Cook (Head Start) – 2 openings

Vacancy Number: 925
Summary:  The Head Start Cook will provide nutritional services to Head Start/Early Head Start children in counties served by Fort Valley State University, and comply with the performance standards in the preparation, storage, and clean-up of meals.


• Direct the preparation of the required number of meals per day that meet Head Start and USDA nutrition requirements
• Plan work schedule so that food production flows smoothly; ensure that meals are prepared on schedule
• Develop and follow standardized recipes, and use portion control methods, including the weighing/measuring of meal components
• Ensure that special diets (as determined by Food Service Manager) are adhered to
• Use appropriate guidelines for estimating amounts to be prepared, utilizing leftovers for subsequent child meals wherever possible and ensuring that extra food or leftovers are distributed or disposed of per policy
• Use food production and food storage procedures that are in compliance with the Macon County Health Department
• Plan and complete routine cleaning and maintenance of kitchen and equipment
• Wash and sanitize utensils and dishes thoroughly
• Assist with classroom cleanup
• Perform weekly food inventory and place order to Central Kitchen
• Maintain proper hygiene and dress requirements
• Maintain an annual physical and Tuberculosis vaccination
• Perform other duties as assigned


• High school diploma or a GED
• Current physical and Tuberculosis vaccination
• Knowledge of quantity food preparation, equipment, and food purchasing
• Demonstrated knowledge of proper cleaning methods and uses the correct chemicals
• Demonstrated knowledge of sanitation and safety practices
• Good communication skills, flexibility, and teamwork
• Pass drug screening and a background investigation
• Current CPR and First Aid certifications
• Experience in a large-scale food production operation

Working Conditions:
• Must have reliable transportation to travel to and from assigned worksite
• Must be punctual and able to work Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p. m.
• Able to work independently
Physical Requirements:
• High level of daily repetitive motion with hands and arms in food preparation, serving and cleaning activities
• Standing and walking (continuously) for most of an eight (8) hour work day
• Bending and lifting (frequently) of up to 50 lbs., items are lifted from floor and work tables/counters
• Stooping, crouching (regularly) to retrieve items from lower shelves
• Reaching (regularly) to retrieve items from storage shelves and cupboards up to 8′ high


Interested persons should submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.