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Early Learning Center Kitchen Manager/Cook

Posted: 06/27/2024
Salary/Range: $20.00 - $24.00 per hour
Arvada, CO

Position Summary:

Hope House Colorado (HHC) is hiring a Kitchen Manager/Cook, referred to internally as the Kitchen Manager. As the Kitchen Manager you will be responsible for planning, preparing and serving nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack for 52-100 children in our HHC Early Learning Center (ELC). The Kitchen Manager plays an important role in helping children develop healthy eating habits, learn appropriate portion sizes and experience a variety of food choices. The Kitchen Manager must follow Colorado Child Care licensing, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Colorado Health Department regulations and guidelines.

Looking to hire in June for an August 19th first day of school.

What you will be doing:

  • Preparing breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack for ELC children onsite and serve in a family-style fashion. Meals are prepared in the commercial kitchen at the resource center and delivered next door to the ELC; snacks are prepared at the ELC
  • Creating 4-week rotating menu following the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations regarding daily nutritional content and portion sizes
  • Developing weekly food order lists; place orders with adequate lead time for delivery; maintain inventory; and track dates to ensure food items are used prior to expiration dates
  • Working in collaboration with the volunteer coordinator and development team members to support food deliveries and to ensure all kitchen standards are maintained for licensing & health department regulations when the kitchen is used for teen mom and champion events
  • Promoting Hope House Colorado’s Core Values throughout the organization and external relationships

We want to hear from you if 

  • You have experience working in a commercial kitchen in child food service preparation and/or management (required)
  • You are ServSafe certified or have the ability to acquire within one month of hire (required)
  • You have knowledge & understanding of measurements for large quantity food preparation (required)
  • You have knowledge of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (preferred)
  • You are available to work onsite at our Arvada location Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (required)

Who we are:

Hope House Colorado is committed to empowering teen moms, changing the future for two generations! We are a future-thinking organization, striving to be experts in our field. We invest in each employee, providing opportunities to pursue individual passions, gifts and strengths. Our staff is a unified team, pursuing excellence in all we do. We serve with integrity, humility and respect for one another, in an environment that combines professionalism with fun, humor and even a little bit of silliness each day!

Hope House Colorado Early Learning Center Educational Philosophy:

In support of our mission and vision, the Hope House Colorado Early Learning Center believes all children are a gift from God and are created in His image. This belief is at the heart of our philosophy and desire to nurture the whole child in a play-based learning environment that is a fun, engaging, and nurturing place of belonging for children of Hope House teen moms and staff, ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 5 years old. We believe that learning is best supported when built on a strong social-emotional foundation in an environment where children feel seen, heard, loved, and valued and ultimately free to be who God created them to be. We believe in a family centered approach, working in partnership with families to help children build a strong, secure, social-emotional foundation allowing them to realize their full potential.

Salary Range:

$20.00 – $24.00 per hour


Employees who are regularly scheduled to work 24 hours per week or more are eligible for the below benefits

  • Health Benefits: Employees may elect medical, dental, vision & life insurance plans.
  • Simple IRA: Employees may choose to make salary reduction contributions through HHC’s Simple IRA plan and HHC will match the employee’s contribution up to a maximum of 3% of the employee’s annual salary.
  • Vacation: Upon hire, employees earn 4.62 hours of vacation per paycheck up to 120 hours (3 weeks) in a year. Accruals are adjusted to increase vacation earned per hours worked based on length of employment with HHC.
  • Holidays: HHC observes twelve (12) holidays throughout the year. Salaried employees are paid for these holidays according to the nationally recognized observation day for each holiday. In addition, salaried employees are currently gifted either the week of Christmas or the week of New Year’s off, to be scheduled at the discretion of their supervisor.
  • Sick Leave: HHC provides eligible employees with Paid Sick and Safe Leave (PSSL) and Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) in accordance with the requirements of Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).
  • Mental Health Days: Employees are given two (2) mental health days per year to use at their discretion.
  • Employer Based Childcare: Full-time (40-hours per week or more) Hope House Colorado employees are eligible to enroll their children in the Hope House Colorado Early Learning Center. Exceptions may be considered for part-time staff and part-time childcare needs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Hope House Colorado is a qualifying employer for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program! HHC provides employees with free assistance navigating the PSLF program to submit their federal student loans for forgiveness

Job Application Deadline

July 5, 2024

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