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Cook 2 On- Call
at State of Washington
Cultivate your culinary career by joining the WDVA and use your culinary skills to serve America's heroes! The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the recruitment for a Cook 2, On-Call position at our Spokane Veterans Home skilled nursing facility. Join the mission driven team and serve our veterans as a Cook 2.
This is an on-call position.
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple vacancies.
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is comprised of more than 800 dedicated staff who strives to fulfill WDVA's mission of "Serving Those Who Served." To achieve this mission, WDVA provides critical services to veterans and their families, both in the community and among four veterans' homes within the State of Washington. WDVA is a national leader in the quality of and advocacy for veterans claims submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, reaching out to Washington's more than 600,000 veterans.
WDVA operates four veterans' homes in Port Orchard, Orting, Spokane, and Walla Walla providing Medicare and Medicaid nursing care for honorably discharged veterans, to include, in some instances, their spouses, widows or gold star parents.
For more information, visit our website at www.dva.wa.gov.
Some of what you will be doing:
Maintaining primary responsibility for preparation of meals served to residents. Distributing food in a safe and sanitary manner to ensure the nutritional needs of the residents at the Washington Veterans Home are met. Providing customer service in a respectful and dignified manner. Maintaining a safe working environment, and ensuring sanitary procedures and cleaning duties are followed.
Preparation of breakfast and lunch meals five days per week, and dinner meal five days per week. Prepare food for approximately 350 residents, staff, and visitors. Schedule preparation activities to ensure the preparation of sufficient quantities of regular and modified diet food. Work closely with Cook-1 and FSW-Leads to assure that food items for serving are provided in adequate amounts without waste.Assure all special items required by residents are prepared. Utilize batch cooking techniques to assure maximum freshness and quality of product. Monitor all food items prepared for acceptable quality. Report need for modification to recipes or production methods as necessary. Assure food items are kept safe by monitoring storage methods, food production and holding temperatures, cooling process and assure reheating is completed per regulations. Discard food items that cannot meet regulations or are outdated. Regularly check refrigeration units for outdated products and assure storage regulations are followed. Assure clean as you go methods are followed. Work with Stock Attendant, Supervisor and Manager to assure correct products are used and that correct amounts are prepared. Frequent lifting and handling of up to 50 pounds occasionally up to 70 pounds.
High school diploma or GED
Current, Valid Washington State Food Handler's Permit Serve Safe Certification
Current.Valid Washington State Drivers License,
Ability to lift/push/pull frequently up to 40 pounds and occasionally up to 60 pounds
Ability to demonstrate both orally and in writing, thorough detailed knowledge of food sanitation and safety practices. Minimum 24 months experience in large scale food preparation or cooking, completion of course work, and/or military training in large scale food service preparation may be substituted month for month. (If you qualify by completion of a course in large-scale cooking , please attach a transcript showing your completed coursework when applying).
Minimum 12 months experience in a supervisory role in a food service setting.
Degree or certificate in Culinary Arts
12 months experience with geriatric population and/or healthcare institutional setting;
Ability to organize, prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines in a time-sensitive environment Possess an understanding of professional boundaries
Knowledge of: therapeutic diet planning; preparation and serving of special diets; sanitary methods of food handling.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test.
- Supplemental Information
The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.
Applications submitted will contain the following:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
NOTE: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 725-2183 or toll free (800) 562-0132 and select option 5. For questions about this recruitment, call (360)725 -2183. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.