Job Description

The Early Childhood Education program of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is looking for a part-time Preschool Cook(Substitute) to work with children between the ages of 3 to 5 years of age. Cook will prepare meals following the CACFP Family Style requirements. This position involves extensive organizing, problem solving, record keeping, and time management.  Will provide a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on a healthy lifestyle and the YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. 

This is a part time substitute position with hours during the day Monday - Friday. 

Essential Functions:

  1. Responsible for the day to day operation of the food service and nutrition program. Will follow CACFP, Licensing guidelines and HEPA standards related to children’s nutrition and food including civil rights guidelines.
  2. Filling out menu production and meal count records accurately, daily. Report any missing information to supervisor immediately.
  3. Maintain current food handler’s certificate, and practice safety and sanitation regulations at all times.
  4. Inventory control with reference to daily food usage as well as standard supplies. Fill daily log of fridge and freezer temperatures.
  5. Purchasing of food and kitchen supplies within the established budget guidelines. Follow product stocking procedures and writing the date received on items before storing.
  6. Convert kitchen measurements and standardize recipes.
  7. Maintain all kitchen areas, materials, food and appliances clean, orderly and in good working condition. Cleaning other areas of the facility, such as hallways and bathroom may be included.
  8. Participate in all program events/meetings and seminars as required by supervisor.
  9. Model and promote positive behavior, attitude and language with YMCA staff.
  10. Attend all staff meetings, trainings and other YMCA functions as required by Supervisor.
  11. Maintain open lines of communication with staff and supervisor.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.


We are looking for an ECE preschool Cook who demonstrate a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Building rapport and relating to the members is important. The YMCA staff strive to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for our members. We embrace new approaches and discovering ideas on how to create a better experience for our participants. If this sounds like a job for you please apply for this position!

Part-Time Perks!

Fitness Membership – Receive a free fitness membership that allows access to all of our association facilities.
Program Discounts –
Get 20% off all Y programs, including childcare, personal training, swim lessons, and sports.
Fun Express Discounts –
Get major discounts on amusement parks and local attractions just by being employed at the Y!
Y Retirement –
Based on hours worked, employees are eligible for our 12% employer-funded retirement plan after two years of service with immediate vesting.
403(B) Account –
All employees can make contributions to retirement benefits through a 403(b) savings plan right from the start of employment.
Sick Pay –
Employees that work 30+ days within 12 months are eligible for sick pay after 90 days of employment.
Get 24/7 confidential access to resources and counseling services through our Employee Assistance Program.
Cool Coworkers –
When you join our team you get the ability to work with creative, talented, and diverse individuals!
Referral Bonus –
Get a $200 referral bonus for referring a qualifying individual for a valid opening, part time or full time. Referred individual must be on payroll for 2months.

YMCA Competencies (Leader):

Mission and Community Oriented: Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values. Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.

People Oriented: Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Results Oriented: Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Supports fundraising. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately.

Personal Development Oriented: Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process.

Skills / Requirements


  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  3. Experience with handling food, following Department of Health and Safety, State and Licensing guidelines as they relate to the food program.
  4. Ability to work with applicable regulations governing the food program; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  5. Ability to convert kitchen measurements and standardize recipes.
  6. Ability to record information legibly and accurately, such as expense reports.
  7. Previous experience with diverse populations.
  8. Criminal Clearance: including fingerprints through Livescan
  9. Health Exam to include negative TB test, and negative Drug test screening.
  10. Complete ALL required online trainings. 

Working Conditions:

Environmental Factors:  Indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. childcare and recreational sites); exposure to heat, cold, potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials; work on slippery or uneven surfaces.  Noise level is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.