Cook (Temporary/Ellensburg)

Position Title:         Cook (temporary)

Pay Rate:                  $16.90 to $17.14

Reports To:             Assistant Center Manager                    


Position Summary: 

Assist the Cook at assigned location with planning and preparing snacks and meals that meet USDA requirements, Head Start Performance Standards, licensing requirements and Agency’s policies and procedures.




Minimum Qualifications:


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Prepare or direct preparation of all meals indicated on menus, in accordance with USDA, Head Start

     and other Child Development program guidelines.

  1. Follow menus provided, making changes only with the consent of the USDA Manager. In case of

     emergency, improvise and make substitutions as necessary.

  1. Assume responsibility for the appropriate storage and disposal of unused food.
  2. Estimate food requirements and control serving portions, eliminating waste and leftovers. Apportion      

     food in accordance with USDA requirements and yield specified in standardized recipes.

  1. Maintain defined standards of sanitation and safety for food services staff, kitchen/storerooms, and

     kitchen equipment to comply with federal, state, and local health and safety codes.  Maintain clean and   

     safe kitchen, food prep and storeroom areas.

  1. Provide direction and assign work to other food services staff. Orient and instruct food services

     employees in food services regulations, sanitary kitchen procedures, and proper use and care of

     equipment and sup plies.

  1. Maintain a system to check, inspect and store all incoming foods and supplies. Check incoming food

     and supplies received against original order and communicate any shortages or errors to the USDA


  1. Work in cooperation with custodial staff in maintenance of equipment and supplies and the proper

    cleaning of food service area.  Check equipment and cooking area often to make sure they maintain

    safety and sanitation requirements.  Report repair and maintenance needs to Center Manager and

    USDA Coordinator.

  1. Keep accurate, up-to-date meal production information. Submit all required records according to

     deadline dates.

  1. Attend in-service training, staff meetings, and parent meetings as requested; may assist in

       preparation of meals for these functions occurring at the site.

  1. Be committed to characterizing a culture of safety within our centers, playgrounds, buses and anywhere that children may be present. Be familiar with and encourage EPICs culture of “See Something, Say Something”.


Other Job Functions:

  1. Articulate EPIC’s mission, values and policies to staff and clients; demonstrate commitment to mission,

values and policies in the performance of daily duties.

  1. Adhere to the values that reflect the working culture at EPIC.  Thus, honoring and modeling these values as you carry out your duties on a daily basis.
  2. Communicate effectively by sharing concerns openly and honestly with appropriate staff members, observes confidentiality in all dealings related to program, staff and families.
  3. Provide and maintain a safe, healthy, responsive and nurturing learning environment for all children by modeling professional behavior, open communication, embodying a culture of safety and utilizing effective conflict resolution skills.


Working Conditions/Physical/ Mental Abilities and Processes:

  1. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
  2. Work requires long periods of standing, walking, lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, carrying, squatting, twisting, turning, and reaching.
  3. Ability to lift up to a maximum of 50 pounds.
  4. Ability to feel or grip objects.  Use repetitive motions involved with food preparation, work from an awkward position to accomplish cleaning equipment.
  5. Work also requires standing during the majority of the work shift. 


Additional Skills and Conditions:


Equipment Operated:

Personal computer, telephone, copy and fax machines



Conditions of Employment:

  1. Prior to employment, complete a pre-employment drug screen, Tb skin test by an EPIC approved healthcare provider at no cost to the employee.
  2. Pre-employment basic physical by an EPIC healthcare provider (obtain within (30) days of employment and no cost to the employee).
  3. Must pass an initial and periodic background check through the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).
  4. Provide proof of MMR vaccination and/ or resistance to Measles, Mumps & Rubella.
  5. Current Food Handlers card (obtain the training within 30 days of employment).
  6. Current First Aid/CPR card (obtain within thirty 30 days of employment).
  7. Meet the minimum education requirements within the timeframe as stated in the performance standards.
  8. Complete Child Abuse and Neglect training and all other mandated training.
  9. CEO Approval.






I understand the job responsibilities and qualifications required to perform in this capacity and I further verify that all of the information I submit to EPIC for consideration of employment is truthful and accurate, and I understand the conditions of employment as outlined above:



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The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required for this position at the time the job is posted. This is not intended to serve as an all-inclusive list. EPIC retains the right to add or change the duties on this position at any time.

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Posted on November 08, 2023

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required for this position at the time the job is posted. This is not intended to serve as an all-inclusive list. EPIC retains the right to add or change the duties on this position at any time.

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