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Senior Cook (Food Service Worker)
Job Code:2019-HS-012
Department:Head Start
Location:Suffolk Head Start Center
FT/PT Status:Regular Full-time

Job Responsibilities:

The Children's Center, a non-profit agency, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young children, one family at a time. Our mission is to nurture and educate children and their families. We provide opportunities for education, parenting support and resources to families in our communities.

The Children's Center Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides no cost services to qualifying families who reside in the community. Comprehensive services are provided to pregnant women and their partners and children from birth to 5. Child development, health and family services are provided through a variety of program options designed to meet the needs of low-income and at risk families.  


This position is responsible for preparing meals for children at assigned sites.




  • Prepare a nutritional breakfast, lunch and snack each day.
  • Inventory/order (shop) for groceries/supplies working within the budget.
  • Clean kitchen daily. Clean major appliances on a monthly basis.
  • Attend a minimum of 8 hours continuing education annually.
  • Assists in day care, as needed, when not in kitchen. 
  • Maintains kitchen inventory of equipment, supplies and food.


  • Purchases groceries and supplies; receives food shipments.


  • Cooks meals in accordance with approved menus.


  • Ensures compliance with Health Department requirements.


  • Stores food in designated areas.


  • Cleans work areas, tools and equipment; sanitizes kitchen.


  • Cleans and restocks dishes, cups and utensils.


  • Serves meals as needed.


  • Prepares food for special diets.


  • Removes garbage; cleans garbage containers.


  • Receives food shipments.


  • Cleans assigned facilities; cleans floors, windows, office, classrooms and bathrooms.


  • Orders and maintains cleaning supplies.


  • Washes and restocks laundry.


  • Performs related duties.




  • Knowledge of the methods of preparing meals in quantity lots.


  • Knowledge of cooking times and temperatures of various foods and methods of preserving the flavor of food.


  • Knowledge of the principles of personal and food sanitation.


  • Skill in the preparation and serving of food.


  • Skill in cleaning and sanitizing kitchens and kitchen tools and equipment.


  • Skill in maintaining routine records.


  • Skill in the custodial maintenance of public buildings.


  • Skill in prioritizing and planning.




The Site Supervisor assigns work in terms of somewhat general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with instructions and established procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.




Guidelines include USDA requirements, Health Department guidelines, and Children's Center policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application. 




  • The work consists of related food preparation and custodial maintenance duties. The variety of duties contributes to the complexity of the position.


  • The purpose of this position is to prepare food for children at an assigned site.  Successful performance helps ensure the provision of nutritious meals and snacks to children.


Job Qualifications:
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment used.

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must have high school diploma or GED Equivalent.
  • Must have a current Virginia Driver’s license.
  • Must demonstrate good communication skills.
  • Must hold a current Food Handlers card.
  • Must be familiar with USDA regulations.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of basic principals of good nutrition.
  • Must attend required pre-service and in-service training.
  • Must meet all physical, mental, moral and other requirements as set forth by Federal and State Regulations.
  • Must be familiar with all background of children we serve.
  • Must have current CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform basic computer applications such as utilizing Time Clock software.
  • Must be able to communicate through company email using Outlook.



  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.


  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment used.




  • The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, utilizes equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and utilizes the sense of smell.


  • The work is typically performed in a kitchen. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.