Lead Cook/Baker

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Hospitality
Posted on November 17, 2022
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This position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before September 1, 2022.

The Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is accepting applications to fill one full-time (40 hours/week) Lead Cook/Baker position. The current vacancy is at our King County Correctional Facility located in Seattle, WA.
NOTE: This selection process will fill our current vacancy but also create a pool of qualified candidates should a Career Service Lead Cook/Baker position open up within the next 12 months.
ABOUT THE POSITION: Lead Cook/Bakers perform a wide variety of duties, including organizing and assigning work to cook baker staff; supervision and scheduling of inmate kitchen workers, monitoring food supplies and inventory, overseeing the training of new employees, provide input regarding performance evaluations and disciplinary issues; troubleshoot and resolve problems/disputes to maintain and ensure smooth operation of the food services operation. The Lead Cook Bakers report directly to the Food Services Manager.
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.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: 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: The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention contributes 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

SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES: The job description is an overview and is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not to be an exhaustive list of all the functions and tasks required of this position.

  • Maintain staff schedule, including vacation and sick leave records. Organize and assign work to cook bakers. Assign tasks to staff, aid, and advise employees regarding food service/kitchen issues that arise.
  • Supervise staff and oversee preparation of menus, food storage, preparation and serving of meals including special diets, and maintain related records and forms.
  • Ensure kitchen staff and inmate workers are properly trained and supervised. Train and advise kitchen staff regarding proper supervision of inmates, resolve problems, and ensure removal of inmate workers who do not comply with kitchen rules.
  • Conduct regular inspection of all kitchen areas to ensure proper sanitation, waste disposal, food storage, proper use and maintenance of kitchen equipment, and ensure working conditions are safe. Troubleshoot equipment problems and oversee the repair of kitchen equipment.
  • Provide input regarding employee's evaluations throughout the initial six-month training period, document performance and disciplinary issues as needed.
  • Provide input and recommendations regarding kitchen/food service operations as requested. May serve on interview panels for hiring of new staff.
  • Order food including staples, frozen foods, produce, and dairy products; receive, inspect, store, maintain, and inventory supplies.
  • Conduct weekly and monthly inventory to ensure adequate food supplies are available, including review and revision of purchase orders. Monitor inventory and place special orders as needed to ensure adequate food supplies and ingredients are available.
  • Respond to inmate kites and grievances related to food services. Work collaboratively with other staff to assist with coordination of special events.
  • Utilize computers on a regular basis for completion of various functions including entering payroll for food service staff, inventory control, preparation of menus, and accessing various forms; utilize computerized spreadsheets (Excel) to track costs, access tracking charts, and work schedules; utilize automated systems to verify inmate population, special diet locations; and utilize computer (MS Word/Outlook) for routine correspondence, e-mail, and automated department training.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • 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
  • Full-time work experience in large-quantity food preparation and baking (minimum of 500 servings per meal)
  • Minimum of 24 months lead or supervisory experience in an institutional food service setting.

Supplemental Information

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The individual selected for this position will be required to complete a thorough background investigation process, including fingerprinting, criminal history check, a lie detection evaluation, medical physical, psychological examination, and reference checks. A valid Washington State Driver's License or alternate ability to travel around the county is required by time of hire.

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. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be further screened using additional screeners and interviews. Additional screening may include skills assessment tests.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your letter of interest and optional resume to your electronic application. However, you must still completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience.
WHO MAY APPLY: This opportunity is open to all qualified candidates. 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 (pdf format) copy will suffice for this purpose.
WORK LOCATION: The current vacancy is at the King County Correctional Facility located in Seattle, WA.
Please note that future vacancies may be at the Maleng Regional Justice Center located in Kent, WA. Facility/assignments (both locations and shifts) are based on staffing needs of the department and subject to collective bargaining unit bid processes.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Candidates must be willing and able to work within the secure perimeter of a detention facility with inmate contact.
WORK SCHEDULE: The current vacancy is full-time (40 hours/week). The individual selected for this full-time position will be assigned the schedule listed below:

  • Sunday through Thursday, 04:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
NOTE: Due to the 24-hour nature of the facility, shift hours or days may be increased or changed and employees may be required to work mandatory overtime when necessary due to staffing or other emergencies.
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by the by Teamsters Local 117.
DEPARTMENT CONTACT: Questions regarding this announcement or position may be directed to Morgan Hermann, HR Analyst at 206-477-9092 or via e-mail at mhermann@kingcounty.gov.

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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 the 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.

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
The Department is currently recruiting to fill one (1) full-time Lead Cook/Baker vacancy at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, WA; however, the Department is accepting applications to create a pool of qualified candidates for future full-time Lead Cook/Baker vacancies at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA and King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, WA. Please make sure to check the proper location on your application for the location at which you are willing to accept work.
  • I understand
This selection process will be used to create a pool of qualified candidates for future Lead Cook/Baker vacancies in both the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent and the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle. Please select the location at which you are willing to accept work.
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center (Kent, WA)
  • King County Correctional Facility (Seattle, WA)
  • I am willing to work at either location.
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 yes, please specify the approximate date(s) and position(s) for which you previously went through the department's background process.
Will you be age 21 years or older by the date this announcement closes?
  • 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
If required for the position you are seeking, are you willing and available to work 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
Following is a series of supplemental questions designed to assess your job-related experience and qualifications. Please note that as part of the screening process, your responses will be reviewed in conjunction with your general application materials. The employment history detailed in your application materials must validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the review/selection process. The general employment application must be completed to include your work history. You are welcome to submit a resume as well; however, failure to provide a detailed work history on the general application may prohibit further consideration. Do you understand that your responses to the supplemental questions for this position must be supported by your general application materials?
  • 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
Do you have a minimum of two years full-time work experience in large quantity food preparation and baking (minimum of 500 services per meal)? (This response must be supported by your application materials).
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate how much lead/supervisory experience you have in an institutional food service setting (Note: this response must be supported by your application materials).
  • I do not have lead/supervisory experience
  • Less than 24 months
  • 24 months or more
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
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
PLEASE NOTE: A "yes" response to any of the remaining questions 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

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