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Head Start Cook

Southwestern Community Services

~~Southwestern Community Services, Inc. (SCS) is one of five community action agencies throughout New Hampshire, and part of the larger network of 70 agencies in New England and nearly 900 agencies nationwide. We have been serving the needs of our citizens since 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson waged his “War on Poverty.” Over the years our programs have evolved and expanded to keep pace with the constantly changing needs of our citizens. We strive to stay in touch with the real needs of the people and find or develop programs that will best serve those needs. We have a diverse funding base ranging from federal to state and local governments, as well as private foundations and corporations.

Reasons to work at SCS!

  1. We offer a phenomenal and comprehensive benefits package including: health and dental insurance, military leave, FMLA, short and long term disability, AFLAC, jury duty pay, 403(b) pension match, flex spending accounts and way MORE!
  2. We receive eleven (11) paid holidays in addition to earned Personal Time Off.
  3. We offer a one (1) hour paid lunch and jeans any day of the week.
  4. Summer flex scheduling.
  5. Agency wide activities such as luncheons, ice cream socials, fresh fruit, auctions, paint nights and cookouts.
  6. A supportive working environment where you are supported and listened too. Ideas are encouraged!




The Cook is responsible for the daily production of nutritious, child-friendly meals which meet the requirements of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Under the supervision of the Head Start Health/Nutrition Services Manager, the cook produces breakfast and lunch daily for 17-34 children (depending on the size of the Head Start Center) and 3-10 staff.  Primary responsibilities include weekly grocery shopping, cooking, record keeping, kitchen organization and cleaning, training of kitchen volunteers, and supporting classroom nutrition and cooking activities. The Cook also attends and participates in weekly staff meetings and contributes to the overall success of the Head Start Center team. 

  • ServSafe Safety and Sanitation Certification preferred  
  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED.•
  • Certification in child first aid and CPR (program will provide upon hire)
  • Valid New Hampshire driver’s license, current adequate car insurance, proof of car insurance, and reliable transportation
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time and able to lift up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Maintain records and reports
  • Possession of basic skills and knowledge of quantity food production, including shopping, menu planning, record keeping, and food safety & sanitation 
  •  Ability to prepare nutritious, child-friendly meals
  • Ability to keep up with current developments and trends in nutrition and cooking.  May be acquired through academic, apprenticeship, or on the job training or a combination of these
  • Positive attitude a must
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure of deadlines for meal delivery.
  • Ability to follow instructions through a standard work process. Ability to check work for accuracy before completion of tasks
How to Apply:

Submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to:

Southwestern Community Services

Attn: Rebecca Carey

PO Box 603

Keene, NH 03431

or e-mail:

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Date Added: September 19, 2019

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