The Salvation Army

  • Substitute Cook (Part-Time)

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Job ID
    Social Services
    Compensation Min
    USD $15.00/Hr.
    Compensation Max
    USD $17.00/Hr.
    On-Call/As Needed
  • Overview

    Under the supervision of the Educational Director, the cook is primarily responsible for preparing and serving all food in the year-round Early Child Care Program and 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 kitchen or food service responsibilities.  Under the supervision of the Assistant Complex Administrator, assume primary responsibility for preparing all food for the year-round School-Age Child Care Programs and for maintaining the kitchen in a sanitary and efficient condition. The ideal candidate will remain teachable and interested in their ongoing professional development.


    • Involvement in the total program with willingness to help in all areas as needed, including dining room, outdoor/indoor activities, children with problems, daily assembly, etc.
    • Promote observance of the moral and ethical code affecting children and staff.
    • Responsible to complete Orientation Sessions and attend all parent meetings.
    • Attend and contribute to Program Leadership Meetings.
    • Help plan and conduct General Staff Meetings.
    • Responsible for sharing with supervisors and/or Corps Officers, all matters of mutual concern relating to the total welfare of the Programs
    • Assists Corps Officers & supervisors, in advancing the mission of The Salvation Army Early Childhood & School-Age Programs.
    • Responsible for the leadership and guidance of your assigned staff.
    • Assume responsibility for the health, cleanliness, good habits, welfare and happiness of all children and staff, but especially those under your direct supervision.
    • Maintain a high level of interaction with children and staff; also be a constructive member of the team contributing in every possible way to the health, harmony and happiness of the Brownsville Corps family.
    • Voice criticisms to supervisors first and respond positively to their directives, thereafter.
    • Communicate with supervisors, as soon as possible (in private), for actions of staff members that put the health and safety of children at risk.  Report all incidents minor or major.
    • Ability to communicate and work with groups of various ages and skill levels and provide necessary instruction to children and/or staff.
    • Ability to identify and physically respond appropriately and quickly to emergency situations, as needed.
    • Prepare, cook and serve food according to recommended practices (see attached).
    • Follow weekly menus made in consultation with the supervisors. Confer with supervisors when menu changes are indicated, i.e., necessary substitution or the use of leftovers.
    • Apportionment of food for children’s groups according to need.
    • Make local food purchase when necessary.
    • Wash dishes and utensils according to sanitary practices.
    • Keep kitchen and storeroom in clean, sanitary and orderly condition, i.e., range, sink, refrigeration, cupboards.
    • 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 dishtowels and truck covers.
    • 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.
    • Other related duties, as assigned, consistent with the above


    • High School Diploma required; Culinary Arts Degree or Certification preferred
    • Current Food Safety Certifications
    • Previous related experience in food preparation (preferably in large quantities), dishwashing and housekeeping.
    • Ability to read and write in order to follow & prepare written menus, recipes and work schedules
    • Ability to keep simple inventory of supplies on hand and needed.
    • Friendly, cheerful personality and ability to maintain cooperative relationship with other staff, children, parents and visitors to the center.
    • Ability to maintain sanitary work and personal habits.
    • Good health, including current Chest X-Ray and annual physical examination after employment.
    • Must pass all pre-employment screenings and background checks


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