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Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with meal preparation in accordance with planned menus and keeping records for Federal School Lunch Program.  Meals are defined as Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack.
  • Assists with preparation of evening meals, lunch (when clients are present), set up of evening/after school snacks, and weekend meals (Lunch and Dinner) for warm-up by weekend staff.
  • Assists with menu planning in compliance with USDA guidelines and completion of shopping list.  Obtains authorization for purchase orders and shops from list.
  • Completes production records and maintains labels in compliance with National School Lunch Program
  • Keeps kitchen in clean and orderly fashion including mopping kitchen floors as needed.
  • Maintains kitchen in accordance with Health Codes.
  • Incorporates teaching youth cooking and kitchen skills when appropriate.
  • Able to communicate effectively with the Kitchen Manager and Residential Director
  • Participates in agency performance quality improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • High School education or equivalent with demonstrated ability to cook for a large group.
  • Pass a drug screen and maintain a current TB card. 
  • Must have a current Arkansas Driver’s license and insurable under OCC’s commercial vehicle insurance policy.
  • Must receive child maltreatment clearance through the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.
  • Must receive adult maltreatment clearance through Arkansas Protective Services-Adult Maltreatment Central Registry.
  • Must receive Arkansas State Police criminal background clearance as mandated by Arkansas Department of Human Services, Minimum Licensing Standards for Child Welfare Agencies.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • The kitchen assistant works effectively with all agency staff members, clients and families, human services providers, law enforcement, juvenile court(s) and the community-at-large to ensure positive outcomes for clients receiving services.
  • Maintains an organized and sanitary working environment.
  • Practices excellent organizational skills.
  • Practices and models conflict resolution skills.
  • Follows OCC code of ethics.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity to OCC’s clients and families.

To apply, please submit a résumé to:
ATTN: Human Resources
Ouachita Children, Youth, & Family Services
P.O. Box 1180
Hot Springs, AR 71902
or by email to

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