Dining Services IV at Fort Logan

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO3.5

Full-time$14 - $19 an hour
Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado State Residents.

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan

Division of Nutrition Services
This position is located at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). CMHIFL is a 94 bed psychiatric facility located in Denver that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by providing mental health treatment to all age populations in the metro area. The mission of CMHIFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons of all ages with complex, serious and persistent mental illness within the resources available.

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:
Employee wellness programs
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more


Description of Job

About this Work Unit:
This work unit exists to provide food services that meet the psychological, ethnic, cultural needs of long term psychiatric patients. In doing so the Nutrition Department will provide uncompromising commitment to customer satisfaction within available resources, and will strive to continually improve our services to meet our customer's needs

About this Position:
Prepares meals following standardized recipes, written instructions, portion sizes, production sheets, food safety guidelines, etc. Assures food is attractive, appetizing and at proper temperature. Complies with applicable laws, regulations, policies and standards including Joint Commission, Colorado Dept of Health, Colorado Dept of Education, and the standards and regulations set by the hospital and nutrition services.

As a work leader, this position is responsible for daily shift supervision including assigning tasks,
monitoring progress and workflow, checking the product, scheduling work, and establishing work
standards for Dining Services II and III staff.

Duties include:
Responsible for proper documentation of temperatures (food items, refrigerators, and freezers), production records, cleaning schedule, food safety and sanitation and any other necessary documentation.
Assures that all written documentation and reports from each shift are completed on a daily basis.
Follows CMHIFL policies regarding utensils/plate/bowl counts, key monitoring, knife inventory, food auditing, operation and minor servicing of equipment.
Ensures all food service equipment is kept in working order and the kitchen is kept clean and sanitized.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Three years of Food service experience cooking and preparation of food or an occupationally related field such as work in banquet, catering etc.


Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in food service Certification of Servsafe Class
Working in a Hospital or Living Centers

Knowledge of institutional food service procedures and practices,
Knowledge of health requirements in the operation of a food service unit,
Knowledge of health hazards in food service and the necessary precautionary measures,
Knowledge of weights, measures, (e.g., food scales, measuring cups, and spoons) and food measurement techniques.
Knowledge of techniques used in mixing food (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.).
Knowledge of meat and vegetable preparation methods.
Knowledge of cooking methods (e.g., frying, deep-fat frying, boiling, or baking).
Knowledge of the use of kitchen utensils in serving or portioning meals.
Knowledge of food safety related to handling and storing cooked foods, serving and storing temperatures, or reading food thermometers.
Ability to read English at the level necessary for interpreting and understanding written recipes, menus, nourishment labels, diet slips, portioning sheets, and policies and procedures.
Ability to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as related to calculating or converting units of measure for determining proper amounts of food ingredients for mass food production.
Ability to clean, cut, cube, grind, and tenderize meat.
Ability to clean, peel, dice, grate, slice, and chop vegetables.
Ability to measure food ingredients using food scales, measuring cups, or spoons.
Ability to mix food items (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.).
Ability to boil food items and operate a jacketed steam kettle in a safe and effective manner.
Ability to fry food items and operate a grill or tilt grill in a safe and effective manner.
Ability to bake food items and operate a gas, rotary, or convection oven in a safe and effective manner.
Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions,
Interpersonal skills,
And teamwork skills.

Conditions of Employment:
Full Background - Name check, TRAILS, Drug Screen and Fingerprinting
Valid driver's license
Essential Services Designation - Must be available for call back to perform essential and/or emergency services of the agency without delay or interruption
Must be willing to submit to an influenza vaccination or sign a medical or religious exemption document
Must pass a pre-placement physical/medical screening: TB Test
Must be available for shift work

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Supplemental Information

Comparative Analysis Process

The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.
Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

If you have recruitment questions about this position please contact heather.woolbright@state.co.us

"ADAAA Accommodations:
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or bridget.clawson@state.co.us at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."

~The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer~