Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) has dedicated itself to providing high quality early childhood education to children from low-income families for the last 125 years. We serve nearly 450 children in full-day educational classes, each enriched with pre-literacy and language programs as well as arts and music instruction. BKS recognizes that families – the key to children’s success – often benefit from resources and support beyond the classroom. To that end, our social services staff provides counseling, referral services, and workshops for children and their families. We were rated one of the top seven school readiness programs in Greater New York (out of 1,700 organizations reviewed) by Root Cause Foundation. We provide full day, year round care for children who are stimulated by the various curriculum studies initiated by them and guided by the principles of the Creative Curriculum.
The Cook/ plans, develops, implements, and coordinates all aspects of a nutritious food program that will appeal to the palate of toddlers/children in our care.
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
- Assists in the preparation of food for children in centers
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Food Preparation and Cooking (40%)
- Prepare and participate in family-style meals with children, volunteers and staff.
- Follow weekly cycle menus created by nutritionists
- Follow weekly menus drafted by the directors; confer with director when menu changes are indicated.
- Work in conjunction with the Center Director and staff to monitor family style dining in classrooms.
Inventory Management (30%)
- Maintain inventory and supplies.
- Maintain nutrition record-keeping and reporting as directed by supervisor.
- Review food and supplies order sheets.
Housekeeping and Sanitary Measurement (20%)
- Follow sanitary practices for washing dishes and other flat wear, kitchen and store room.
- Store food and supplies properly.
- Monitor and maintain proper food temperature.
- Maintain appropriate cleanliness of all kitchen materials and supplies as required.
- Maintain and be aware of center allergies and concerns.
- Participate in staff meetings, conferences, training sessions and workshops as assigned.
- Maintain confidentiality in regards to staff and family information
- Fulfill roles as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Polices
- Perform any other work-related duties as requested by the supervisor.
- Adaptable schedule to work as needed between the hours of 8AM and 6PM on days program is in operation
- High school diploma or equivalent, plus current food handlers certificate
- Experience in purchasing and preparing culturally diverse foods for groups
- Knowledge of early childhood nutrition
- Lift and move heavy and/or bulky objects weighting up to 50 lbs.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.