Ascend Charter Schools

  • Food Service Worker - Middle School

    Career Area
    All Middle Schools
    Start Date
  • Overview

    Our food service workers are responsible for the preparation and service of quality food to students in a quick, safe, and pleasant manner. They must be fast-paced, energetic on a daily basis, and have a positive attitude when serving meals to scholars. Above all, we look for individuals who are passionate and committed to urban education and our ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap in Brooklyn.


    Why work at Ascend Charter Schools?


    Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 4,400 students across 12 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to provide our students an extraordinary education, placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

    We guide our students to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. And we design our school buildings to reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls and our high aspirations for teaching and learning.

    To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.


    Our school buildings


    We believe that our school buildings should reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls. All Ascend schools are housed in inviting, newly renovated buildings where every detail is chosen to communicate our aspirations for teaching and learning. See where we work.


    Our food service workers prepare, serve, and/or deliver breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, as directed, in a sanitary and timely manner. Additionally, the food service work will

    • Prepare, serve, or deliver breakfast, lunch, and snack as directed by the Food Service Manager in a sanitary and timely manner
    • Ensuring each student receives proper meal components and portion sizes
    • Must be fast-paced, energetic and have a positive attitude when serving meals to scholars on a daily basis.
    • Comply with HACCP and Food Safety processes
    • Check station before, during, and after shift for proper set-up and cleanliness
    • Maintains food service facilities in a clean and orderly condition
    • Maintains all temperature logs up to date and ensuring all meals are in the correct temperature for service
    • Cleans and sterilizes dishes, kitchen utensils, equipment, and facilities daily.
    • Responsible for daily maintenance of equipment in food service station, kitchen and storage areas. 
    • Follow food safety guidelines under the direction of the Supervisor
    • Take note of how students respond to food and report back which items are popular and unpopular
    • Report to Food Service Manager on a weekly basis for updates and feedback.
    • Assisting with different operation task during and after the school day when needed. 
    • Represent Ascend Learning with courtesy and professionalism at all times

    Staff and reporting relationships


    Our food service workers receive direction by the kitchen supervisor and food service coordinator, and report to the food service coordinator on a weekly basis for updates and feedback.


    • ServSafe Certification or Food Protection Certificate
    • 2-3 years experience in food service - institutional or school setting preferred
    • Knowledge of HACCP Guidelines 
    • Understanding of Food Safety regulations, laws, and best practices including those from FDA, USDA, CFIA, and other state/provincial/ local entities
    • Proficiency with E-mail, Word, and Excel
    • Multi-task and prioritize to complete task
    • Learn/adapt to changing requirements/situations
    • Work quickly and efficiently
    • Self-directed
    • Work independently and with a team
    • Bring positive energy everyday
    • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with school personnel, students and parents.
    • Stand for extended periods of time
    • Regularly lift up to 35-50 pounds

    Diversity at Ascend

    Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


    Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.


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