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The New York Foundling Bilingual Food Services Coord/Head Cook - Unaccompanied Alien Children (Manhattan | 35 hrs/wk | Fulltime) in New York, New York

  • Social Services

  • BILIN06191


New York, NY, USA


The New York Foundling’s Unaccompanied Minors program is committed to caring for and safely reuniting unaccompanied minors who are fleeing violence and poverty and arrive in the United States without their parent or legal guardian. The Unaccompanied Minors program offers comprehensive, culturally competent and holistic services to 32 children at a time in various group homes in and outside of New York City via a committed bi-lingual interdisciplinary team of clinicians, case planners, teachers and medical staff. The goal of the program is to assess and respond to the needs of these children in a trauma-informed manner and work in partnership with stakeholders and their identified families in the United States for safe reunification. We strive to see these children safely reunited with their families and be given the opportunity of reach their full potential, as in keeping with the mission of the New York Foundling’s over 150 years of service to children and families

* **Position Description: *

To prepare the meals for children living temporarily at our residential facility.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepares culturally competent nutritious lunch, snack, dinner and periodically makes dessert for children of primarily Latin America backgrounds following the prepared menus according to NY state regulations.
  • Assists in planning holiday and event parties.
  • Teaches children about nutrition and elicits feedback in menu planning
  • Orders food on a weekly basis from NYF approved vendor and shops locally for some items.
  • Maintains daily inventory of food and food-related supplies as well as cleaning supplies.
  • Cleans kitchen daily and wipes down chairs and tables daily. Keeps kitchen and dining area clean and organized at all times.
  • Receives food deliveries and stores all food.
  • Creative chef who is able to make healthy but enjoyable meals. Consults with staff about revisions in menus including input from teen moms about traditional/ethnic food preferences.
  • Tracks children’s attendance for food production purposes and shares information with Residence Staff and Director.
  • Interacts appropriately with children during meal-times and also during the day.
  • In an emergency, lends a hand for child care purposes.
  • Able to handle the multiple challenges of managing a kitchen for a rapidly changing population.
  • Maintain the requirements of the licensing agency protocols.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.
  • Regular and punctual time and attendance, and adherence to The Foundling’s and your department’s specific time and attendance policies and protocol.
  • Consistent demonstrated commitment to The Foundling’s BHAG, mission, vision and values (Compassion, Dignity, Family and Community, Diversity, Excellence).
  • Adherence to The Foundling’s employee policies, Code of Conduct and applicable rules, laws, regulations or bargaining agreements.


  • High School Graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Qualifying certificate in Food Protection may be required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required
  • Must have a clean and valid NY, NJ, CT or PA driver’s license with 6 points or less.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Training or experience as a Cook preferred
  • Knowledge of Department of Health regulations highly preferred
  • Experience working in an ACS or OCFS facility kitchen highly preferred.
  • Ability to work with adolescents with behavioral and emotional issues a plus.






HS Graduate or Equivalent or better


PreferredTraining or experience as a Cook preferred

Experience working in an ACS or OCFS facility kitchen highly preferred

Licenses & Certifications


Driver's License

Posted: April 7, 2021