State of Oregon Temporary Cook 2 (OYA18-0111oc) in Albany, Oregon

Temporary Cook 2 (OYA18-0111oc)



Temporary Cook 2 (OYA18-0111oc)


$15.55 - $22.10 Hourly


Albany, OR

Job Type



Youth Authority-Facilities

Job Number



12/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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Announcement: OYA18-0075oc

Cook 2

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility - Albany

Bring your cooking skills to OYA!

The Oregon Youth Authority is currently hiring for a temporary Cook position at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, Oregon. The purpose of this position is to cook and serve nutritious and appetizing meals based on state and federal guidelines. This position also trains and supervises youth in custody who are participating in vocational food -related work experience programs.

Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is one of ten Oregon Youth Authority Correctional Facilities. It holds the distinction as the sole facility that serves young women in Oregon. Located in the city of Albany within Linn County, Oak Creek serves approximately 65 female youth in the juvenile and adult justice systems. Like the nine facilities that serve males, Oak Creek houses youth who are adjudicated for criminal behavior in juvenile court, as well as youth serving sentences that originated in adult court from various jurisdictions. These youth have either been waived to adult court from juvenile court or by virtue of their age and severity of the criminal offense automatically remanded to adult court.

Unique among the OYA facilities and unlike their male facility counterparts, is Oak Creek's capacity and challenge to address all aspects of a correctional facility. Stated another way, Oak Creek is the sole facility in OYA that engages in the functions of Intake, Long Term Care, Mental Health, Behavior Management, and Transition. While some OYA facilities may do most of the five functions listed above, no OYA facility aside from Oak Creek addresses all five areas as part of its ongoing practice.

A Little About OYA:

The Oregon Youth Authority is a national leader in the juvenile justice field, pioneering the implementation of a positive human development framework for its work with staff and youth, and using data to match the right youth with the right services. The mission of OYA is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

Please take a moment to watch this quick video about Oregon Youth Authority, our team and our culture For more information please visit

Additional Details:

  • Representation: This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).

  • Temporary: This is a temporary position: The assignment for any single temporary appointment may not exceed six calendar months or (1,040 hours).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervises and trains youth in the preparation and serving of meals.

  • Trains vocational youth in proper usage of kitchen tools and equipment, including knives, slicers, food choppers, ovens, and food service chemicals. This training also includes proper food safety and sanitation practices, and proper cleanup after each meal.

  • Assures proper transportation of residents in a safe and secure manner. Wears duress system and radio anytime supervising youth. Knows whereabouts at all times of youth during their assignments to the kitchen.

  • Controls behavior of youth assigned to the work area or in close proximity campus wide.

  • Visually supervises youth in the kitchen at all times in regards to manners, conduct, and behavior. Acts as liaison to maintain positive communications between youth, kitchen, and administration, and to relay pertinent information to individual units, security staff, Treatment Manager and Program Director.

  • Works independently using common Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) menu and standardized recipes to cook, prepare, and coordinate nutritious, appetizing, and visually appealing meals every day.

  • Adjusts menus and recipes to meet site population needs including re-evaluating changes for nutritional content, and staying in compliance with federal USDA guidelines while documenting menu changes.

  • Prepares special diets for medical, dental, and religious needs.

  • Performs daily cooking tasks, provides instructions, and makes preparations utilizing a variety of equipment such as washing, chopping, slicing, cutting, and dicing of foods.

  • Coordinates service and delivery of meals effectively, in a timely manner, and on schedule.

  • Maintains health and sanitation standards in food preparation including food, utensils, and equipment. Responsible for the sanitation of the kitchen area.


  • OYA facilities are tobacco free environments.

  • Shift work in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation, with night shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.

  • Adhere to the dress code of the specific work site.

  • Frequent exposure to verbal abuse, threats, and dealing with impulsive, rebellious, assaultive youth.

  • The use of reasonable force in the performance of duties or during a disturbance or other emergency situation may be required.

  • Physical standards for vision, hearing, dexterity, push/pull, running, and jogging.

  • Transport youth as requested, and, if in a security position, operate state vehicles constantly.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of cooking experience in an institution or commercial firm serving complete meals;


An Associate's degree in Food Service Management, Foods and Hospitality Service, or a directly-related field.

Special Qualifications:

This position requires a food handler's card, must have the ability to obtain the appropriate county food handler's card within 30 days of hire.

Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview.

  • Knowledge of the principles, policies, procedures and state regulations of food preparation and cooking in a volume dining/food service setting.

  • Experience in food preparation and cooking ina volume dining/food service setting.

  • Experience and high level of responsibility in the use of kitchen equipment, hazardous chemicals and disinfectants.

Additional Information


We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please follow these steps.

  • Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. There is no need to attach a resume or cover letter to your application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

  • The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

  • Complete the supplemental questions.

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks:

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates including current OYA employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.

OYA is responsible for complying with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA 42 U.S.C. 1997). PREA prohibits the Oregon Youth Authority from hiring, promoting, or contracting with anyone (that will have direct contact with residents) who has engaged in, been convicted of, or been civilly or administratively adjudicated for engaging in sexual abuse in confinement settings. For more information regarding PREA please visit:

This standard requires OYA to conduct criminal background checks, conduct a check of the state's child abuse registry, and made its best efforts to contact prior institutional employers to obtain this information.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires correctional organizations to ensure that their employees are Tuberculosis (TB) free. All OYA employees are required to submit to a two-step TB test which is currently the requirement of the CDC to establish a TB free "base line." Rather than OYA conducting the test, employees may choose to work with their personal health care providers to provide the agency with medical documentation that demonstrates that they are TB free. If offered employment and you accept, OYA will offer you the TB testing, and if you refuse, OYA will require the necessary documentation from your personal health care provider as a condition of employment.

Veteran's Points:

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, "[Your Last Name], DD214" and your disability letter "[Your Last Name] Disability Letter." Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Note: DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans' preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

Questions and Application Support:

  • For questions about the job announcement, call 503-373-1874 or email

  • For technical help with your login online application issues, call 1-855-524-5627 from 6:30a to 5:30p PT M-F. Leave a voicemail. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email Technical Support at


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.