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Classroom Kitchen Aide On-Call/Intermittent

Department: Child Development
Reports To: Lead Teacher
Status: On-Call/Intermittent, Part-time, average 15-20 hours per week (will vary), 9 months per year
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Salary Range: 7 ($10.48-$11.67 per hour)
Close Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 or until filled
Neighborhood House Programs
Since 1906, Neighborhood House has been helping diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building. Our services include early childhood education (including Head Start and Early Head Start), mentoring and tutoring, emergency referral services, self-sufficiency/employment classes and services (including ESL and citizenship), job placement and training, substance abuse services, transportation and outreach for the elderly and disabled and publication of the Voice newspaper. Annually, Neighborhood House serves over 13,500 individuals. Of those, 80 percent are refugees and immigrants.
Child Development Department staff support the Neighborhood House mission framework and Strategic Plan by contributing to the school readiness of low-income children and supporting their parents, care givers and community. The Head Start Classroom Kitchen Aide’s primary responsibility is to serve breakfast and lunch to Head Start children in the classroom. All food preparation and meal cleanup is the responsibility of the Classroom Kitchen Aide. This position will provide classroom assistance to the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher as time allows.
  • As instructed and according to Standards, provide meal service to classrooms: prepare food, set up, and serve food in a timely manner, clear and remove dishes at the conclusion of each meal and clean tables.
  • Actively involve children as helpers in meal service as instructed to do so by Lead Teacher. Engage in conversation and concept learning as children participate.
  • Maintain a clean and healthy kitchen area according to Standards.
  • Participate as a member of the teaching team, interacting with children in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Share meals with children, teach family service skills, and lead conversation during each meal.
  • Lead small group and individualized learning activities, as directed by Lead Teacher. Include conversations between adult and children as well as among children.
  • Assist with classroom set up and cleaning requirements.
  • If bilingual, provide translation services for families and opportunities for children to use home language in the classroom
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • One year experience working with children, preferable at the pre-school level. Family and volunteer experiences may be considered in addition to paid employment.
  • Ability to learn the responsibilities of this position.
  • Ability to communicate and understand basic English.
  • Ability to read menus and complete basic paperwork
  • Ability to communicate effectively and relate sensitively to children and adults from diverse ethnic and socio-economic groups.
  • Willingness to comply with established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service orientation, embracing a team player orientation, entrepreneurialism, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Willingness to comply with Head Start Standards of Conduct by promoting the unique identity of each child and family; conforming with program confidentiality; following child supervision and guidance policies; and refraining from soliciting or accepting personal gratuities, favors, or anything of significant monetary value from contractors or potential contractors.
  • Policy Council Approval
  • Washington State Patrol background clearance.
  • Completion of the Head Start Supplemental Background Questionnaire.
  • Current Health Exam (must be obtained within 60 days of employment {PS 1304.52})
  • Current screening for tuberculosis (must be obtained prior to employment); rescreen as necessary{PS 1304.52}).
  • Current First Aid certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current CPR certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current Food Handlers certificate upon employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current Blood Borne Pathogens training certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Training (within 90 days of employment).
  • National Sex Offender Public Registry clearance.
Desired Qualifications
  • Current or former Head Start and Early Head Start parents receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
  • Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Employment Practice
Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.

Application Procedure
Submit an agency application, resume, cover letter and Head Start supplemental background questionnaire. Agency applications can be downloaded ( or picked up at the address below. Only applicants considered for interviews will be contacted. Applicants may FAX their materials to (206) 461-3857, email to or mail to:
Neighborhood House
905 Spruce St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
attn: Human Resources
For more information
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail to