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Opportunity Living Cook

Lake City, IA

House Location: Lake City
Hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri (40 hours a week);
On call every 8th weekend

Cook Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Prepare meals according to menus and modified prescribed diets.
  • Adhere to sanitary food service practices.
  • Assist in feeding and training in self-feeding for clients/members who exhibit a need.
  • Assist in training clients/members in food preparation and kitchen duties as directed by the Interdisciplinary Team.
  • Prepare bi-weekly shopping lists, record receipts for groceries, and store grocery items in accordance with facility policies.
  • Confer with other staff on dietary practices and clients’/members’ individual dietary needs.
  • Adjust recipes to proper proportions for the number of individuals being served.
  • Follow the cleaning schedules of the dietary area.
  • Serve in the capacity of a Direct Support Professional.
  • Maintain a safe, clean and homelike environment by following established cleaning schedules.
  • Take part in routine housekeeping duties, including laundry.
  • Serve as an advocate for client/member rights.
  • Maintain flexibility of schedules to provide adequate coverage.


The working conditions described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The cook works in a changing environment that adjusts to the needs of the individuals being serviced. The environment may be fast-paced with interruptions, distractions, and deadlines. Must be flexible and be able to adjust to changing needs or activities. Depending on the needs of the individuals, the work can be physically demanding, including transferring or supporting people with mobility needs, lifting or moving items over 50 pounds, walking or standing for extended periods of time, or providing support through CPR/First Aid, behavioral support, and other interventions. Regularly required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Noise level is usually mild to moderate.

Cook Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Training and/or experience in food services, sanitation, modified diets, or other related position preferred.
  • Training and/or experience in developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Must have sincere respect for and desire to work with persons with disabilities.
  • Commitment to Opportunity Living’s Mission and Vision.
  • Must be able to communicate with all persons in a culturally competent manner.
  • Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks.
  • Clear tuberculosis screening.
  • Complete the Sanitation Home Study Course within two (2) months of hire and the Modified Diets Course within six (6) months of hire.
  • Ability to pass and maintain other required training such as CPR/First Aid, Dependent Adult/Child Abuse, and Behavior Management Program, or other training as assigned per specific job duties.


Status: Full Time

Category: Medical/Health

Occuaption: Nutrition and Diet

Industry: Nonprofit Charitable Organizations