DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19 - VA 002) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4).
Food Service Workers play an important role in the health/safety of Veteran patients, applying their knowledge of special, dietary food preparation, food tray assembly and patient service.
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This position is located in the Nutrition and Food Service (N&FS) area of the Patient Care Service Line (PCSL) at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and supported catchment area under the general supervision of the Service Chief. As a member of the N&FS team, the primary purpose of this position is to perform a wide variety of food service tasks in providing meal service to our Veterans. This includes a broad knowledge of food service operations pertaining to compliance with food safety and infection control guidelines, portion control, serving, delivering and/or stocking food items, washing dishes and/or cleaning as assigned. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Preparing simple uncooked food items such as gelatins, fruit juice, beverages mixes, salads, and salad dressings, sandwich spreads, pureed deserts to name a few.
Utilizing standardized recipes and/or following verbal instructions.
Preparing standing orders for tray line utilizing computer generated lists.
Setting-up cold-food station on tray line with correct supplies and food items.
Working cold food station during tray assembly, placing or serving one or more food items on the tray, following the regular or modified diet menus and diet card.
Identifying obvious differences between prescribed diets and food items.
Cleaning work area(s) and equipment during use and upon completion of assignment.
Cleaning and sanitizing equipment, to include but not limited to tables, food processors, and blenders.
Utilizing appropriate cleaning compounds in correct proportions.
Sorting, pre-rinsing/soaking, and scrubbing glassware, flat ware, other kitchen utensils and then racking them.
Loading/operating the mechanical dish machine.
Removes clean items from dish machine: sorts and stores sanitized items.
Operating a variety of small equipment, such as blenders and food processors, executing required sanitation and safety procedures, maintaining equipment to avoid injury or damage and, reporting daily wear and tear, need for repairs, or any unsafe working condition to the supervisor.
Utilizing Nutrition and Food Service VISTA software to generate computer lists required to accomplish cold food preparation and portioning.
Participating in the continuous monitoring of temperatures, patient satisfaction, tray accuracy and plate waste, statistics required for the Quality Improvement and Quality Control programs.
Serving on Nutrition and Food committees, such as Quality Control, Safety or Training and/or Medical Center committees.
Work Schedule: N&FS operates Sunday - Saturday. Incumbent will serve 5 days per week, 8 hours per day in one of two shifts, either 6:00 AM -2:30 PM or 11 :00 AM - 7:30 PM. Schedules are set according to the needs of the Service.
Position Description Title/PD#: Food Service Worker/PD03392A
Physical Requirements:Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Work involves light to moderate physical effort including frequent lifting and/or moving objects weighing up to 40 lbs. This may include lifting dishes or trays while serving or clearing tables. Physical requirements also include constant standing and walking as well as frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and, bending. These tasks are performed in a kitchen where the steam and heat from cooking and dish washing equipment often result in uncomfortably high temperatures and humidity. Although the area is well lit, it is unusually noisy and there is a risk of slipping on wet floors.
7408 Food Service Working
Food Preparation Workers
Workers, Food Preparation
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Eligible applicants will be subject to qualification by a Subject Matter Expert Panel.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen-out element(s) which appear as question 1 and 2 in the on-line assessment. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The screen-out element for this position is Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. The eligible applicants are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
Dexterity and Safety
Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note:A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
This position does not have an education qualification requirement.
Department Of Veterans Affairs