• Counselor/Cook

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Position Number
    Lawton Residence
    Regular Part-Time
    FLSA Status
    Minimum Salary
    USD $27,918.80/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $27,918.80/Yr.
  • Overview


    This position is responsible for food storage and preparing meals for residents. Additionally, assists direct care staff in providing services in accordance with treatment plans, guides and teaches persons served to develop skills required for a more independent lifestyle.





    1) Prepares and cooks meals in accordance with residents’ dietary requirements established by the Dietician. Has meals prepared on time for the residents. Participates in meal planning with the Dietician.


    2) Maintains a clean and sanitary cooking utensils, cooking equipment, cooking area, and food storage area; discards spoiled food.


    3) Inventories food, orders food in quantities to avoid waste or leftovers, properly stores food to avoid waste.


    4) Assists residents in eating who cannot feed themselves independently. Teaches residents to eat in a family-style setting.


    5) Teaches and assists residents to plan, shop, store, and prepare and serve meals using currently accepted nutritional standards; to clean kitchen and dining areas, and dispose of leftover food safely.




    1) Throughout assigned shift performs regular inspections inside of the facility to ensure the safety of the consumers and residents, accountability of property, cleanliness of consumer rooms and common areas, cleanliness and security of the area immediately outside of the facility, and the security of any assigned vehicles.


    2) Ensures that only authorized individuals are permitted access to the residence.


    3) Immediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, or sensitive situations to supervisors. Completes incident reports in accordance with Institute for Community Living policy.


    4) Explains the types of services, recreational activities and other programs available to consumers and residents, instructs the consumer or resident in daily living skills, socialization skill enhancement and conflict resolution.


    5) Executes emergency plans as outlined in the policy and procedure manual under the direction of the assigned supervisor and adheres to program policy on securing the safety and well-being of consumers/residents, staff and visitors requiring emergency medical care.

    6) Assists and instructs individuals in attending to personal hygiene, grooming, nutrition and daily living; ensures that sufficient and appropriate attire is available.


    7) Reviews the staff communication log at the beginning of the work shift and makes entries in the staff communication log concerning security checks, crisis incidents, emergency situations, incident reports, or other essential elements of information designated by program management


    8) Observes the physical environment and performs housekeeping tasks as necessary to ensure the maintenance of a safe, clean, comfortable and healing environment for individuals.


    9) Ensures that the food provided or selected is appropriate for those on a special diet.


    10)    Accompanies consumers or residents on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, social activities, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the consumer or resident.





    High school graduate or equivalent. Prefer one year experience preparing meals and some year’s worth of experience working with a mentally ill or developmentally disabled population. Current clean New York State driver's license required





    • Ability to use sound judgment in identifying and solving problems, and knowing when to seek assistance.
    • Ability to be aware of self and one’s impact on others
    • Ability to learn, understand and comply with all regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to organize time effectively to accomplish all tasks in a timely way and meet deadlines without prompting.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and clients both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to work independently, and to conform to all applicable safety and accountability measures
    • Ability to engage in active listening—attending to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate



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