• Food Service Worker

    Posted: 07/08/2022

    Lawrence Hall is committed to keeping our youth and families, employees and communities safe. Therefore, we are requiring that all applicants have at least 1 dose of the COVID vaccine to qualify for hire, with the 2nd dose required 45 days after hire.

    Reports to Food Services Supervisor. Assists supervisor in all aspects of food service program, including prep work, cooking, sanitizing/cleaning, bending, stooping, lifting and carrying supplies. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance.



    • Serve meals to clients in a palatable presentation and record meals served for department records in compliance with Illinois State Board of Education guidelines
    • Responsible for checking food orders, carrying/rotating into storage, dry and refrigerated, all supplies upon delivery
    • Must have working knowledge of all kitchen equipment including proper use, breakdown and cleaning/sanitation
    • Prepare/cook meals in compliance with Illinois State Board of Education guidelines. Meals must be prepared in a time restricted period to serve 75-100 people
    • Ability to prepare meals from raw food materials
    • Clean kitchen area and maintain cleaning schedule according to sanitary regulations
    • Requires knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and an understanding of trauma exposure and traumatic stress signs and symptoms.
    • Practice will include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
    • Engage caregivers, parents, family members and others by sharing strengths and challenges experienced by program participants
    • Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect
    • Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences
    • Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
    • Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period
    • Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
    • Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
    • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed
    • Other duties as assigned


    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Must take and pass Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification course
    • At least one (1) year experience in food service functions
    • Current Food Service Sanitation (state and city) certification
    • Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred
    • Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strength based approach preferred
    • No history of child abuse or neglect
    • Ability to pass background and drug screen

    Additional Benefits/Perks

    Lawrence Hall will be providing stipends to any employee who is approved to transport youth in their own vehicle as part of their duties. The stipend will be $150/month.

    We will also be providing a $75/month stipend to those who do not transport youth.

    A $10/month wellness stipend will be provided to those employees who provide proof of their gym membership or payment for a fitness app.



    This position meets the FLSA requirements for Non-exempt

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V



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