Cook/Baker I - Corrections Facility

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Food Service
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Posted on July 20, 2021

This recruitment will fill current vacancies and establish an employment list (valid up to one year) to fill future Cook/Baker vacancies as they become available. 

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is seeking a motivated individual to occupy the position of Cook/Baker. The individual chosen for this position will be responsible for providing food services for approximately 1,500 inmates and staff, 3-meals per day. This position serves as an important part of the Food Services Section, performing daily work assignments within an institutional/corrections environment that operates 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Cook/Bakers ensure that the food provided meets nutritional standards and health codes while maintaining the safety standards of their working environment. Incumbents of this position must be able to lift, carry and move supplies weighing up to 50 lbs. and stand for prolonged periods of time. The Food Services team members are assigned to either of two adult facilities, the King County Correctional Facility (Downtown Seattle, WA) and the Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent, WA).

This team has direct contact and supervision of inmate workers within a secure correctional facility. If you are the type of person that enjoys working both independently and as part of a group and providing exemplary customer service to a diverse group of people (both staff and inmates), you are the type of person we're looking for.

DAJD is a professional and nationally recognized organization that supports safe, vibrant, and healthy communities in partnership with other criminal justice and human service agencies. DAJD operates the largest county jail in the State of Washington. DAJD's mission is to contribute to the public safety of the citizens of King County and Washington State by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs, in an innovative and cost-effective manner.

Job Duties

The Cook/Baker will cook, bake, prepare and portion food/meals (three meals per day) for inmates and staff. Direct contact and supervision of inmates within a secure correctional facility is required. 
The primary responsibilities for this position are:

  • Estimate meal orders, plan meals, assemble ingredients and supplies, prep and cook meals and bake items for meals. 
  • Supervise and train work crews or inmate workers. Must provide clear directions and work/training in a well-planned and organized manner. 
  • Trains and help develop new hire cooks in all Cook/Baker I positions in the kitchen.
  • Portion and serve food; supervise activities related to the serving of food
  • Prepare reports and identify the amount of food used for each meal and the amounts of leftovers. Decisions must be made in a timely manner to determine if substitute foods are necessary. 
  • Maintain inventory of food, supplies and equipment. 
  • Maintain an organized and clean work site to ensure health and safety standards are met. Maintain health code standards and quality controls. 
  • Plan and prepare food for special diets, verify diet orders on computer, prepare tags, verify locations for meals, cook meal and serve. 
  • Ability to address possible conflicts and potentially dangerous situations quickly to maintain and ensure a secure and safe environment. 
  • Perform operator level maintenance of commercial food service equipment. 
  • Requires prolonged standing, and ability to properly lift, carry and move supplies, boxes, bags and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. 
  • Prepare incident reports as required based on department policy. 
  • Provide excellent customer service to a diverse group of people (both staff and inmates) 
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the range and scope of responsibilities. 
  • Responsible for performing other duties as assigned and needed to support the Food Services Section. 
  • Able to drive DAJD kitchen vehicles for assigned activities/duties, and load/unload trucks. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Requirements: 

  • 21 years of age or older by the closing date of this announcement. 
  • Food Handler's Permit as issued by Seattle-King County Health Department. 
  • High School Diploma or GED. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License. 
Competitive candidates will have: 
  • Demonstrated full-time paid work experience in large quantity food preparation, cooking and baking (minimum of 500 persons per meal). 
  • Experience in large-scale commercial, military or institutional setting providing full meal service. 
  • Ability to understand, speak, read and write the English language for purposes of following and giving verbal and written instructions, reading/following menus, recipes, policies and procedures, writing reports and maintaining inventory. 
  • Physical ability to perform operator level maintenance of commercial food service equipment, prolonged standing, properly lift, carry and move supplies, boxes, bags and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
Demonstrated Knowledge of: 
  • Food service equipment use and maintenance; 
  • Washington State health and fire codes; 
  • Food service techniques, including but not limited to menu preparation, supply ordering, inventories, quality control and preservation; and 
  • Basic math and computer skills. 
Highly competitive candidates will also possess two or more years of: 
  • Food service work experience in an institutional, military or corrections/criminal justice environment. 
  • Cooking for a minimum of 500 persons per meal. 
  • Working knowledge of food planning and preparation, cooking and baking, and nutritional standards in an institutional environment. 
  • Knowledge of special dietary needs. 
  • Experience cooking medical, special and religious diets. 

