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Childrens House of Learning Cook 

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Category Childcare  




OVERVIEW: The Children's house of Learning Cook is responsible for the planning menu and implementation of nutritional meals for the Child Care program. Promote healthy eating habits for children and staff. Work with child care staff on implementing nutritious curriculum into the classroom. The Child Care Cook monitors the food program according to the USDA requirements. This is a full-time position

WORK LOCATION: Children's House of Learning

SUPERVISED BY: Program Supervisor

POSITION STATUS: Full-time 40 hours a week

SALARY LEVEL: $17.23-$19.23 DOE

WORK SCHEDULE: To be determined by Supervisor


  • Preparation of breakfast, am snack, lunch and pm snack daily using USDA nutrition requirements.
  • Plan work schedule so that food production flows smoothly.
  • Plan menu at least 1 month in advance and post new menu monthly.
  • Adapt the menus according to specific dietary needs/allergies of individual children.
  • Purchase supplies that are applicable to food preparation; keep all records of purchases, receipts, invoices, purchase orders. Turn receipts and copies into supervisor.
  • Prepare weekly shopping list and purchase food from local grocery store. Cost control is important.
  • Receive and put away food promptly to assure quality control.
  • Must provide cold meals for field trips during summer and several times throughout the year.
  • Must adhere to individual eating patterns and needs of infants and toddlers rather than an adult prescribed time schedule.
  • Assist in serving USDA approved meals and snacks to children. Knowledge of proper serving sizes for infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. Sit with children at meal time and model healthy eating behaviors and good manners.
  • Be familiar with special dietary needs (allergies) and medical issues (asthma, etc..) of children.
  • Maintains standards of sanitation in the kitchen and dining area by daily cleaning and disinfecting. Cupboards, counter tops, tables, sinks and floors should remain free of food and other items at the end of the day and in accordance with the State Minimum Licensing Requirements, LECC Parent Handbook and Health Policies.
  • Maintain proper storage and control of waste; keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, proper heating and cooling of foods to prevent bacteria growth and food-borne illnesses.
  • Regular scheduled cleaning of pantry area, dry storage, cupboards, refrigerators, cleaning and defrost freezers.
  • Proper rotation of all food to keep foods fresh and prevent spoilage.
  • Keep classroom carts clean and stocked with proper paper supplies, utensils, and age appropriate dining ware, including sippy cups or bottles as needed.
  • Help plan and participate in food related learning activities in the classroom, planned to effect the selection and enjoyment of a wide variety of nutritious food, which broaden the child's food experience. Work with education staff.
  • Maintain clean laundry. This involves washing, sanitizing and folding daily and properly putting away all laundry (sheets, wash cloths, bibs, etc…).
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED required and one year professional cooking experience.
  • Must be able to prepare quality meals for large groups, follow recipes, and meet nutritional needs for family style and pre-portion style serving.
  • Baking of items is required.
  • Must be able to keep accurate records on menu, budget and inventory.
  • Must be free to travel, available and willing to participate in staff training, meetings and workshops.
  • Personal cleanliness/neatness, good hygiene and grooming.
  • Must be able to work independently, make decisions, and maintain program wide goals and priorities.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others, and to relate well with children, staff and parents as well as visitors to the center.
  • Experience with low income and culturally diverse families.
  • Demonstrated cooking skills
  • Must be familiar with USDA meal patterns/portions.
  • Attend annual USDA training.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. This position requires interaction with children, staff, parents and community members.
  • Answering the business phone and taking messages is required while teachers are busy with needs of children.
  • Apply basic math skills to recipes.
  • Must be literate.
  • Valid Washington State Drivers license, must be insurable
  • First Aid/CPR (adult, child, infant) required within 30 days of hire.
  • Must have a Clallam County Food Handler’s Permit.
  • Must meet STARS Hours requirements and be listed in the STARS Training and Registry System, which includes 20 Basic STARS Hours and 10 continuing STARS hours annually.
  • Must have HIV/AIDS Blood Borne Pathogen Training.
  • A physical exam with results in letter form that states person is free of communicable diseases (Negative TB test) by employment date
  • Communication skills: both verbal and written is necessary. This position requires interaction with children, staff, parents and community members.
  • Washington State Patrol Background check to be conducted prior to employment date along with a DSHS Background Check.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required by position:

  • Ability to prepare quality meals for large groups and meet nutritional needs
  • Ability to keep accurate records on menu, budget and inventory.
  • Ability to supervise, guide and facilitate learning techniques for the child care children.
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education or development
  • Ability to be sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults.
  • Working knowledge of local community resources.
  • Ability to translate theory and professional training into practical solutions.
  • Ability to comply with strict CONFIDENTIALITY.
  • Ability to comply with TRIBAL policies and procedures.


  • Often physically demanding, including lifting, occasionally up to 50 lbs;
  • Must be able to work in a wide range of positions up to 8 hours per day, including but not limited to kneeling, stretching, squatting, sitting in very little chairs, sitting and getting up off floor, bending, stooping, standing, walking, running, jumping, chasing, crawling, rocking, holding child sitting and standing and generally being able to maintain eye contact with children being served.
  • Able to sustain prolonged standing and sitting.
  • Ability to reach over head;
  • Able to focus and be alert to task


  • Reports to work at scheduled times and maintains good attendance.
  • Maintain monthly food inventory for items needed.
  • Supervise volunteers
  • Performs all duties assigned in a timely and professional manner.


  • Must be Tobacco Free on Child Care premises.
  • Must be able to comply with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Drug Free workplace.
  • Must be sensitive to staff, children and familiar with allergies in a perfume free environment.
  • Pre-Employment UA drug testing to be administer prior to employment
  • Must be a team player
  • Must be able to follow directions and guidelines.
  • Maintaining licensing with a culturally appropriate center, including adequate trained staff, appropriate coverage for the ages and needs of individual children being served, and management of scheduling for children and staff.

As with all positions of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe this position is Indian Preference in hiring.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 11/2/2022  
Location House of Learning  
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