Lead Cook - YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region

Lead Cook

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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.  Trains and oversees assignments of Assistant Cook(s).

  • Regular attendance at Employer’s place of business and/or during particular hours, as assigned, is an essential function of this position. Employee must comply with and follow YWCA’s attendance policy at all times, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted, as required by law.
  • Prepares breakfast, lunch, snack, and/or snacks for children in large or branch child development programs.
  • Trains and oversees assignments of Assistant Cook(s).
  • 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.
  • Orders and maintains cleaning supplies. Orders supplies requested by classroom staff and approved by Director.
  • Conducts and attends meetings and training sessions as required, including annual participation in required hours of training per TDFPS minimum standards, or the annually required hours for accredited sites.


  • High school graduate or equivalent required.
  • One (1) year institutional food service experience required; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Prior oversight of assistant food preparers preferred.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Knowledge of simple arithmetic required, with ability to make basic computations.
  • Ability to follow directions and routines required.
  • Must be able to cook for and serve large groups.
  • Must have an interest in children.
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful required.
  • Must be able to cope with emergencies
  • Must be able to work under pressure with interruptions.
  • Must be able to read, write, understand and communicate in English.
  • Must acquire CPR, First Aid/SIDS, DFPS background check, FBI fingerprint and food management certifications prior to start of employment. Must maintain these certifications throughout employment.
  • If you have lived out of state in the past five years you are required to submit for criminal history and child abuse/neglect check for the different states you have resided in.
  • Must supply physician statement of current negative TB test and freedom from communicable diseases.

Anticipated Benefits
YWCA Membership and Program Discounts
Basic Life Insurance
Medical, Dental, and Vision