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Lead Cook

To prepare various meals for the Children’s Center; maintaining the quality and nutritional standards as required.

Department: Children’s Center
Supervisor: Food Service Coordinator
Compensation Range: $16.00+
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday; Typical Business Hours. Occasional evening or weekend work

Kalamazoo, MI

Brief Description

To prepare various meals for the Children’s Center; maintaining the quality and nutritional standards as required.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Under the direction of the Food Service Coordinator, provide nutritious meals following the pre-planned menus in order to meet the guidelines and requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  2. Arrive on-time, well-rested, ready to work with an open mind and positive attitude to all shifts.
  3. Work cooperatively and for the good of others with kitchen staff, program participants, YWCA staff and volunteers.
  4. Be responsible for communicating kitchen needs, feedback, and challenges to the Food Service Coordinator proactively.
  5. Maintain a clean working environment, including all high-touch surfaces, food preparation, storage areas, and work-related laundry.
  6. Direct the rotation of ingredients weekly or daily, as needed.
  7. Receive and properly store all food products and kitchen materials.
  8. Direct the deep cleaning schedule as well as opening and closing routine completion daily.
  9. Safe, accurate, and timely delivery of all meals and snacks to the Dreamery Classrooms.
  10. Strict observance of food handling with regard to allergens and dietary restrictions including separate plating and labeling.
  11. Assist with the collection and cleaning of all serving and classroom dishes, returning in a timely manner.
  12. Enforce that all personnel entering the kitchen correctly follows all guidelines of the Health Department, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the YWCA.
  13. Maintain accurate kitchen logs in compliance with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and other regulatory requirements.
  14. Support the training of new hires and volunteers.
  15. Safeguard confidential information gained as a result of the position.
  16. Comply with applicable local, state and federal licensing requirements/certification and or regulations.
  17. Comply with Association policy regarding required reporting of child abuse and neglect.
  18. Report to the Food Service Coordinator.
  19. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. YWCA location
  2. Off-site location
  3. Potential outdoor events
  4. Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, some lifting
  5. Frequently required to stand
  6. Frequently required to walk
  7. Frequently required to sit
  8. Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  9. Frequently/Continually required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
  10. Frequently/Continually required to talk or hear
  11. Occasionally required to taste or smell
  12. Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather)
  13. Continually work near moving mechanical parts
  14. Occasionally work in high, precarious places
  15. Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
  16. Frequently exposure to outside weather conditions
  17. Occasionally exposure to extreme heat or cold (non-weather)
  18. Occasionally exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials
  19. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet; moderate; loud
  20. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than pounds / frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
  21. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  22. Specialized equipment, machines, or vehicles used: Mini Bus & Commercial Kitchen Appliances

Education requirements, certifications, work experience

  1. Associate’s Degree in Culinary or three years’ food service experience
  2. Ability to meet the requirements of Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing.
  3. Ability to understand and follow all guidelines of the Health Department, YWCA, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program including taking direction or correction from others in order to comply with those guidelines.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and professionally.
  6. Proof of freedom from communicable tuberculosis according to Bureau of Regulatory Services licensing requirements.
  7. Must be able to safely lift 60 pounds.


  1. Orientation to YWCA Personnel Policies, Mission, Purpose and One Imperative.
  2. Racial Justice Training
  3. Pronoun Training
  4. ServSafe Training
  5. CACFP Training
  6. Orientation to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting.
  7. Other appropriate training and in-service which will occur during employment.

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