Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Cook (Multi-Facility)


Recruitment #220725-2220TC-001


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? 
Do you want to continue to apply your culinary skills and join a team committed to the goal of making a difference for individuals with mental health challenges? 
If so, come Make an ImpaCT by serving your state! 
Read below and apply today! 

WHO WE ARE: The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

THE ROLE: We are currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Cook. We are seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our dietary team in Middletown and Hartford.  We currently have four immediate openings but anticipate additional openings in the future.  All positions are full-time, 1st shift, 37.50 hours weekly, with various schedules which will include one weekend day.  The majority of schedules are 3-day work weeks, from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (5-day schedules are available upon request).  Some positions may also be hazardous duty. These positions are in the following facilities and can be assigned any location and work schedule: 

  • Blue Hills Kitchen 
  • Battell Trayline
  • Battell Kitchen
  • Merritt Hall 
  • Dutcher
  • Whiting Maximum Security
  • Solnit Kitchen 
We strive to empower our staff to actively help our state's citizens and our neighbors who need it the most!  We care deeply about fulfilling our mission to partner with the individuals we support and their families. 

IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL: Serve clients/patients and staff meals; prep salads, desserts, plating; wipe counters, equipment, sanitizing all production equipment; sweep, mop, and restock shelves; wash pots and pans; and assist in prepping of food and peeling vegetables. 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER - Comprehensive Benefit Offerings

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Paid time off - including 12 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and 
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees! 
We welcome you to be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals and assist our clients/patients so they can achieve success. You will experience the opportunity to make a difference in the public sector as well as Make an ImpaCT as an Assistant Cook for the State of Connecticut! We encourage you to apply today! 

FOR AN INSIDE LOOK: Check out the video below to see what it is like to Make an ImpaCT as a State of Connecticut employee.

Selection Plan


  • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
  • 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. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • The immediate vacancies are listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to 

  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system. 
  • Please select all location(s) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to indicate the location(s), may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location. 


  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.  
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 
  • Facilities may choose to review applications generated from this posting to fill Assistant Cook positions at various locations in Middletown and Hartford areas. If so, these positions will NOT be posted separately on JobAps. When a new, similar Assistant Cook (Multi-Facility) posting is announced, you must re-apply for consideration. 

  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to 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.


Our preferred candidates will possess the following:  

  • Experience serving 300+ meals per day. 
  • Possess a ServSafe certification. 
  • Experience with commercial food service.


  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.