• Cook

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Head Start Nathaniel Hill East
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start currently serves 928 children at 16 sites throughout Pulaski County.  The program’s overall goal is to increase the social competence of children in low income families and children with disabilities, while improving the chances of success in school. Head Start/Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole child including the educational, vocational and material needs of the entire family.  The program strives to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while enabling parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children. Head Start/Early Head Start helps parents meet their own goals while giving children a head start in life.


    The cook prepares meals and snacks according to recipes and menus planned by the Nutrition/Health Resource Specialist and substitutions for dietary allergies/restrictions.  S/He maintains a high level of cleanliness in the kitchen and storage areas and must have the ability to communicate effectively with outside organizations and interact with children during meal times.  


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

    Salary offered commensurate with experience.


    1. Prepares meals and snacks for children and staff.
    2. Maintains inventory of food, supplies and equipment.
    3. Assists with mealtime in classroom.
    4. Maintains a high level of cleanliness in kitchen and storage areas.
    5. Obtain 15 hours of continued job related education/training by attending workshops, continuing educational courses and meetings.
    6. May perform other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High school diploma/ GED plus 6 months food service experience
    • Basic proficiency with computers (MS Office preferred)
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle with liability insurance, and be willing to use vehicle for agency related travel

    Additional Requirements:

    • Must have current health and initial health examination within three months prior to employment
    • Must be willing to participate in training to further education as required by Head Start to maintain the position



    • Professional at all times
    • Respects confidentiality in all aspects of the Head Start program
    • Able to handle stress, tension, and exasperation that contact with many children and adults may bring every day
    • Must be able to communicate effectively with children and adults
    • Ability to organize and deliver presentations to a variety of community and parent organizations 
    • Must be able to delegate responsibilities
    • Must be able to make decisions and work without continual close supervision


    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Continuously
    Sit: Occasionally
    Walk: Continuously
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously
    Talk: Continuously
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Occasionally
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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