Cook - Full Time - Head Start, Burlington NJ

Center For Family Service is seeking an experienced Cook to join our Head Start Program. This position will be responsible for preparation and services of meals, receiving and storing of food and supplies, and sanitation related to these activities.  This individual exercises good judgement in preparation and services of meals and performs clerical functions of reports and inventory.

***$500.00 Sign on Bonus ***  The bonus will be paid in two installments.  The signing bonus is taxable, and all regular payroll taxes will be withheld.  In the event you leave the Center for Family Services within 4 months of your date of hire, you will be responsible for reimbursing the Center for Family Services for the entire signing bonus.

Location: Burlington, New Jersey

 Duties and Responsibilities:

The Cook understands Head Start Performance standards and local regulations, oversees the processing and storage of food related items as they are delivered, participates in internal and external audits and performance improvement activities, and enters meal counts and other information as needed into COPA.  This individual turns in menu alterations to supervisor, checks email regularly and replies to requests as necessary, ensures food is ordered on time and served at the appropriate temperature, and interacts with children daily to ascertain whether they like the meals served.  The Cook provides all food service in accordance with the Child Nutrition Program and Board of Health Standards, complies with all local, state and federal standards regarding hygiene and sanitation, and ensures all necessary items are in stock, not expired, and properly stored.  The Cook consults regularly with the dietitian to ensure all nutrition and special dietary needs are met and conducts self as a role model in interactions with staff, colleagues and funding sources in accordance with Center For Family Services' Code of Ethics. 


  • High School Diploma, 2 years Culinary Arts Degree preferred
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification required
  • 2 years' experience working in a commercial kitchen environment. 
  • Maintain First Aid and CPR certifications 
  • Excellent driving skills and current driver's license with a driving record of at least three years 
  • Vehicle with current insurance and registration

All positions require pre-employment drug screening and criminal record checks. Many positions require motor vehicle record evaluations and medical clearances. Center for Family Services is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits packages. For more information, please visit our website at