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VACANCY ANN. #:  STOI-20-112
TITLE:                          HEAD COOK, PSELC
STATUS:                     REGULAR, FULL-TIME
RATE OF PAY:          $15.00 – $21.87/PER HOUR
CLOSING DATE:      MARCH 5, 2021

The Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment that is culturally relevant to children and families which reside, work, or attend school on the Spokane Indian Reservation.  The primary emphasis of the program is to provide Early Childhood learning in an educational setting.  The Early Learning Center promotes competence in our children, parent alliances, community collaboration and proficiency in our staff.


  • Prepare approximately 100-130 meals a day that meet Child Care, CACFP, and USDA nutrition requirements, giving consideration to children’s special dietary needs for children, staff, and volunteers.
  • Utilize scratch cooking methods at all times possible.
  • Change or adapt menu if supplies are not present and record changes.
  • Maintain a work schedule in which food production flows smoothly.
  • Develop and follow standardized recipes, and use portion control methods, including the weighing and measuring of meal components.
  • Maintain monthly Child and Adult Care Food Program documentation as well as monthly meal counts.
  • Document all training attended and provided.
  • Complete all necessary kitchen documents in a timely manner.
  • Maintain an adequate pantry for emergency food service for up to three days.
  • Prepare a shopping list weekly for the following week’s menu.
  • Purchase food and supplies according to planned menu and seasonal availability each week.
  • Ensure that meals are prepared on a timely schedule, meeting CACFP requirements.
  • Use initiative, judgment, and creativity in seasoning food, estimating amounts to be prepared, utilizing leftovers, and preparing attractive foods.
  • Use food production and food storage procedures that are acceptable to Washington State Health Department.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas including cupboards, ovens, defrosting freezers, wiping spills, etc.
  • Maintain an orderly and clean kitchen at all times, including washing dishes and utensils as required by licensing/Health Department in accordance with mandatory washing/rinsing/sanitizing methods.
  • Collaborate with the ELC Director to ensure the nutritional services meet the USDA, CACFP, and Child Care Licensing requirements; utilizing a rotating menu cycle.
  • Abide by all Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines.
  • Clean kitchen daily in order to prevent infestation of insects and rodents.
  • Attend mandatory annual training as required by management.
  • Prepare baking for special events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any family events.
  • Maintain congenial and respectful relations with staff, children, families, and community;
  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner.
  • Assist in classroom during any and all down times.
  • Other duties as assigned or delegated.


  • Knowledge of American Indian culture, traditions, and language;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families;
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing services to children, families, and community members;
  • Knowledge of the Child and Adult Care Food Program;
  • Knowledge of healthy menu planning;
  • Knowledge of scratch cooking, especially utilizing whole grains;
  • Ability to maintain a neat and orderly work environment;
  • Knowledge of proper washing and sanitizing techniques;
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and child development stages;
  • Knowledge of program requirements for early childhood/childcare services;
  • Handling conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • Knowledge of culture and traditions of Native Americans;
  • Knowledge of current computer programming and ability to utilize the world wide web adequately to create adequate shopping lists and monitor current changes with the CACFP;
  • Skill in observation and data collection;
  • Skill effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in submitting reports in a timely fashion;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information;
  • Ability to establish positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other co-workers, management, and other programs as part of CACFP;
  • Ability to make independent conclusions and decisions;
  • Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to work flexible hours;
  • Ability to lift and maneuver small children on an ongoing basis and the necessary physical dexterity to work with small children 30-50 lbs. on average.


  • Washington State Food Handlers Certification required prior to start date.

Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame:

  • Blood borne Pathogens (1 month)
  • First Aid and CPR certification Infant and Children (2 months); these trainings and certificates are expected to be renewed and maintained.
  • Ability to complete 30 hours Basic STARS training within six months of hire, and 10 hours as required on an annual basis.
  • National CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certification OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire date is required, CACFP Management Professional Certification preferred.


  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Washington State Short State ECED Certificate of Specialization or equivalent OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire date is required. A signed educational contract will be required if educational mandates are not currently met.
  • Two years (2) experience working with children 6 weeks – 6 years in a group setting is preferred (or a combination of work and education pertaining to Early Childhood Education).
  • Full-time employees must be able to work a steady full-time workload.
  • Previous experience working in a kitchen setting, especially in which food was prepared for 50+ meals at one setting.
  • Must be willing to travel weekly, and/or as necessary for shopping, and training.


  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs preferred;
  • Microsoft computer skills preferred.


Applications Are Available At the Spokane Tribal Human Resources Department or can be downloaded at www.spokanetribe.com

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

(509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527,  Fax: (509) 458-6556

E-mail:  hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department by

 4:30 P.M. On The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants Will Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject to a 90-Day Probationary Period