Cook/Teacher Assistant - YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region

Cook/Teacher Assistant

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Location: Trans Mountain

Job Summary
Under direct supervision, prepares and cooks food for children in larger or branch child development programs. Utilizes recipes, menus, proper measurements and mixtures; and follows established food services guidelines and USDA standards. Under immediate supervision, assists in a classroom for children birth to 12 years old with a variety of routine record keeping and teaching activities, child health, safety and developmental tasks and compliance with all policies and regulations.

Key Responsibilities
Regular attendance at Employer’s place of business and/or during particular hours, as assigned, is an essential function of this position.  Prepares breakfast, lunch, snack, and/or snacks for children in large or branch child development programs.  Measures, weighs and combines ingredients for quantity preparation, following prepared menus in accordance with USDA guidelines.   Informs Director of menu substitutions in advance and posts menu substitutions according to USDA regulations.  Ensures that meals are served according to standard posted schedules by utilizing advanced preparation and time management.  Prepares and serves correct food portions for each age group.  Ensures accurate head count in each group for each food service.  Maintains records of food supplies, monitors food inventory, orders and receipts food and supplies.  Inspects food storage areas and ensures proper food storage to prevent food spoilage.  Cleans kitchen daily and assists classroom staff with return of food service items and utensils.  Assists Teacher in implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom to include the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children from birth to 12 years old.  Assists Teacher with classroom and record keeping in compliance with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) minimum standards and YWCA standards, policies and procedures.  Ensures compliance in absence of teacher.  Ensures a safe, healthy learning environment.  Ensures the healthy development of children through appropriate supervision of meals, snacks and rest periods.  Assists in maintenance of equipment and supplies required for appropriate curriculum and requests replacement as required.  Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents and participants through communication, conferences and by encouraging volunteerism and adult participation.   Accepts guidance, coaching and direction by Teachers and other superiors.  May take over group occasionally in absence of Teacher.  Conducts and attends meetings and training sessions as required.

Education:  High school graduate or equivalent required.

Experience: One (1) year institutional food service experience required; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  Experience working with and around children in a care or educational setting; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities preferred.