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Food Services, Lead Cook

Samish Longhouse
$14.45 - $19.06, FLSA Non-Exempt
40 Hours per week, Monday-Friday with some evenings
Accepting Applications
Apr 26, 2019
First Review:
May 6, 2019

The Food Services, Lead Cook is responsible for food service preparation, planning, purchasing, and record keeping for meals provided to Elders in congregate setting or home delivery, and for the meals provided to the Head Start and Early Learning Center programs. Food is prepared five days a week on site and additional time is expected for managing inventory, documenting meal production, transporting Elders’ meals and support Head Start/ELC staff through regular nutritional activities and the implementation of family style meal service in the classrooms.

Principle Duties
  1. Follows nutritionist approved CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) menus for children and Elders, five days a week with an emphasis on providing, as often as possible, fresh, local, and traditional foods 
  2. Provides specialized meals for participants with dietary restrictions; ensures documentation and confidential posting of children’s food allergies and physicians’ recommended substitutions.
  3. Completes meal preparation in a timely manner, determining amount of food each day to meet meal requirements, and performs necessary preparation for next day’s meals.
  4. Maintains food handler’s permit and additional food safety training, while ensuring all kitchen surfaces and equipment are cleaned and sanitized on a regular schedule and by applicable federal and state regulations
  5. Produces timely, accurate, and clean records and purchase orders
  6. Inventories and orders food and supplies, following Samish Finance Policies, ensuring accuracy and freshness of deliveries and purchases
  7. Assist with planning the elders’ menu and food related activities for the Title VI program, including the yearly preparation of an Elders Luncheon with approximately 200 participants 
  8. Assists classroom staff with planning and implementing nutritional activities in the classroom, as well as nutrition education opportunities for families
  9. Attends Title VI, CACFP, and other programmatic trainings, pre-service, and in-service trainings, and other continuing education as needed
  10. Trains and provides leadership to kitchen volunteers and works cooperatively with all staff members
  11. Other duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Required Qualifications
  1. Must possess a GED or High School Diploma and the ability to accurately calculate serving portions, recipe measurements, and meal counts daily, as well as communicate effectively both written and verbally
  2. Must have knowledge of basic child and adult nutritional needs, food storage techniques, proper sanitation techniques, and food preparation skills
  3. Must have a minimum of six months experience preparing meals in an institutional setting, including responsibility for planning and purchasing
  4. Able to carry forty pounds without difficulty, sit in a child-sized chair, move quickly from multiple positions and levels, and ride on a bus
  5. Must obtain First Aid, and CPR certifications within 30 days of hire
  6. Must have initial TB test, and be free from communicable disease
  7. Must possess current Food Handlers Permit before employment
  8. Must pass state, federal, and Department of Early Learning fingerprinting and background checks
  9. Must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance and be able to operate tribal vehicles to complete food and supply purchases and meal deliveries
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry 40lbs; able to stand for long periods of time (70% of time), frequently stoop, squat, lift, kneel, bend, reach, and run (20% of time), and sit (10% of time); possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hand writing materials, computers, and office equipment as well as kitchen utensils and equipment with frequent repetitive motion, wash dishes; be physically able to move through grocery stores, classrooms, and the kitchen; be physically able to ride along and load/unload from a school bus; be physically able to operate a vehicle, enter and exit vehicle, and load/unload food transport containers. Mental/Visual Demands: Mental, visual, and audio supervision of kitchen and equipment is needed. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must be able to move around for the majority of shift. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Possibility of exposure to blood and bodily fluids; possibility of exposure to communicable diseases; possibility of exposure to high temperature foods and equipment. Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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