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Cook Assistant Custodian- ExtD (Tucson Area) (23857)

at Child-Parent Centers

Pay: $12.24/hour
$12.24 - $12.24 Hourly
Posted: 11/11/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 23857
Keywords: office

Job Description

Job Details
Tucson Area - , AZ
40 hours/week - July thru Mid June
High School Diploma or GED
$12.24 - $12.24 Hourly
In Town
Split (M-F) Aprx 8:15a-12p and 1:30p-5:4

Note - Child-Parent Centers is currently providing services virtually to children and families as we navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic. We have adjusted our health and safety systems to ensure safe and healthy environments to the extent possible. All employees are required to wear a mask upon entry and while inside an agency facility.


Current Openings:

Laguna Head Start, 001 N Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705, 1 opening, 8 hours per day, M-F, Mid July thru Mid June


Classification: Hourly

Supervisor: Center Manager

Supervises: None


Job Summary:

Child-Parent Centers prides ourselves on serving delicious and nutritious meals that our cook assistant custodians help to prepare in our Head Start center kitchens, and we are looking for experienced and passionate cook assistant custodians to join our team. The ideal candidate for this position has previous experience with cleaning and food service.  The cook assistant custodian enjoys the convenience of a semi commercial kitchen environment, yet the feeling of home with "family style" meals served in the classrooms. The cook assistant custodian will support the cook with all aspects of food service at the center including food orders, food storage, sanitary practices, meal prep, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) compliance, dish washing, and kitchen clean up.  The cook assistant custodian is responsible for cleaning the kitchen as well as classrooms, restrooms, offices, and preparing playground spaces for outdoor play time. This position requires effective communication and organizational skills, the ability to work in a time sensitive environment, and strong math skills to keep costs within acceptable standards. Reporting to the Site Supervisor, the cook assistant custodian position is an entry-level position funded to work 8 hours per day Monday through Friday and may work a split shift. If you have custodial and food service and/or food preparation experience and enjoy preparing healthy meals and introducing children to nutritional activities please submit an application today!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a High School Diploma or  GED
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Submit a current AZ Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card prior to start date.
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and excellent driving record.
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following food service activities: direct responsibility for preparing nutritious meals, scheduling meals, proper food handling and storage, food inventory, food ordering, and working with the Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • Must be able to pass the Food Safety Manager Certification.
  • Must be able to pass the Food Handlers Class by obtaining the within one month of employment



  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Accuracy
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Safety Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Self-Management
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Technology


Other Requirements (post hire):

  • Must be able to travel to and from various sites as needed. 
  • Provide proof of immunizations: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Tdap (adult Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and a clear Tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
  • Able to pass a company paid physical exam prior to starting work.
  • Able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to prove the right to work in the USA by providing appropriate documents to complete the Federal I-9 form.
  • Must possess or have the ability to possess and keep current certification in First Aid Training/CPR training including Infants and Children.
  • Must possess or have the ability to possess and keep current a Food Handler’s Certificate issued by the Arizona health department


Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand Spanish.
  • Three (3) year’s experience working with the Child and Adult Care Food Program or School Lunch Program.
  • Three (3) year’s experience working with Head Start.


Work Environment:

  • Indoor environment
  • Exposure to heat exceeding 85 degrees
  • Exposure to hazardous cleaning chemicals
  • Exposure to sharp knives and slicers.
  • Exposure to very hot foods, equipment and metal objects used in cooking and baking


Physical Requirements:


  • Stooping, bending, crouching, kneeling
  • Reaching, pulling, pushing
  • Climbing up step stool
  • Carrying/lifting heavy objects 0-25lbs
  • Operating appliances and small kitchen equipment
  • Works with commercial gas range


  • Picking up and dropping off supplies
  • Push, pull, move furniture or equipment {20 to 50lb}
  • Exposure to sharp knives and slicers
  • Clerical duties (computer, typing, copying, etc.)


Paid Leave - 22 paid holidays, 5 days paid vacation after one year and up to 10 days each year thereafter, and 5 days paid Personal leave first year, 8 days each year thereafter, up to 5 days paid Sick leave each year
Insurance benefits - dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Health Savings Accounts, PPO medical (3 plans), Vision, and Supplemental Life coverage for self, spouse, and child ($25,000 basic life and Accidental death and disability provided by employer)
Retirement Plan - Agency contribution after years of services and hours eligibility criteria are met. Employee 401k deferral once eligibility is met.



