Fairfax, Virginia
$34,294.00 - $57,156.53 Annually
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Food Service, Cook
Full Time
Job Announcement

Assists the kitchen management in the training of new staff; maintaining daily and monthly inventory on all foods received; participates as a team member in the preparation of three meals and a snack per day plus extraordinary events. Knowledgeable of and in compliance with all safely and security procedures of the detention center; identifies maintenance needs. Knowledgeable of and maintains kitchen equipment. Follows the proper procedures of the national school lunch program; follows USDA guidelines and requirements. Maintains accurate documentation. Participates in the cleaning of dishes, utensils, and kitchen equipment.

Schedule: This position is considered essential personnel and may be required to report during inclement weather or emergencies.

Salary: The selected applicant's starting hourly rate will be in the minimum to midpoint range ($16.4875 to $21.9832) of the advertised compensation range. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

Illustrative Duties

  • Estimates food consumption, requisitions and/or purchases food accordingly;
  • Assists and instructs personnel engaged in preparing and serving meals;
  • Maintains a safe and sanitary kitchen environment, ensuring compliance with state, and county health code requirements for food service establishments.
  • Prepares and/or assists in the preparation of food for cooking, cleans and peels vegetables, cuts and trims meats, etc.;
  • Prepares and/or assists in the preparation of soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts;
  • Aware of safety in use of kitchen equipment at all times;
  • Prepares dishes, pots and pans for washer and operates same;
  • Cleans counter units, working tables, sinks and food equipment;
  • Provides maintenance for cleanliness of kitchen and dining area floors; and ensures proper food safety handling of all food;
  • Keeps daily records of silverware/before and after meals;
  • Keeps daily records of meals served and their content;
  • Organizes store and rotates food items and supplies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of food groupings and nutritional values; Ability to order food with a view toward economy and future needs;
  • Ability to keep consumption records and make reports.
  • Knowledge of various cleaning tasks performed in a large kitchen operation;
  • Knowledge of Health Department and FDA standards;
  • Knowledge of operating a commercial dishwasher;
  • Knowledge in the operation of other modern kitchen equipment;
  • Knowledge of cleaning materials and methods for kitchen use;
  • Ability to understand and follow simple oral and written directions;
  • Ability to prepare daily reports using simple arithmetic;
  • Ability to communicate effectively; ability to work in large kitchen, follow instructions and manage time;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior participants and volunteers.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school or GED issued by a state department of education; plus one year of experience in a small to medium size kitchen operation, specifically in food preparation.

ServeSafe (Required within 6 months)
Certification as a Certified Food Manager (CFM) within 60 days from date of hire.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
    • Criminal Background Investigation
    • Child Protective Services
    • Sanction Screenings
    • Pre-employment Medical Evaluation
    • Tuberculosis Test

  • At least one year of experience working in a locked facility is preferred but not required.
  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen.
  • Experience ordering food and kitchen supplies.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift weight up to 25 pounds. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Visual and auditory acuity. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE: Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.
The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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