Dietetic Technician I
The Dietetic Technician works a designated 8 hr. shift w/working hours as early as 5 a.m. & as late as 7:30 p.m. (i.e. Flex hours) to include weekends & holidays in the central kitchen. Performs entry-level dietetic technician work. Work involves advanced and varied food preparation, planning, and supervisory work in a state institution. Oversees training of all cooks. Maintains necessary records and prepares routine reports as required. Responsible for accuracy of food production charts, quantity, and quality of food and overall sanitation of the central kitchen. Work is subject to review for compliance with prescribed dietary and sanitary standards. Worker is expected to use independent judgment in performing the details of the work. Work is performed under the supervision of the Production/Food Service Manager. Relieves the Food Service Manager and/or CookII/III. May be assigned to work in the ingredient room, satellite-serving kitchens and/or may perform related work as necessary. Must maintain certification in Texas Food Protection Management and/or ServSafe.
Essential Job Functions:
• Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
• Assists in the preparation of food production charts, diet sheets, and sack lunches/ snack/ supplemental feedings in accordance with menu or diet order requirements.
• Assists on-the-job training, supervision and/or scheduling work assignments for all Cooks and Food Service workers as needed.
• Provides on-the-job-training to Cooks on proper food handling techniques and food safety procedures to prevent food contamination/poisoning and to ensure food quantity and quality is maintained.
• Acts as a role model to subordinate employees.
• Provides training to Cooks to promote employee development and growth.
• Monitors food preparation for adherence to formula cards, temperatures and/or other instructions.
• Inspects production and thawing vaults daily to check food temperatures, expiration dates, proper dating/labeling, proper storage, and rotation of food items stored in vaults.
• Keeps abreast of diets, diet changes, outings, and acts upon them
• Prepares food using proper forms, equipment and utensils and in a manner that ensures sanitary conditions prevail.
• Responsible for the overall operation, sanitation, and appearance of the Central Kitchen.
• Report equipment in need of repair to appropriate personnel.
• Efficiently and safely operates equipment.
• Maintains and submits records and reports.
• Answers telephone promptly & transmits message in a clear, concise &/in positive manner
• Willingly assumes new and challenging assignments.
• Completes all job task assigned within working hours and performs other duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Working knowledge of methods used in preparing food, operating food service equipment, and in cleaning and sanitizing food service equipment and other appliances used in preparation or operation of food service areas; possess physical ability to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds at any given time. Ability to get along with co-workers, direct care staff, and accept directed supervision to complete job tasks as assigned. Ability to instruct, teach, and supervise in-experienced subordinates; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to prepare/serve food attractively and efficiently; to keep simple records, to maintain order and discipline; and to be able to read and write in English for comprehension by others. Ability to interpret and follow recipes, to compute basic mathematical calculations, to analyze problems and recommend solutions. Ability to participate in New Employee Orientation and on-the-job training and satisfactorily complete same. Ability to work weekends and holidays.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must attain and maintain certification in Texas Food Protection Management and/or ServSafe.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in food preparation work. Graduation from an accredited senior high school or equivalent, supplemented by course work in nutrition, generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Certification in Food Protection Management and/or ServSafe course preferred. Must have educational background sufficient to cope with problems of performing duties (i.e. must be able to handle basic arithmetic computations, read, and write effectively). At least one (1) year continuous work experience in current or most recent job preferred.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68M, HM, HS, 4D0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.