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Dietary Cook
Title:Dietary Cook
Department:Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village
Location:Lignum, VA

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at

About Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village

Throughout the breadth of 260-acres of naturally lush and inviting land in Lignum, Virginia, the Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village (the Village) has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1993.  Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 67 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.  The residents live in small cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs.  The children who make their home at the village are referred to this place of healing by various judicial authorities and child welfare offices after the Department of Social Services takes custody of them.  They arrive experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations.  For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.

It takes a whole village to raise a child.  A team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival, equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to each child’s specific needs.  While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT under the direction of a staff psychiatrist.  The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, occupational, and speech therapy.  The dedicated, highly-trained, and passionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, and chaplain work to cultivate trust in children who have known only betrayal, and build self-esteem in the young souls who have rarely been given reason to like themselves.

Position is responsible for overseeing the daily preparation of meals served to the residents and staff. 

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or Equivalent. Qualified candidate(s) will have a minimum of one year of experience in meal preparation in an institutional setting.  Experience working in a residential treatment facility is strongly preferred. 
Training and Experience:
  • In addition to education requirements, employee must demonstrate, through prior work experience, competency in consistently exercising professional judgment and discretion in the execution and implementation of HACCP methods. 
  • Must have successfully completed all of the Alice C. Tyler Village new hire orientation and training requirements.   
  • Must be current on all mandatory annual retraining and in-services. 
  • Must participate in a minimum of 15 hours annually of in-service training applicable to specific job duties and responsibilities. 
  • Must possess a current certificate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license. 

Knowledge Required:
  • Knowledge of HACCP methods and standards are preferred.
  • Working knowledge of USDA standards is preferred.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe holding temperatures for hot and cold foods.

Must have ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift and grasp.  Possesses the ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word during activities in which they must convey detail or important spoken instructions to others accurately, sometimes quickly and loudly.  Hearing to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 db loss @ Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz with or without correction; ability to perceive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound.  Perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands and fingers.  Be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and to be able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Work requires a minimum standard of visual acuity with or without correction that will enable people in the role to complete administrative and clerical tasks.

  • Must be capable of creating food combinations that meet nutritional requirements.
  • Must possess the ability to operate all kitchen equipment (ex: commercial dish washer, slicer, steamer, coolers, freezer, mixer) according to compliance standards.
  • Must be capable of creating and auditing (production sheets, daily audits, USDA meal count sheets.
  • Ability to prepare menus using standardized recipes.
  1. Ensure HACCP principles are applied to all food received and prepared in the facility. 
  2. Stocks and dates weekly deliveries following FIFO procedures.  
  3. Monitors the set daily nutritional value of all meals and snacks. 
  4. Assist the Support Supervisor with performing weekly inventory of all food products. 
  5. Provides a clean and inviting meal environment for the children using appropriate serving utensils and arrangements within Childhelp standards.  
  6. Cleans and sanitizes all meal preparation utensils including but not limited to pots, glasses, and silverware etc.  
  7. Carries out other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the village.

Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer




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