Cook Assistant (Roswell)

  • Chavez
  • Hourly

PLEASE NOTE:  New Standards for Vaccination and Masking to Reduce Transmission of COVID-19

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) require the use of face masks for everyone in a Head Start program 2 years of age and older, with some exceptions. The requirement on masking is effective immediately.

The new HSPPS also require vaccination against COVID-19 for all staff, contractors working directly with children, and volunteers. The HSPPS require these individuals to be vaccinated by January 31, 2022. This means staff, certain contractors, and volunteers must have their second dose in a two-dose series or first in a single-dose series by January 31, 2022. Head Start programs may allow exemptions to the vaccination requirement for those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions or religious beliefs, practices, or observances. For those granted a vaccine exemption, there will be a weekly testing requirement. Without an approved vaccine exemption, there is no option for testing in lieu of receiving the vaccine.

Consistent with CDC’s current definition, people are considered fully vaccinated:

· 14 days after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines

· 14 days after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

  • It takes time to get vaccinated. To be vaccinated by Jan. 31, 2022, individuals must begin receiving COVID-19 vaccination no later than:
  • Jan. 3: First-dose (Moderna)
  • Jan. 10: First-dose (Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Jan. 31: Second-dose (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech)
  • Jan. 31: Single-dose (Johnson & Johnson)


The Cook Assistant is responsible for assisting the Cook with the preparation of meals, the delivery of meals to the classroom, the receiving of food and non-food supplies, and the cleanliness of the kitchen and the food storage areas are all in accordance with the federal, state, and local health regulations, and licensing codes. He/she will receive instruction, training, supervision, and evaluations from the Cook and the Food Services Supervisor with input from the Area/Site Supervisor.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Three (3) to six (6) months work experience as a cook assistant preferred.


  • Certification of First Aid and CPR within the first 2 months of beginning employment and updated as required.
  • Ability to express self, in English, in a clear, concise, understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Ability to gain the confidence of Head Start families.
  • Ability to interact with children and adults in a positive, courteous and professional manner.
  • As a condition of employment, must meet SNMCAC’s vehicle liability insurance standards (refer to the Human Resources Policy Handbook) in effect at the time of hire and remain insurable during employment with SNMCAC.

Requirements that must be satisfied prior to attaining REGULAR employment status:

  • Three Professional References
  • Proof of High School Diploma/GED/CDA/Educational Credentials/Degree (Per Job Requirement)
  • Unofficial Copies ~ Submit with application
  • Official documents ~ Due no later than 30 days from date of hire
  • Drug and Alcohol Pre-screen Test (Per Job Requirement)
  • TB Test Results
  • Local Police Report
  • Child Abuse and Criminal Background Checks (Finger Prints will be taken and Processed)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Clear Driving Record
  • Proof of Current Vehicle Liability Insurance
  • Proof of US Citizenship, or eligibility to work in the US.


  • Consistently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 66% – 100% of the time
  • Assists with the preparation of nutritious meals that meet the child care food program “meal pattern” requirements.
  • Assists in ensuring that all meals are prepared, delivered, and served in a manner that is consistent with federal, state, and local health regulations and licensing codes and in coordination with daily center activities.
  • Assists with maintaining a safe and clean environment for food storage and preparation, and delivery and assists in ensuring that all items are properly stored.
  • Assists with daily clean up of all dishes, utensils, pots, pans and other equipment.
  • Serves as a role model for employees, children, parents, clients and community partners.
  • Maintains good work habits through timeliness and low absenteeism.
  • Punctual at all times.
  • Develops and maintains a positive, professional attitude and working relationship with the staff, clients and community.
  • Facilitates open communication with employees, parents, clients and community partners.
  • Knowledge of SNMCAC and Head Start policies, procedures, performance standards and NM state licensing regulations.
  • Complies with SNMCAC’s Confidentiality Policy assuring that the program, children, family and employee records and information are protected at all times.
  • Understands, accepts, implements and promotes SNMCAC’s Mission Statement, program goals, philosophy and objectives.

Frequently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 33% – 66% of the time:

  • Carries out any and all other assignments to meet the goals and objectives of the Southeast NM Community Action Corporation and the Head Start program.

Occasionally ~ Occupation requires this up to 33% of the time:

  • Assumes Cooks responsibilities when needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of reports as needed.
  • Assists in maintaining operational equipment by proper care and timely reporting equipment repairs needs to the immediate supervisor.
  • Attends all Head Start functions, meetings, training, programs, etc., day or evening, locally or out-of-town as directed by supervisor. Some out-of-town travel is overnight.
  • Participates in on-going self and program assessment in order to enhance personal skill and program development/improvement.
  • Participates in workshops, in-service training, as well as, other personal and professional growth opportunities.
  • Attends all required/assigned local and out-of-town Head Start functions, training and staff meetings.
  • Documents and reports any signs of the following: child abuse and neglect, illness or accidents and reports families who appear to have special needs in accordance with agency policies and procedures.