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Food Service Worker

 Department: Child Development
Reports To: Family and Health Services Supervisor
Status: Regular, 32 hours per week, 10 months per year
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Starting Pay: $15.04 per hour
Location: Rainier Vista
Closing Date: March 28th, 2019, or until filled
Child Development Department staff support the Neighborhood House mission framework and Strategic Plan by contributing to the school readiness of low-income children and supporting their parents, care givers and community. The Head Start Food Service Worker’s primary responsibility is to serve breakfast and lunch to Head Start children in the classroom. All food preparation and meal cleanup is the responsibility of the Food Service Worker. This position will provide classroom assistance to the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher as time allows.
At Neighborhood House we have a deep commitment to our employee’s and client’s diverse experiences and backgrounds that guides our work for a more equitable future. We are seeking a team member that represents our dedication to service, equity and inclusion, to join our diverse team.

  • As instructed and according to Standards, provide meal service to classrooms: prepare food, set up, and serve food in a timely manner, clear and remove dishes at the conclusion of each meal and clean tables.
  • Take food temperatures when vended meals arrive and before meal service to ensure food is safe. Monitor refrigerator and freezer temperatures daily and maintain proper records.
  • Maintain strong knowledge of food safety standards and ensure that the kitchen environment and food preparation practices are always in compliance with these standards.
  • Document adjustments to menus when changes are made. Make decisions about menu changes for breakfast and snacks based on food inventory on site.
  • Monitor supplies and communicate with supervisor regarding the sites needs.
  • Actively involve children as helpers in meal setup with the support of the Lead Teacher. Engage in conversation and concept learning as children participate.
  • Maintain a clean and organized kitchen and pantry. Follow daily cleaning protocols and regular deep cleaning as appropriate..
  • If bilingual, provide translation services for families and opportunities for children to use home language in the classroom.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • One year experience working with children, preferably at the pre-school level. Family and volunteer experiences may be considered in addition to paid employment.
  • Ability to learn the responsibilities of this position.
  • Ability to communicate and understand basic English.
  • Ability to read menus and complete basic paperwork
  • Ability to learn about Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards for meal service and other regulations associated with the job.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and relate sensitively to children and adults from diverse ethnic and socio-economic groups.
  • Willingness to comply with established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service orientation, embracing a team player orientation, entrepreneurialism, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Willingness to comply with Head Start Standards of Conduct by promoting the unique identity of each child and family; conforming with program confidentiality; following child supervision and guidance policies; and refraining from soliciting or accepting personal gratuities, favors, or anything of significant monetary value from contractors or potential contractors.
  • Policy Council Approval.
  • First Aid Certification (within 30 days of hire).
  • CPR Certification (within 30 days of hire).
  • Current Food Handlers certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during Current Blood Borne Pathogens training certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Child Abuse and Neglect training (within 2 weeks of hire).
  • Current Health Exam (must be obtained prior to employment {PS 1304.52})
  • Current screening for tuberculosis (must be obtained prior to employment); rescreen as necessary{PS 1304.52}).
  • Department of Early Learning portable background check
  • Must pass Neighborhood House background check requirements.
  • Postion requires Washington State bi-annual criminal background re-check.
Desired Qualifications
  • Current or former Head Start and Early Head Start parents receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
  • Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Click here for more details about our benefits program.
Employment Practice
Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
Application Procedure
Submit agency application PDF along with resume and cover letter. For your convenience, we offer several ways for you to submit your completed application: 

  • Email:

  • Fax:
     (206) 923-6776

In Person or Mail to:
8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

Neighborhood House
1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98144
Attn: Human Resources

For more information
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail to