[2023-2024] Food Services (Lead / FT / PT)

  • Full-time
  • Start Date: Next year opening
  • Department: School-based Support

Company Description

KIPP Capital Region is a part of a national network of high-performing public Charter Schools committed to creating joyful, academically excellent, and prepared students with the skills, ability, and confidence to pursue their paths to college, career, and beyond. 

Located in both Albany and Troy, NY, KIPP Capital Region serves 2,500+ students in grades K-12 across seven schools.  We believe every individual walks through the doors of schools bearing gifts. Talent. Perspective. Drive. Inspiration. So at KIPP Capital Region, we support every student and educator to see those gifts, then build the skills and confidence they need to thrive. 

We are committed to furthering anti-racism, equity, and racial justice in all our efforts, and expect all of our stakeholders to participate in this work so that we can create a future without limits for our students, together.

Job Description

Position Overview

The Food Service Worker is responsible for preparing and distributing food items, providing complete and accurate documentation and audit trail for meals served, and maintaining facilities in a sanitary condition. 

The Lead Cook is responsible for preparing and cooking large batches of food that will be served to students.


Food Service Worker

  • Responsible for the cooking, serving, and documentation of meals and snacks for a K-8 school program. 
  • Will prepare meals received from other vendors.
  • Will create and follow menus and handle all phases of kitchen operations including inventory control.
  • Ensures smooth operations and functioning of the kitchen in adherence to health and food safety codes.
  • Maintains the strict cleanliness of the kitchen, food service, and storage areas.
  • Must be culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of the students and families we serve.

Lead Cook

  • Prepares all menu items for breakfast, lunch and snack with staff based on prior production as needed
  • Uses standardized recipes to ensure proper preparation, nutritional values, and portion sizes.
  • Responsible for maintaining organization, including proper storage, labeling and dating in freezers, coolers and dry storage.
  • Assists Food Service Manager with training of other employees at school location as directed
  • Manages other employees so that everyone is clocked out at the end of the shift as soon as all work is completed, within scheduled hours
  • Maintains the strict cleanliness of the kitchen, food service, and storage areas.
  • Any other duties as requested by the Food Service Director/ Food Service Manager
  • Must be culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of the students and families we serve.



  • Commitment to anti-racism and equity
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented, mission-driven culture
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule outside of regular business hours.
  • Ability to create and work within an inclusive environment that honors and supports a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Please note: travel to different KIPP Capital Region schools may be required
  • Pass a Criminal Background Check


  • Highschool Diploma/GED 
  • (For Lead Cook) Vocational school coursework in kitchen basics, such as food safety, preferred
  • Cooking experience along with menu and food preparation in a cafeteria setting 
  • Inventory control knowledge
  • Nutrition, basic food preparation, and food sanitation knowledge
  • Knowledge of healthy food options and ideas for young children
  • Prior experience working in schools and urban communities is preferred but not required.

Additional Information

When you join KIPP Capital Region, you are joining in on our promise to families that their children will enter college and the professional world able to thrive academically due to their literacy, numeracy, and core knowledge in science and social studies. We also promise that our students will develop a passion for learning and the drive necessary to persevere as they climb the mountain to and through college and career. Our graduates will be prepared to return to their community as teachers, leaders, and architects of continued growth in the Capital Region. And while the biggest perk to working at KIPP Capital Region is doing work that makes a lifelong difference in the lives of our students, you'll find that's not the only benefit we offer:

  • Industry-leading medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Aggressive employer 403(b) contribution match
  • Childcare benefits
  • Unparalleled work/life Integration
  • Casual dress code
  • Relocation stipend (conditions apply)
  • And so much more! For more information on the benefits of joining KIPP Capital Region, please view our Employee Benefits Summary

Learn More:
KIPP Capital Region offers a competitive salary ranging from $18.00 - 21.00 hourly.  Salaries are determined using an equitable compensation scale that accounts for years of experience relevant to the role and longevity within the KIPP network. KIPP Capital Region will evaluate and determine the step/level a new hire will be placed within our food service salary scale at point of hire.

All staff and educators at KIPP Capital Region are committed to anti-racism and inclusion, are part of a close-knit diverse community, and are encouraged to show up authentically, inspiring our children to do the same. Learn more about what it’s like to work at KIPP Capital Region: kippcapital.org/join-our-team/ 

This role is located at KIPP Capital Region schools in Troy, NY.

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