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Jobs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc.


Location: Queens, NY

Department: Limited Secure Placement (LSP)

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community's greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Sheltering Arms is Currently looking to hire a Cook to Prepare and Make meals in accordance with NYC Dept. of Health and NYS OCFS requirements. Maintain cleanliness and safety in all areas of food handling, appliances, storage of supplies and cooking utensils space.


Essential Functions

  • Will develop menus in collaboration with nutritionist/dietician, and input from LSP youth ensuring that the meals are well balanced and meet dietary needs of residents
  • Prepares and purchases food based on menu.
  • Prepare meals daily for residents (up to 24 residents) and record menu substitutions.
  • Prepares holiday meals for residents and families.
  • Monitors amount of food consumed by residents and maintain proper nutritional standards.
  • Makes available food in the appropriate amount for substitute cook.
  • Cleans up after meals (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, sink, stove) and disposes of garbage.
  • Maintains cleanliness of the facility and outside grounds.
  • Defrosts and cleans refrigerators and freezers as needed.
  • Maintain cleanliness and safety in all areas of food handling, appliances, storage of supplies and eating and cooking utensil space.
  • Attend staff meetings and in-service training.
  • Helps to create a climate of comfort and trust with residents.
  • Report immediately to Site Director any problem or accident occurring in the kitchen.
  • Report any faulty or inferior quality food which is received from food vendor.
  • Keep written records of all meals served.
  • Maintain the kitchen’s inventory ordering just enough to make sure necessary ingredients are always on hand without any going to waste, and making sure everything is stored properly for safety and space efficiency.
  • Other related tasks that may be assigned.



  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • 2+ years experience with food handling required
  • Food Handler Certification required
  • Adherence to health codes pertaining to safety and sanitation of the work area and cooking utensils; personal grooming; and how to properly prepare food. 
  • Ability to relate to juvenile offenders
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Proficiency in writing and oral communication
  • Must be able to pass required Safe Crisis Management (SCM) training.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services  that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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