Location: Vancouver Hospice
Job Status: Casual
Reporting to: Manager, Food Services and Housekeeping
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.
As part of the Food Services team, the Cooks plan, prepare and cook a variety of food items (according to Foodsafe standards); assign tasks and provide direction to kitchen volunteers; assist in planning recreational activities (baking, etc.) to include children and their families; and maintain a clean, stocked kitchen and supply area. The Cooks work closely with other staff, as well as families and volunteers.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, plus qualification as a cook from a recognized cooking school, supplemented by a minimum of one year related experience in food preparation and cooking.
- Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Related experience in a health care facility is preferred.
- Follows daily menu plans and adapts, as necessary, to accommodate changes in numbers of persons requiring meals. Plans cooking schedule to minimize time between completion and serving.
- Defrosts and prepares food in advance; cooks and prepares food items (e.g. soups, sauces, salads, fish, poultry, meats, desserts, cookies); prepares food items for freezing.
- Ensures food is prepared according to preparation guidelines and Foodsafe standards.
- Checks supplies on hand and restocks the kitchen with necessary day-to-day supplies.
- Assigns tasks and provides direction to kitchen volunteers to ensure work is performed in accordance with standards.
- Assists staff, volunteers and parents with planning of recreational activities (baking, etc.) to include children and their families.
- Supervises and engages the kitchen volunteers and provides direction during volunteer shifts.
- Maintains established rotation of food in storage and use of leftovers to minimize spoil and waste.
- Contributes to menu planning, food presentation and recipe planning, in consultation with the Food Services Coordinator.
- Follows cleaning schedule, as required (e.g. cleans counters, sinks, stove, floors, machines, equipment and storage areas; spot washes walls and splash area; removes garbage).
- Liaises with families, volunteers and staff to discuss special dietary requirements and allergy alerts.
- Ensures safety practices and procedures are adhered to.
- Attends Interdisciplinary Rounds as requested.
- Assumes other related responsibilities, as assigned.
What you bring to the role:
- Knowledge of commonly used kitchen equipment, its use and maintenance.
- Knowledge of cooking procedures and food safe techniques.
- Effective verbal and written English communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to interact with individual at all levels.
- Ability to plan and organize work.
- Ability to work with children and families in sensitive situations.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
- Ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and prepare a variety of nutritious food items that appeal to all ages.
- Foodsafe Level 1 certificate is required.
- WHMIS certification is required.
- High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; consultative, facilitate and collaborative; sense of humor.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Demonstrates flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
- Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.
Note: Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work.
At the discretion of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the information in this job description may be reviewed and revised, as required, to meet the needs of the organization.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.