Cook II
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Chelmsford, MA

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The incumbent of this position, under the supervision of Supervisor of Cafeteria, prepares and cooks food such as meat, fish, poultry, puddings, sauces, soups, etc. according to menu and number of persons to be served: determine type and amount of ingredients which may be substituted in recipes; evaluate food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature and taste; and perform related work as required.

• Responsible for the preparation and cooking of all meals in a locked juvenile facility.
• Responsible for the ordering of all food for the facility and maintaining an accurate inventory.
• Responsible for the supervision of entry level cooks.
• Ability to prepare and follow a menu.
• Ensures the cleanliness of the kitchen area on a daily basis.
• Ability to establish a good working relationship with others.
• Ability to work varied shifts, including weekends and holidays.
• Working knowledge of the Massachusetts Public Health Regulations and Codes.
• Adhere to DYS Policies and Procedures.
• Ability to obtain Serve Safe certification.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the preparation and cooking of food in a hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, catering firm, government or private institution, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions: I. A diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocational school, at high school level or higher, with a major in culinary arts, food services or food trades may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

Special Requirements: None

Preferred Qualifications:
• Strong communications and organizational skills.
• Ability to effectively utilize all kitchen equipment in the completion of job responsibilities.
• Complete knowledge of all forms of culinary procedures and ability to perform in a highly intense environment.
• Ability to work in a locked facility.

The Department of Youth Services (DYS), under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 18A, 119 and 120, is the juvenile justice agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Department’s mission is to protect the public and prevent crime by promoting positive change in the lives of youth committed to DYS care and custody, and by partnering with communities, families, government and provider agencies toward this end. The Department accomplishes its mission through interventions that build knowledge, develop skills and promote positive change in the behavior of the youth in DYS care and custody.

The goal of DYS is to focus on youths’ gradual reintegration back to the community as productive citizens. DYS works in partnership with provider agencies, law enforcement and school officials, families, communities and others to ensure that the services provided are effective and that they create pathways to success for the young men and women in DYS care and custody. By working in close collaboration with these entities, DYS can continue to help make communities better and safer places.

The Department of Youth Services has undertaken several program and management restructuring initiatives with the overarching goal of increasing the level of efficiency and effectiveness of Department programs and services. These actions were initiated in order to continue the provision of care and custody of youth under increasing difficult budgetary constraints and the growth in the population of juveniles committed to DYS.

This is a Civil Service position. If there is no Civil Service list for this title, employees appointed must take and pass the next Civil Service examination when administered.

Minimum age requirement: 21 years of age

Transportation Requirement: Valid Mass Driver's License - must have reliable transportation.

Candidate must be flexible.
May be required to work some nights and weekends.

Hours to be Worked: 40
Shift 1: 10:00am - 6:00pm - Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Shift 2: 6:00am - 2:00pm - Friday & Saturday
Days Off: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Pre- Employment Requirements:
Final Candidate must pass a pre-employment screening which includes: 1) Drug Screening; 2) Psychological Screening and 3) Medical Examination. 4) Physical Abilities Test (PAT) for direct care positions. If you would like more information please logon to the DYS website to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process.

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
and click on "Information for Job Applicants."

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