Title: HEAD COOK
Reports to: Food Service Supervisor
Job Objectives: Directs assigned staff in the preparation and delivery of quality food services. Monitors customer satisfaction. Prepares and maintains records. Keeps the food service supervisor informed about kitchen activities and emerging issues.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Meets all mandated health requirements at the time of hire.
- A record free of criminal violations that would prohibit public school employment.
- Complies with drug-free workplace rules and board policies.
- Two years of institutional food service experience is required.
- Successful completion of a board-approved food safety and sanitation course.
- Ability to interpret and comply with nutrition, health, and safety regulations.
- Bookkeeping skill and the ability to apply basic mathematical concepts.
- Meets all prerequisite qualifications to be bonded.
Essential Functions: The following are typical work responsibilities. A reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform essential functions.
- Manages food preparation activities. Takes the initiative to perform routine tasks independently.
- Upholds board policies and follows administrative procedures.
- Promotes a professional image of the school district. Supports community partnerships that enhance district programs and services.
- Addresses issues that arise during the absence of the food service supervisor. Promptly communicates actions undertaken.
- Uses tact and problem-solving techniques to address customer service concerns.
- Refers inquiries requiring policy interpretation to administrative staff.
- Maintains an accurate inventory of all food, supplies, and equipment. Monitors the use of products and supplies to control costs and reduce waste. Advises the food service supervisor about the need for additional inventory.
- Enforces appropriate receiving and storage procedures to ensure food safety.
- Checks deliveries. Verifies quantities. Reports shortages, spoilage, or inferior products. Organizes, stores, dates, and rotates stock.
- Follows the published menus. Directs the preparation of food. Ensures compliance with all food preparation regulations (e.g., hazard analysis critical control points, sanitation procedures, etc.).
- Uses standardized recipes to maintain quality control. Monitors production sheets and work progress. Helps staff as needed to meet established schedules.
- Recommends menu modifications in response to customer requests.
- Prepares special meals for students with dietary restrictions.
- Oversees the set up of serving lines and the attractive presentation of food. Monitors portion size to ensure compliance with district specifications. Plans for substitute menu items when demand exceeds supply.
- Oversees the proper storage or disposal of leftover food.
- Properly accounts for all lunches. Uses cafeteria receipts to prepare bank deposits. Submits bank deposits and daily records to the food service office.
- Maintains accurate records and submits reports on time.
- Respects personal privacy. Maintains the confidentiality of privileged information.
- Monitors kitchen safety. Ensures that kitchen supplies and equipment are properly stored. Identifies maintenance needs and notifies the food service supervisor.
- Promptly reports all injuries that require medical attention to a supervisor.
- Cleans, washes, and sanitizes equipment and food preparation areas (e.g., work surfaces, cooking equipment, serving lines, floors, etc.).
- Learns how to operate fire and safety equipment.
- Anticipates and is prepared for fire, health, and safety inspections.
- Ensures the equitable distribution of workloads and extra assignments. Trains food service staff in procedures to effectively accomplish their duties.
- Assists with special district events as directed (e.g., banquets, etc.).
- Helps manage kitchen security. Assists rental groups as directed. Ensures that the kitchen and storage areas are secured at the end of the workday.
- Reports vandalism and other related concerns to an administrator.
- Takes precautions to ensure staff/student safety. Watches for student behavior that may indicate a problem (e.g., profanity, teasing, bullying, distress, etc.). Intervenes and/or reports concerns to an administrator.
- Reports suspected child abuse and/or neglect to civil authorities as required by law.
- Participates in staff meetings and professional growth opportunities as directed.
- Accepts responsibility for personal conduct.
- Maintains a professional appearance. Wears work attire appropriate for the position.
- Strives to develop rapport and serves as a positive role model for others.
- Performs other specific job-related duties as directed.
Abilities Required: The following characteristics and physical skills are important for the successful performance of assigned duties.
- Demonstrates professionalism and contributes to a positive work environment.
- Performs prescribed activities efficiently with limited supervision.
- Reacts productively to interruptions and changing conditions.
- Effectively uses listening, observation, reading, verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills.
- Completes paperwork accurately. Verifies and correctly enters data.
- Maintains an acceptable attendance record and is punctual.
Working Conditions: Employees are expected to comply with health/safety laws and district policies/procedures. Workers should exercise good judgment and caution when involved in the following situations:
- Duties that require lifting, carrying, and moving work-related supplies/equipment.
- Duties that require operating and/or riding in a vehicle.
- Duties that require traveling to meetings and work assignments.
- Duties that require working in proximity to moving mechanical parts.
- Duties that require performing repetitive tasks quickly and differentiating variances in aroma, color, taste, and texture.
- Duties that require bending, crouching, kneeling, reaching, and standing.
- Duties that require wearing protective clothing and using safety equipment.
- Duties that require working under time constraints to meet deadlines.
- Exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes.
- Exposure to air-borne particulates, chemical irritants, combustible materials, electrical hazards, equipment vibrations, noises, odors, and wet floors.
- Exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.
- Interaction with aggressive, disruptive, and/or unruly individuals.
Performance Evaluation: Job performance is evaluated according to the policy provisions adopted by the Madison Local School District Board of Education.
The Madison Local School District Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability. This job description summary does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. This job description is subject to change in response to funding variables, emerging technologies, improved operating procedures, productivity factors, and unforeseen events.