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VACANCY ANN. #:    STOI-20-090

TITLE:                            HEAD COOK/ TEACHER ASSISTANT, PSELC



STATUS:                        REGULAR, FULL-TIME

RATE OF PAY:            DOE/DOQ

OPENING DATE:       OCTOBER 28, 2020

CLOSING DATE:        NOVEMBER 11, 2020


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.

Cook Duties:

  • Prepare approximately 100-150 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 updated menu and recipe binder to include Child Nutrition (CN) labels and/or Product Formulation Statements.
  • 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 Early Learning Program Manager to ensure the nutritional services meet the USDA, CACFP, and Child Care Licensing requirements; utilizing a rotating menu cycle.
  • Clean kitchen daily in order to prevent infestation of insects and rodents.
  • Attend mandatory monthly Professional Development trainings and meetings as assigned.
  • Attend mandatory annual training as required by management.
  • Prepare baking for special events such as holidays and any family events.
  • Must be willing to participate in after hour program festivities as needed.
  • Maintain congenial and respectful relations with staff, children, families, and community.
  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner.
  • The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that may be required and/or delegated.

Teacher Assistant Duties:

  • Assist in the classroom of most need during any slow kitchen times throughout the day as assigned by the Early Learning Program Manager.
  • Assist in maintaining the approved classroom schedules and weekly lesson plans.
  • Actively participate in all Early Achievers endeavors.
  • Maintain a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries of the children; observe and monitor children’s play activities.
  • Assist in meeting children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
  • Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Positively discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior in partnership with classroom staff.
  • Provide the children opportunities to understand and acquire communication skills through their thoughts and feelings.
  • Positively interact with the children assisting them in selecting or participating in developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Maintain an open, friendly and informative relationship with children and families; and encourage their participation in the program.
  • Engage the children in appropriate language development through conversation and vocalization.
  • Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
  • Collaborate with lead staff members in providing education to the children including working with parents.
  • Enforce all Federal, State, and Tribal regulations and policies with regards to the 477 and Child Care Programs.


  • 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.
  • Current and up-to-date immunizations including a current negative TB skin test, annual influenza vaccine, TDap in lieu of Tetanus vaccine (preferred), Hepatitis B Vaccination—preferred and required within one month of hire date.


  • Must be at least 18 years old and possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License and be Tribally insurable.
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry—Tribal, State, and Federal—required to obtain portable background check through Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families within one month of hire date and renew every three years.
  • 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 (a combination of work and education pertaining to Early Childhood Education will be accepted).
  • 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.
  • Microsoft, basic computer skills required.
  • Required to travel locally during all weather conditions for weekly shopping and annually to attend required training.

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