Head Start Supervising Cook (37.50 hr/wk) $17.75-$18.83 ($2,000 bonus)
Turners Falls, MA Head Start & Early Learning Programs
Job Type

Position: Supervising Cook (Westfield and G Street)

Hours Per Week: Varies

Supervisor: Cook Coordinator

Status: Non-Exempt

Location: Varies

Supervise: Cook Assistant

Job Summary:

Responsible for overall kitchen operations in accordance with EEC regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, USDA/CACFP, and Board of Health. Prepare and serve meals and snack to children and teaching staff in center based sites. Prepare meals for special events such as parent meetings and policy council. Maintain a high standard of sanitation and cleanliness in the preparation, handling, and storage of food, as well equipment and storage areas. Be mindful of safety issues in the kitchen areas.

Essential Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare all meals and snacks in accordance with program policies, state and federal regulations. Also follow instructions from Food Service Supervisor and Staff Nutritionist.
  • Follow menu and recipe book as planned. When changes need to be made to the menu, consult with Food Service Supervisor or Staff Nutritionist.
  • Adhere to diet modification and allergy action plans in accordance with documented requirements.
  • Complete daily production logs and other paperwork required by the USDA, Massachusetts Head Start and program Food Service Department.
  • Order food and supplies necessary for production and sanitation.
  • Conduct regular inspections of kitchen and storage areas, ensuring a high level of sanitation, safety, and cleanliness.
  • Assist in the training of kitchen assistant, kitchen aide, and substitute kitchen personnel.
  • Provide direction and guidance to all kitchen personnel using daily to do lists.
  • Provide regular supervision, professional development, and annual performance evaluations for kitchen assistant and kitchen aide.
  • Attend all program trainings and meetings.
  • Must be able to travel to all program sites.
  • Maintain ServSafe Certification and Allergen Awareness Certification.
  • Must display cultural competence and be sensitive to the needs of families with lower incomes.
  • Submit documentation of physical exam within the past year, plus verification of MMR and TB risk upon hire and subsequently every two years.
  • Adhere to agency confidentiality policies.
  • Maintain good in-house relationships with all other staff members.
  • The above list of responsibilities is not meant to be all-inclusive and may be adjusted to meet the operational needs of the agency.


Education, Experience and Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED, 3 years cooking experience in a food service setting, Current ServSafe Certification, Allergen Awareness Certification and six months supervisory experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described above 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. The employee is required to stand for long periods of time, walk, talk, use a keyboard and climb stairs. The employee must be able to lift 50 plus pounds. The employee must have the ability to drive a personal vehicle and program vehicles, as needed. The noise and activity level in the kitchen may be moderately high. There is occasional exposure to outdoor weather.


Employment is contingent upon the following: a Background Record Check (BRC), which includes Criminal Offender Record information (CORI), Department of Children and Families (DCF) background check, Sex Offender Registry information (SORI) checks, fingerprint-based national and state criminal history database checks, National Sex Offender Registry (NCOR), and Out-of-State checks (CORI, SORI, DCF) if an individual has lived in another state within the last five years.

BRC and fingerprinting-based national and state criminal history check is to be completed every three years. In addition, employment is contingent on evidence of physical exam within the past year, plus verification of MMRs. Documentation of subsequent physical exams must be submitted every 2 years. Must have evidence of a good driving record and ability to be covered under Community Action’s non-owned and hired vehicle policy.