals.

Qualifications

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Knowledge of basic food preparation and proper food handling procedures. 
  • Knowledge of general kitchen equipment and appliances.
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment. 
  • Ability to work under direction of senior personnel and follow recipes. 
  • High level of communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Experience

One to three months food service/preparation or related experience. 


Education

High school diploma or equivalent required. 


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • NRA Food Service Sanitation or equivalent/Serve Safe. 
  • Valid State Driver’s License.

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 disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; to reach with hands and arms; and talk and listen. The employee must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision capabilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision. Physical stamina required for a full shift of working in an industrial kitchen. 


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 is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level can vary from moderate to loud.


Benefits Offered

  • Paid Short Term / Long Term Disability and basic life insurance. 
  • Health care insurance available (medical, dental, vision, critical illness, accident, HSA, and FSA)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K & 401K Matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Employee Assistance Counseling Service Program

Disclaimers

  • Serrato Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Serrato Corporation conducts background checks and drug screens. 

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