Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Cook (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #201116-2220TC-001


“Serving Those Who Served”

The State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has a long history of "Serving Those Who Served" since 1864.  Our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing compassionate care to meet the unique needs of Veteran patients, built on the foundation of integrity, honor, and respect.  We pride ourselves on fostering these qualifies as we honor Veteran patients for their service and encourage the innate bond between them.

The DVA has supported Connecticut Veterans and continues this tradition with Residential and Healthcare programming on our campus in Rocky Hill.  There are two paths for residency at the DVA:   

  • Residential Facility which offers temporary, supportive living with programming designed to return Connecticut veterans to independent living in the community; and
  • Sgt. John L. Levitow Healthcare Center  which is a state-of-the-art medical facility and offers long-term care for veterans with chronic, disabling conditions who require 24-hour assistance.

Are you looking to utilize your skills to better the lives of others?  If so, we encourage you to apply today!   We are seeking to hire two (2) qualified Assistant Cooks (PCNs: 96847 & 106594).  These are full-time positions, 37.50 hours per week. 

The work schedules are:

(1)  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday / 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(2)  Friday, Saturday, Wednesday / 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Discover the opportunity to:  

  • Collaborate with highly skilled and experienced cooks;
  • Positively impact our client population by your interactions and professionalism;
  • Utilize your skills and experience to bring tantalizing food offerings to the clients we serve; and
  • Join an agency and department that encourages suggestions and open communication to increase organizational value.  

We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as, paid time off!  

*The entry level compensation rate for this position shall be ten percent (10%) below the minimum compensation listed on this bulletin for an employee in his/her initial working test period. Upon completion of the initial working test period, the employee shall advance to the minimum (Step 1) of the salary schedule and be paid accordingly.

Selection Plan

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.  

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.  

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.  

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Doreen Clemson at or (860) 785-9855.  


This class is accountable for performing a full range of basic tasks in the preparation and cooking of food.


Performs a variety of basic tasks in preparing soups, salads, meats, vegetables, desserts, beverages, nourishments, etc.; cleans, washes, polishes pots, pans, dishes, silverware, kitchen equipment, floors, walls, etc.; operates kitchen machines and equipment; may participate in serving food and packing food for delivery; may receive training in the preparation of food on a large scale; may prepare food in the absence of the cook; assists with the receiving and storage of food; may assist in the preparation of production records; performs related duties as required.


Some knowledge of simple food preparation; some knowledge of liquid and dry weights and measures; some interpersonal skills; some oral and written communication skills; ability to follow instructions and learn routines; some mathematical ability.


Any experience and training which would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess food service experience in a Skilled Nursing Facility.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
  2. Incumbents must be free from communicable diseases.
  3. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights; may be exposed to risk of injury from equipment and utensils used in the kitchen and from patients/clients.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.