Cook-Driver-Northern Center

posted Nov 25, 2019, 9:31 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description



Job Title:          Cook-Driver-Northern Center                                                        Job Code:             235

Division:          Operations                                                                                 Effective Date:   09/19 

Department:     Senior Services                                                                          Last Revised:       




Performs a variety of entry level duties involved in the preparation of meals for the Senior Center meals program.




Works under the general guidance and direction of site manager.








1.        Assists the site manager with preparing daily meals for the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels programs; prepares the side dishes for the daily menus; completes daily food preparation; prepares meals for transport by packing food; covers for the lead cook in his or her absence. 


2.        Completes kitchen duties by cleaning cooking areas, ovens, stoves, counter tops, and floors; maintains kitchen logs; maintains the cleaning of the grease traps and stove hoods.


3.        Ensures dishes are washed, cleaned, and stored; cleans pots and pans; assists with getting ready for food deliveries.


4.        Sets-up for meals, gets dishes ready for food placement,  retrieves package food and displays on tables, assists with packing food for delivery, replenishes supplies.


5.        In charge of various meal reports, weekly food orders, temperature logs and inventory.


6.        May be required to deliver meals and/or seniors.


7.        May perform light custodial duties.


8.        Performs other related duties as required.




1.             Education and Experience:


A. One (1) year of work experience in in meal preparation, preferably with experience in group meal preparation.



B.  An Equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.             Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Working knowledge of group meal preparation; the requirements, regulations, and standards for a Senior Meal Program and kitchen; AAA policies; understands and adheres to County personnel policies, Senior Meal Program regulations, Senior Center policies and food handling requirements.

Ability to follow written instructions, prepare food in a timely manner, operate a stove, use a cutting knife, and follow recipes, work closely with other agency personnel; communicate effectively; deal tactfully with the public; assist with  maintaining an efficient, orderly kitchen; prepare meals according to directions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors and peers; comprehend and follow instructions; make arithmetic calculations accurately at an acceptable speed; prioritize concurrent demands; work independently; maintain a courteous, helpful manner; work in a team environment; use word processing [Microsoft Word or WordPerfect] and spreadsheet software [Microsoft Excel] programs.


3.             Special Qualifications:


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                Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration

                Current Food Handler Permit in 30 days of employment and New Mexico Driver’s License.

                Do to the nature of the work, the successful applicant must pass a required background investigation.




4.             Work Environment:


Working with the aging population; lifting food containers; walking on a variety of terrains while carrying items or assisting clients. Standing, walking, bending, sitting, stretching, regularly lifting 25-50 lbs. Exposure to all types of weather. Rapid work speed required to perform keyboard operations.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and guided problem solving; travel required. Irregular and extended hours may be required.