• 11-Sep-2017 to 10-Nov-2017 (MST)
  • Academy Center
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Full Time


Provides culturally-sensitive and culturally relevant center-based services to children/families enrolled in the NAPPR Early Childhood Education program.  Prepares and distributes meals, cleans the kitchen and other center areas and assists in maintaining classroom ratios as a fill-in for absent teachers or to assist teachers in taking breaks during the workday when children are present. 


  1. Prepares and distributes family-style meals to Academy classrooms in accordance with planned menus that support the nutritional needs of young children
  2. Tracks the number of meals served to adults and children, using the assigned tracking system                                                                                  
  3. Maintain relationships with parents by maintaining frequent appropriate communication with families served, greeting parents/children when they arrive at the center and answering questions/providing information as appropriate
  4. Assists with maintaining appropriate classroom ratios at all times by filling in for absent teachers and providing opportunities for teachers to step out of the classroom as appropriate for breaks/meetings, etc.
  5. Completes required documentation and data entry into program database and adheres to all standards including required formats and time frames.
  6. Participates in general program activities such as the community assessment, self-evaluation, recruitment and outreach, and other events, initiatives and activities as assigned
  7. Implements required curriculum, screening, assessment and tracking to support attainment of school readiness goals for all children
  8. Support and encourage the active involvement of parents and families
  9. Assures a healthy, clean and safe environment for children through appropriate hand washing, cleaning, sanitizing, assisting in the daily maintenance of the center, reporting and resolving health/safety hazards as they occur
  10. Actively participate in on-going group and individual Reflective Supervision and Administrative Supervision.
  11. Actively participate in program trainings, staff meetings, agency meetings, family service coordination meetings


  • Collaborate with team to perform outreach and recruitment activities as assigned including but not limited to staffing outreach tables, visiting community service providers and serving as an ambassador for the program and agency at a variety of public events.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Center Manager and Program Director




Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • 45-hour course
  • Food Handlers certificate

Experience Requirements

  • 6 months experience working in a kitchen and preparing large quantities of food
  • Experience with providing culturally appropriate services
  • Prior classroom experience is highly desirable
  • Prior experience preparing and serving meals with CACFP, USDA, sanitation and childcare licensing guidelines with minimal supervision is highly desirable


Core Competencies

  • Effective Communication – clear and concise verbal and written communication to convey substance/intent
  • Customer Orientation – Close to customers, anticipate and meet needs
  • Relationship Building – initiate contact readily and devote time to maintain
  • Drive/Energy – high level of energy and motivation to sustain over time
  • Team Player – Team-oriented, share resources, assist other areas

Position-based Competencies

  • Functional/Technical Expertise – knowledge, remain current, serve as resource
  • Sensitivity – Communicate empathy, respect and appreciation
  • Organizing and Planning – manage time, maximize productivity, and prioritize
  • Problem solving and decision making – balance between studying and solving problems, commit to action and use sound judgment
  • Results Orientation – motivated by achievement and maintain appropriate focus on outcomes and accomplishments

Specialized or unique knowledge, skills or abilities

  • Ability to self-direct
  • Computer experience, knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn database software, Word, Excel, Outlook and web applications
  • Attention to detail with ability to track food inventory, number of meals served, adjust recipes for quantities and accurately measure ingredients
  • Ability to accurately follow written and verbal instructions


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Typical work environment situations include frequent sitting, standing, bending walking, talking, hearing, using hands to grip, type; reaching with hands and arms, occasionally required to stand or walk on uneven surfaces; climb stairs, run. 2-4 hours per day spent in strenuous physical activity, lifting up to 50 lbs. (children) 6-8 times in an 8 hour day.
  • The physical environment requires the employee to work primarily inside, in temperature controlled conditions. Some noise and interruptions are present. Additional physical environments include vehicle, private homes and occasionally outside.


  • A functional automobile at his/her disposal; a valid, non-suspended NM driver's license and a current automobile liability policy with continuous coverage
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check
  • No substantiation or criminal conviction of child abuse or neglect
  • No conviction of DUI or other moving violations in the past 3 years which will prevent insurability under NAPPR's liability coverage
  • May require need for flexible schedules, including occasional evening and weekend work
  • Travel within the state and out-of-state may be required
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