Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Cook in Brockton, Massachusetts
Summary This Cook position is in the Nutrition and Food services at the Boston Healthcare System, located at the Brockton location. This position is a full-time at 40 hour per week. Responsibilities Perform a full range of simple cooking which entails the preparation and cooking of meals that require little or no processing. Follow menus, production sheets and recipes to prepare items in the quantity needed. Perform full range of simple cooking by preparing and cooking items requiring little or no processing such as hot cereals, concentrated or dehydrated soups, sauces, and gravies. Grill eggs, hamburgers, meat patties, pancakes, French toast; broils meats; makes cold sandwich fillings and assembles a variety of sandwiches. Prepare fresh, canned, and frozen vegetables; bakes frozen potatoes, pre-made cookie dough, muffin batters. Prepare and heats convenience items such as frozen hash browns, fish fillets, and chicken nuggets; prepares pureed foods and adjusts consistency with thickeners. Wash, peel, chop, grind, pare, cut, slice, dice, puree, dredge, flour, breads items. Weigh, measure, assemble ingredients for regular and modified diets. Follow sanitary food handling procedures; cover, label and date food items; utilize or discard ingredients by expiration date. Disassemble and assemble component parts and accessories for cleaning. Clean, store and maintain all kitchen utensils, equipment and work areas practicing a "clean as you go" concept. Clean and sanitize assigned work areas: worktables, sinks, blast chillers, racks, carts. Maintain accurate food inventories. Maintain strict security of all areas. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/PD99819S Physical Requirements: Incumbent is subject to continuous standing and walking, and frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting items such as pans of meat, cases of canned food or sacks of vegetables, and bending. They are required to perform heavy work, such as cleaning large-size cooking equipment and utensils; pushing food carts and hand trucks; loading, unloading and storing subsistence and supply items. Frequently lifts or moves objects within 40 pounds unassisted. Occasionally lifts objects weighing over 40 pounds with the assistance of other workers. Occasionally work on ladders and use power-cleaning equipment. Notification: This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 11/30/2022 Ability to perform the duties of the Cook without more than normal supervision. Applicants should possess the knowledge and ability to carry out basic cooking procedures and seasoning. Knowledge of modified/combination diets and the ability to identify which ingredients contribute sodium, sugar, fat, potassium, and other nutrients that may be restricted on special diets. Knowledge of sanitation principles to safeguard food against spoilage and waste. Skill in making precise measurements and weights to follow recipes and portion control for requisitions and recipes. Able to maintain hot and cold food temperatures. Possesses the knowledge and ability to carry out basic cooking procedures and seasoning. Skill in baking, grilling, steaming, and roasting foods. Ability to determine optimal doneness for grilled, baked, and other cooked items. Ability to adjust cooking times to compensate for holding, re-thermalization, and emergency equipment situations with food of small quantities and limited variety. Able to follow standardized recipes carefully without making unapproved substitutions. Able to read menus, work schedules, production sheets, package directions, simple recipes, and policies and procedures. Having the ability to follow oral and written instructions and worksheets; able to read and follow production sheets and tray assembly documents, and able to learn basic computer skills to complete all computer-based training. Has ability to learn basic computer skills to complete all computer-based training. Participates and responds to classroom and on-the-job training. Understands food and nutrition terminology, measurements, and serving information in standardized recipes and on master menus. Has knowledge of approved portion control practices. Able to perform assignments and operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner. EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: Dexterity and Safety Materials Without more than normal supervision Work Practices Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Education This job does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional Information COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Telework Program - Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.