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Colorado State Dining Services III at CMHI - Fort Logan in Denver Metro, Colorado

Dining Services III at CMHI - Fort Logan



Dining Services III at CMHI - Fort Logan


$2,230.00 - $3,171.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIC 00467 1/5/2021



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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado Residents

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.orgplus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

Our Culture & Environment

  • We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

  • Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

  • We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

  • Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

  • We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

  • Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

About Fort Logan

This position is located at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). CMHIFL is a 94 bed psychiatric facility located in Denver that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by providing mental health treatment to adult clients in the metro area. The mission of CMHIFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons of with complex, serious and persistent mental illness within the resources available.

Our goal is to assist patients in returning successfully to the community as soon as possible. The treatment program is designed with the Recovery Philosophy as the basis for the various therapy modalities offered, which include but are not limited to: Individual and group therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Medication & health teaching, Family therapy & education, WRAP groups – wellness recover action plan (integrate WRAP (individual disposition planning), Work therapy, Mindfulness skills – deep breathing, Substance abuse education and Chaplain Services. Our goal is to be a partner in treatment with patients and their families, assisting them on their road to recovery. We attempt to maintain a safe, kind, and supportive environment of healing through our respectful customer service.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan is a tobacco free campus.

Description of Job

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About this Work Unit:

The Nutrition Services Department will provide quality meals that meet the nutritional needs of the patient population and are prepared in a manner that meets established standards.

About this Position:

This position exists to cook regular and modified diets using standardized recipes and a variety of utensils and cooking equipment. This position is required to prepare, season, and cook soup, meats, vegetables, and desserts while adhering to federal, state, and local regulations.

Duties include:

  • Prepares meals following standardized recipes, written instructions, portion sizes, production sheets, food safety guidelines, etc. Assures food is attractive, appetizing and at proper temperature. Complies with applicable laws, regulations, policies and standards including Joint Commission, Colorado Dept of Health, Colorado Dept of Education, and the standards and regulations set by the hospital and nutrition services.

  • Prepare modified diets and nourishments from written instructions.

  • Load regular and modified meals on trays for food cart distribution. Serve meals to patients in cafeteria.

  • Clean and sanitize kitchen and dining room equipment and utensils.

  • Responsible for proper documentation of temperatures (food items, refrigerators, and freezers), production records, cleaning schedule, food safety and sanitation and any other necessary documentation.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of Food service experience cooking and preparation of food or an occupationally related field such as work in banquet, catering etc.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in food service

  • Certification of Servsafe Class

  • Working in a Hospital or Living Centers


  • Knowledge of institutional food service procedures and practices,

  • Knowledge of health requirements in the operation of a food service unit,

  • Knowledge of health hazards in food service and the necessary precautionary measures,

  • Knowledge of weights, measures, (e.g., food scales, measuring cups, and spoons) and food measurement techniques.

  • Knowledge of techniques used in mixing food (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.).

  • Knowledge of meat and vegetable preparation methods.

  • Knowledge of cooking methods (e.g., frying, deep-fat frying, boiling, or baking).

  • Knowledge of the use of kitchen utensils in serving or portioning meals.

  • Knowledge of food safety related to handling and storing cooked foods, serving and storing temperatures, or reading food thermometers.

  • Ability to read English at the level necessary for interpreting and understanding written recipes, menus, nourishment labels, diet slips, portioning sheets, and policies and procedures.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) as related to calculating or converting units of measure for determining proper amounts of food ingredients for mass food production.

  • Ability to clean, cut, cube, grind, and tenderize meat.

  • Ability to clean, peel, dice, grate, slice, and chop vegetables.

  • Ability to measure food ingredients using food scales, measuring cups, or spoons.

  • Ability to mix food items (e.g., gelatin, pancake batter, salad dressing, scrambled eggs, etc.).

  • Ability to boil food items and operate a jacketed steam kettle in a safe and effective manner.

  • Ability to fry food items and operate a grill or tilt grill in a safe and effective manner.

  • Ability to bake food items and operate a gas, rotary, or convection oven in a safe and effective manner.

  • Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions,

  • Interpersonal skills,

  • And teamwork skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Full Background - Name check, TRAILS, Drug Screen and Fingerprinting

  • Valid driver's license

  • Shift Work – Explain: May need to work on different shift as this is a 24/7 Facilit

  • Essential Services Designation - Must be available for call back to perform essential and/or emergency services of the agency without delay or interruption

  • Must be willing to submit to an influenza vaccination or sign a medical or religious exemption document

  • Must pass a pre-placement physical/medical screening: TB Test

  • Must be available for shift work


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Supplemental Information

Comparative Analysis Process

The Assessment Process:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

If you have recruitment questions about this position please contact

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer