Chief Blackbird Center                                            P.O. Box 39                                                Odanah, WI, 54861

Position Description

Job Title:                     Cook

Department:               Head Start

Hourly Rate:               11.00   Full Time-40 hours

Exempt:                      No/Hourly

Supervisor:                 Head Start Director


The Head Start Cook is responsible for meal planning, preparation, and purchase of food products for the program.  The Cook will plan menus in accordance with the required nutritional values established by State CACFP regulations; will be responsible for ordering and storing kitchen supplies including food products.  The Cook will be responsible for record keeping such as: daily, weekly and monthly menus, quantity of food prepared as well as quantity of food used to prepare each meal; daily meal count for children and adults, as well as monthly submissions for reimbursement.  The Cook will also be responsible for submission of CACFP grant application.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Will attend job-related meetings and trainings as directed by supervisor.

Will attend First Aid Kit/First Aide Training and CPR Training which is mandatory and provided by the Head Start program.

Will assist with the planning of events that will involve food preparation, community projects, etc. 

Will maintain a clean and orderly workplace, including washing dishes, wiping down appliances, sweeping and mopping floors. 

Will maintain all cleaning materials in a locked area away from food products.

Will monitor all areas of the food preparation area.

Will maintain proper hygiene that is required for food preparation.

Will participate in classroom activities pertaining to nutrition education.

Will be responsible for procuring food supplies for kitchen and nutrition education.

Will plan menus according to state guidelines and requirements for schools.

Will incorporate a variety of foods to enhance colors, textures, and ethnic diversity, including traditional/cultural Ojibwe foods.

Will be responsible to ensure meals meet USDA requirements.

Will be responsible for yearly contract with State, monthly reimbursements, monthly and daily head count (attendance) menu planning and implication using log records.

Will use State USDA funds for purchase of all foods.

Incorporate traditional indigenous foods in weekly menu

Will be responsible for billing, P.O.’s and vouchers for foodservice to be done in a timely manner.

Will serve special diets, including for allergies, for each child’s nutritional needs as identified by staff and family.

Post certificates of training in food handling, storage, food safety and sanitation so it is visible to workers (in kitchen area).

Maintain strict confidentiality in accordance with the Privacy Act

**Promote use of and speak Ojibwemowin as proficiency level allows in the classroom and throughout delivery of all Head Start services for children and families.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Educational and/or Experience:


High School diploma or its equivalent. 

Experience in quantity food preparation, baking and cooking methods minimum one year.

First Aide and Tot Saver CPR certification is mandatory and provided by Head Start. 

Must have knowledge of food values and nutrition.

Must be willing to completed mandated shaken baby syndrome training

Must be willing to complete mandated reporter training

Other Skills and Abilities:


This is a preferred driving position but not required. If unable to drive, must be willing to collaborate with other Head Start staff when supplies are needed.

Must possess good attendance record; be self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal supervisor. 

Must possess good interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to program participants with objectivity and in a team environment. Ability to work with diverse population; must be culturally sensitive.

Background Check:

This position is contingent on ability to pass required security background check. Must pass a Care Giver Background check regarding working with children and/or elderly. Must pass a required driver check regarding driving under the tribal insurance, or willing to work with other Head Start members who have a valid driver’s license and meet the insurance requirements.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must pass medical physical examination and tuberculosis test.  Position requires standing for extended periods of time, some sitting, walking, bending, stooping and lifting up to 50 lbs. on occasion.

Working Environment: The working environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Subject to inside and outside conditions. Noise level is moderate to loud.

Drug Free Workplace Act in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 P.L. 100-690 and Pre-Employment Drug Testing in accordance with the Bad River Tribe’s Employee Policy & Procedure Handbook. Indian Preference will be given in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and the Tribe’s Preference Policy.




Opens: March 13, 2019

Closes: March 27th 2019 4:30pm


Send Application and Resume To:

                                                                                                   Bad River Tribe

                                                                                                   Attn: Human Resources Office

                                                                                                   P.O. Box 39

                                                                                                   Odanah, WI 54861