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Catholic Charities of the Dioscese of Albany Head Cook at Camp Scully in Albany, New York

Job Description

Job Title Head Cook at Camp Scully

Agency Tri-County Services

Camp Location 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill, NY

Reports to Camp Director

FLSA Status Camp Exemption / Stipend

Mission Statement

Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, calls forth and collaborates with women and men of good will in fulfillment of its mission.

General Scope of Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Camp Director, this position is responsible for cooking all meals and ensuring that the kitchen staff is working as a team in all food preparation, serving and clean up. This position is also responsible for food preparation recordkeeping and assisting with food inventory and ordering. In accordance with the mission and philosophy of Catholic Charities and the agency policies and procedures, this position includes, but is not limited to the responsibilities listed below.

Duties and Responsibilities

Kitchen Operations

  • Participate in training relative to the Summer Food Services Program (SFSP) and use of the Regional Food Bank.

  • Assist with the maintenance of food inventory on a daily basis.

  • Assist the Camp Director with food ordering and storage.

  • Ensure all meals meet SFSP requirements.

  • Ensure creative use of leftovers and minimizing food waste.Coordinate meal preparation and cleaning of dining hall as necessary. This includes direct food preparation tasks (e.g., cutting, recipe following) and cooking techniques not limited to: frying, broiling, baking, roasting, steaming of meats and/or vegetables.

  • Ensure end-of-season close out is complete at end of contract.

  • Demonstrate use of kitchen equipment for kitchen staff team as needed.

  • Model and reinforce good food handling practices.

  • Follow and reinforce traffic flow of meal operations.

  • Mentor and model camp mission, practices and procedures for all staff.

    Kitchen Task Coordination:

  • Provide input to Camp Director for evaluations of Assistant Cook and Kitchen Assistant;

  • Assist with kitchen staff in-service meetings during the camp season;

  • Communicate regularly with Camp Director regarding staff performance issues;

  • Participate in regular structured meetings with Camp Director to discuss kitchen operations.

    Quality Assurance

  • Assist in the evaluation of the season’s kitchen operation and make recommendations for equipment, supplies and program operations for next season;

  • Participate in Department of Health, Regional Food Bank and State Education Department inspections.

    Risk Management

  • Ensure that the kitchen staff are using appropriate food handling, storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures;

  • Ensure that non-kitchen staff have no entry to the kitchen and dish room areas;

  • Ensure that kitchen is locked after evening cleanup is complete;

  • Participate in all emergency drills and actual emergencies;

  • Complete accident/incident reports.

    Paperwork and Recordkeeping

  • Maintain up to date food production records with the Camp Director;

  • Alert Camp Director to the need for food and kitchen equipment supplies.

    Mission Effectiveness

  • Understand, articulate and integrate agency mission into Camp Scully program;

  • Ensure that Camp Scully operations are reflective of and consistent with the Catholic Charities mission.


  • Interact with staff in a fair and just manner;

  • Foster a positive work atmosphere;

Participate as a team member in accordance with the Catholic Charities mission;

  • Communicate in a clear and direct manner;

  • Ensure a system of access and coverage during absences.


  • Participate in regular meetings with the Camp Director.

  • Participate in Camp Staff meetings and other groups as requested by the Camp Director.

  • All other duties as assigned.