Assistant Cook (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #240401-2220TC-001


Are you a cook looking to utilize your culinary skills in order to benefit the youth?  If so, we invite you to apply to join our team at the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System – J.M. Wright Technical School!

The State of Connecticut, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) is currently recruiting for one (1) full-time Assistant Cook position at the J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT.

Position Highlights:

  • Full-time (37.5 hours)
  • 10 Month/year position
  • Monday – Friday
  • 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • This position will be working in a school cafeteria in a high school environment.

Comprehensive Benefit Offerings:

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off – including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • A healthy work-life balance!
  • 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.
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.

In your role as a Assistant Cook, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform a variety of basic tasks in preparing soups, salads, meats, vegetables, desserts, beverages, nourishments, etc.;
  • Clean, wash, polish pots, pans dishes, silverware, kitchen equipment, floors, walls, etc.;
  • Operate kitchen machines and equipment;
  • May participate in serving food on a large scale;
  • May prepare food in the absence of the cook;
  • Assist with receiving and storage of food;
  • Perform related duties as required;

Mission and Beliefs:

Through exemplary trade and academic programming, CTECS prepares trade-bound students to meet the skilled workforce needs in Connecticut.

About J.M. Wright Technical High School:

J.M. Wright Technical High School is located in Stamford, Connecticut.  We have students from eight towns and enroll grades 9-12.  We offer nine career technical education programs in addition to our academic courses.

Selection Plan


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To Apply:

  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules.  Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements.  Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applications may be considered.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting.  Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.

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.
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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 in preparation and serving of complete daily meals in a large scale (500 meals per day) institutional or commercial setting; 
  • Experience using institutional food service equipment; 
  • Experience following basic food safety and sanitation guidelines and procedures; 
  • Experience using basic computer software systems including Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe and email
  • Experience using institutional food service equipment. 
  • Experience using computerized point-of-sale cashiering systems.
  • Experience with bulk and individual plate cooking techniques. Experience preparing large volume of food in an institutional setting, such as school or corporate cafeteria.
  • Possession or ability to acquire a ServSafe certification or other comparable certification.


  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.