Lead Cook

(Tier 2)

Recruitment #1908-COOKCPP2-003



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


This position is responsible for preparing various foods that comply with nutritional and health standards in a residential treatment dining facility.


  • Completion of formal culinary education/training (i.e. vocational school); AND      
  • Three years of experience preparing food from scratch in a high volume food service facility; OR 
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted in the job description.

Additional Requirements

  • Possession of a food safety certification within 30 days of employment.


Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work under high temperature conditions.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, reach, lift, bend, kneel, stoop, climb, push and pull items weighing 50 pounds or less. Requires to carry and lift up to 40 pounds of food supplies and equipment.
  • The position requires manual dexterity; auditory and visual skills; and the ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.
  • This job operates in a kitchen environment, housed with equipment such as an oven, stove, dishwasher, slicer, coffee machine, steamer, mixer, and chef’s knives.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to heat, steam, fire and noise.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below:

  • Prepares and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at a residential treatment dining facility in accordance with standard operating procedures and USDA guidelines.
  • Oversees the daily operations of the food service line by supervising the distribution of meals, coordinating cooking and preparation of food. 
  • Sets up dining area in a family dining style to promote good dining manners and associated social skills.
  • Prepares various food dishes, such as meats, fish, poultry, salads, vegetables, gravies, sauces, casseroles, soufflés; and various baked items such as cakes, pies, breads and cookies using standard cooking utensils and equipment, following health and safety guidelines.
  • Prepares special diet foods for the clients residing on campus and meals for special functions or activities.
  • Checks the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
  • Checks the quantity and quality of received products.
  • Collects monies and daily meal count sheets and prepares daily dining facility activity report.
  • Assists and consults with manager by aiding in the creation of menus, dishes, serving amounts plus supervising the preparation, flavoring and cooking processes, inventory management, ordering supplies, menu changes, staff schedules, etc.
  • Coordinates schedules, orders supplies and food items, schedules maintenance of equipment, directs meal preparation, and conducts data reporting in the absence of manager.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 


  • Knowledge of the functions, services, procedures, and regulations of the residential dining facility to which assigned.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and equipment used in large scale food preparation.
  • Knowledge of state and local health and safety regulations and standards.
  • Skill in the use of food preparation, utensils, and equipment.
  • Skill in preparing appealing, nutritional food.
  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of others.
  • Ability to use initiative and sound judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.



We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

Visit our Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*