Direct Care and Cook

Summary/Objective: The Cook/DSP is responsible for the preparation, serving and clean up of posted menu food items, following established quality and sanitation standards. The Cook/DSP is also responsible for implementation and documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served; be an active advocate for individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making.
Essential Job Functions:
Report issues of concern to the Supervisor. Offer ideas and suggestions for solution of concerns. Use appropriate methods and channels of communication.
Direct Support Responsibilities:
Be an active advocate for individuals receiving services to have greater control over their lives. Encourage consumer choice and decision-making.
Provide services based on individual goals and objectives. Teach individuals rather than doing for them.
Display an ability to motivate individuals to participate in their services.
Provide input to the Supervisor for the development of individual goals and objectives.
Apply rights restrictions only as determined necessary by the interdisciplinary team and included in the individual plan of persons served.
Scheduled work shifts:
Find a replacement if unable to work a scheduled shift.
Follow the call-in procedure.
Work weekends and holidays as scheduled.
Safety responsibilities:
Provide for the safety of the individual served with the least amount of intrusion as possible.
Use behavior strategies to support individuals with challenging behaviors.
Respect the property of individuals served.
Follow established protocols to de-escalate situations involving individuals' verbal and physical aggression by utilizing CPI techniques.
Cook responsibilities:
Prepare food per posted menus and according to special diets and standard practices. Provide a wide variety of foods including meats, vegetables, fruits and bakery products.
Utilize time efficiently to meet meal service schedules.
Effectively estimate food quantities needed to meet menu requirements.
Assist in creating and/or revising menus as needed.
Follow assigned cleaning duties. Utilize appropriate cleaning/sanitation methods according to department procedures.
Ensure safe operation of equipment. Report hazardous situations immediately to the Supervisor.
Ensure proper food storage and handling procedures are followed. Rotate stock as needed.
Provide education to individuals on healthy eating, menu planning, shopping, and preparing meals.
Documentation responsibilities:
Complete service documentation to record interventions and supports provided and reflect the goals and ongoing supports of individuals served; include individual responses to interventions and supports.
Complete documentation in a timely manner following service provision.
Complete incident/accident reports accurately and promptly.
Other job duties as assigned.
Imagine Team Expectations:
Willingly assume additional responsibility to support team efforts.
Maintain confidentiality. Promote the dignity of others by protecting individuals served, co-workers, and agency privacy.
Contribute appropriately to the changing conditions of the agency and individuals served and react to change productively.
Use professional ethics in carrying out job duties.
Communicate with all individuals in an honest and open manner, unless to do so would contraindicate an individual treatment plan.
Ensure health, safety, and welfare of individuals served.
Treat individuals served, coworkers, supervisors, and other associates with care, courtesy, and respect.
Look for and suggest ways to continually improve our services.
Maintain a professional appearance and comply with dress code.
Report to work on time and as scheduled. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential element of this position. Patterns of absences or tardiness are not acceptable.
Serve as a positive role model.
Portray a positive image of Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. when representing the agency.
Build a sense of unity and purpose among coworkers, supervisors, and individuals served by working as a team member.
Ensure all Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. policies and procedures are followed, including the Compliance and Integrity Program and Safety.
Work Environment: This job operates in a licensed facility setting.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
May require lifting at times, up to 35 pounds. Lifting more than 35 pounds requires the use of a two-person lift, mechanical lift, or assistive equipment.
May require prolonged sitting and working at a computer for up to eight hours.
May require frequent bending, stooping, and stretching.
May require prolonged standing for up to eight hours.
Must wear hearing and eye protection in required areas.
Must have ability to see objects/persons at a distance.
Must have ability to see close work such as typed or handwritten material.
Must have ability to hear conversations in a quiet and a noisy environment.
Must have ability to determine where a sound is coming from.
Must have ability to hear differences among bells, buzzers, beeps, horns, etc.
Must have ability to communicate through speech.
Travel: Limited travel is expected for this position.
Preferred Education and Experience:
At least 18 years of age with High School Diploma or GED.
Department of Iowa Inspections and Appeals home study courses on food preparation, sanitation and modified diets or willing to complete within 12 months of employment as a cook preferred.
Knowledge of food service equipment.
Prior experience in cooking on a large scale preferred.
Experience working with persons with disabilities preferred.
Basic computer skills including MS Word.
Background checks with previous employers, references, law enforcement agencies, and others will be conducted and found satisfactory.
Valid driver's license and driver's record deemed acceptable by Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.

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