Cook, Head Start at Upbring in San Antonio, Texas

Posted in Executive 13 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. dba Upbring

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.

Cook, Head Start

US-TX-San Antonio

Job ID: 2022-5005
Type: Regular Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Head Start


The primary job duty of the Cook is to prep, prepare, and serve meals according to the planned meal schedule and maintain a clean, sanitized, and safe work environment in accordance with Child and Adult Care Food Program, Upbring policies, Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers, Head Start Performance Standards. other federal, state, county, and local regulatory requirements. Upbring is classified as an essential business by the state because the services we provide are critical to the wellbeing of thousands of children and families. Our Upbring staff members are servant-leaders on the pursuit of breaking the cycle of child abuse and empowering others to do the same through example while embodying our core values: We are Warriors. We are Servants. We are Family.


We Are Warriors | We Set the Standards for Child Welfare

Work Standards

  • Prep, prepare, and serve planned meals according to proper preparation methods
  • Prepare meals and delivery of meals in accordance with the Child Adult Food Care Program (CACFP); use proper tools and methods to calibrate thermometers prior to the start of meal preparation
  • Ensure the proper amount of food is available for scheduled meal service
  • Maintain an appropriate food supply (inventory), making shopping lists and meal planning
  • Maintain meal production records in accordance with CACFP
  • Ensure the proper rotation of stock supplies
  • Monitor all cooking, storage, and working areas to ensure they are safe and properly sanitized
  • Properly dispose of refuse; assist with the management of maintaining fresh food products
  • Put away and properly store and stock food items and supplies upon delivery
  • Strip, wash, and sanitize cooking equipment, dishes, and utensils and per department standards and put away in proper place daily; ensure all kitchen areas, dishes, and related equipment is cleaned and sanitized after each shift; use cleaning products as prescribed and in accordance to safety guidelines
  • Ensure all kitchen and related equipment is cleaned, sanitized, and in good operating condition
  • Under center leadership supervision ensure operations are effectively and efficiently supporting and meeting the health and nutritional needs of the residents and the program is meeting established goals and objectives
  • All other duties and special projects as assigned

We Are Servants| We Help Others


  • Assist other kitchen staff with the serving of meals; control portions to eliminate waste and leftovers; properly label, date, and store leftovers
  • Assist with making a shopping list and shopping of needed food items and supplies
  • Assist in cleaning and sanitizing center as directed by Center Director

We Are Family | We Are Passionate & Compassionate

Building Relationships

  • In a timely manner, Report any problems or issues with children regarding safety or sanitization concerns to the Kitchen Manager
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with management, staff, other departments (programs), volunteers, and vendors to ensure the program is meeting the needs of the children and the program is providing a quality food service program
  • Work as team player and exhibit professional (commitment, confidence, responsibility, dependability, honesty, ethics, and appearance) behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Upbring and is consistent with Upbring policies and practices
  • Actively participate in exhibiting cultural awareness and sensitivity when interacting with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), staff, and the community


Minimum Qualifications

  • Per Office of Head Start (OHS) and Federal mandate, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption on file
  • This role is a year-round position and scheduled to work as such. Any request for extend time off is subject to availability of vacation accruals, program needs, and People Operations review and approval. Unpaid time off exceeding two (2) weeks will not be permitted and require change in employment status with required advance notice per Upbring policies.
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 1-year food services or kitchen experience
  • Current Food Manager’s permit/certification
  • Working knowledge of safety, sanitation, and food handling procedures required by city, state, and county health department regulations
  • Valid TX driver’s license and auto insurance coverage (for Bexar Cook position)
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Strong people and interpersonal skills with the ability to work diverse groups of people
  • Familiarity with basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-year experience in food services industry

Career Progression

This position is eligible for promotion/transfer. If an appropriate position is available, the employee must meet minimum qualifications, including the promotion/transfer eligibility guidelines.

Physical Demands & Work Conditions

  • This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods
  • Position may work in a child facility and have limited exposure to children
  • Lift, push, pull or move up to 60 lbs

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.


The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.
If the day-to-day work I perform differs significantly from the above outlined essential duties, it is my obligation to inform my supervisor and/or Organizational Development.

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