Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

Job Posting OPEN


Position: Cook

Department: Head Start/Early Head Start

Reports to: Nutrition Services Manager

Status: Part Time, Non-Exempt, Program Year (44 weeks/summer off)

Schedule: Monday through Friday 8am-3:30pm, 35 hours per week 

Starting Wage: Starting at $17.00 per hour

Job Function: Responsible for implementation of food services in a Head Start/Early Head Start Program serving child ages 0-5 by preparing inviting, CACFP approved meals; keeping the kitchen and classroom areas clean and sanitary according to NYS Health Department ordinances and maintaining adequate food stocks, kitchen supplies and nutrition records.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Prepares nutritious meals that take into consideration children’s various cultures and individual nutritional needs. Monitor and maintain proper food temperatures. Assist in delivery of food to classrooms.


Understands and uses child nutritional needs and age-specific portion sizes to prepare meals in accordance with Head Start/Early Head Start and CACFP guidelines.


Understands and strictly adheres to health, safety, food handling and sanitation requirements before, during and after meal preparation.


Follows menu guidelines and adjusts when necessary due to an availability of menu items or an individual child’s needs. Maintain and monitor center allergies and concerns.


Assist Nutrition Manger to plan and participate in nutritious cooking activities with children.


Prepare and participate in family-style meals with children, volunteers and staff.


Work in conjunction with the Nutrition Manager and staff to monitor family style dining in classrooms and document as appropriate.


Maintain nutrition record-keeping and reporting as directed by supervisor. Assist Nutrition Manager with timely record keeping, including monthly reports, meal counts, monthly meal counts, daily menu worksheets, and inventory of food and supplies and all other reports as assigned.


Assist Nutrition Manager in ordering and purchasing supplies, when requested.


Create breakfast and lunch menus that meets the needs of the age groups and following CACFP guidelines.


Review food and supply order sheets. Store food and supplies properly.


Maintain appropriate cleanliness of all kitchen materials and supplies which includes:


  • Keep the kitchen area clean and sanitized. Floors will be swept and mopped daily. Counters kept free of unnecessary items and sanitized both before and after meal preparation.
  • Stove, refrigerator, and freezers will be kept clean inside and out. Proper functioning of appliances is to be monitored by all kitchen staff daily.
  • Assist in maintaining proper storage of food and supplies to avoid spoilage and ensuring efficient rotation of food stock.


Must attend required training and all requested staff or community meetings.


Education and/or Experience                                                        

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); plus or one to three months related experience and/or training in early childhood nutrition; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Acceptable NYS Driver's License.

Other Qualifications                                                

Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry. Annual Physical Examination, TB Test and Fingerprinting for criminal background. 

Physical Demands & Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to handle, or feel and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

CAPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, and physical or mental disability. CAPCO will make reasonable accommodations for qualified candidates in adherence of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Act.