Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Food Service Worker in Iowa City, Iowa
The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS), Nutrition and Food Service, is currently recruiting for two (2) part-time and one (1) intermittent Food Service Workers to meet the needs of our Veterans.
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The Wage Grade, Level 4 Food Service Worker's principle duties include, but are not limited to:
- Performing simple cooking by preparing and cooking items that require little or no processing, mixing ingredients according to precisely written recipes, and ensuring proper temperature and maintaining quality control and food safety;
- Cleaning, storing, and maintaining all kitchen utensils, equipment and workstations practicing a "clean as you go" concept;
- Using a computer system for entering patient telephonic menu selections, recording and retrieving recipes and inventory data, and producing printouts of information for various work units in the kitchen;
- Providing patients with basic information about modified diets to help with menu selections;
- Preparing individual, bulk nourishments and special feedings for patients, following directions in assembling, measuring, weighing, or mixing ingredients for supplemental feedings;
- Taking nourishment inventories, replacing expired bulk items, and labeling and distributing individual nourishments to appropriate patients or nursing stations; and
- Making final check of patient trays assembled for completeness, correct food temperature, and to verify that food items on the tray are appropriate for the prescribed diet. Food service workers at this level weigh and measure food items and recipe ingredients. They use portion control scales and measuring devices to apportion individual items according to standardized recipes. They determine the quantities of ingredients needed to prepare required yields. They make conversions from the metric system to the U.S. standard system. They assemble, label and arrange completed recipe items in preparation for use by cooks.
Food Service Workers perform routine work independently in accordance with written guides and established policy. The incumbent will receive limited supervision from the immediate supervisor who will provide oral and written instructions on changes in procedures and special requirements. The incumbent will use judgment in recognizing work objectives and in planning and organizing duties to accomplish those objectives. Food Service Workers at this level must be able to perform all tasks of a lower-grade Food Service Worker, and may assist lower grade employees and provide training on technical work matters.
Work Schedule: Various shifts from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., including weekends and holidays. Position Description Title/PD#: /50127-A
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7408 Food Service Working
- Cooks, All Other
- Cooks, Griddle
- Cooks, Line
- Food Preparation Workers
- Food Preparation Workers, All Other
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Pre-employment physical required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Applicants must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to qualify for the position of Food Service Worker: * Ability to apply skill and knowledge in planning and organizing his or her work to complete assignments; * Knowledge of the methods and procedures relating to food preparation in small quantities and the skill to apply such information to cook a limited variety of prepared foods that are cooked as they are ordered; * Skill in making precise measurements and accurately weighing recipe ingredients for special feedings; * Knowledge of proper techniques for measuring the volume of dry, liquid, and fat ingredients and in the use of portion control scales; * Skill in arithmetical computations using decimals, fractions, and percentages to determine the quantities of ingredients needed to prepare the required yields; * Knowledge of infection and spoilage control procedures; * Ability to operate, breakdown, and clean the food service equipment used including range, broiler, griddle, slicing machines, Panini press, and warming ovens; * Knowledge of basic modifications for prescribed diets; * Knowledge of basic diet principles such as carbohydrate counting for meal planning; and * Skills and knowledge in using computers that enable the incumbent to be proficient in entering, retrieving, and storing information related to the work. Additionally, the incumbent must have excellent verbal communication skills including good phone etiquette and the ability to present a positive, friendly voice when communicating with patients, gusts, Veterans, hospital employees, and coworkers.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/21/2018.
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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C.
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. 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 potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: * Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision * Dexterity and safety * Customer service 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.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:Food Service Workers at this grade level perform work requiring light to moderate physical effort. The incumbent may be required to perform heavy work, such as scouring and scrubbing large-size cooking utensils, pushing heavy carts, and unloading, storing, and delivering supplies. He or she may also be required to work on ladders and use powered cleaning equipment. The incumbent is subject to continuous standing and walking, frequent stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, and bending. The incumbent will frequently lift or move objects weighing up to 9 kilograms (20 pounds) unassisted and occasionally lift or move objects weighing more than 18 kilograms (40 pounds), with the assistance of lifting devices or other workers.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
Financial disclosure not required.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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Drug test required
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/21/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10363316.
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Iowa City VA Health Care System 601 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA 52246 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518374500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 12/03/2018 to 12/21/2018
Pay scale & grade: WG 4
Salary: $18.38 to $21.44 per hour
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Multiple Schedules