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Adams County Government Head Start Cook in Westminster, Colorado

Head Start Cook



Head Start Cook


$15.24 - $17.53 Hourly


Westminster, CO

Job Type

Regular Full-Time


Human Services

Job Number



Head Start Fund


2/4/2021 4:30 PM Mountain

Our Mission

To responsibly serve the Adams County community with integrity and innovation

  • Description

  • Benefits

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What Success Looks Like In This Job

We are seeking a caring and knowledgeable Head Start Cook to assist the Health & Nutrition Supervisor with coordinating daily operations and personnel; and assist with all aspects of healthful and safe food preparation, food service budgeting, and service for Adams County Head Start.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Preparation of meals for children enrolled in the Head Start program in accordance with local Health Department and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations.

  • Operate a variety of institutional kitchen equipment including a steam kettle, gas stove, oven, and commercial dishwasher.

  • Track and maintain weekly production record sheets of meals served for submission to CACFP for reimbursement purposes.

  • Maintain a monthly inventory of all food products and dry stock.

  • Order operating supplies and small wares as needed.

  • Receive weekly food and non-food supply orders.

  • Assist Health & Nutrition Supervisor in planning well balanced and nutritious menus.

  • Ensure proper storage of supplies and foodstuffs according to local health code regulations and HACCP procedures.

  • Assist with the maintenance of food service facilities, equipment, and storage areas in a clean and sanitary manner.

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions.

  • Attend and participate in extracurricular Head Start events as requested.

  • Facilitate and participate in the development of child/parent nutrition education programs.

  • Prepare meals for children with special diets and diet modifications

  • Deliver meals from central kitchen to other centers.

  • Perform minor maintenance on Head Start delivery vehicle.

  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications for Success

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Experience:Two years of high-volume institutional-based cooking environment (schools, correctional and health care facilities).

  • Education and Training:High school diploma or GED. Preferred requirement: Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, Related Food Service, Nutrition or equivalent experience.

  • License or Certificate:Must have a valid Colorado Drivers License

  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check and Central Registry check.

  • Other:

  • Must complete physical examination and TB test upon hire.

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, withstand exposure to heat, cleaning chemicals, noise, and hazards from kitchen appliances.

Temporary employees are not benefit eligible.


Information provided on the application is used to determine if a candidate meets minimum qualifications. Only information provided at the time of the application being completed will be considered, and additional information that is not listed on the application will not be considered when deciding if a candidate meets or does not meet the qualifications. Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to include all information and details on their application. I understand and agree that only information provided at the time of my application will be used to determine if I meet the minimum requirements for this position.

  • Yes, I understand and agree.

  • No, I understand but disagree


How many years of experience do you have cooking in a high-volume institutional-based cooking environment (schools, correctional and health care facilities)?

  • One Year

  • Two Years or above

  • None of the above


What is your highest level of education?

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Associate's Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree or above

  • None of the above


Do you possess a valid Driver's license?

*Out of state applicants please be advised a current Colorado driver's license must be obtained within thirty (30) calendar days of hire, and must be obtained before driving any vehicle on County business.

  • Yes

  • No


Do you have batch cooking and high production cooking experience? If so, please explain in detail.


Do you have a food safety/sanitation certification?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you have experience in creating production sheets, menu development, ordering and purchasing?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you have any experience working in a program funded by CACFP?

  • Yes

  • No

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Adams County


4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Suite C4000BBrighton, Colorado, 80601-8213



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