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State of Massachusetts Cook II in Worcester, Massachusetts

The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) under the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a qualified candidates to to join its Food and Nutrition team for the position of full-time Cook II. This position is 1st shift, working 5:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with Tuesday and Wednesday as regular scheduled days off. The Food and Nutrition Department is responsible for preparing patient meals, including special and modified diets; Prepares baked goods and desserts; Operates kitchen equipment; Oversees production and tray line staff; Stores deliveries; Assists in quality control activities; Maintains a clean and safe work area. _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Cooks foods in quantities according to menu and number of persons to be served, using standardized recipes and adjusting recipes as needed to produce required amounts. * Modifies recipes as required for special and therapeutic diets, conferring with dietitians as necessary. * Prepares meals for special functions. * Evaluates food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature, and taste through observation and tasting in order to determine if it is fresh, properly portioned, and prepared correctly. * Prepares baked goods. * Operates kitchen equipment, including ovens, stove, grill, steam kettles, blender, food processor, mixer, slicer, and grinder, to portion and prepare food for cooking and consumption. * Places food orders, in absence of Food Service Supervisor, reviewing menu and checking inventory. * Receives food orders and oversees storage. * Maintains records such as requisitions, production sheets, and other required forms. * Uses measuring utensils for recipe standardization and portion control. * Oversees work and assigns FSWs. * Maintains a safe and clean work area by complying with sanitation codes, assisting with receiving and storing of foods, participating in cleaning and maintenance activities, reporting malfunctioning equipment, and monitoring and completing temperature and sanitizing logs. * Inspects work and storage areas for compliance with department protocols and sanitation codes. * Provides on-the-job training for new cooks, and others as needed, to teach cooking skills and ensure compliance with safety, sanitary, and food preparation requirements. * Assists trayline/dining room as assigned, reading and interpreting diet cards. Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. Candidates must be able to read, write and otherwise communicate in English. ASL preferred. As applicable, preference for this position will be given to those candidates who are eligible for Civil Service/ConTest Reinstatement/Reemployment or to those candidates who have passed the civil service examination for this job title, and who respond to the job certification that was recently issued for this location, and/or to employees laid off or bumped from this title who are eligible for recall, and in accordance with Article 14 or applicable Collective bargaining requirements. A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit **_ Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate (s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations. WRCH provides inpatient services to 260 inpatient adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service; 30 inpatient adolescents and 30 residential adolescents, in either an Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) or a Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment Program (BIRT). *Total Compensation:_* As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve – but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your total compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium Competitive Dental and Vision Plans Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance Programs Low Cost basic and optional life insurance Two ways to save for Retirement: State Employee’s Pension and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan 12 Paid holidays per year and Sick, Vacation and Personal Time Tuition Remission for employee and spouse Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness options Incentive-based Wellness Programs Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program For additional information, please call Carolyn Burnett in Human Resources at (875) 275-8677 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the preparation and cooking of food in a hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, catering firm, government or private institution, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocational school, at high school level or higher, with a major in culinary arts, food services or food trades may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience. Special Requirements: None An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Food Services* *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Cook II Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street Requisition ID: 210003RJ