Fort Myers, Florida

Job Description

The Preserve Rehab and Senior Living, located in Fort Myers, FL, is looking for an experienced COOK to join our team! This position is Full-time, varied shifts.

OBJECTIVE:

To provide quality food service in accordance with all State and Federal regulations and to meet the nutritional and individual needs of the residents.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Completes defined food preparation, serving of meals and cleaning duties according to proper procedures, using various dietary equipment and supplies, as assigned by the Director of Culinary and Management Team.
2. Plans and initiates cooking schedule for food preparation to meet meal schedule.
3. Prepares, seasons, cooks and serves meat, main dish, soup and vegetable for assigned meal; ensures appropriate portioned servings according to portion control standards.
4. Prepares nutritional snacks for residents as assigned.
5. Tastes and smells prepared food to determine quality and palatability.
6. Monitors temperature of hot and cold foods through food preparation and service to ensure that established temperature goals are met prior to steam table transfer and maintained throughout meal service.
7. Stores leftovers properly, plans for use of leftover foods in accordance with State and Federal sanitation regulations.
8. May supervise dietary staff in the absence of the Director of Culinary; initiate replacement calls for absentees and re-organizes work assignments as directed.
9. Assists with department inventory program.
a. Checks and inspects food products and supplies as delivered, in the absence of the Director of Culinary. Supervises and assists in storage of supplies and food products.
b. Determines amount and type of food and supplies required for daily menus; confers with Director of Dietary.
c. Notifies Director of Dietary of supplies or equipment needs.
10. Implements menu substitutions if needed according to State and Federal regulations.
11. Follows reporting procedures for the following:
a. Observed resident concerns.
b. Supply and equipment needs.
c. Damaged, unsafe, malfunctioning equipment.
d. Conditions related to breeding insects, rodents or other vermin.
12. Cleans equipment and work areas as assigned by the Director of Culinary.
13. Attends required in-services and completes assigned on-line modules.
14. Performs other duties or special assignments as directed by the Director of Culinary.

Work Environment

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

1. Interacts with staff and residents.
2. May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
3. The noise level in the environment may be demanding.
4. Work area may be stressful; the employee is on their feet for long periods of time.
5. Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
6. Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.

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 individual with disabilities to meet these demands:

1. Employee needs ability to move continuously; may cover large distances walking through facility and is on feet consistently.
2. Vision requirements include both near and far vision.
3. Frequently required bend, stoop, reach, crouch, push and pull; occasionally required to squat, crawl, climb, kneel and balance.
4. Employee is required to continuously lift and carry up to ten (10) pounds; frequently required to lift up to fifty (50) pounds and carry up to thirty-five (35) pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to one hundred (100) pounds.
5. Employee may be subject to working at unprotected heights.
6. Employee may be exposed to changes in temperature and humidity, dust, fumes, and gases.
7. Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hour and schedule.
8. Ability to work beyond regularly scheduled shift (overtime) when necessary.

Safe Work Performance Expectations

The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.

Employees will be expected to:

1. Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
2. Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
3. Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
4. All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
5. Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
6. Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
7. Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.
8. Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
9. Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.
10. Follow correct procedure for food handling/storage and sanitation.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

1. Friendly and enjoy working with the elderly.
2. High School diploma/GED required preferred. Education in quantity cooking and therapeutic diets preferred.
3. Minimum of one year food service experience in a healthcare dietary setting preferred.
4. Must be eighteen (18) years of age.
5. General knowledge of quantity food preparation and portioned serving required.
6. Ability to communicate and work effectively with various levels of staff, residents, family members and the public.
7. Numerical ability necessary to make various computations in keeping work record, monitoring inventory control and supplies, and in recipe preparation.
8. Possesses adequate strength and endurance to meet the strenuous physical demands of preparing and carrying quantity foods.
9. Possesses coordination and dexterity required to prepare food and operate dietary equipment.
10. Able to understand and follow procedures, recipe directions, diet orders and work assignments.
11. Visual acuity and color discrimination for examining cooked and stored foods; taste and smell discrimination in determining nutritional quality and palatability of foods.
12. Works in an area that is often very hot/cold.
13. Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

Fort Myers, Florida

About Volunteers of America of Florida

What does it take to help America’s most vulnerable citizens? Commitment. Innovation. A willingness to step forward when the task is most difficult. Volunteers of America of Florida strives to uplift people in desperate need by working in the trenches where we can effect real change.

 

Nationally, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2.5 million people each year in over 400 communities across 46 states and Puerto Rico, with nearly 16,000 employees. Volunteers of America of Florida contributes to this total by providing health services, housing, and training, education and employment to our most needy residents. We are recognized as the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless veterans in Florida, serving 13 communities from Pensacola to Key West.

 

Through our wide-range of programs and services, we are able to reduce public expenditures for homelessness, hospitalization, and institutionalization. We focus on results, continually improving the delivery of services to ensure that those we serve thrive.

 

Volunteers of America of Florida is a faith-based, human service organization that has been serving our community for decades. We are the first to step forward, taking on the most crushing problems. We are passionate, spiritual, creative problem solvers working together with vulnerable people and their families to achieve long-term, sustainable and meaningful change.  Our Mission: Help the Most Vulnerable.

 

Click here to read our manifesto and understand Why We Do What We Do.

 

Click here to learn about our Accreditation and why being accredited is so important.

 

 

Programs sponsored by LSF Health Systems LLC, State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.

 

 

 

 

Programs sponsored by Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc. CFBHN, State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.

WE SHELTER

For more than a century, we have believed that a home is far more than shelter—it is the foundation for life. We provide individuals and families with safe, affordable housing and the vital support services they need to thrive. Our agency has become a major nonprofit provider of quality, affordable housing for economically challenged and homeless individuals, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities. We have single-family, duplex and multi-family rental housing in rural and metropolitan areas from Pensacola to Key West. To us, home is where empowered lives thrive.

 

WE SUPPORT

Floridians with special needs turn to us—including individuals, families and veterans at-risk of or experiencing homelessness; people dealing with significant mental health, emotional or substance abuse issues; and seniors searching for an affordable, independent lifestyle. Our experienced, interdisciplinary, mental health-social service team may deliver psychosocial rehabilitation, substance recovery support, clinical services, day-to-day case management, basic and independent living skills, as well as assist with the coordination of benefits and other services as needed.

 

Our Continuing Care Retirement Community allows seniors to maintain their independence providing everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care.

 

Our support inspires and encourages those served to retain the highest level of dignity and control over their own path to a self-sufficient and independent lifestyle.

 

WE GUIDE

The capacity to learn, grow and change paves the way to independence. We embrace and foster life-long learning and inspire individuals to become contributing members of society. By understanding the challenges and barriers faced by veterans, families, the elderly, people with disabilities and others in need, we are able to help them move toward a better tomorrow. We assess an individual’s skills, interests and educational competencies, help develop a personal career plan and provide pre-employment and job-readiness training. We target local workforce demands and offer individuals on- the-job employment support.

 

WE CARE

We are an interdenominational Christian church with a distinctive ministry of service. For more than 100 years, we have provided essential services to heal both the body and the soul. Working together our committed ministerial staff members reach out to those we serve, our faith communities and our neighbors to restore hope and build a shared sense of community. We offer people a unique opportunity to put their faith into action.

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