Temporary Job Duty Modifications:

Beginning October 2020 CPC has identified that the status of the COVID 19 pandemic meets our internal criteria to begin return to in-person services with staggered schedules and physical distancing. We conduct work and provide services using a combination of in-person and virtual services to children and families using ZOOM and other technology based devices. CPC works with employees to identify and provide the technology resources necessary to perform the work listed below.


Job Specific Duties and Responsibilities:


Cook Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates sanitary practices in relation to preparation of food and personal hygiene.
  • Assists in meals preparation and afternoon snack for children
  • Assists in maintaining kitchen to meet sanitation requirements; cleans dishes, stove, carts and work surfaces after meal preparation.
  • Maintains daily record of number of snacks served.
  • Prepares quantity of food to meet CACFP and Head Start Standards
  • Works independently and cooperatively with cook.
  • Assist cook in calculating and ordering food from vendor to prepare planned meals using centralized ordering system.  Limits shopping for approved items and errands to center work day and/or before or after preparation and clean-up times


Custodial Responsibilities:

  • Cleans classroom(s), kitchen, restrooms, and office facilities to insure that they are free of dirt, odors, insects, and vermin.  Cleans and inspects playgrounds to insure that they are free of dangerous objects, debris, and weeds.  Completes according to Center Cleaning Checklists.
  • Notifies supervisor of maintenance needs and/or safety hazards related to all areas of the center. Calls Work Request system as requested.
  • Moves and stores classroom furniture when required by center needs; assist teaching staff with classroom breakdown and setup.
  • Prepares supply requests and submits to supervisor to order necessary cleaning supplies.  Stores hazardous or dangerous items in a locked storage area that is inaccessible to children.
  • Organizes storage areas to ensure accurate inventory of cleaning supplies and materials.
  • Takes out scheduled playground equipment before outdoor playtime begins and stores after outdoor playtime is completed.
  • Ensures soft surfacing is maintained in required areas including raking Fibar or sand on a daily basis to maintain a minimum of 6" depth under swings or climbing structures.
  • Waters down hot surfaces when season requires it, including water of sand area for child play.
  • Ensures drinking water is available and accessible to children during outdoor playtime.
  • Uses caution tape to designate unsafe areas to ensure children are not allowed in the area.
  • Has an active role in closedown cleaning process.
  • Ensures facility is secured at the end of the day.
  • Where applicable communicates with custodian or custodian/driver to minimize duplicate ordering, reporting, or cleaning.



  • Identify self-growth, development goals, and strategies for achievement with support and input from supervisor.
  • Commit and participate in consistent and planned meetings with supervisor to further professional growth by seeking feedback, reflecting on and assessing own practice, and taking advantage of opportunities to improve skills and knowledge.


Recordkeeping, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Assist in maintaining daily Inventory of food and food service supplies
  • Assist in completing/submitting kitchen/disposable and maintenance supplies order forms to Procurement when needed
  • Assist cook in maintaining inventory of kitchen appliances and equipment.
  • Assist in maintaining daily record of number of meals served, the Child and Adult Care Food Program menu production worksheets, cycle menus and recipes.
  • Receives food orders, sign bills and submits paperwork and bills to Accounting on the established schedule when needed


Leadership, Management and Teamwork:

  • Actively participate on the center team and contribute to the decision making process for compliance, strategic initiatives, professional development, budget, governance, and agency self-assessment
  • Assume the lead role in food services with other staff that includes one substitute and volunteer when cook is absent.
  • Participate in developing Accommodation /Special Care Plans for children requiring  special diets whenever requested by Nutritionist
  • Assist with recruitment of volunteers and substitutes for the kitchen
  • Train and support volunteers, substitutes and center staff with kitchen procedures, routines, and the proper use of equipment. 
  • Work cooperatively with the cook and center team and communicate need to know information on a daily basis.


Responsibilities for all Child-Parent Centers, Inc.:

  • Understand and model the agency's vision, mission, and philosophy within the agency and the community.
  • Demonstrate approachability, ownership, accountability, and life-long learning.
  • Use the agency's communication and problem solving approach.
    • Seek perspective of others.
    • Identify emerging issues and contribute new knowledge.
    • Work to de-escalate when emotions and stakes are high.
  • Maintain professional behavior and relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Use agency systems and technologies to accomplish work
  • Maintain a high level of attendance to support ongoing service delivery.
  • Recognizes children's safety as the first responsibility of all staff and acts swiftly to ensure no child is unsupervised.
  • Implement agency policies and procedures for safeguarding confidential or sensitive information about employees and/or program participants. Restrict access to paper or electronic documents to those with a need to know.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Please Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This job opening is intended to provide information about the position for employee recruitment purposes only and is not intended to be the basis of any employee contract.

Child-Parent Centers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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