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at State of Washington

Posted: 11/14/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2632033

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



An exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Washington's youth!

COMPENSATION:  Wage/salary will depend on qualifications or rules of promotion.

The Washington Youth Academy (WYA) is recruiting to fill one permanent full time Cook2 position.

This job posting will remain open until filled.  Screening of application materials will begin immediately and will be on-going.  It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible.  The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.  This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

This position works under the supervision of the Food Service Manager 2 of the Washington Youth Academy (WYA).  The Cook 2 (Youth Academy Cook) performs skilled cooking duties and lead food preparation. Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of students (cadets) including during non-traditional hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays. 
The WYA was established under the authority and guidelines of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program and requires coordination of state and federal resources across multiple agencies including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a voluntary program which includes a 22-week residential phase followed by a 12-month post-residential mentoring phase. The purpose of the program is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington.

You can learn more about the ChalleNGe Program at the national website  To learn more about the Washington Military Department visit


  • Utilizing menus and recipes provided by the Food Service Manager 2, works proficiently and independently to prepare, cook and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and sack lunches for cadets and staff.
  • Participates in food inventory, delivery and storage as well as the cleaning of the kitchen and equipment to ensure that standards of sanitation and safety are met.
  • Lead and instruct cadets in general cooking, baking, meat cutting, and food preparation and service; evaluates cadets on performance, progress and attitude; oversees apportionment and method of food service in dining areas.


Possession of, or eligibility for, a Washington State Food Worker Card (Also known as Food Handler's permit), High school graduation or GED equivalent
Two years work experience with food preparation in a large scale food service delivery operation (e.g. restaurant, buffet, etc.).


Working with at-risk youth.

Supplemental Information


  • Routinely work a 40-hour work week as scheduled to provide ongoing customer and program support.
  • Carry items up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and between 10 to 20 pounds frequently to receive, stock, inventory, rotate and utilize bulk food supplies.  Daily lifting of heavy pots and pans, weighing up to 50 pounds, from stoves/ovens.
  • Bend, stoop, reach and work in awkward positions in order to prepare food and clean, maintain and sanitize a broad array of commercial food preparation equipment.
  • Stand for an extended duration of time, up to 8 hours, to prepare and serve food to students and staff.
FOOD WORKER'S CARD (Also known as Food Handler's Permit)
Furnish and maintain a current Food worker's card on file at the WYA obtained through the Washington State online training program.
BACKGROUND CHECK: Must successfully complete a pre-employment personal history and criminal background check investigation, which includes fingerprinting. The background check is required for all employees of the Washington Youth Academy due to the nature of these positions (working with vulnerable youth) and the safety requirements of the job. Applicants are required to complete and sign a WMD Applicant Background and Disclosure Statement and a Waiver and Authority to Release Information Form. Candidates will not have access to any investigative materials and files. 
Must be willing and able to participate in periodic background checks in accordance with department policy. Failure to successfully complete any required background check may be cause for termination.
Willing not to use or be in possession of illegal narcotics or controlled substances while on, or off duty.
Willing and able to be free from excessive alcohol consumption.
Willing and able to pass drug testing requirements, including pre-employment (to include testing when employees change job classifications due to promotion or transfer or there is reasonable suspicion).  

Ability, willingness, desire and commitment to work with at-risk youth in a 24/7 highly structured residential setting requiring extensive interaction and contact with at-risk youth and parents who may be disgruntled, angry, disrespectful (use of profanity, name calling, etc.), depressed and at times confrontational.
The WYA campus is a tobacco, vaping, alcohol, drug and weapons free facility. Weapons and alcohol are not permitted anywhere on campus including in employee vehicles. Use of tobacco and/or vaping products is not permitted anywhere within the confines of the Youth Academy or in view of Cadets when performing off campus duties and responsibilities.
Individuals working with at-risk youth in a residential setting are subject to safety and security surveillance.
Must be willing to work in and around military facilities and programs.  

Must complete annual first aid and CPR training/re-certification.
Must be willing and able to periodically travel in and out of the state for up to one week at a time.
Additionally, incumbent may be required to attend formal Youth Challenge staff training courses (up to one week each) and on the job training at another National Guard Bureau Youth Challenge Program (up to 2 weeks).
Must comply with Department policies and procedures governing workplace conduct.  

Position is subject to shift work and incumbent must be willing to work beyond established core hours/days when necessary to accomplish program activities and requirements, including responding to emergency situations in a reasonable amount of time when they involve Cadet health, safety, or security.

Must be willing and committed to following the NGYCP-CA Hands-Off Leadership Guidance which states in part that no Staff member may touch a Cadet in an aggressive manner for any reason or use abusive language as a means of discipline or coercive leadership.  Hands-Off leadership prohibits Staff members from using unprofessional language, including profanity, vulgarity or off-color jokes when interacting with, correcting or motivating Cadets.  The uncompromising standard for behavior and language on the part of Staff is nothing less than complete transparency and total professionalism.
Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license, be qualified to drive a state vehicle.

Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the "Apply" button and submit the following:

1.  A Current application profile
2.  Response to the Supplemental Questionnaire
3.  A list of three professional references

Please include two current/past supervisors, one peer or one subordinate, if applicable.  For each reference please include the following:  Name, Professional Title, Working Relationship, Daytime Phone Number and Email Address.

If you have any questions about the application process or this recruitment, please contact Patricia Acoba at 360-473-2622 or

Please add to your email contacts to ensure emails sent to advise you of the status of your application do not get sent to your junk mailbox.

The Washington Military Department is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age and disabled and Vietnam Era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format, may call the Recruitment Section of the Human Resources Office, Washington Military Department at (253) 512-7522 or Telecommunications device for the deaf at (253) 512-7298.