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Kitchen Manager

Dover Children's Home

Dover Children’s Home, founded in 1893, is a non-profit intermediate-level treatment program, offering a wide array of services to children in need from all parts of NH.  The agency is designed to provide community-based residential care for youth who have been abused or neglected; are under a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition; or who have committed delinquent acts.  The program will often not admit children who are actively fire-setting, displaying uncontrollable aggression, or are unable to understand the treatment interventions utilized by DCH due to cognitive or processing challenges.  

Dover Children’s Home mission statement is that as an agency we will “Provide tools and support for youth to heal from emotional trauma through community-based treatment programs that foster relationships and enable youth to create hope for their future.” Our goal is to provide youth with as many opportunities as possible to experience success and personal growth.  It is our belief that participation in age appropriate, therapeutic, and normalized activities will help youth become a positive member in the community. 

Dover Children’s Home prescribes to ‘Trust Based Relational Interventions’ (TBRI) model which is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, attachment-centered, and challenging. It is an evidenced-based, trauma informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from ‘hard places’, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence. TBRI consists of three sets of harmonious principles: connecting, empowering, and correcting principles.

The Home provides a structured living environment in which the residents are encouraged to develop and utilize alternative, appropriate behaviors; develop healthier community connections; and further enhance daily living and independent living skills.  Dover Children’s Home utilizes a relationship model to understand and engage youth and provide interventions rooted in evidence-based practices to assist with their emotional and behavioral needs. An individualized treatment plan is created with significant input from the resident, parents, and providers to identify goals to be worked toward while at DCH. The treatment team provides experiences throughout each day to enhance the normal social, emotional, and educational development of each resident.  Interventions at Dover Children’s Home are guided by evidence-based practices rooted in trauma informed care.


This is a supportive position, with hours designed to accommodate meal times. The primary responsibilities for this position include planning and preparing nutritious meals, grocery shopping, coordinating food donations, and managing kitchen volunteers. The Kitchen Manager must possess organizational, time management, computer, and community networking skills. This position requires initiative, independence, good judgment, confidentiality, team work, and professionalism. The Kitchen Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

Requirements:
  • High School/Equivalent
  • 21+ years of age
  • At least 1 year of cooking experience. 
  • Experience cooking for large groups preferred.
  • ServSafe Certification preferred.
Responsibilities:
  • Maintain a clean kitchen, per health and safety requirements.
  • Supervise kitchen volunteers as needed to best utilize each person’s skills and assets.
  • Actively seek out new information regarding nutritional standards and apply these to the job.
  • Know and adhere to established agency, State, and board of health policies and procedures.
  • Maintain Serve-Safe certification.
  • Maintain positive and professional working relationships with the general public, including food donors, families of residents, and all community members.
  • Coordinate food donations through effective community networking skills in order to develop an array of alternate and supplemental sources for food (i.e. food drives, food pantries, surplus food, USDA, etc.)
  • Ensure that food is being purchased at the lowest costs possible without compromising the quality of food being served (i.e. milk deliveries, using coupons, comparison shopping, etc) while maintaining appropriate food supplies.
  • Create and maintain a nutritionally sound menu, offering variety and selection, whenever possible.
  • Prepare nutritious meals that address the specific dietary needs and preferences of the children and staff.
  • Complete a fiscal year-end audit of all food supplies.
  • Provide nutrition and food preparation instruction, as appropriate and requested, to the residents and staff of the program.
  • Work independently, in the absence of administrative personnel.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
How to Apply:

Please email: rtouhey@doverchildrenshome.org with a resume and cover letter.

Salary Range:

$15 - $16

Job Location:

Dover

Date Added: August 31, 2021

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