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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Department of Corrections
Job Title: Cook
Salary: $10.291 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Assists in overseeing kitchen operations and performs all aspects of food handling, preparation, cooking, serving, storage, and cleaning in a detention/residential setting for clients in Division of Corrections’ facilities.


Essential Job Functions:

40% - Food Preparation - Prepares soups, cooks meat by grilling, frying, boiling, broiling, roasting, deep-frying or barbecuing.  Makes bread and desserts, including pastries, cakes, and cookies. Operates, monitors, cleans, and maintains kitchen equipment such as milk machine, dishwasher, fryer, stove, and oven.  Washes dishes and cleans the kitchen. Maintains supply of food, kitchen supplies, cookware, trays, glasses and utensils.  Wraps, labels, stores, and disposes of leftover food in a timely manner.  Ensures food preparation is done in a timely manner to meet schedules and records meal counts (amount prepared, served, and leftover) daily for each meal served.  Serves food on trays using proper portion assigned. Washes, stores and cooks vegetables; prepares salads, all breakfast items; cuts and wraps meats for future use.
35% - Food Management - Plans and follows standard recipes in preparing a large volume and variety of foods; serves meals at regularly scheduled times. Must demonstrate knowledge of the nutritional needs of clients, practice sanitary methods of food handling, be sensitive to individual, cultural and religious food preferences of clients, and be understanding of the needs and types of special diets and varieties of food preparation required in this setting. Ensures proper food handling to maintain food quality and ensure food safety; tests cooked foods to determine if properly cooked and seasoned. Must work well with coworkers and supervisors and display appropriate customer service skills in performance of duties.
20% - Quality Assurance - Coordinates and receives the storing and handling of food deliveries; reviews invoices for accuracy, stores items properly to prevent spoilage; rotates food items for freshness.  Assists the Food Services Manager in the oversight and preparation of food and beverage items to ensure objectives are achieved.

5% - Performs related work as required.



Customer Focus/Client Orientation:  Makes customers/clients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; acts with customers in mind and strives for continuous improvement in products and services.

Initiative:  Identifies opportunities and issues, and proactively acts and follows through on work activities to meet goals.   Maintains a sense of purpose, value, and ownership of their work.  Works independently with little direction.

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments.

Reliability:  Demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job.

Resilience & Adaptability:  Adapts quickly to change and easily considers new approaches.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   High school diploma or equivalent. Transcript verifying education credits is required.

Years of Experience:   Two years of experience in institutional or large volume cooking. Professional references are required to verify the related work experience.

License, certifications, etc…  Food Handler’s Certification – Sedgwick County Environmental Health Department.  Valid Driver’s License and good driving record that meets the requirement of Sedgwick County Fleet Vehicle Operation and Usage Policy.  Personal vehicle for use when county vehicle is not available (employee reimbursement is provided by County).  Proof of liability insurance on personal vehicle.  Pass legal background check, Child and Adult Abuse & Neglect Central Registry checks, KCJIS Security Policy (fingerprint) check, and pre-employment screen for alcohol and drugs.  Must also meet the required conditions contained in KSA 65-516 and KAR 28-4-356.


Physical Requirements of Position:

  • Significant lifting (up to 50 pounds), carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; frequent bending, twisting, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, kneeling, and crouching; significant finger dexterity.  Typically, the job requires 10% sitting, 20% walking and 70% standing.
  • Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle to change worksites.
  • Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements needed during the preparation of food such as using a knife to cut meats and vegetables.
  • Dependable and timely attendance is required.
  • Must maintain appropriate levels of personal hygiene and sanitation.  Must follow guidelines for food service dress code.
  • Requires sufficient abilities in vision, hearing, and the senses of smell and taste in order to complete tasks which involve perception, discernment, written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Sufficient sight to complete tasks safely and operate a motor vehicle.



Industrial kitchen equipment


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Various hours and days including holidays and weekends.  Some overtime may be required.

Location of work:  700 S Hydraulic

Duties performed typically indoors with exposure to some temperature extremes (walk-in freezer and around heated equipment) and some hazardous conditions (slick floors, equipment temperatures, grease, etc).  May be exposed to negative comments and hostile opinions of clients.  Must be available to work outside normal scheduled hours when needed.  Reasonably anticipated exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP).


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.



Vacancy Number: 20004427

Open Date: 7/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 1/13/2019 11:59:59 PM