Cook (CYS) NA-08

Silver Spring, Maryland
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Food Service, Cook
Full Time


The Area of Consideration for this announcement is the Forest Glen/Silver Spring, MD Local Commuting Area. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) and Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) eligible candidates are included)

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Eligible applications received before/on the cut-off date of 09/29/2019 will be referred to the selecting official(s) for consideration.
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  • 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).
  • Plans and coordinates the preparation of meals based on master menus. Reviews recipes, menus, and worksheets to determine ingredients needed to prepare various menu items for regular or modified diets for children with special needs.
  • Prepares meals for individual servings and for large quantities. Makes decisions regarding recipe adjustments for the number of servings and size of equipment to use.
  • Delivers and collects meal/snack carts from facility areas to kitchen. Provides food delivery methods to support appropriate age-group eating style (e.g., family style dining in CDCs).
  • Follows health and safety precautions to ensure safe food preparation, storage, and kitchen sanitation.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required.
  • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check.
  • Completed and signed DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty.
  • Appointment is subject to successful completion and favorable results of fingerprints, health assessment (physical), and Installation Record Checks to determine suitability for this position.
  • Must have current health assessment which documents good mental and physical health, freedom from communicable disease, and immunizations IAW current Army and DoD policy including annual influenza vaccinations.
  • PHYSICAL EFFORTS: Work involves continual standing and walking, frequet stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Work also involves continuous standing and walking.
  • PHYSICAL EFFORTS: Must be able to lift or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted, and occasionally lift or move objects weighing over 50 pounds with the assistance of other workers or lifting devices.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Work 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/freezing units.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Must stand on tile floor, subject to burns, cuts, bruises, and slipping on wet floors.
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 4 hours initial food sanitation and safety training is required within 30 days of employment and a minimum of 4 hours refresher training annually.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment background checks in accordance with AR 215-3, 2-15m., and Child Care Tier 1 background investigation is required.
  • Successful completion of training requirements and demonstrated on the job competency is required.
  • Travel to on and off post locations may be required.
  • The ability to obtain (within the first six months of employment) and maintain a Food Protection Manager Certification acquired through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited agency is required.


Qualification Requirements:

-Candidates must indicate the ability to perform the work of Cook, NA-08 without more than normal supervision.

-Must have experience demonstrating knowledge of a full range of food preparation techniques needed to:
1. Develop and revise standardized recipes, coordinate cooking in large quantities using complex recipes and varied cooking methods, prepare foods for special/modified diets (i.e., diabetic exchanges, low sodium, food allergies), and instruct lower-level cooks.
2. Must have experience using a variety of commercial food service tools and equipment to include cleaning and sanitation practices.
3. Must have basic math skills needed to modify recipes for large quantities and to determine portion sizes.
4. Must be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing.

Skills and Knowledge:

-Skill to plan, coordinates, and time the sequences of steps needed to have menu items ready for serving at mealtime without overcooking or waste.
-Knowledge of related procedures to work in large quantities. Incumbent also applies skills necessary to overcome practical production problems, evaluate final food products, and initiate corrective action when an item does not meet established quality standards.
-Ability to adjust recipes according to the number of servings needed, e.g., when recipe shows four pounds of rice are needed for 50 servings, incumbent knows to prepare 16 pounds of rice for 200 servings.
-Employee is skilled in the use of bakery tools and equipment, including powered machines.
-Knowledge of the characteristic of various raw and cooked foods in order to determine when raw materials are fresh and to judge the final product by its color, consistency, temperature, odor and taste.
-Skill to provide technical guidance to lower graded personnel.
-Applies knowledge of special and modified diets. Broad knowledge of sanitation regulations and proper food protection procedures.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Manual Application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit your application package using a manual application method. Please contact the NAF Human Resources Office or representative listed on this job announcement to request a copy of the manual application form. All completed manual application forms (along with resume and other supporting documentation) must be received no later than 3:00 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement in order to process your application in a timely manner. Please note that neglecting to respond to the job related questions may result in an ineligible rating.
  • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement for up to 90 days after the closing date.
  • Payment Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government's interest.
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  • Applications are valid for 30 days after submission date. Applicants will be referred to selecting officials as additional vacancies occur.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants can claim the following eligibilities:
  • NAF Preference - Involuntarily Separated From the Military
  • NAF Preference - Spouse Employment Preference (SEP)
  • NAF Priority Consideration - Business Based Action
  • NAF Priority Consideration - Current Appropriated Funds Employee CNE (APF)
  • NAF Priority Consideration - Current/Former NAF Employee (CNE/FNE)
  • NAF Priority Consideration - Outside Applicant Veteran (OAV)
  • NAF Priority Consideration - Spouse/Widow/Parent of Veteran (OAV)

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:
  • Resume

Optional: Job Application (DA Form 3433) will be accepted in place of a Resume.

The below items are accepted and may be needed to support a qualification and/or a claimed priority/preference:
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • DA Form 3433
  • DA Form 3434 or equivalent Agency Notification of Personnel Action
  • Professional References
  • PCS Orders
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action