Juvenile Facility Cook/Baker

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Hospitality
Posted on May 6, 2022
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NOTE: This selection process will fill our current vacancy but also create a pool of qualified candidates should a Cook/Baker position open up within the next 12 months.

Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is seeking a highly motivated individual to occupy the position of Cook/Baker for our Juvenile Division, located in Seattle.
The individual chosen for this position will be responsible to plan, prepare, bake, cook, serve meals, and clean after meals for youth. Incumbents of this position must be able to lift, carry, and move supplies weighting up to 50 lbs., and stand for prolonged periods of time.
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (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.
WHO MAY APPLY: This career service position is open concurrently to all King County employees and the general public who meet the qualifications listed below. Internal consideration may be given to current DAJD and King County employees. Applicants requesting Veteran's Preference must provide a copy of their DD-214, a scanned copy (pdf format) will suffice for this purpose.
HOW TO APPLY: Completion of the entire King County application and supplemental questionnaire is required. Resumes or letters of interest alone will not substitute for full application. Online applications are preferred. To apply, to http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. For assistance with the online application process, please contact NEOGOV Customer Support toll free at: 1-877-204-4442 (Governmentjobs.com customer support).
WORK LOCATION: This position is assigned to the DAJD Juvenile Division, Judge Patricia Clark Children’s Family Justice Center, located at 1211 E. Alder, Seattle, WA, 98122.  Employees in this position will be assigned to a secure detention facility operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Please note that this location is within the secure perimeter of the detention facility.  Staff will have indirect and direct contact with youth who are within the secure perimeter.
WORK SCHEDULE: This is a 40-hour per week, overtime eligible position. Shifts for the Cook/Baker position are either: 0530 – 1330 hours (5:30 am to 1:30 pm), or 1100 – 1900 hours (11:00 to 7:00 pm). Staff must be available to work all shifts/schedules including evenings, weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime.
Assignments and schedules are subject to the staffing needs of the department and subject to the collective bargaining unit bid processes. Specific hours/days cannot be guaranteed. Candidates must be available to work mandatory overtime, and/or work adjusted schedules on occasion, which may include evenings and weekends.
UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by King County Juvenile Detention Guild - DAJD -Juvenile Detention.
DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to Morgan Hermann, DAJD Human Resources Analyst: mhermann@kingcounty.gov.

Job Duties

Work is performed in a controlled juvenile detention security facility/environment preparing meals for youth and staff (food service staff members do not work directly with youth). Staff in these positions receive extensive on-the-job training. The facility is operational 24-hours per day, 7-days per week.
 Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Accurate, quality food preparation and serving of regular and restricted diets for youth, staff and other meals (full meal service, up to 50 persons per meal). 
  • Preparation of bakery items. 
  • Follow and enforce safety and sanitation rules at all times. 
  • Write clear, legible incident reports regarding issues, problems, or emergency situations, as well as other reports and records that are accurate and complete utilizing various computer applications including MS Word and Excel. 
  • Accurately read and follow menus and recipes, including written and verbal instructions. 
  • Accurately portion and record serving and meal distribution utilizing various computer applications including MS Word and Excel. 
  • Operate all food service and other equipment including commercial ovens, grills, mixers, slicers, grinders, hot and cold buffet lines, tray line conveyor, and commercial dishwashers. 
  • Removal of garbage, recyclables, and compostable refuse. 
  • Washing, cleaning, and storing of all trays, pots/pans, and utensils. 
  • Maintain control and security of tools, utensils, knives, and other controlled items. 
  • Perform operator-level maintenance of food service equipment including disassembly, cleaning, sanitizing, and reassembling of food service equipment. 
  • Properly lift, carry, move, and handle equipment, boxes, and bags up to 50 pounds.
  • Maintain training required for School Food Service employees as directed by OSPI.
  • Receive stores using HACCP and FIFO guidelines.
  • Other training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a minimum of one year work experience in food preparation. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with coworkers and supervisors, and read and follow recipes, department policies, and training materials. 
  • Strong customer service and team oriented skills are required. 
  • Experience using computers is required. 
  • Requires physical ability to lift, carry, move and handle equipment, boxes, and bags weighing up to 50 pounds.
Most competitive candidates:  
  • Prior experience in a large-scale commercial or institutional setting with full meal service (i.e. corrections, military, hospitals, or nursing homes) 
  • Experience with MS Word and Excel.
Necessary Special Requirements: Must have a WA State Food Handler's permit, or be able to obtain one before hire. Additional information regarding Food Handler's permits (where to obtain one and information regarding study materials) can be found at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/FoodWorkerandIndustry/FoodWorkerCard
The person selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process including fingerprinting, criminal history check, a polygraph examination, reference checks, and pre-employment physical. A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the county by time of hire.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process
Your application must provide clear and detailed information on your relevant education, training, work experience, and history. Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. Applications that state "see resume" are considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications may be further screened using additional screeners, skills assessment tests, and/or interviews.
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 or not 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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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination or 
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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.

To Apply 
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.    

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.

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
Will you be age 21 years or older by the date this announcement closes?
  • Yes
  • No
All candidates for employment with DAJD must undergo a thorough background investigation process. This process includes a polygraph examination, investigation for criminal activity, traffic records, conviction records, employment and education history, character and reputation in the community, etc. Selected positions may also require psychological testing and evaluation, and a pre-employment general medical physical. Applicants may be rejected for criminal behavior, drug use, or any indications in the areas listed in the “Background Investigation Screening” questionnaire. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation process as described above?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you undergone the background investigation process for employment with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention within the last two years?
  • Yes
  • No
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
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
How many years of work experience do you have in food preparation? (Please detail this experience in your general application/work history).
  • None
  • Training only, or less than one year full-time work experience
  • More than 1 year, but less than 2 years full-time work experience
  • More than 2 years, but less than 4 years full-time work experience
  • More than 4 years, but less than 8 years full-time work experience
  • More than 8 years full-time work experience
How much work experience do you have in high-volume, large-quantity food preparation (serving a minimum of 150 persons per meal)? (Please detail this experience in your general application/work history).
  • None
  • Training only, or less than one year full-time work experience
  • More than 1 year, but less than 2 years full-time work experience in large-quantity, high-volume food preparation
  • More than 2 years, but less than 4 years full-time work experience in large-quantity, high-volume food preparation
  • More than 4 years, but less than 8 years full-time work experience in large-quantity, high-volume food preparation
  • More than 8 years full-time work experience in large-quantity, high-volume food preparation
List where you have obtained your food service training and/or experience. Check all that apply.
  • No experience or training
  • Vocational School
  • Delicatessens/Cafes
  • Restaurant(s)
  • School Cafeterias
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Military
  • Correctional/Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • Recreation and/or Hospitality Industry (hotels, casinos)
  • Other (please specify/describe in the following question)
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 service.
How much experience do you have utilizing computers and/or database programs (including MS Word and Excel)? (Please detail this experience in your general application/work history).
  • No experience
  • Training only, or less than one year full-time experience
  • Over one year experience
PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to questions 14-19 may automatically disqualify you from further consideration. Responses will be confirmed and verified in the course of the department's background investigation process. Do you understand that a "yes" response to the remaining questions may automatically disqualify you from further consideration?
  • 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), or Khat
  • 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), or Khat
  • Yes
  • No
In the last 3 years, have you been convicted of a domestic violence or a related offense involving physical violence? This includes having a court order or violating a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking, or threatening any person; or engaging in other conduct that would place any person in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
  • 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
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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

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