Job description

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine/ Department of Psychiatry/Addiction Research and Treatment Services


Position #00214445 - Posting #12590

This class series describes work in food handling and serving or skilled cooking, baking, or meat cutting. This series includes food handling positions and production positions. Food handling positions wash, peel, seed, and cut vegetables, fruits, and garnishes; serve food, weigh and measure portions, or wait tables; arrange tables and decorations; wash dishes and clean and sanitize equipment, work surfaces, and kitchen and dining areas; store food according to safe temperature and handling requirements. Food production positions prepare, season, cook or bake the full range of menu food items; regulate oven and equipment temperatures; measure and mix ingredients; observe and test food quality; plan nutritional menus, determine quantity and order food; cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats; and clean and cut fish and poultry.


It is the mission of Addiction Research and Treatment Services-ARTS to improve the quality of life and productivity of individuals and families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders through the application of scientifically supported prevention, education, and treatment services. Please click on the links below to learn more about the amazing ARTS programs.

ARTS- Addiction Research and Treatment Services strives to elevate on-campus cuisine to its delicious full potential by providing creative, tasty and health-conscious food options to the Peer I and Synergy residential community. Our talented culinary team and state-of-the-art facilities allow us to develop menus that meet a multitude of tastes and deliver food beyond expectations. Join us in helping to change lives through nutrition and food!

Peer I is a 80-bed Therapeutic Community (TC) that offers long-term, intensive treatment for adult males with chronic substance use disorders, related anti-social behaviors and co-occurring mental health disorders. While in treatment, individuals receive services that not only focus on recovery from substances and maintenance of mental health, but treatment that focuses on social functioning, education/vocational skills, and positive community and family ties.

Synergy is a Modified Therapeutic Community (TC) and residential treatment program for adolescent males within (ARTS) Addiction Research and Treatment Services. Synergy has provided substance abuse treatment to adolescents since 1978. Synergy serves adolescents with substance use, conduct, and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Synergy is grounded in promising and evidence-based practices; all services emphasize developmentally appropriate, empirically supported treatments. The Synergy continuum of services includes Synergy Residential a Residential Child Care Facility/Modified Therapeutic Community for adolescent males.

The University of Colorado Denver and the School of Medicine's Addiction Research Treatment Services (ARTS) department is seeking applications for the full time, University Staff (non-classified) position of Dining Services III (Cook).

The Cook will create and follow a menu to cook and prepare large quantities of food for daily meals for two of ARTS' residential substance abuse treatment programs, Peer I and Synergy. Additionally, the Cook will also work alongside Peer I clients on a daily basis with food preparation and delivery on the residential campus. This position is Located in Southwest Denver on the Ft. Logan campus (Lowell and Oxford).


Meal Preparation

  • Create and follow a nutritional, weekly menu. Cook and prepare large quantities of food for approximately 100 clients daily
  • Manage kitchen and guide client assistants to ensure agreed standards are achieved
  • Provide effective feedback for client assistants
  • Prepare and cook from a meal plan
  • Develop and prepare menus and meals to suit activities and requirements
  • Cooks and package large quantities of food to be served later in the day, on weekends, holidays and for special events
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.

Food Safety
  • To ensure compliance of Health and Food Safety Requirements, candidate must have prior knowledge of food safety guidelines, which include, but are not limited to:
  • Preventing cross-contamination
  • Controlling time and temperature
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Proper personal hygiene
  • HACCP guidelines (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)

Equipment Operation
  • Ability to operate large, commercial grade cooking equipment such as grills, slicers, deep-fat fryers, griddles, stove, oven, etc.
  • Ensure equipment is safely and properly maintained and operated

  • Support and adhere to University of Colorado Denver and ARTS policies / procedures
  • Maintain required documentation and ensure paperwork is maintained accurately and up-to-date
  • Respond to all work communication i.e. voice messages, e-mails, etc. in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Maintain contact with vendors while ensuring compliance with all University procedures and policies
  • Order and verify food and supplies on a weekly basis. May need to pick up food and supplies
  • Ensure operational budget is followed and maintained

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus and ARTS is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. To ensure ARTS program integrity, prospective employees may be required to submit to pre-employment urine testing.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


What we require
  • High School Diploma or GED (please submit a copy of your transcripts, diploma or certificate to your application materials)
  • At least 2 years of experience in institution or cafeteria food service industry or related area

  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Driver's License. This position may be required to periodically pick up food supplies from vendors
  • Must agree to fingerprinting, criminal background check, and child abuse registry check. Individuals in recovery from substance abuse must have one year's abstinence from alcohol and drug problems, agree to continued abstinence, and provide urine samples upon request and under observation
  • In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), ARTS cannot employ individuals who may have contact with residents who have (1) engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other Institution (as defined in 42 U.S. C. § 1997); (2) been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or (3) been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in (1-3) of this section. Material omissions regarding such misconduct, or the provision of materially false information, shall be grounds for termination
  • Must be willing and able to work with clients with significant drug/alcohol abuse and dependence disorders
  • Must be willing and able to project authority with confidence
  • Must be willing and able to work with clients that are at-risk or could have HIV/Hep C
  • Must be willing and able to work in a fast-paced, high stress environment
  • Must be able to work a fluctuating schedule
  • Must be able to use commercial grade kitchen equipment
  • Must be able to read and prepare food based on recipes
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

What we would like you to have
  • 3-5 years of experience in institution or cafeteria food service industry
  • Microsoft office skills including Word, Excel, & Outlook
  • Documented experience in food safety and sanitation practices
  • Experience working in a residential addictions treatment program
  • Experience developing and preparing menus
  • Experience taking inventory, stocking supplies utilizing outside vendors
  • Budget experience
  • Documented experience operating large-volume cooking equipment such as grills, slicers, deep-fat fryers, griddles, stove, oven, etc.

What you will need
  • Must have prior knowledge and experience adhering to food safety guidelines
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work effectively with clients and staff
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated time management and detail-oriented skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet frequently occurring deadlines
  • Ability to develop a professional rapport with diverse client populations, and uphold professional boundaries at all times
  • Ability to develop and complete projects without continued direct supervision
  • Ability to learn from client participation, demonstrating fair and consistent behavior in all matters, and show compassion without being ineffectual
  • Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Appreciation for food, nutrition, and cooking
  • Desire to contribute to the success of the program
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. 4) Attach a copy of your transcripts, diploma, or certificate. Questions should be directed to Stephanie Menke at [email protected]

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Facilities/Labor,Trades & Crafts

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 8, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Stephanie Menke

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00214445





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
Work Type: