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 Cafeteria Cook - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: DC Public Schools (DCPS) 
Hiring entity type: Educational Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Other
Service/Skilled - Food & Nutritional Services
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: a0x0P00000FeCz0QAF / Latpro-3745181 
Date posted: Jun-26-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Cafeteria Cook

Office: Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Date Posted: 3/24/2020

Salary Range: 1-5 / $13.22 - $15.81

Position Overview

The Office of Innovation and Systems Improvement (ISI) works with the Chancellor to align resources across the organization through innovation and continuous improvement. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, we are guided by the five strategic priorities of the new Capital Commitment 2017-2022 Strategic Plan:

  • Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
  • Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
  • Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
  • Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
  • Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) is comprised of the Strategic School Operations, Food & Nutrition Services, School Security, Facilities, Compliance, and Attendance teams. OCOO is responsible for guiding the operations and functions for all 116 schools within the District. Our goal is for all DCPS schools to be ready on the first day of school and every day thereafter so that all principals can lead, all teachers can teach, and all students can learn.

The DCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is recognized for its healthy and innovative school food. The scope of the DCPS FNS' operations extends beyond school meals to include nutrition-related activities such as school gardens and farm-to-school as well as environmental sustainability and stewardship initiatives for cafeteria operations.

The mission of the DCPS FNS is: All DC Public Schools students are engaged and have access to wholesome and delicious meals that promote long-term wellness, preparation for learning, and satisfaction with their school.

The Cafeteria Cook prepares, produces, heats, cooks, bakes, and serves a variety of foods from fresh, canned, dry, or frozen states according to recipes and assists in other related tasks in a designated food service production and/or service area. The Cafeteria Cook is second to the Cafeteria Lead and is responsible for contributing to the efficient, effective, compliant, and positive culture in the building and among the staff. The Cafeteria Cook is responsible for the overall quality of food at the assigned school; meeting the mandated nutritional needs of students; ensuring that all processes are met in utilizing standardized recipes; executing and supervising the cooking of meals to comply with USDA nutrition standards; leads the efforts of all storage rooms and refrigerators/freezers are maintained according to FNS standards; and complying with mandated health requirements. This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.

The Cafeteria Cook will report to the Cafeteria Lead.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Prepares, produces, heats, cooks, bakes, and serves a variety of foods, including entrees, meats, vegetables, desserts, breads, salads, sandwiches, beverages, or other foods and beverages, as specified by the menus, recipes, and production records.

  • Sets up and merchandises food and food service areas and serves food.

  • Estimates food preparation amounts and adjusts recipes, if required, for the purpose of meeting projected meal requirements and minimizing waste.

  • Cooks food items identified in pre-planned menus and a la carte menu items for the purpose of meeting mandated nutritional requirements and/or projected meal requirements.

  • Cleans utensils, equipment, and the storage, food preparation, and serving areas for the purpose of maintaining sanitary conditions.

  • Operates kitchen equipment such as, but not limited to, electric mixers, slicers, grinders, ovens, stove tops, tilt-skillets, tilt kettles, warmers, and coolers; and u tilizes kitchenware such as, but not limited to, knives, spatulas, whisks, tongs, spoons, and ladles.

  • Monitors cafeteria workers and kitchen areas for the purpose of ensuring a safe and sanitary working environment in the absence of or delegation by the appropriate leadership.

  • Assists in completing food and supply inventories; assists in preparing sales, production, and other reports; and attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.

  • Oversees the preparation, cooking, and serving of food and beverage items for the purpose of meeting mandated nutritional and health requirements.

  • Prepares production records, inventory reports, substitution reports, etc. for the purpose of complying with District and federal food service requirements.

  • Assists in the monitoring, reduction, and management of food waste.

  • Receives food items and/or supplies for the purpose of verifying quantity, quality, and specifications of orders and/or complying with mandated health requirements.

  • Reports equipment malfunctions for the purpose of maintaining equipment in safe working order.

  • Responds to inquiries of students, staff, and the public for the purpose of providing information and/or direction regarding the type and/or cost of meals.

  • Assists other personnel for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • At least one to three years of related work experience.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Computer literacy required (email, attachments, printing, etc.)
  • Ability to follow written instructions.
  • Ability to follow oral instructions.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds, stand, and walk for up to eight hours.
  • Good working knowledge of food preparation.
  • Requires familiarity of kitchen equipment.
  • Must be able to read and follow a recipe unsupervised.
  • Sanitation certification (ServSafe or equivalent) and status must remain current throughout employment.
  • Must be DC Department of Health certified, and status must remain current throughout employment.

DCPS Values

  • STUDENTS FIRST : We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
  • COURAGE : We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
  • EQUITY : We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
  • EXCELLENCE : We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
  • TEAMWORK : We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
  • JOY : We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.


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