Cook

Job ID:
J1221-1076
Job Status:
Casual Call-In
Union:
UNIFOR - RVG
Job Level:
Technical/Professional
Location:
Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada
Principle Work Location:
Riverview Gardens
Eligible for Working Remotely Consideration:
No
Number of Positions:
2
Reports to:
Supervisor, Food Services
Date Posted:
July 1, 2022
Closing Date:
September 30, 2022
Compensation:
$20.810 - $28.120 / Hourly

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is currently accepting applications for future permanent casual call-in Cooks for Riverview Gardens Long Term Care facility with the Seniors Services division.

This position will include testing as a part of the recruitment process.
About the external job registry

Resumes will be kept on file until September 30, 2022. You are encouraged to re-apply each time a new registry is made available to be considered for future openings.

Job description

The Cook is responsible for preparing of all meals and snacks to be served to resident, staff and visitors of the home, in accordance with safe food handling techniques and which provides high nutritive value, flavour, colour, texture and appearance, following standardized recipes.

Essential responsibilities

  • Demonstrate Chatham-Kent’s core values and competencies
  • Operating all equipment in dietary department; cleaning and sanitizing of food service equipment and wares; completing pre-start up equipment checks as necessary
  • Strict adherence to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Act, 2007 and regulations for Nutrition and Hydration, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Public Health Regulations and the Sanitation Code
  • Control of food storage rooms, freezers and refrigerators; dates, labels, and stores all food properly; reducing waste by following production sheets and recipes; monitoring, reporting and discarding leftovers according to policy
  • Using all tools and information provided including recipes, therapeutic menus and production sheets to maintain the highest possible quality and consistency and quantity
  • Accurate record keeping, receiving, rotating and inventory of products; ordering of required items as needed
  • Ensuring all special dietary needs are met; following the therapeutic portioning guidelines to meet the residents' dietary requirements
  • Preparing texture modified food as directed to ensure proper texture and amount
  • Ensuring that food is ready to be served at required meal and snack times
  • Serving of meals as required
  • Monitoring, recording and maintaining Quality Assurance records
  • Discussing resident meals service requirements with food service coordinators and supervisor
  • Ensuring that  home and dietary department policies and procedures are followed

Essential qualifications

  • Secondary School Diploma or equivalent education (e.g. GED certificate) required
  • Experience working as a cook, preferably in a Long-Term Care setting preferred; previous experience working in a non-Long Term Care setting would be considered
  • Candidates with 6000 hours of cooking experience and without the LCQC are to be confirmed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development that they meet the standards for challenging the LCQC exam and meet the Regulations under the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007, they must make a commitment to successfully complete the exam for LCQC within six (6) months after they have received confirmation from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills that they are eligible.
    • Individuals without their LCQC are only given one opportunity to obtain it and should they not be successful, they are not entitled to hold a Cook’s position until they have obtained an LCQC (as per Unifor Local 127 Collective Agreement, Letter of Understanding)
  • Should there be no applicants that hold the LCQC, applicants with 6000 hours of cooking experience will be considered and will be given six (6) months to confirm they meet the standards for challenging the LCQC exam established by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and meet the Regulations of the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 will be considered
  • Once internal or external applicants with 6000 hours cooking experience and without the LCQC are confirmed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development that they meet the standards for challenging the LCQC exam and meet the Regulations under the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007, they must make a commitment to successfully complete the exam for LCQC within six (6) months after they have received confirmation from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills that they eligible
  • Possess excellent decision making skills required for estimating food requirements and portions
  • Knowledge of good sanitation and food handling techniques to avoid infection or the spread of contagious illnesses
  • Knowledge of Ministry of Health standards and criteria for food services, Public Health regulations and the sanitation code   
  • Ability to read, write and accurately follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to answer phone professionally and respond to issues/requests
  • Must possess effective listening skills and the ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner
  • Previous experience providing staff-to-staff orientation
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Basic computer skills

Other qualifications

  • Food preparation courses would be an asset
  • Experience belonging to a work committee (i.e. health & safety, education, wellness, etc.) an asset

Certifications, memberships, licenses

  • Labour Certificate of Qualification of Cook (LCQC)
  • Current Food Safety Training certificate completed with Public Health required

Municipality of Chatham-Kent Riverview Gardens COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All new employees must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment unless approved for a medical exemption.

Work environment/hours of work

  • This position works mostly indoors
  • There are no guaranteed hours for this position
  • This position works weekday hours, afternoon hours, weekend hours, and on call after hours and on weekends
  • Able to accept on short notice call-in hours for days, afternoons, and weekends, which may include four hour shifts
  • Work mostly indoors, and must be able to accept on short notice call-in hours for days, afternoons, and weekends, which may include four (4) hour shifts

Background check requirements

Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to commencement of employment. A background check may include the following: education/certification verification and employment reference check. This position works with vulnerable residents in a position of trust and authority, on a sustained and regular basis, in a largely unsupervised capacity. A Vulnerable Sector Screen is required (Long-Term Care Homes Act section 215 O. Reg. 79/10) prior to being accepted for employment. You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a vulnerable police check.

Essential physical and/or safety requirements

  • Annual Flu immunization is required
  • 2 step TB skin test to be completed within two weeks of starting position
  • The employer may request a "Physical Task Analysis"
  • Bending: constant stooping (up to 4.55 kgs or 10 lbs) (food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines; proper receiving, storage and rotating of perishable and non-perishable food items; use of all institutional cooking and serving equipment; rationale ovens, steamers, soup kettles, gas ranges, ovens, utility carts, knives, institutional size mixers, slicers, etc.; use of cleaning and sanitizing equipment)
  • Walking: frequent walking on level surface, balancing (up to 13.64 kgs or 30 lbs) (food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines)
  • Reaching: frequent reaching forward; constant reaching below shoulder, handling (up to 13.64 kgs or 30 lbs) (food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines; completes food audits (portion control, taste panels, taking and recording temperatures of foods/refrigerators/freezers, waste management and inventory control; use of all institutional cooking and serving equipment; proper receiving, storage and rotating of perishable and non-perishable food items)
  • Lifting: frequent lifting floor to waist, waist to shoulder, carrying, transferring, pushing below shoulder, pulling below shoulder (up to 34.64 kgs or 30 lbs) (food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines; proper receiving, storage and rotating of perishable and non-perishable food items; use of all institutional cooking and serving equipment; rationale ovens, steamers, soup kettles, gas ranges, ovens, utility carts, knives, institutional size mixers, slicers, etc.)
  • Standing: constant standing (up to 4.55 kgs or 10 lbs) (food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines; long periods of sustained standing)
  • Hands: constant fine finger dexterity (movement), gripping, pinching (up to 4.55 kgs or 10 lbs) (Food preparation, cooking and cleaning routines; completes food audits; use of all institutional cooking and serving equipment; written documentation and checklists; communication via email)

Benefits

This position will receive 15% in lieu of benefits and 4% vacation pay.

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The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees in a workplace that is inclusive, supportive, and reflective of the diverse community we serve.

Should you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) at 519-360-1998. Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection.