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Assistant Cook 

Position Assistant Cook  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $13.50 per hour  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Moline Skip-a-Long Child Development Center  
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to obtain a criminal history, child abuse history, and sex offender history background clearance physical examination clearance, and TB test clearance prior to hire and throughout employment.
  • SAL Family and Community Services requires all employees, including new team members, to be fully-vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and show acceptable proof of documentation as of December 8, 2021. SAL Family and Community Services will consider requests for reasonable accommodation as required under applicable law.
  • Required: High School Diploma. At least one year of previous experience cooking for large groups of 100+. Preferred: Previous experience working with the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Active Food Service Sanitary license.
  • Effective communicator with ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to follow oral and written instructions in exact detail. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all employees and others who come in contact with the agency. Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Knowledge of materials and methods used in preparation of food in large quantities; knowledge of standard recipes and cooking methods for various breakfasts, lunch and snacks for children. Knowledge of use and care of utensils and equipment. Knowledge of health hazards in food preparation and service, and necessary precautionary measures. Knowledge of food menus, values, relative costs, and portion control. Ability to cook and/or prepare and distribute vended food on a large scale. Skills in the operation of standard cooking equipment and utensils used in large scale food preparation. Ability to maintain the food service area in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition. A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality; need to be seen as a team player who is committed to lifelong learning; hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic, mission-driven environment; demonstrated commitment to the social sector with a passion for the organization’s mission is essential.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office software such as Microsoft Excel and Word, and other basic computer applications.
  • Visual acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed. Must be free of communicable diseases. Regularly required to remain in a stationary position while standing or moving around a kitchen, service, or storage area, move or traverse, and use hands, fingers, and vision to operate and handle kitchen utensils. The employee must be able to lift 50 pounds. Corrected vision and hearing aids may be used to have capacity for normal range required for seeing/hearing children, greeting visitors, answering phones, and interacting with others. This position works indoors.

The Assistant Cook assists the Cook and provides daily meals to children attending Skip-a-Long Child Development Center working from menus or instructions to perform day-to-day operations involved in serving of meals and snacks and coordinates menus and various cooking assignments. The employee receives assignments from the supervisor who defines objectives, priorities and deadlines, and assists the employee with unusual situations that do not have clear precedents.
We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all children, families, staff, and our communities. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Essential Functions

Prepares breakfast, lunch and snacks for the children and staff
• Operates standard cooking equipment and utensils such as mixing machines, steam cookers, toasters, food choppers, conventional ovens, microwave ovens, grill, deep fryer, and meat slicer
• Participate in the cleaning of kitchen, refrigerators, storerooms, and dining areas to meet sanitation standards
• Oversees and aids in the proper handling, packaging, and storage of food stuffs; meets deadlines for food service
• Assists with purchasing foods and planning menus in accordance with CACFP guidelines
• Participates in serving prepared food to the children.
• Washes and sanitizes all dishes and infant bottles daily.
• Complete record keeping and monthly temperature monitoring for refrigerator and freezers.
• Complies with local, state and national standards for quality as designated by the agency.

Benefits and Perks At SALFCS, not only are we committed to serving our communities, we’re committed to our employees!

  • Paid time off
  • Paid meal break – you work an eight-hour day
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) savings and investment plan with employer contributions up to 6%
  • Pet insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Financial support for buying a house in Rock Island through the Homebuyer Assistance Program
  • A schedule typically between Monday – Friday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Tuition and education reimbursement (Skip-a-Long and Early Head Start programs only)
  • A welcoming environment where you can be yourself and surround yourself with diverse, skilled, caring professionals as teammates!
About the Organization Mission

SAL Family and Community Services (SALFCS) strengthens children, families, and individuals to build and enhance thriving communities.

About Us

SALFCS operates Skip-a-Long Child Development Services - early care and education centers in Iowa and Illinois, The Home Child Care Network - a network of licensed and license-exempt home child care providers in both the Quad Cities and Peoria areas, Open Door - a crisis assistance program funded by IDHS to help individuals and families in crisis navigate local social services, SAL Child Care Connection - the child care resource and referral program in Peoria, IL, the Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois that serves the Illinois Quad Cities and surrounding counties, and Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships that serve Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties in Illinois.

SALFCS is at the forefront of public policy and issues regarding early care and education and individual and family social services, and is dedicated to making sure all families have what they need to be successful, regardless of financial means.

EOE Statement SAL Family and Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, religion (or for requesting an accommodation for a religious belief), sex, age, ancestry, national origin, genetic information (as defined in Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)), military status or discharge status, veteran status, qualified disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, transgenderism, marital status, citizenship status, familial status, physical or mental disability (or for requesting an accommodation for a disability), association with a disabled person(s), medical condition (including HIV or AIDS status, cancer related or genetic characteristics) arrest record (unless doing so violates contractual, funding, or licensing requirements), order of protection status, pregnancy (including conditions related to childbirth or breast feeding), homelessness or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  
Open Date 11/19/2021  

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