The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Lead Cook, DDD provides individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member driven. These services provide individuals with opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities of independent decision-making and engagement in the community.
• Prepares food using both mechanical/electrical kitchen equipment and hand tools in a safe and sanitary manner. Ensures all food is prepared in accordance with each specific diet. May make work assignments, based on menus and cleaning schedules, and instruct, guide and counsel subordinate-level workers in carrying out a variety of food-oriented tasks
• Develops shopping lists based on the approved menus and completes grocery shopping within the allotted budget for the facility
• Maintains updated food and supply inventories. Ensures proper storage and thawing techniques for foods
• Presents basic in-services for the facility staff on food preparation, sanitation, and dietary practices
• Other duties as assigned, as related to the position
• Knowledge of preparing meals in a large group setting.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of leadership.
• Knowledge of basic mathematics and simple calculations to convert recipes to appropriate sizes.
• Knowledge of sanitation practices in a food establishment.
• Knowledge of special therapeutic diets.
• Knowledge of cooking techniques used to preserve the natural nutrients and palatability of the product.
• Knowledge of proper temperatures to store, prepare, and serve foods.
• Knowledge of policies and procedures utilized in Food Services.
• Skills in written and oral communication to convey a wide variety of information.
• Skills in use and maintenance of kitchen hand tools (knives, can openers, etc.), mechanical equipment (stoves, ovens, mixers, food processors).
• Skills in use of cleaning tools and chemicals in a safe manner.
• Skills in preparing nutritional and palatable food.
• Ability to prepare and present food in an attractive manner.
• Ability to maintain positive working relationships with the individuals and staff at the facility.
• Ability to learn, interpret, and apply Federal regulations for Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF's).
• Valid Food Handler's Permit.
• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• Employee shall have a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
• Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
• The position will require the possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.
We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments. On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-486-8723.
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.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
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.