Cook (CYS) NA-08

Fort Lee, Virginia
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Food Service, Cook
Full Time


The Area of Consideration for this vacancy announcement is worldwide. (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) and Involuntarily Separated Military Preference (ISMP) Preference eligible candidates are included in the area of consideration.)

This position is located at the Yorktown Child Development Center.
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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).
  • Reviews recipes, menus, and worksheets to determine ingredients needed to prepare various menu items for regular or modified diets for children with special needs (i.e., diabetes, allergies, or food sensitivities).
  • Accomplishes meal preparation duties using a variety of utensils and equipment, such as knives, mixers, steam kettles, ovens, grills, and other items powered by gas, electricity, or steam.
  • Prepares and cooks all types of meats, poultry, seafood, fresh and cooked salads and vegetables, grains, pasta, fruits, sauces, gravies, breads, and desserts.
  • Utilizes special and/or complex recipes and various cooking methods such as roasting, broiling, baking, frying, boiling, steaming, or saut?ing.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at time of appointment or placement into the position
  • Proof of education is required at the time of application
  • Good mental and physical health, free from communicable disease (verified through physical examination). Immunizations must be current including annual influenza vaccinations
  • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position (CNACI)
  • Satisfactorily complete an employment verification (E-Verify) check
  • A completed and signed copy of our job application form (DA Form 3433 dated Aug 2019) is required prior to entrance on duty
  • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card are required
  • The ability to obtain (within first six months of employment) and maintain a Food Protection Manager Certification acquired through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited agency is required.
  • Additional conditions of employment can be found in the Applicant Information Kit, link is in additional information below.


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: 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. Must have experience using a variety of commercial food service tools and equipment to include cleaning and sanitation practices. Must have basic math skills needed to modify recipes for large quantities and to determine portion sizes. Must be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing.

Skill 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.


Incumbent works under the direction of supervisor who establishes written daily work assignments and who provides general instructions orally or in writing. Employee analyzes and corrects production problems independently and coordinates the cooking process for food items assigned directly. Coordinates the cooking of items prepared by other cooks at one or more work centers. Within the framework of accepted methods, recipes and established procedures, the employee makes decisions regarding recipe adjustments for the number of servings and size of equipment to use. Incumbent decides when food items are done and on occasions, recommends changes or adjustments in recipes for improvement of flavor, texture, and appearance. May work alone in cooking small quantities for a few persons or for large groups. Work is subject to spot checks by supervisor for compliance with instructions and emergency changes, established work methods, accepted cooking practices, for quality flavor, appearance of prepared foods and sanitary requirements, and proper use of food service equipment.

Physical Effort:

The work involves frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. Required to frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Work also involves continuous standing and walking. Occasional lifting of over 50 pounds may be required with assistance of lifting devices or other workers.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in well-lighted and ventilated kitchen areas that may often be hot and noisy. May be exposed to steam, fumes, and odors from cooking, and to extreme temperature changes when entering refrigeration or freezing units. There is danger of slipping on wet floors and possible cuts from knives, or burns from steam, hot foods, stoves, and/or hot grease or water.

All qualifications MUST be indicated in your resume to be considered.


Proof of education is required at the time of application, if applicable.

Additional information

Manual application: If you would like to apply manually, please contact the servicing NAF Human Resources (HRO) 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 3:00pm CST on the closing date of this announcement in order to process your application in a timely manner.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are NOT authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is NOT in the Government's interest.

Allowances, differentials, or incentives will NOT be paid.

Additional referrals may be made from this vacancy announcement for up to 90 days after the closing date. Applicants will be referred to selecting officials as vacancies occur. For additional information, refer to our Applicant Information Kit for Child Care Positions

Copy and paste this URL to view kit: Applicant Information Kit for Army NAF Childcare Positions.pdf

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Applicants can claim the following eligibilities:
  • Spouse Employment Preference
  • Family Member Preference (ONLY ON OCONUS)
  • Involuntarily Separated from the Military
  • Business Based Action
  • Current/Former NAF Employee / Current Appropriated Employee
  • Outside Applicant Veteran / Spouse/Widow/Parent of Veteran
  • Outside Applicant Non-Veteran
Required documents for each consideration category can be found in the applicant information kit, point of contact information is listed at the bottom of this announcement if applicants have any questions about these consideration groups or documents. Applicants are also welcome to reach outTo confirm receipt of the required documents or information when submitting an application for this position. Eligibilities are listed above in the consideration order in accordance with the AR 215-3. Applicants will only be awarded the highest preference/priority consideration found eligible.

By claiming the "Current/Former NAF Employee (CNE/FNE)" or "Current APF Employee (CAE)" priority consideration eligibility, applicants are self-certifying that they may not be eligible for other priority considerations. Failure to provide supporting documentation to validate preference or priority consideration claims could adversely impact the applicant's eligibility. For additional information on what may be required to support the applicant's eligibility claim, please refer to our Applicant Information Kit URL:

CNE/FNE/CAE priority consideration must be clearly defined in order to grant the priority consideration. We will need position title, series, grade, location and agency in order determine priority consideration. To ensure we have enough information, we encourage you to submit a copy of your most recent personnel action.

Please ensure to submit your supporting documentation with your application for any eligibility that you wish to claim. NO assumptions will be made on eligibility or experience.

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


To better expedite the hiring process, we recommend including full contact information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.) for professional and personal references on your resume.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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