Cook II

Full Time Terrell, TX Texas Health and Human Services

Job Summary

Texas Health and Human Services is seeking candidates for a position of Cook II on Full Time basis located at Terrell, TX. Do not forget to review the job posting carefully before apply online.

Job Title: Cook II
Company Name: Texas Health and Human Services
Job Location: Terrell, TX
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Government Administration
Job Link Expiry: 2023-04-15
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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 State Hospital System, under 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 evidence-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.

The Cook II performs routine (journey level) food preparation work at the state hospital. Work involves preparing, cooking, portioning, distributing, and serving food for regular and therapeutic diets and textures. Follows prescribed menus, recipes, standards, and completes necessary reports. Responsible for sanitation of equipment and work areas. Works in the ingredient room or drives the delivery vehicle as required. Maintains sufficient knowledge to satisfy the requirements of the job. Handles food in accordance with federal, state, and Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines. Follows kitchen and food service safety procedures and practices. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Performs other duties 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.

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.

Prepares and portions food for special diets following food service procedures.

May be required to prepare scheduled snacks & supplements. Maintains supply of snack items.

Prepares and participates in the distribution of food in a safe and sanitary manner according to the food service policies.

May be required to assist in serving food for special diets and following food service procedures.

Follows proper food handling in accordance to food service procedures, state, federal, and HACCP guidelines.

May be required to receive delivery of food and supplies from vendors.

Follows procedures for sanitation and storage of the dishes and food service equipment.

Follows required sanitation procedures for cleaning kitchen, stock room, food preparation areas, and satellite areas.

Follows safety procedures and practices.

Works in the hospital canteen and handles cash in a safe and secure manner to protect the interest of each patient and the State of Texas as required.

Maintains work areas in a sanitary and organized manner.

When required, answer telephone promptly and transmit messages in a clear, concise, and positive manner.

Completes required training per policy.

Performs other duties 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 food preparation methods, of food storage standards and sanitation regulations

Skills in the operation and sanitizing of food service equipment

Ability to prepare and serve food, clean dining, serving, and food preparation areas, and maintain accurate records

Ability to speak and read English

Ability to follow written and oral instructions

Ability to complete basic math used in cooking/preparation

Ability to lift minimum of 25 pounds

Ability to bend reach, stand, and walk on hard floors for extended period

Ability to work in hot and/or cold conditions

Ability to smell, taste, and see

Ability to work harmoniously and productively with co-workers and patients

Registration Or Licensure Requirements

If required to drive a state vehicle, must possess a valid Texas driver license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date to drive a state vehicle. Applicants with an out-of-state driver 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

Six (6) months’ experience cooking in a health care food service operation preferred.

Graduation from a standard high school or equivalent.

Additional Information

Req# 544122

NOTE: When completing your application, include details about your job experience as it relates to the essential functions, knowledge/skills/abilities, and screening information provided on this Position Description.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS HR Policy starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range. For internal applicants, there can be limitations in consideration of applicant’s current classification and salary and is dependent upon available budget.

Note: For program areas that have an approved market rate, the starting salary is considered the minimum of the market rate.

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.

Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital operating procedures related to immunizations is required. 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 individuals. 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.

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

COVID-19 Precaution(s)

Personal protective equipment required and provided

Temperature screenings

Social distancing guidelines in place

Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Vaccines available for employees

If you need assistance completing the online application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

MOS Code

92G, CS, FS, 3300, 4D0X1

Note: 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

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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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