Kitchen Manager #421

The Kitchen Manager is responsible for planning, ordering, and preparing meals for children and families enrolled in CRN programs. This position manages, bills, and maintains records for the food program and related agencies.  The Kitchen Manager works closely with Program management to ensure compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations. Duties involve a moderate degree of complexity due to the responsibility of planning menus, preparing food and ensuring compliance with various regulations.  Reasonable judgment, good time management and a high level of professionalism are required to provide the smooth and efficient operation of the Children's Relief Nursery's food program.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's St. John's site. 

Pay/Benefits: $20.00 starting hourly pay plus Full benefits. This position is 40 hours a week.  


  • Plan menu cycles according to budget guidelines, foods in season, state & federal nutritional requirements for children, and in keeping with the regulations and guidelines provided by the USDA/CACFP and the Multnomah County Health department.
  • Prepare nutritionally balanced family-style meals for children with consideration to their nutritional and developmental needs that reflect the diversity and cultural needs of enrolled families while keeping with the regulations and guidelines provided by the USDA/CACFP and the Multnomah County Health department.
  • Select and order foods that comply with program requirements.  Ensure the quality through careful selection of products while assuming budgetary responsibilities.
  • Maintain accurate USDA records, meal counts, and food/equipment receipts.  Prepare the USDA reimbursement report accurately and timely on a monthly basis.  Provide the report to Accounting by the 15th of the following month.
  • Attend annual mandatory USDA/CACFP trainings as well as provide annual mandatory USDA/CACFP trainings for all food handling staff.  On an annual basis, update forms and documents and other pertinent paperwork newly issued by regulatory agencies.  Be prepared for potential regulatory audits (announced and unannounced) and implement procedures as recommended, if necessary.
  • Maintain an accurate recorded inventory of kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Responsible for oversight of sanitation requirements; establish and maintain sanitation and safety practices in compliance with County, State and Federal regulations.
  • Provide training to all staff who use the kitchen and equipment.  Create policies and procedures to ensure they are also complying with program requirements.
  • Maintain, evaluate and monitor all food program related vendor relationships.
  • Keep the kitchen and related areas clean, including dishwashing and general maintenance.
  • Check e-mail/voice mail daily when working, on-line trainings as necessary and accurately complete on-line timesheets.
  • Travels between sites or in the community
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Meets performance standards for documentation, quality, and teamwork as defined in the performance review.
  • Participate in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff and team meetings, consultation with other staff and required trainings.


  • High School diploma, culinary degree preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience in the food service or restaurant industry.
  • Knowledge of food preparation and ordering supplies; experience maintaining kitchen equipment.
  • Knowledge of health and sanitation laws and federal, state and local reimbursement requirements.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Has a valid Food Handlers card as well as first aid and CPR certifications.
  • Pass and maintain State of Oregon background check and CCD registry.
  • Safe driving record: ability to use personal vehicle for CRN business; current personal vehicle insurance.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer

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