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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 team under 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, ordering supplies needed to prepare menus including children with food allergies.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

a) General Duties:

  • Follow individual work schedule provided by the Director to Indicate specific responsibilities and the time scheduled for them.

  • Cooperates in total staff effort designed to improve the center’s Service.

  • Participates in periodic individual conferences and regular staff meetings as scheduled by the director.

  • Participation in staff parties and attendance in parents meetings are also encouraged, as a means of promoting a feeling of total staff unity and providing opportunities for informal exchanges of information between parent and total staff.

  • Follow weekly menu made out in consultation with the Director.

  • Confer with director when menu changes are indicated.

  • Portion food for children’s group according to need.

  • Make local food purchases when necessary.

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 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 designated covered receptacle.

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

e) Inventory and Supplies:

  • Keep 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 for supervising the storage of all food and household supplies.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Minimum High School Diploma/GED.

  • Previous work experience in food service preferred.

  • Food Handlers License.

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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