Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) is a diverse, community-focused nonprofit dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of families living with the everyday barriers of poverty.


What we are proud to offer you:

  • Retirement Savings (IPERS and/or 403b) with generous company match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Corporate Advantage Partnership Education Program with Mount Mercy University and Upper Iowa University



Position goal: The Cook is responsible for food preparation for the Head Start child care center.  



Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; $16.92 hourly.  Position is school year (August - May).

*This position is eligible for a $1200 retention incentive after successfully completing 180 days of employment.



  1. Responsible for food preparation according to provided menus, including special diets, using standardized recipes and quantity cooking techniques as well as commercially prepared foods.
  2. Maintains an organized and efficient food service operation.
  3. Follows requirements of funders and regulatory agencies related to foods served, required documentation and food safety and sanitation practices.
  4. Shares in the responsibility of food requisitioning and the purchasing process.
  5. Receives deliveries and reconciles delivery invoices.
  6. Assists classrooms with supervision of children on an incidental basis. 



  1. High School Diploma or GED, or working towards obtaining GED.
  2. One year of foodservice experience.



  1. Ability to read, comprehend, and implement procedures.
  2. Ability to use good judgment
  3. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  4. Ability to work with a diverse population
  5. Ability to relate to low-income people
  6. Strong organizational skills
  7. Ability to work effectively with age-appropriate activities in the classroom and relate with children in a positive way
  8. Detail orientated


  1. Receive clearance by the Iowa Department of Human Services on child abuse and criminal checks prior to hire and resubmit every two (2) years.
  2. Pass a pre-employment health examination and subsequent health examinations every two (2) years thereafter.
Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at
Phone: 319-393-7811 ext. 1014
Email: HResources@hacap.org

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