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Police Athletic League Nutritionist/Cook in Brooklyn, New York

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a Nutritionist/Cook who will be responsible for food preparation, food purchases, and service of meals in accordance with established United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), CACFP, State guidelines, standards of nutrition, health, and sanitation. This employee will work with the team under the guidance of the Nutrition Consultant to plan nutritious meals and snacks for Head Start/Early Head students, parents, and staff. The cook will perform administrative tasks including ordering and maintaining inventory of food and supplies, food production records, and ordering supplies needed to prepare menus for children with food allergies.

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the cook is primarily responsible for preparing and serving all food in the center, for maintaining the kitchen in a sanitary and efficient condition. Additionally, the cook is responsible for the supervision and training of other staff assigned to the kitchen or food service responsibilities.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

a) General Duties:

  • Participate in staff meetings, conferences, training sessions, and workshops as assigned

  • Maintain confidentiality in regards to staff and family information

  • Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

  • Perform any other work-related duties as requested by the supervisor

  • Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services

  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner

  • Demonstrate commitment to mission, values, and policies in the performance of daily duties.

b) Nutritious Cooking:

  • Prepares nutritious meals that take into consideration children’s various cultures and individual needs.

  • Understands and uses child nutritional needs and age specific to prepare meals in accordance with USDA (CACFP), Head Start and CACFP Guidelines

  • Follows menu guidelines and adjusts when necessary due to an availability of menu items or an individual child’s needs.

  • Understands and strictly adheres to health, safety, food handling and sanitation requirements before, during and after meal

  • Prepare, cook and serve food according to recommended

  • The Cook’s responsibilities chiefly fall within the core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed

c) Food Services:

  • Prepare assigned menus

  • Maintain food service record- keeping and reporting as directed by supervisor

  • Conduct weekly inventory of food and supplies

  • Check food deliveries for accuracy and good quality. Follow up on missing items or poor quality.

  • Store food and supplies properly Date all canned, boxed, and bagged foods. Use the FIFO method of inventory.

  • Monitor and maintain proper food temperatures

  • Monitor and maintain proper temperature of all refrigerators and freezers

  • Maintain appropriate cleanliness of all kitchen materials and supplies as required.

  • Maintain a list and be aware of food allergies and concerns. Prepare alternate menu items as needed for the affected children.

  • Prepare food and assist in the delivery of food to classrooms and retrieval of dirty dishes from classrooms

  • Wash, sanitize and store dishes, pots, and pans.

d) Housekeeping:

  • Wash dishes and utensils according to sanitary practices.

  • Keep kitchen and storeroom in a clean, sanitary, and orderly condition e.g., range, sink, refrigerator, cupboard.

  • Keep kitchen equipment and utensils in good condition.

  • Place kitchen garbage in a designated covered receptacle.

  • In the absence of a helper, the cook shall wash dish towels and truck covers.

e) Inventory and Supplies:

  • Keep a simple inventory of food and household supplies on hand as needed.

  • Inform Director of needed food supplies, repairs, and replacement of kitchen equipment and utensils.

  • Be responsible for storing or supervising the storage of all food and household supplies.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Minimum High School Diploma/GED.

  • Food Handlers Certificate.

  • Previous work experience in foodservice preferred.

  • Knowledge of early childhood nutrition.

  • Lift and move heavy and/or bulky objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Basic computer literacy in email usage, word processing, and internet navigation.

  • Pass a physical examination and all Head Start/licensing required background checks.

  • Maintain current Physical/TB screen requirements.

  • Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions.

The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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