Job Description

Position: Cook

Essential Qualifications:

  • Compassion, passion and empathy for the patients served by the facility.
  • High school graduate or equivalent preferred.
  • Must meet requirements for criminal background check.
  • Must have clear, valid driver’s license
  • Must be 21 or older.
  • If former patient, must have been discharged from all services for at least two years.
  • Minimum 1 year experience as a cook.
  • Prefer experience preparing food for large groups of people – institutional cooking.
  • Must have the physical ability to: Lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis, do extensive walking, climb stairs 30% to 50% of work time, and work outdoors.
  • Must have a valid food handlers or food managers’ card.
  • Ability to work independently, with little supervision while fostering development of strong team work.
  • High level of initiative.

Accountability and supervision: Cooks are directly responsible to the Head Chef/Kitchen Manager.

Essential Job Functions:       

·         Adhere to patient confidentiality guidelines and maintain a professional relationship with staff and patients.
·         Report any allegations or suspicions of patient abuse, neglect or exploitation to the Human Resources Department or Chief Executive Officer immediately and participate in any investigations as required.
·         Attend all required in-services and training per DSHS guidelines.
·         Prepare up to 3 meals per day for Charlie’s Place Recovery Center patients.
·         Prepare meals from menus approved by a licensed dietitian.
·         Maintain and control inventory and ordering of all foods.
·         Supply all units with appropriate snacks and cleaning supplies.
·         Cleaning, washing dishes, and stocking supplies.
·         Maintain all USDA commodities in accordance with Health Department and Food Bank guidelines.
  • Follow all required policies and procedures.
  • Participate in staffing meetings.
  • Requires regular and consistent attendance.
  • Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, and goals of Charlie’s Place.
  • All other duties as assigned.

 Working conditions:

  • Tasks to be performed in a kitchen, walk in refrigerator/freezers, small loading bay.
  • Direct contact with patients.
  • Fast paced environment.

Essential physical and mental demands of the job

The employee must be able to perform the above essential duties and activities with or without accommodation.

Physical Demands

  • Requires mobility and physical activity: having and adequate range of body motion and mobility work in an office, residential, or outdoor environment including standing and walking (even and uneven surfaces), sitting for extended periods of time, bending, twisting, reaching, balancing, occasional lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. Use of computer and telephone systems is required.
  • Requires talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken work. Talking required to impart oral information to employees, patients and the public, and in those activities in which the employee is required to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Requires hearing: hearing is required to receive and communicate detailed information through oral communication.
  • Requires seeing: clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and at a distance. This factor is required to complete paperwork for many of the employee’s essential job functions and to observe patient behavior and activities in and out of the facility.
  • The normal work routine involves no exposure to human blood, body fluids, or tissues. However, exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment such as patient accident or patient sickness.  Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee.

 Mental Demands

  • Requires the ability to collect and analyze complex numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions.
  • Requires the ability to work and cooperate with patients, co-workers, managers, the public and employees at all levels in order to exchange ideas, information, instructions and opinions.
  • The ability to defend oneself and patients in mentally/verbally abusive situations through the use of approved mental/verbal de-escalation techniques.