Taravista Devens , MA 01434

Posted 2 months ago

About TaraVista: TaraVista Behavioral Health Center is a 108 bed inpatient hospital providing Mental Health and Co-occurring Addictions Care for children, young adults and adults. TaraVistas mission is to provide compassionate, effective, sustainable care for those suffering from psychiatric distress and co-occurring substance abuse.

We seek innovative, energetic people who work well in teams and who are driven to help patients and families in a time of need.

Location: Devens, MA

Schedule: Full-time and Part-time

Shift: Day/Evening


Responsible for preparation of food served in all areas of the hospital and oversees patient tray assembly, caf, and catering food service. Also follows industry food handling standards when completing operational duties/tasks.


  • Maintains professional behavior consistent with role as well as composure in difficult interpersonal situations.

  • Knows who all their customers are and initiatives and maintains positive relationships with them; promotes a customer service mindset at all times with both internal and external customers. Responds to all requests from customers with a can do attitude. Follows up on requests with a sense of urgency.

  • Maintains positive relationships with administrative leadership and internal department directors and staff in an effort to build a strong, cohesive team.

  • Suggests new methods that lead to better service.

  • Follows Universal Precautions/Infection Control Procedures.

  • Exemplifies the hospital service standards.

  • Wears ID Badge above waist and facing out at all times while on hospital property.

  • Introduces self and explains role to others in person and over the phone.

  • Smiles, makes eye contact, and appears friendly, open, and interested in people.

  • Offers assistance to whoever needs it.

  • Provides direction by personally escorting people when possible.

  • Respects others and is courteous.

  • Inspires patients/customers confidence by making positive comments about our system, hospital, and other departments.

  • Demonstrates understanding of HIPAA Privacy Act and maintains confidentiality of patient information

  • Accepts feedback as an opportunity for growth.

  • Regularly participates in informal and formal education, staff meetings, or staff development activities.

  • Applies knowledge gained from educational activities to their work.

  • Takes ownership of tasks and assignments.

  • Speaks positively of other employees, avoids negative gossip.

  • Knows and follows hospital policies related to safety.

  • Arrives at work assignment on time as scheduled, ready to begin work.

  • Can verbalize where policy and safety information is located in the department.

  • Uses hospital resources wisely and in a cost effective manner.

  • Adheres to hospital and departmental policies for attendance.

  • Uses scheduled work time productively.

  • Knows and follows hospital policies related to ethical conduct and is in compliance with the hospitals code of conduct.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Prepares quality food meeting recipe standards.

  • Visually inspects and tastes all food products.

  • Maintains sufficient back up food for caf.

  • Prepares quality food for all areas.

  • Completes preparation according to menu.

  • Follows standardized recipes.

  • Able to improvise and questions unclear orders.

  • Follows production record quantities.

  • Batch cooks food in small amounts.

  • Appropriately portions food for patient trays and cafeteria.

  • Able to adjust employee production schedules when needed.

  • Prepares food using standardized recipes as needed for special functions.

  • Assist on tray line as needed each meal period.

  • Stores refrigeration/frozen items within 30 minutes of delivery.

  • Follows Universal Precautions/Infection Control.

  • Uses chemicals safely, and maintains a clean and safe work area.

  • Takes corrective action to address safety issues.

  • Ensures food is stored properly (labeled and dated).

  • Functions as team leader when supervisor and director are off duty.

  • Adjust recipes/end results as needed to ensure quality food.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • In depth knowledge of food preparation & food safety.

  • Ability to read, understand and modify recipes.

  • Ability to work independently with computer used for ordering food.

  • Operate kitchen equipment and train others.

  • Ability to supervise kitchen staff.



Required: High School graduate or equivalent. Food preparation and sanitation education/training.

Job Knowledge/Experience:

Required: Two years experience in quantity food preparation required.

Preferred:Prefer individual who has worked two years or more in large institutional food preparation activities or three years related work experience in other food preparation activities may be adequate.

Required:Completion of ServSafe Sanitation Certification Course.



Required:Must know how to read and write

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