Head Cook

Waypoint Services - KidsPoint

Cedar Rapids, IA Restaurant & Food Service $13.00 to $16.00 hourly

Job Reference #: FS

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families provides child care to approximately 600 children ages 0 to 12 years of age. Waypoint also provides shelter and support to women and children in crisis because of homelessness, domestic violence or sexual assault. For over 100 years, Waypoint has been meeting the changing needs of women and children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and surrounding rural areas.


Waypoint is seeking a full time Head Cook to work at our KidsPoint locations year-round. Duties include preparing and serving food, cleaning dishes and the kitchen area; may also make lunch deliveries using a company van.


  • Prepare the Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks for the child care center/program daily
  • Clean working surfaces daily (preparation services, tables and steam table)
  • Wash and sanitize dishes, preparation and serving equipment
  • Clean stove and refrigerator as necessary
  • Clean kitchen cupboards and storage areas as necessary
  • Do the kitchen laundry
  • Support the Food Service Director with food inventory
  • Inform the Food Service Director of situations related to kitchen duties assigned
  • Responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the total work environment


  • Comply with all Waypoint policies and Waypoint letter of employment
  • Maintain client and program confidentiality as defined in the Waypoint Confidentiality Policy
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and professional manner, both in appearance and actions in carrying out job responsibilities
  • Comply with federal, state and company policies, procedures and regulations
  • Follow Waypoint Crisis Communication Plan in crisis situations
  • Attend and participate in Waypoint departmental, interdepartmental and staff meetings as directed
  • Maintain scheduled work hours and notify your immediate supervisor personally of absences
  • Support Waypoint events
  • Promote Waypoint team concept by being courteous and helpful to other employees and clients
  • Accurately maintain necessary forms and records and submit in a timely manner, especially Accident/Incident Report Forms
  • Complete time cards and/or employment records accurately and submit on time to supervisor
  • This position may require regular evening and weekend work hours; individual must be able to work flexible hours
  • Work with supervisor to develop a professional growth plan
  • Attend in-service trainings and work to increase skills in field
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Waypoint


Values: Demonstrate Waypoint’s core values every day you are at work: have compassion, instill ownership, empower people, and embrace diversity.

Dependability: Show up to work on time, every time. Keep your commitments. Take responsibility for your own actions. Understand implications of your decisions.

Communication: Demonstrate the ability to treat others with respect and consideration when working with a variety of personalities and leadership styles. Listen and seek clarifications. Communicate internally and externally in a positive tone.

Professionalism: Take pride in how you present yourself. Motivate yourself to bring your best every day. Develop strategies to achieve organization goals.

Adaptability: Be able to multitask in a changing and evolving work environment to best fit the situation. Demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • High School Diploma, GED or in progress work toward same
  • Two years of food service experience preferred
  • ServSafe certified or willingness to obtain ServSafe certification


  • Receive a negative report on the Waypoint/DHS Non-Law Enforcement Records Check
  • Must have valid driver's license and be insurable to meet the requirements of Waypoint’s insurance provider


  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • An understanding of working with families from diverse racial, economic and cultural backgrounds


Ability to read and understand basic directions and good oral and written communication skills


Ability to perform basic calculations and math concepts


Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions, use time efficiently, demonstrate attention to detail, follow instructions and respond to management direction


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Application Instructions:

Please apply from our website: https://www.waypointservices.org/

Job ID: 69822

Posted 27 days ago

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