Under the general supervision of the Health Services Coordinator the Part Time Center Aide assists serving the children nutritious, good tasting and appealing meals and snacks. It is the Center Aide’s responsibility to help in the preparation of these meals and snacks by methods that maintain high nutrient levels and that are sanitary. The Center Aide also helps to deliver meals to the classroom ready for family style meal service and suitable for the children’s age and development. Center Aide also participates in classroom, backyard, and other activities around the center. These activities are designed to foster or enhance all areas of the center’s development.
- Assists in the preparation of foods in accordance with the Serve Safe Training and DHS State Regulations, Menus and Recipes.
- Assists in preparing meals and snacks in such a way that a minimum of nutrients are lost from foods, that ensure foods taste good and look appealing, and that there are ample amounts of foods for children to have as many servings as they need.
- Helps to maintain established standards of sanitation, safety and food preparation and storage as set by the local and state health departments, including: storing foodstuffs and supplies in appropriate areas; washing dishes; cleaning refrigerators, stove, bins, cupboards and other kitchen equipment and utensils; and, sweeping and mopping kitchen floors.
- Helps deliver foods from the kitchen to the classrooms ready to be served as suitable for the children’s age and development.
- Participates in all emergency drills and environmental safety activities.
- Attends and participates in grantee-sponsored trainings, center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
- Participates in the agency’s self-evaluation process, DHS Inspections, and grantee monitoring visits and complies with any applicable Program Improvement Plans developed.
- Participates in general staff meetings and other meetings and events planned by the grantee and delegate agency as requested.
- Performs other duties, as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.
RECOMMENDED EMPLOYMENT QUALIFICATIONS
It is preferred that the Center Aide have training in foods, nutrition, dietetics, and/or child food preparation and management. A commitment to secure continuing education related to employment with the Agency is required.
Demonstrated skills in preparing the children’s food in a nutritious, good tasting and appealing manner. Experience in child food service preparation and management desirable. Knowledge of CACFP requirements also desirable. Knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income and migrant families. Effective oral and written communication skills commensurate with the responsibilities of the position are required. Bilingual, both oral and written, ability (English/Spanish) is preferred.
Ability to pass a physical exam every two years and a TB test yearly. Must be able to comply with background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency. Successful experience working as an effective member of a team. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community. Visual acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed. Must be free of communicable diseases and breathing impairments. Manual dexterity sufficient to: use kitchen utensils and equipment, wash dishes, and perform cleaning responsibilities. Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills. Ability to learn and comprehend information from Procedures Manuals and other materials. Must be able to physically move through the center and classrooms. Ability to lift 55 pounds is required. Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff & clients desirable. Regular access to a reliable vehicle, a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and vehicle insurance is preferred. Must possess personal qualifications: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of Pennsylvania Keystone STARS, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.
Tasks that involve infrequent possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues. Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets and rural roads during business travel, including occasional evening. Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones and personal contacts are Category III tasks. Possible exposure to communicable diseases. This job involves standing for long periods as well as stooping, squatting, lifting and climbing. Must be able to travel, enter, and exit a vehicle without assistance and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions. Proper clothing, shoes and hair restraints according to Health Department Standards are to be worn daily.
The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.
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