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The Orange County Probation Department is conducting a recruitment for Chief Cook. The link to apply and submit online applications will be active Thursday, December 13, 2012 and Friday, December 14, 2012.
A Written Exam (multiple-choice) will be administered in January 2013. You will be notified of the exam date and time via email.
This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill County of Orange vacancies in this classification until the next recruitment. The current vacancy is with the Orange County Probation Department but this list may be used by other County agencies/departments to fill their vacancies in this classification.

Orange County Probation Department's Mission
- As a public safety agency, the Orange County Probation Department serves the community using efficient and research supported corrections practices to: Reduce Crime Assist the Courts in Managing Offenders
Promote Lawful and Productive Lifestyles
Assist Victims
For more information about our department, please click here

The Chief Cook is responsible for the 24 hour, seven days a week operations of a food services program in the County. As a Chief Cook you will: Assist food service management in the financial and administrative control of the food service program
Plan and organize food services facility operations in a cost-effective way
Perform cost analysis on food prices, quantities served, and cost per meal for participation in State food programs
Determine quantities of food required by facility and order from vendors
On a quarterly basis, order food from State through Surplus Commodities Program
Plan, direct and assign work through shift supervisors
Evaluate staff performance and prepares and conducts performance reviews Interview, select and train new employees
Develop training programs for staff to ensure that policies and procedures are consistently followed
Evaluate equipment and recommend purchases Inspect food preparation areas to ensure safe food handling and accurate portion control and good serving techniques are practiced
It is the policy of the County of Orange to have pre-employment and pre-appointment reference and background checks conducted on potential new hires for all regular, limited-term or extra-help positions, rehire of former employees and transfers.

Reference checks and backgrounds are used to verify information provided by the candidate and to obtain additional information to determine suitability for the position for which they are being considered.

For positions with the Probation Department, candidates will be required to pass a background investigation to the satisfaction of the Department. A background investigation consists of, but is not limited to, a review of employment history, professional references and criminal conduct including the use of controlled substances. Candidates cannot have any felony convictions or be on any form of probation. In addition, education/training information provided is subject to verification (i.e., degree, license, or official transcript).
The ideal candidate
will possess extensive experience directing the preparation and cooking of food for a large number of people, or any equivalent combination of education or experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Thorough Knowledge of
Principles of supervision
Practices, methods and equipment used in preparing, cooking and serving large quantities of food
Menu planning, ordering, quantity and inventory control for large groups
Common weights and measures used in food preparation
Applicable state and local codes and regulation governing Jail Food Services such as Title XV, Title XXII and CURFFL
General Knowledge of
Principles of effective organization and management of food services
Ability to
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the food services for a facility
Estimate food quantity requirements accurately
Supervise personnel engaged in food services work
Prepare detailed and complex records, reports and statements
Add, subtract, multiply and divide in order to compute costs of operations
Maintain sanitation standards in kitchen and in preparation and services of food
Keep accurate and detailed records on food service activities and costs
Read and understand administrative procedures
The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for candidates who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of Chief Cook positions. Candidates are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed below for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.

Physical Requirements
Ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods
Independent body mobility sufficient to climb stairs, walk, push, pull, bend, stoop and reach in order to retrieve supplies stored above the head and on lower shelves of storage units
Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds with frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing over 25 pounds
Speak well enough to communicate clearly and be understood in person or over the telephone
Hear well enough to understand and respond to directions and inquiries in person and over the telephone
Vision sufficient to read standard print on recipes and other printed documents, read a computer monitor and conduct inspections of work site
Manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively for long periods in order to write, use kitchen utensils, operate a computer or kitchen equipment
Ability to detect odors and other indicators of food spoilage or unclean conditions in the working area
Environmental Conditions
Work inside a juvenile institution or jail
Frequent exposure to machinery, electrical appliances, fire, heat, cleaning chemicals, sudden temperature changes, slippery surfaces, noise/vibration, steam/hot water and cramped areas
Some positions will have contact with juveniles who may become violent or abusive.
Probation's Professional Standards Division screens all applications and supplemental information forms to identify the qualified candidates. After screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified by email of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

(Weighted 100%)

A written exam consisting of job-related, multiple-choice questions will be administered. Invitations to participate in the written exam will be sent via e-mail.

Based on the department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

After all the selection procedures have been completed, the Probation Professional Standards Division will establish an eligible list of candidates.

This eligible list can be used to fill County of Orange vacancies in this classification until the next recruitment.
Only online applications will be accepted - Apply online by clicking on the Apply link that will be active on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and Friday, December 14, 2012.
Your application should highlight all of the areas in which you have developed expertise, matching your professional experience with the qualifications listed above.
Please include your current email address on your application. The Probation Department uses e-mail as its primary form of correspondence.
For information regarding this recruitment, contact Jannett Chavez by email at ****
Orange County, as an equal opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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