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Colorado State Dining Services III - Cook - Nutrition Services - Part Time in Pueblo, Colorado

Dining Services III - Cook - Nutrition Services - Part Time

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Dining Services III - Cook - Nutrition Services - Part Time


$12.87 - $13.50 Hourly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Part Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 02169 12/31/2020



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Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

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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 rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

* Reminder: This job announcement will serve as an application pool for available positions that now exist or may exist in the future. Including both part and full time positions.*

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

Description of Job

The purpose of the Nutrition Services Department is to provide quality food service and medical nutrition therapy to more than 1500 clients in a mental health care facility and the Colorado Department of Corrections. With over 100 employees, the department strives, within available resources, to provide adequate nutrition to clients based on medical, spiritual, ethnic, cultural, and mental health needs.

The purpose of this position is to prepare and serve meals to CMHIP patients in a respective dining room. The position is responsible for preparing and cooking a variety of food including modified diets while adhering to federal, state and local regulations. This position grills, re-therms food in the combi-oven, assembles and portions food, and serves food from a cafeteria line to patients. As a cook, this position serves as team leader. May be scheduled to work in North Kitchen or dining rooms, based on business needs.


  • Prepares and re-therms food and beverage products. Takes QA sample bags and stores for 72 hours until testing is completed. Cooks meals by using various cooking methods and equipment (i.e. combi-oven, griddle, conveyor toasters, etc.). Prepares meals in accordance to load slips and ensures food safety and sanitation guidelines are followed. The position also serves meals/snacks to CMHIP patients in accordance with meal report. Oversees dining services II positions to ensure all kitchen and dining room areas are kept clean and dishwasher temperatures are documented.

  • The position is responsible for completing an inventory of dining room supplies. Orders supplies from North Kitchen as needed by using bread and milk order form. Receives supplies and stores them in the appropriate location based on the item being delivered (i.e. cold item, dry storage, chemicals, etc.).

  • Documents knife counts, refrigeration temperatures and food temperatures on designated log sheets. Ensures all refrigerators other log sheets are updated daily. Follows all policies, rules, regulations, and practices of the department to include wearing ID badge, proper uniform, and accountability with keys, utensils and sharps counts by following safety procedures.

  • Complies with all federal, state, local and CMHIP regulations regarding sanitation, safety (i.e. equipment operation, work practices) and security (i.e. utensil counts, keys control.). Ensures IOJ and incident reports are completed in a timely manner.

  • Maintains competency by attending trainings and in-services. Maintains active computer access to complete Cornerstone trainings.

  • Other duties may be assigned or may be asked on work other units to ensure coverage.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications :

  • Two (2) years of food service experience.


  • None

Employment history is calculated on a full-time basis (40/hrs per week). Part-time employment is calculated on a pro-rated basis to determine qualifications. Be sure your application specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position and minimum requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Food handlers certification

  • Institutional experience

  • Detail oriented

  • Excellent customer service skills

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check, a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check, and a drug screen as a condition of employment

  • Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare

  • Required to work weekends and holidays.

  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals and commercial cooking equipment.

  • Required to take TB (Tuberculosis)Test

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Knowledge Of:

  • Food service operations and the preparation and production of food

  • Cleaning and sanitizing practices as they relate to food service operations

  • Knowledge of safe food handling, and storage practices and regulations

  • Knowledge of weights, measures, (e.g., food scales, measuring cups, and spoons), and food measurement techniques.

  • Knowledge of the techniques used in mixing food (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.).

  • Knowledge of cooking methods (e.g., frying, deep-fat frying, boiling, steaming, and baking).

  • Knowledge of food safety related to handling and storing cooked foods, serving and storing temperatures and reading food thermometers.


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.

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

A standard appeal form is available at: 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.

Supplemental Information

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support:

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

Email Address:

All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted via e-mail. Please include your current e-mail address on your application and set up your e-mail to accept messages from '' addresses. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the e-mail address listed on your application is current and checked frequently.

Selection Process



Only online applications will be accepted.

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

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.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

For Recruiting questions, please contact

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.


METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed above.


The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer