Cook IV

Health & Human Services Comm
Denton, TX
30+ days ago

Job Description

Cook IV Performs advanced (senior-level) food preparation work. Work involves planning, preparing, seasoning, and cooking food; monitoring inventories and records of food consumption; and making recommendations for improvement. May serve as a lead worker providing direction to others. Work well under pressure and within the time limit. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Plans and prepares, seasons, and cooks food according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or established standards.
Ensures adequate controls are maintained over food preparation quantities and portion sizes.
Ensures that perishables and frozen foods are stored under correct temperatures and conditions.
Coordinates the inspection of food items on arrival for quantity, quality, and temperature conditions.
Calculates food requirement estimates.
Establishes food service regulations, procedures, and standards.
Establishes and administers orientation and in-service training programs.
Instructs staff in setting up serving lines and serving food as appropriate.
Inspects dining, service, and food preparation areas, and food conveyors, for compliance with sanitation, safety, and health regulations.
Coordinates staff training on safety rules and regulations, sanitary procedures, food preparation and portion control, and the operation of food service equipment.

Tests and standardizes recipes.
Reports kitchen equipment in need of repair or replacement.
Ensures that food is maintained at proper serving temperatures.
Monitors the inventory of supplies and reviews requisitions for needed items.
Recommends changes to cooking and kitchen operations to improve operating efficiency.
Ensure that kitchen area, equipment and utensils are cleaned.
Reviews and plans menus to determine types and quantities of food to be prepared.
May serve as a lead worker providing direction to others.
Adheres to HHS policies and guidelines at all times.
Performs related work as assigned.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of quantity food preparation techniques and procedures, and of modified and calculated diet preparation methods.
Ability to weigh, measure, mix and prep ingredients according to recipes.
Ability to handle working in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to use slicers, mixers, grinders, food processors, etc.

Skills in cooking and baking, and in the use and care of food preparation appliances and equipment.
Ability to interpret and follow recipes, to analyze problems and recommend solutions, and to serve as a lead worker providing direction to others.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Texas requires food handler training for all individuals working in Texas food service establishments - HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification and the food handler safety training.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Two (2) year experience in food preparation work.
Experience with hot and cold food preparation.
Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent.
Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Additional Information:
Requisition# 489055.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range. All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 92G, CS, FS, 3300, 4D0X1. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.


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