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Dining Services III - Cook - Mount View Youth Services Center

at State of Colorado

Posted: 8/1/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2703009

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This position is open to Colorado Residents only. 

About the Division of Youth Services:  The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State.  For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.

Division of Youth Services Vision:  Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission:  It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at:

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Description of Job

The position performs fully operational food production work in the Division of Youth Services Food Services Department located at Mount View Youth Services Center.  Specific duties include:

Meal Preparation and Service:  Properly prepares food that is attractive, appetizing, and of proper temperatures. Follows DYS menus and recipes in order to comply with National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and DYS policies and procedures. Enters data onto production worksheets.  When recipes or menu changes are required, documents changes and submits to facility food managerial or supervisory staff.  Sets up and tears down serving line as needed.  Garnishes food on the serving line.  Serves food in the proper quantities according to the DYS recipes.

Safety and Security:  Anticipates and identifies potential safety and security problems and reports problems to the facility food managerial or supervisory staff.  Recognizes safety hazards.  Uses food service equipment properly.  Follows good safety practices to reduce or prevent slips, trips, falls, burns, etc. Inventories knives and/or culinary utensils according to facility procedures to prevent loss.  Follows facility key procedures and ensures that doors are kept locked to prevent escapes.  Uses and stores chemicals properly.  Follows DYS policies and facility procedures related to safety and security.

Sanitation:  Follows proper sanitation procedures for the handling of food and the cleaning of the food service area.  Cleans food services equipment and the physical plant of the kitchen on a regular basis, or as assigned, to keep them free of food particles, dust, and bacteria.  Controls times and temperatures of food to prevent food borne illness.  Complies with the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations.

Inventory Control:  Inspects food and food service supplies for accurate quantity and condition upon arrival to the facility.  Rejects food and supplies that are inadequate.  Stores raw food and food supplies utilizing a FIFO inventory method.  Dates all food products upon arrival.  Signs requisitions and submits to the facility food managerial or supervisory staff.  Assists in taking a physical count of the inventory at least once a month.  In the absence of the facility food manager or supervisory staff requisitions food and food service supplies.

Training and Meetings:  Attends DYS and facility meetings to maintain and increase knowledge regarding procedural changes.  Attends training to increase job knowledge and comply with DYS policies and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned:  Performs other duties as assigned. May be required to work any shift, weekends, holidays, and Overtime to ensure adequate coverage to feed the clients.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position.  Work experience must be specifically documented on your application.  Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.

Minimum Qualifications:


Two (2) years of dining services experience in commercial, institutional, industrial or military food service operation experience in food service production/preparation. Experience should include an understanding of adherence to prescribed menus, and the utilization of raw materials and large-scale recipes to prepare and modify meals as needed. Experience must be described in detail on your application to receive credit.

Commercial Experience is defined as preparing, cooking, serving, and portioning raw prepared foods in a restaurant, hotel, or cafeteria.

Industrial Experience is defined as preparing, cooking, serving, and portioning food in a hotel, hospital, living facility, and group home or retirement facility.

Institutional Experience is defined as preparing, cooking, serving, and portioning food in a correctional setting. 

Employment history is calculated on a full-time basis (40/hrs per week). Part-time employment is calculated on a pro-rated basis to determine qualifications. Be sure your application specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position and minimum requirements.

Substitutions:  There are no substitutions for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in preparing food on a large scale including the ability to prepare from "scratch" entrees, soups, salads, baked goods, etc.;
  • Good knowledge of health hazards in food preparation and service, and of necessary precautionary measures.  ServSafe certification is ideal;
  • Ability to read and follow information presented in writing, including policies, procedures, recipes and menus;
  • Ability to work as a team and also independently.

Highly Desirable Competencies:

  • Knowledge of health requirements in the operation of a food service unit;
  • Knowledge of health hazards in food service and the necessary precautionary measures;
  • Knowledge of weights, measures, (e.g., food scales, measuring cups, and spoons) and food measurement techniques;
  • Knowledge of techniques used in mixing food (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.);
  • Knowledge of meat and vegetable preparation methods;
  • Knowledge of cooking methods (e.g., frying, deep-fat frying, boiling, or baking);
  • Knowledge of the use of kitchen utensils in serving or portioning meal;
  • Knowledge of food safety related to handling and storing cooked foods, serving and storing temperatures, or reading food thermometers;
  • Ability to read English at the level necessary for interpreting and understanding written recipes, menus, nourishment labels, diet slips, portioning sheets, and policies and procedures;
  • Ability to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as related to calculating or converting units of measure for determining proper amounts of food ingredients for mass food production;
  • Ability to clean, cut, cube, grind, and tenderize meat;
  • Ability to clean, peel, dice, grate, slice, and chop vegetables;
  • Ability to measure food ingredients using food scales, measuring cups, or spoons;
  • Ability to mix food items (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.);
  • Ability to boil food items and operate a jacketed steam kettle in a safe and effective manner;
  • Ability to fry food items and operate a grill or tilt grill in a safe and effective manner;
  • Ability to bake food items and operate a gas, rotary, or convection oven in a safe and effective manner;
  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to work shift work as required;
  • Must be 21 years old or older;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license;
  • Must pass a drug screen;
  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and Federal Bureau of Investigations background check.  Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check.  Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying.  Incomplete employer information or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.
  • Use, handling, or exposure to hazardous materials. Various cleaning agents are used in the kitchen.
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.  

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at:  If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 633 17th Street, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80202-3604. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone:??303-866-3300. As of November 12, 2013, the Board will be located at 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80203.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Human Services employee or from this email address  It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.


The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the JobMinimum QualificationsRequired Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.
If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

For Recruitment questions for this job announcement, please contact

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:
CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this
commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable
accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application
process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the
employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested
accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require
reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing
for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).  Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.