The incumbent serves as the Child Care Center Kitchen Staff and is responsible for preparing and serving catered meals for young children (infancy through preschool). The Kitchen Staff will ensure all health and safety standards are met and is responsible for maintaining the inventory of kitchen items and ensuring the kitchen/food service area is kept clean and organized. The Kitchen Staff may be required to accept temporary assignments within the center based on staffing levels, which may include additional cleaning tasks, or taking responsibility for a classroom in the absence of a teacher. The duties and responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of the Kitchen Manager. The position does not have direct supervisory/managerial responsibilities.
1. Assist in the preparation of food for all meals (morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch) following appropriate guidelines for cleaning, cutting, and portion size. Assist in the delivery and retrieval of food to/from classrooms per the designated schedule. Save or dispose of unserved or expired food in accordance with directives of program. Properly label, store and use all food and supplies following established procedures. Return relevant items to designated storage areas and maintain organization throughout the kitchen environment. Monitor usage and inventory levels of all food, kitchen supplies and equipment. Inform administration of needs, unusual problems and/or unanticipated constraints of resource requirements in a timely manner. Maintain accurate records and logs in a timely and organized fashion.
2. Prioritize health and safety; includes, but is not limited to: utilize established standards of sanitation and safety within the kitchen environment, including personal hygiene. Clean, sanitize, and inspect daily all utensils, food service equipment and food service areas; including, but not limited to ovens, refrigerators, cabinets, sinks, dishwashers, dishes etc. Ensure proper use of cleaners. Assist in prevention of cross-contamination. Maintain a constant awareness of, and ability to, cater to all special dietary needs of children in the program. Assist in maintaining the Center’s nut-free environment, and support teachers and families in following the Center’s food-related policies and procedures on a day-to-day basis, and for special events. Assist in cleaning and disinfecting toys, materials, bedding, and other Center spaces as needed.
3. Contribute to the Child Care Center and CAO team. Communicate and work collaboratively with staff. Provide support and assist in the preparation and maintenance of resources or learning experiences related to cooking and the kitchen. Show initiative towards the improvement of provided services by sharing ideas and participating in meetings. Participate in special limited term and long-term projects and initiatives. Participate in after action reviews and provide feedback as appropriate.
4. Develop and maintain familiarity and compliance with, and established systems for meeting all applicable legal requirements, House Rules, Committee and CAO policies and procedures, as well as specific House Child Care Center practices and procedures. These include, but are not limited to: The Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Officers and Inspector General, as well as the supplemental policies and procedures thereof; CAO Work Schedule Policies; and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
5. Treat all children, families, and staff with dignity and respect, allowing for individual differences. Establish positive relationships with each child, family member, and coworker. Communicate effectively and professionally orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality. Continually remain calm in challenging situations.
6. Seek and attend ongoing professional development and demonstrate an attitude of continual growth. Participate in Center staff development days to expand knowledge of child development and to better understand and meet the needs of the children.
7. Perform other duties as required or assigned.
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Ability to acquire and maintain a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential (or higher), or at least 12 college credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or early childhood special education.
• Have and maintain a current ANSI accredited Food Handler Certificate
• 1-year kitchen experience in a child care setting
• Ability to acquire and maintain Infant/Child/Adult CPR Certification. Required within 30 days of hire date
• Ability to acquire and maintain First Aid Certification. Required within 30 days of hire date
• Ability to successfully complete a physical exam and tuberculosis test (at the incumbent’s expense) prior to employment and annually thereafter (current documentation may not be older than 12 months).
• Must be able to secure and maintain applicable security clearances
• Ability to meet minimum physical requirements:
o lift (from floor) and carry up to fifty pounds
o push a crib/cart/stroller with up to 6 children for potentially long distances
o carry Classroom Go-Bag and other emergency supplies
o move equipment, furniture, and toys in and out of play areas
o utilize fine and medium hand manipulations.
o assume postures in low level positions including but not limited to bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling and sitting on the floor
o agility to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations
o perform all activities with children, including but not limited to standing, jumping, dancing, walking, and running for extended periods of time
o possess hearing and visual capabilities necessary to monitor the environment and children’s well-being
o be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
• Flexibility with scheduling and availability to work additional hours as needed.
Internal Number: HCCC-006-18
About CAO, U.S. House of Representatives
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff. The CAO organization comprises more than 650 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.