Cook (Carlsbad and Artesia HS)

  • Eddy
  • Hourly


The Cook is responsible for 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 in accordance with the federal, state, and local health regulations, and licensing codes. He/she will receive instruction, training, supervision, and evaluations from the Food Services Supervisor.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to operate a computer.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • One-year work experience as an institutional cook involving food preparation/service for groups of 100 or more.


  • Certification of First Aid and CPR within the first 2 months of beginning employment and updated as required.
  • Effective supervisory skills.
  • Ability to take corrective action when items delivered are not the items ordered or invoiced.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local Health Department regulations and Head Start licensing standards and utilizes when planning and preparing menus.
  • Ability to express self, in English, in a clear, concise, understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Ability to gain and uphold the confidence and trust 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:
1. Three Professional References
2. Proof of High School Diploma/GED/CDA/Educational Credentials/Degree (Per Job Requirement)
3. Drug and Alcohol Pre-screen Test (Per Job Requirement)
4. TB Test Results
5. Local Police Report
6. Child Abuse and Criminal Background Checks (Finger Prints will be taken and Processed)
7. Valid Driver’s License
8. Clear Driving Record
9. Proof of Current Vehicle Liability Insurance
10. Proof of US Citizenship, or eligibility to work in the US.


Consistently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 66% – 100% of the time

  • Prepares nutritious meals that meet the child care food program “meal pattern” requirements.
  • Ensures 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.
  • Maintains inventory records and reports in respect to supply/grocery lists, daily meal counts, daily food usages and daily inventory.
  • Maintains a safe and clean environment for food storage and preparation, and delivery and ensures that all items are properly stored.
  • 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:
  • Trains, instructs, supervises, and evaluates Cook Assistants.
  • Prepares special dietary meals for individual children as needed.
  • Maintains equipment, reporting equipment repairs to Immediate Supervisor in a timely manner when repairs are needed.
  • 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:
  • Shares appropriate nutritional related information with kitchen staff and Head Start families.
  • 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.