Supplemental Information

This recruitment will be used to fill a 40-hour per week, overtime eligible position. A list of candidates may also be developed to fill temporary Cook Baker assignments as needed. This list will expire 12-months from the closing of this announcement.
Cook/Bakers must be willing and available to work on any shift, including evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. Assignments and schedules are subject to the staffing needs of the department; shift and work assignments are subject to the collective bargaining unit bid processes. The position will be assigned to work in the kitchen at either of two adult correctional facilities (the King County Correctional Facility or Maleng Regional Justice Center).

Top selected candidates will be invited to interview. It is a hiring requirement that all staff employed by DAJD successfully pass a thorough background investigation process, which includes fingerprinting, criminal history check, a polygraph examination, reference checks, medical physical and other tests as deemed necessary.
This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117. 
Ready to APPLY? The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. A completed King County Application with completed responses to supplemental questions is required. If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact Jacob Black, HR Analyst, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-477-0185. Online applications are preferred and can be submitted via the King County Jobs Website (
Candidates requesting Veterans' Preference must indicate this on their application and submit a copy of their DD214 form prior to the closing date of this announcement to determine eligibility. (HR staff will evaluate request to determine if King County criteria for preference related to service period eligibility are met and prior use of preference.)

PREA Notification: 
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution; 
  • Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or, 
  • Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above. 
Additionally, PREA standards require that the department consider any incidents of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee in determining whether to hire or promote anyone. The above is in compliance with PREA and its implementing regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart A, Section 115.17, Hiring and Promotion Decisions.

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Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer 
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Do you currently have, or can you obtain a Food Handler's Permit as issued by Seattle-King County Health Department by the time of employment?
  • Yes
  • No
Will you be age 21 years old or older by the date this announcement closes?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a high school diploma or G.E.D.?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess a valid driver's license and/or can you obtain a Washington State driver's license by the date of employment?
  • Yes
  • No
How many years of professional, full-time paid work experience do you have cooking in the food service industry?
  • None, but I am a quick learner
  • Training only, or less than one year
  • More than one year but less than three
  • Three years or more
List where you have obtained your food service training and/or experience. Check all that apply.
  • Correctional/Juvenile facility
  • School/Hospital
  • Vocational School
  • Recreation and/or Hospitality Industry (i.e. Hotels, Casinos)
  • Delicatessens/Cafes
  • Other
If your response was "Other" to the previous question, please specify/describe where you obtained your food service experience. List the type of facility and number of meals served per meal.
How many years of full-time work experience do you have in high-volume, large-quantity food preparation? (Cooking for a minimum of 500 persons per meal.)
  • None, but I am a quick learner
  • Training only, or less than one year
  • More than one year but less than three years
  • Three years or more
Tell us specifically where you worked that required cooking for a minimum of 500 persons per meal. Type "N/A" if you do not have this work experience. (This information should be supported by your application materials.)
If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing and available to work at any hours/shift, including days, swing, graveyard, weekends and holidays?
  • Yes
  • No
If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing to work mandatory overtime?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol or drugs)?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed, transported, manufactured, delivered or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance? • Cocaine or crack • Club drugs – Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA • Hallucinogens – PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin • Opiates – Opium, Morphine or Heroin • Stimulants – Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine • Aerosols – Huffing paint or Nitrous Oxide (Whippits)
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you illegally used any other controlled substance or other illegal drugs/narcotics? For purposes of this question, illegal drugs/narcotics/controlled substances include, but is not limited to, the following: Cocaine or Crack · Club drugs: Ecstasy, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA · Hallucinogens: PCP, Angel dust, Wet, Phencyclidine, LSD, Mushrooms or Psilocybin · Opiates: Opium, Morphine or Heroin · Stimulants: Methamphetamines, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass or Amphetamine · Aerosols: Huffing paint, Nitrous Oxide (Whippits)
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a domestic violence-related crime?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been disciplined in the workplace for sexual, racial, or other harassment or discrimination?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been involved in any incidences of sexual harassment involving an inmate or detainee?
  • Yes
  • No
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is firmly committed to a drug-free workplace. Employees of the department are prohibited from using illegal drugs. Should you be hired by the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, you acknowledge that you will adhere to the department's policies and rules regarding drug use.
  • Yes
  • No

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