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Job Title:               FOOD SERVICE AIDE - Head Start Cook Aide

Department:         Early Childhood Development and Health Services

Reports To:           Early Childhood Coordinator

Revised By:           Program Leadership

Revision Date:      February 2013


SUMMARY:   Position is necessary for the daily food program required by the Head Start

Performance Standards, with particular attention to meeting the standards Child Nutrition, CFR, 1304.23 and Child Health, CFR, 1304.20; and applicable Day Care Licensing Rules. This position has three main areas of responsibility:

  • Assists center Cook to prepare meals and maintain sanitary conditions.

ยท         Travels to other centers to provide sub-cook duties and assistance as directed by supervisor.  Long-term sub cook duties (duration of more than 3 consecutive weeks) will result in pay as per Cook I or II. 

  • Center Aide duties as instructed by ECC.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (this list is not inclusive but rather meant to give an understanding of the nature of the work expected):


1.      Assist to prepare and/or serve breakfast, lunch and snack menus according to USDA Child Care Meal Programs standards.  Prepare other meals and snacks, as needed by the center for parents, policy groups, and community meetings.


2.      Assist with ordering of supplies and grocery item on weekly basis.


3.      Assist to keep accurate records of USDA reporting requirements and submit monthly to Nutrition Assistant.


4.      Maintain kitchen and food serving areas clean and sanitary.


5.      Supervise parent helpers as necessary.


6.      Provide assistance to education staff and parents in developing appropriate meals for children and children with special diets.


7.      Assist to post and update menus in classroom(s).


8.      Develop relationships of trust and respect with parents and other program staff.


9.      Encourage and involve parents in every aspect of the program.


10.  Meet Head Start performance standards (1304.26b 1-7) and Day Care licensing rules (HFS 46.06 [9]).


11.  Provide center assistance to Early Childhood Coordinator as needed.  Assignments may include special projects, taking messages off the phone, filing, distributing materials to classrooms, answering the phone, etc.


12.  Attend all staff meetings, in-service, training and job related conferences and/or workshops as directed.


13.  Other duties may be assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS:  High school diploma or equivalency.   All cook aides must attain (and then maintain current) ServSafe Certification within 6 months of hire or are subject to immediate release from employment. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Must be able to interact with preschool age children, including:  moving and reacting quickly when necessary to ensure safety of children; lifting or carrying a child in order to provide assistance and/or to respond to an unsafe situation; standing, sitting, bending, climbing in/out of van and/or bus; stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling to interact with children at their level; carry thirty (30) to fifty (50) pounds.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The environment is dependent on the site of the center and the responsibilities of the cook.  Equipment and supplies are available as needed.  Classroom staff generally functions in a classroom no smaller than 750 square feet.  Office space may be confined to the classroom area or may be separate.  Children are present up to seven hours per day and staff are exposed to moderate noise.  Staff are expected to take breaks during the day, but be in and/or readily available to the classrooms during meal times.


Wage range:  8.03 hour


For more information please contact:

Sam Schaele

Operations Assistant

Phone: (920)858 - 6621


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer.

Employment will require a criminal background check. UW Oshkosh complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.

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