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Department of Human Services - Direct Care and Treatment

Location: St. Peter, Minnesota (MN), 56082
Type: Full-Time, Non-Remote
Posted on: November 15, 2023
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Working Title: Cook
Job Class: Cook
Agency: Human Services Department
• Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers
• Date Posted : 11/15/2023
• Closing Date : 11/29/2023
• Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Human Services Dept / DHS St Peter AFSCME
• Division/Unit : St Peter / Nutrition Services B
• Work Shift :Day Shift
• Work Hours : 10:00 a.m - 6:30 p.m.
• Days of Work : Varies
• Initial Days Off : Monday and Tuesday
• Travel Required : No
• Salary Range: $20.18 - $27.55 / hourly
• Classified Status : Classified
• Bargaining Unit/Union : 203 - Service/AFSCME
• Work Area : Nutrition Services - St. Peter
• FLSA Status : Nonexempt
• Telework Eligible : No
• Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.
The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.
Job Summary
Candidates may be eligible for a hiring bonus up to $2,500.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join our Forensic Services within the Direct Care and Treatment (DCT) division of agency.
The Forensics Services campus in St. Peter is comprised of the Forensic Mental Health Program and the Forensic Nursing Home. Forensics Services provides mental health evaluation and treatment services to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness who present a risk to public safety. This is a safe and secure treatment environment.
The Cook is responsible for proper food preparation in order to provide quality meals while following specific diets as necessary. Some of the job duties entail:
• Preparing food for regular and therapeutic diets.
• Responsible for food and supplies that are delivered to the kitchen and to maintain freshness and quality of products.
• Attend educational programs and Nutrition Services department meetings in order to keep current with departmental goals and objectives.
• Maintain a clean, sanitary, and safe work area per Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program and State, Federal, and Forensics Services regulations and guidelines.
• Perform other food service-related tasks as assigned by supervisor so that all dietary responsibilities are accomplished and as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications
• Knowledge of large-scale cooking methods and equipment sufficient to prepare and serve food for a large number of people and adjust recipes to accommodate different numbers of people.
• Knowledge of food values and nutrition sufficient to prepare items from standards recipes. (Some facilities required the ability to prepare special medical diets).
• Knowledge of health and safety principles involved in food preparation operations sufficient to prepare and serve safe and healthy meals.
• Ability to follow oral instructions and read and comprehend written instructions.
• Ability to occasionally lift 50 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications
• Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of the following:
To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that you clearly describe your work experience in the areas listed for each job held.
REFERENCE CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.
EDUCATION VERIFICATION - Applicants may be required to provide documentation to demonstrate proof of education if required for the position.
Application Details
How to Apply
Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .
CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS: Effective August 1, 2012, legislation provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if they: 1) meet service requirements and have a verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and 3) meet all Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation before the closing date.
If you have questions about the position, contact Christina Genelin at or 507-985-2436 .
To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Susan Mutua at .
About Human Services Dept
DHS operates a highly specialized behavioral health care system that serves people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. This includes psychiatric hospitals and other inpatient mental health treatment facilities; inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities; dental clinics, group homes, vocational sites, and sex offender treatment facilities.
Why Work for Us
Diverse Workforce
We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.
A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
• 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
• 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
• 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
• 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
Comprehensive Benefits
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
• Public pension plan
• Training and professional development
• Paid vacation and sick leave
• 12 paid holidays each year
• Paid parental leave
• Low-cost medical and dental coverage
• Prescription drug coverage
• Vision coverage
• Wellness programs and resources
• Employer paid life insurance
• Short-term and long-term disability
• Health care spending and savings accounts
• Dependent care spending account
• Tax-deferred compensation
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Tuition reimbursement
• Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed. Employment Type: Full-Time