Preschool Academy Cook & Preschool Support


Job Summary

To work closely with the James River Preschool Academy Coordinator in managing food preparation, cleanup, and purchasing and collection of all meal items.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties


  • Order/purchase food items needed for each week’s meals: breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • Coordinate shipments of food
  • Pick up food orders, as needed
  • Maintain receipts for food purchases
  • Upload receipts to appropriate expense report app
  • Clean breakfast dishes in Preschool Academy kitchen
  • Follow menus to prepare lunches in First Baptist kitchen
  • Prepare lunches in Preschool Academy kitchen when there is a conflict with FBC kitchn
  • Bring lunches to Preschool Academy kitchen for distribution to classrooms at 11:45am
  • Prepare individual milk cartons and distribute to classrooms with appropriate condiments for the meals
  • Clean up First Baptist Church kitchen food prep areas, returning all items to original locations (leave cleaner and better)
  • Implement behavior and social-emotional health and well-being plan/curriculum
  • Follow the state licensing guidelines regarding food preparation
  • Follow state guidelines for sanitation requirements
  • Follow CACFP guidelines for food purchasing, preparation and distribution
  • Provide any additional preschool support as needed

Job Requirements

  • Complete requested background screening prior to start date
  • Complete fingerprints with the state
  • Register with Family Care Registry prior to start date
  • Provide physical exam results and TB test results prior to start date
  • Read Licensed Rule Book and sign required statement
  • Complete state required training
  • Read the James River Weekday Preschool and Preschool Academy Teacher Handbook and sign required statement
  • Complete ServeSafe food training
  • Complete 12 training clock hours per year (paid time)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to lift, push or pull 25 pounds
  • Ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel, and reach
  • Ability to walk independently up and down a normal flight of 13-15 stairs

Code of Conduct & Character

James River Church is Pastor-led and staff driven with board oversight. James River Church staff are expected and considered to share in the responsibility of practicing and propagating the Christian gospel message and upholding the doctrine of the Church (the employer), as stated on our website and in our Bylaws. As leaders and ministers of the gospel, staff therefore agree to the following:

  1. Develop and maintain a close personal walk with the Lord including:
    • Daily devotional time with Lord.
    • Daily dependence on the empowerment of the Spirit.
  2. Develop a strong marriage and family life. This includes:
    • Communicating and sharing with your spouse.
    • Spending time together on days off and when extra time is available.
  3. Keep personal finances in order with no delinquencies.
  4. Attend all regularly scheduled services in the church. Special services and functions will be required as deemed necessary by the Lead Pastor.
  5. Maintain a high level of personal integrity, honesty and confidentiality in dealing both with the staff and congregation.
  6. Maintain a Christian outlook and attitude at all times.
  7. Maintain loyalty to the staff and church, actively promoting unity within the church.

Heart Behind All We Do


Smile at EVERYONE you encounter!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Phil 4:4 (NIV)
“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Ps 16:11 (ESV)

Be enthusiastic about your role, about the church, & about what God is doing in your life and in the church.
“Zeal for your house has consumed me…” Ps 69:9 (ESV)
“I was overjoyed when they said, ‘Let’s go up to the house of the Lord.’” Ps 122:1 (TPT)

Be encouraging with your countenance, with your words, and with your actions to the team and to everyone you connect with as you serve!
“So encourage each other and build each other up…” 1 Thess 5:11 (NLT)
“…Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” 1 Thess 5:15 (MSG)

Show compassion & represent the love of Jesus!
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7 (NLT)
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” Jn 13:34 (NLT)

How can we help you with what you need? If needed, connect the individual to someone who can help.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Pt 4:10 (NLT)
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:28 (NLT)
“…Through love serve and seek the best for one another.” Ga 5:13 (AMP)

Commitment to Ministry


By submitting my application for this position, I confirm I have read and accept the above Job Description/Code of Conduct and believe God has called me to serve in this capacity.

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