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  • Full-time


Committed to rehabilitating Arizona's youth!

The mission of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections is to rehabilitate seriously delinquent youth by providing appropriate and effective educational, treatment, pro-social and career training programs which will lead them to become productive law-abiding members of society.


Job Location:

The Adobe Mountain School is a secure care juvenile correctional facility for the custody, treatment, rehabilitation, and education of committed youth. The Adobe Mountain School is fully accredited as a public education agency or school district, and is located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Phoenix.

The facility is located at:  

Adobe Mountain School

2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

Phoenix, AZ. 85027

Posting Details:

Salary: $40,125.28/$19.2910 

Grade: 15



Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is seeking Cook 1 applicants who are passionate about their profession and who will be committed to making a difference in the lives of Arizona’s underserved youth. The Cook 1 will prepare, portion, cook, and present a variety of hot and/or cold food items for various meal periods to include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Special/Catered Events. ADJC wants you to come join our talented and diverse Food Service Team. At ADJC you will have the ability to collaborate in a team oriented environment.

Job Duties:

Train, evaluate, guide and monitor youth, vocational competencies, and appropriate behavior

Perform crisis intervention with youth employees as necessary

Write reports, maintain logs and required documentation including the National School Lunch / Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP)

Maintain safe environment in the Food Services Division using appropriate Security protocols

Maintain correct food safety and operating procedures in the kitchen facility as specified by required health codes

Maintain and account for equipment and supplies, verifying and ordering proper quality and quantity in reference to posted standards

Plan and produce all meals and including for special diets

Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-The National School Lunch/Breakfast Program requirements
-Quantity food production, food service equipment and food delivery systems
-Food service sanitation regulations and safety codes
-Accounting and inventory methods
-Interview processes, evaluation methods and procedures
-As demonstrated by working in a large volume food preparation kitchen cooking, maintaining inventory, food service sanitation regulations and safety codes

Skill in:
-Basic math
-Competent use of computers

Ability to:
-Learn Federal, State and Agency rules and regulations
-Learn and follow agency policies and procedures
-Learn youth management and treatment techniques (crisis intervention)
-Learn radio communications
-Learn security practices to include therapeutic crisis intervention, restraints, etc.
-Learn educational vocational program requirements
-De-escalate youth behavior
-Work closely with adjudicated youth in a secure institutional setting

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have:
-Experience working with adult or juvenile populations
-Working in a large scale (over 1,000 meals daily) kitchen
-Security practices to include therapeutic crisis intervention and restraints
-Educational vocational program requirements
-Juvenile training techniques
-Security practices and key control
-Bilingual skills in Spanish/English preferred but not required

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Requires possession of, and ability to retain a current valid Arizona-issued driver’s license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license records checks, maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

The successful candidate is required to complete the following:

  • Panel Interview
  • Comprehensive Background Investigation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Drug Screening
  • Arizona residency is required for this position.

    Current State of Arizona employees:  In order to be considered for this position, it requires acceptable performance history as demonstrated by no formal discipline within one year preceding this job posting close date, and an overall rating of “meets expectations” or higher on the most recent employee performance evaluation.

    Food experience and working knowledge of food preparation from scratch to include soups, sauces, stocks, gravy and plate presentation.

    Possession of or ability to obtain a ServSafe Manager and Basic certificate within 2 months of employment.

    Requires possession of a current, valid Maricopa County food handler’s permit at the time of employment.


    As an employee of the Department of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

    Benefits include:

    -Paid vacation leave

    -10 paid holidays per year

    -Paid sick leave, 12 days per year with no carryover limits

    -Competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance plans


    Additional benefits include:

    -Available 24/7 Telemedicine

    -Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for eligible medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses

    -Long-Term Disability which pays 66⅔% of weekly pre-disability earnings

    -Optional Short-Term Disability which pays up to 66⅔% of your weekly pre-disability earnings

    Employee Wellness:

    -Health Impact Program: Earn up to $200 annually by participating in free preventative health screenings, immunizations, lifestyle/mindfulness classes, and physical activities

    -Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 12 free mental health counseling sessions per year, and available 24/7 support for work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more

    For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


    This position participates in the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP).

    CORP Tier 3 is a Defined Contribution, 401 (a) retirement plan

    • New members have the opportunity to define their contribution amount
    • Employer contributes a dollar-for-dollar match equal to 5% of a member's salary
    • Employees are fully vested after 3 years of service

    Attention current State of Arizona employees:  Please contact our Human Resources Office at employment@azdjc.gov  if you are in a different retirement plan than the one indicated above.

    Learn More:

    To learn more about the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, you can visit our website at https://adjc.az.gov/ .

    Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-1023 or by email at employment@azdjc.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


    All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
    State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

    The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.