Why Work for MPA
MPA Society is an award-winning non-profit service agency that has supported people living with mental illness for over 40 years. Created on the principle of self-empowerment, our programs promote the dignity and well-being of people with mental illness by inspiring hope and supporting their recovery.
MPA Society operates over 30 social, vocational, recreational, advocacy and housing programs that support people in their own communities. We offer a dynamic working environment, competitive wages and benefits, and an opportunity to grow professionally with the organization.
The Glacierview Apartments Assisted Living Program and Skyline Lodge Licensed Housing Program provide assistance, support and basic skill training to members in their living environment while encouraging independence, self-responsibility, and healthy lifestyle choices.
In a manner consistent with MPA’s mission, philosophy and policies, and under the supervision of the Head Cook, the Cook works independently and as part of a team to deliver food services for up to 50 members per day. The Cook is responsible for meal preparation, serving and clean-up, and engaging the members, while working in conjunction with all the staff at Glacierview Apartments and Skyline Lodge.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. In consultation with the Head Cook, prepares and serves up to 50 meals, 3 times per day in accordance with established menus and recipes, by performing duties such as planning food preparation and cooking schedules, cooking, grilling, baking, tasting for palatability, and carving. Modifies and adjusts established menus as required.
2. Ensures the purchase of food supplies consistent with the established rotational menu plan by performing such duties as estimating food and supply requirements, placing purchase orders with external suppliers, receiving supplies, checking invoices against orders and goods received, storing and distributing supplies, and contacting suppliers to investigate invoice anomalies and damaged shipments.
3. Ensures the proper rotation of food stock and supplies on a first in first out basis.
4. Adjusts the number of meals prepared to match with expected need and demand.
5. Prepares and stores all food items in accordance with regulatory requirements as required by Public or Environmental Health standards ensuring safety of food delivery.
6. Ensures that proper sanitation of the kitchen and related food equipment is maintained to standards of Public and or Environmental Health by performing cleaning duties such as cleaning food preparation equipment, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning sinks and other kitchen and storage areas.
7. Receives member feedback, inquiries, and complaints and reports to the Head Cook and Manager, Housing Programs, and responds as required.
8. Works with members, peers, supervisors, and other agencies and professionals in the community in a cooperative and professional manner.
9. Maintains an inventory of equipment, tools, and material related to activities and procedures.
10. Performs cleaning and light maintenance duties.
11. Performs other related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
1. Grade 12 education or equivalent.
2. Professional cooking certificate with experience in front line food service delivery or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
3. FoodSafe Level 1 and WHMIS training.
4. Satisfactory criminal record check.
5. Participation in the provincial TB Screening Immunization Program.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1. Ability to work effectively with adults with a mental illness.
2. Ability to communicate effectively and work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
3. Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
4. Ability to operate related equipment.
5. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize.
6. Ability to establish and maintain a rapport with members, staff, management and collateral service providers.
7. Ability to analyze and resolve problems.
8. Familiarity with mental illness and the issues facing those with mental illness and those at risk of homelessness related to meeting basic food needs.