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Kitchen Assistant - PT

Samish Longhouse
$12.00 - $13.99, FLSA Non-Exempt
25 hours per week, Monday-Friday
Accepting Applications
Dec 13, 2018
First Review:
Dec 20, 2018

The Kitchen Assistant is responsible for assisting kitchen operations at the Samish  Longhouse, Head Start and Early Learning Center and Elders’ Program. The Kitchen Assistant will help operate the Longhouse Kitchen and classroom and Elders’ meal programs, in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and licensing WAC regulations. Although this position is not directly responsible for leading menu/nutrition planning, activity implementation, full support of program values and activities is expected and input regarding planning and center operations is welcome.  The Kitchen Assistant may also provide occasional support for classroom operations.

Principle Duties
  1. Guided by Food Services Manager, assist with daily meal preparation & kitchen duties for classrooms and elders. Routine duties will include: food preparation, dishwashing, meal service, facility prep and cleaning.
  2. May provide occasional breaks for Longhouse Classroom staff as requested and scheduled by the Longhouse Director.
  3. Maintains a general understanding of Head Start regulations and licensing WACs and supports the center in striving for full compliance each day.
  4. Maintain general understanding of relevant food service facility licensing and operation requirements.
  5. Greets and engages families whenever they are at the center, encouraging parent involvement and parent-teacher partnerships.
  6. Maintains confidentiality for all children, families, and staff. Exercises appropriate discretion in information sharing with other staff as it applies to job responsibilities on a need-to-know basis.
  7. Attends training as relevant to staff development plans. Maintains current certification for First Aid, CPR, Food Handler’s Permit, and health checks. Complies with CPS mandated reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect.
  8. Performs the duties as the backup Bus Driver when needed.
  9. Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must possess strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  3. Able to carry forty pounds without difficulty, sit in a child-sized chair, move quickly from multiple positions and levels.
  4. Must obtain First Aid, and CPR certifications within 30 days of hire
  5. Must have initial TB test, and be free from communicable disease
  6. Must possess current Food Handlers Permit before employment
  7. Must pass state, federal, and Department of Early Learning fingerprinting and background checks
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry 40lbs; able to stand (40% of time), sit (30% of time), as well as frequently stoop, squat, lift, kneel, bend, reach, and run (30% of time); possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hand writing materials, computers, and office equipment to prepare reports and documentation; be physically able to move through classrooms, ride along and load/unload from a school bus; Mental/Visual Demands: Constant mental, visual, and audio supervision of children and attention 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. 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.

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