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 403(b))
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Corporate Advantage Partnership Education Program with Mount Mercy University and Upper Iowa University



The Substitute Cook is responsible for food preparation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)/Head Start. 


Hours and Wage:

Intermittent hours, ability to work your preferred schedule/hours; $18.02 hourly. 



  1. Assists in maintaining compliance, program records and documentation required for HACAP programs, child-care licensing regulations, CACFP, Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Act and funding requirements.
  2. Follows Food Service Establishment Food Codes, CACFP and DHS standards and HACAP policies and procedures regarding the maintenance of a sanitary and organized kitchen, including food storage procedures, and health, sanitation and safety practices in the preparation of food.
  3. In absence of the center’s cook, the Substitute Cook is responsible for food preparation according to provided menus, including special diets, using standardized recipes and quantity cooking techniques as well as commercially prepared foods.
  4. Observes mealtimes, serving food on time and at the proper temperature.
  5. Consults with the center supervisor or Nutrition Manager prior to making menu changes and makes appropriate documentation.
  6. Accurately and promptly completes necessary documentation, including daily production forms.
  7. May support the center supervisor with food requisitioning and the purchasing process.
  8. May receive deliveries and reconcile delivery invoices.
  9. Provides child ratio coverage in classroom on an emergency basis to meet state licensing and/or federal compliance regulations.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


1. Support the organization's mission, vision, values, policy and procedure by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect personalization, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.

2. Demonstrates personal commitment to HACAP through quality job performance, a sense of responsibility for high achievement, professional appearance, awareness of current events throughout HACAP, and a positive promotion of HACAP.

3. Consistently work in a positive and cooperative manner with fellow Team Members.

4. Consistently demonstrate ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary.

5. Consistently come to work on time, working as scheduled, and leaving at the scheduled time.

6. Maintain appropriate attire and good grooming habits to support HACAP’s desire for safe and efficient operations, providing greater service and better customer relations.

7. Must possess high integrity and ensure confidentiality of any information concerning an employee, client, family, financial condition or personal peculiarities is strictly maintained.

8. Ensure that personal health information is protected during its collection, use, disclosure, storage and destruction within HACAP as required by HIPAA.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  1. High School Diploma or GED, or working towards obtaining GED.
  2. One year food service experience preferred.



  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



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

1. Receive clearance by the Iowa Department of Human Services on child abuse and criminal checks prior hire and resubmit every two (2) years.

2. Receive clearance thru National FBI fingerprint checks. Fingerprints must be submitted for national check prior to hire or start date at the center.  Resubmit every four (4) years.

3. Pass a pre-employment health examination and subsequent health examinations every three (3) years thereafter.

4. Provide TB screening clearance upon hire and every three (3) years thereafter.

5. Complete Bloodborne Pathogen (Universal Precautions) within ten (10) days of employment and update annually.

6. Complete ServSafe on-line Food Handler Certificate of Achievement within ten (10) days of employment and update every three (3) years.

7. Complete Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting Training within three (3) months of employment and update every three (3) years.

8. Obtain first aid training within three (3) months of employment and update every two (2) years.

9. Obtain CPR training within three (3) months of employment and update every two (2) years.

10. Complete CCDBG Essentials training within ninety (90) days of employment.   

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.