COOK
Department of the Army - Fort Hood, TX

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The FMWRC mission is to create and maintain "FIRST CHOICE" MWR products and services for America's Army, essential to a ready, self-reliant force.

This position is located at Montague Youth Center.

In a Child and Youth Services (CYS) program serves as a Cook, in accordance with (IAW) all applicable regulations and standards.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Direct Deposit is required

Social Security card is required

PCS orders must be attached to claim Spouse Preference

A medical examination is required.

DUTIES:
In a Child and Youth Services (CYS) program serves as a Cook, in accordance with (IAW) all applicable regulations and standards. Applies knowledge and skill to assist in planning and implementing a comprehensive food service program that follows the policies and procedures of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Follows standard recipes and separate 4-6 seasonal cycle menus IAW USDA CACFP and Army policies (i.e... portion sizes, meal patterns, and "seconds" requirements).

Performs a variety of food preparation and cooking tasks such as cleaning, paring, peeling, slicing, dicing; grilling, frying, baking broiling, pouring liquids and mixing ingredients. Prepares a variety of foods and desserts according to menu requirements. Prepares and cooks a variety of more complicated/time consuming foods such as meats poultry, seafood, vegetables, stews, casseroles, gravies, sauces, and baked goods following standard recipes. Make a variety of sandwiches, salads and salad dressings. Adjusts recipes for larger or smaller quantities, and slices meat by hand and by mechanical means, to specific requirements. Prepares eggs in a variety of ways, French toast, and pancakes. Follows health and safety precautions to ensure safe preparation and storage of food items, and monitors and maintains appropriate temperature of all food items throughout preparation and service.

Operates kitchen equipment designed to mix and cook food items. Uses, cleans and maintains power kitchen equipment, and keeps cooking utensils cleaned and ready for use. Scrubs and cleans heavier pot and pans. Stacks and stores dishes. Keeps working area clean in accordance with standard sanitation requirements.

Apportions food into serving containers, and determines proper amounts food to be delivered IAW portions size and "second helping" requirements. Delivers/collects meals/snack carts from facility areas to kitchen as required and/or aids in food delivery to other facilities/sites without cooking capabilities. Provides food delivery methods to support appropriate age-group eating style (ie... family style dining in CDCs, self-serve in SAS, etc...) Meets with supervisor/staff to coordinate infant feeding plans and child/youth allergies/substitutions when required.

Provides suggestions to supervisor on recommended food/supply purchases/orders and recipes/menu. Works with Food and Nutrition Specialists to prepare menus and submit food orders and purchase requests. Coordinates the loading/unloading of foods/supplies, and keeps all records on food used, portions prepared, meals served, and inventory.

Assist with "on the job training" of other kitchen staff members, and serves as consultant to youth cooking clubs/health and fitness programs as required, and follows risk management procedures (i.e.. abuse prevention, identification, and reporting procedures; accident prevention etc). Performs other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Basic knowledge of food preparation principles and practical understanding of the physical processes that occur in cooking. Knowledge of proper cooking temperatures and preparation methods for a variety of foods. Ability to schedule and coordinate preparation of a number of different foods in order to ensure that they are ready for service at the appropriate mealtime. Knowledge of food borne illnesses, food safety, and proper storage methods for hot and cold food items in order to prevent loss or illness due to spoilage. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, particularly standard recipes, and detailed cooking instructions. Skill in operating and cleaning a wide variety of food service equipment, including special equipment for the preparation of large volume items. Skill in carving, preparing garnishes, and assembling attractive platters, salads, and other food presentations.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assignments are received orally or in writing from a higher graded cook or supervisor. Employee plans, coordinates, and times assignments to assure that food items are prepared at correct temperature and on time. Assists in training lower grade cooks or kitchen help and provide advice on how to improve their work methods. Employee is responsible for the safe use and care of kitchen equipment, for personnel and environmental safety, and for personal hygiene. Work is evaluated in process and upon completion by the supervisor or higher-grade cook in terms of timeliness, quality, flavor, and appearance of prepared foods and conformance to sanitation and safety standards.

PHYSICAL EFFORTS:
Work involves continual standing and walking, frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Must be able to lift or move objects up to 40 pounds unassisted, and occasionally lift or move objects weighing over 40 pounds with the assistance of other workers or lifting devices.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work is performed in kitchen areas, which are well lighted but are often hot and noisy. Employee is exposed to steam, fumes, odors from cooking, and to extreme temperature changes when entering walk-in refrigerators or freezing units. Must stand on tile floor, subject to burns, cuts, bruises, and slipping on wet floors.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
A minimum of 6 months of work experience directly related to the duties described above, that included skill in working with professional kitchen appliances and equipment. Be able to communicate (verbal and written) in English. Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs. on a routine basis

Conditions of employment:
1. A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection.

2. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

3. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.

4. All required background check of AR 215-3 must be successfully completed and maintained. Satisfactory completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) that will be initiated prior to appointment to a NAF position.

5. All required background checks of AR 215-3, must be successfully completed and maintained including Child and Youth National Agency Check with Inquiries (CNACI); to include a health assessment is required.
6. Social Security Card must be presented at time of appointment.

7. Immunizations may be required as a condition of employment for the health and safety of those in the facility as determined by medical authority. Already immune individuals (based on documented receipt of vaccine series or physician diagnosed illness), or those subject to religious exemption, or medical contraindication are exempt from this requirement.

8. You will be required to complete a DA Form 3433-1 upon appointment to a NAF position https://cpolfhp.cpol.army.mil/eur/employment/naf/da3433-1pdf

9. Must demonstrate the ability to speak, read, write and understand English sufficiently to execute job requirements.

10. Tour of duty may require nights, weekends, holidays, and split-shift.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

BENEFITS:
Nonappropriated Funds (NAF) Regular positions include the following NAF Benefits: Annual and Sick leave, Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan, Health and Life Insurance, Long Term Care Plan Insurance and Flexible Spending Account. For additional benefits information please refer to http://www.armymwr.org/hr/nafbenefits/default.aspx .

OTHER INFORMATION:
To successfully claim veteran's priority consideration, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

Refusal of a military spouse to participate in established recruitment procedures (e.g. interview, KSA's, where required, etc.) is considered a declination of employment and is a basis for termination of SEP entitlement for the current PCS of the sponsor. To claim Military Spouse Preference you must have been married to the sponsor prior to the reporting date on the orders.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

Attach PCS orders and marriage license under "OTHER".

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

The Department of Army Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an equal opportunity employer.

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