Assistant Cook (Multi-Facility)


Recruitment #230512-2220TC-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! 

THE ROLE: The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Cook. We are seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our dietary teams.

  • OPENINGS: We currently have eight immediate openings but anticipate additional openings in the future.
  • SCHEDULE: 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).  
  • NOTE: Some positions may also be hazardous duty. 
These positions are in the following facilities and can be assigned any location and work schedule: 

  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule; 
  • Industry leading health benefits plan with medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and 
  • A healthy work-life balance!  
Note: DMHAS is a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs.

  • 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.  

OUR MISSION: 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. 

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! 

Check out the video below to see what it is like to be a State of Connecticut employee!

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization. Note: Whiting Forensic Hospital is excluded from this requirement.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
  • 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. 
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
  • 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.  
Connect with Us:
  • 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. If 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.


  • Experience on a food tray line meal delivery system. 
  • Experience with sanitation practices in a food service environment. 
  • Experience preparing and serving complete meals per day in a food service environment. 
  • Experience with a variety of appliances in a commercial production kitchen.
  • Experience in a hospital setting. 
  • Possess a Commercial Food Safety Certification, i.e.,ServSafe.


  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.