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Cook II

Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

The Cook II works in the Food Service Department.

The Cook II performs routine (journey-level) food preparation work. Work
involves preparing, seasoning, and cooking food; developing and preparing modified diets; and maintaining inventories and records of food consumption. Works under moderate supervision, with limited 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.

1. Prepares, seasons, and cooks food according to menus, specials dietary or nutritional restrictions, or established standards.
2. Cleans and inspects food preparation equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure sanitary conditions.
3. Reports kitchen equipment in need of repair or replacement.
4. Ensures that food is maintained at proper serving temperatures.
5. Sets up serving lines and serves food as appropriate.
6. Assists in test and standardizing recipes.
7. Assists in maintaining an inventory of supplies and preparing requisitions for needed items.
8. May assist in reviewing and planning menus to determine types and qualities of food to be prepared.

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:
1. Knowledge of food preparation methods, of food storage standards and sanitation regulations.
2. Skill in the operation and sanitizing of food service equipment.
3. Ability to prepare and serve food, to clean dining, serving, and food preparation areas, and to maintain accurate records.
4. Ability to speak and read English.
5. Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
6. Ability to complete basic math used in cooking/preparation.
7. Ability to stand/ walk on hard floors for extended period of time.
8. Ability to work in hot and/or cold conditions.
9. Ability to work harmoniously and productively with co-workers and consumers.


Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver?s license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver?s license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.

Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent is generally preferred.
2. Experience in food preparation work.


Additional Information:
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

May be required to complete a Competency Test.


MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 92G, CS, FS, 3300, 4D0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor?s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

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

- 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.



Keywords: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus, Wichita Falls , Cook II, Other , Wichita Falls, Texas

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