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1. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation of assigned activities and /or projects (i.e. establishment of delivery schedules, designing, updating and preparation of special-order forms/computerized procedures and rollout of all technology programs for food service operations, etc.) in compliance with regulatory requirements and established guidelines.
2. Recommend the employment, assignments, and termination of all food service personnel.
3. Develop all grade level appropriate menus and perform their nutritional analysis in compliance with USDA regulations.
4. Approve the procurement of all food and supplies for the food service program.
5. In collaboration with the Business Services Department, prepare specifications and recommend awards on all food, supplies, and equipment for the department.
6. Comply with federal and state regulations to insure the district’s entitlement dollars under the Child Nutrition Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
7. Determine the most cost-effective use of Entitlement Donated Commodities and Department of Defense Commodities to be used in the food service program each school year.
8. Review KPI’s to determine whether a price increase is indicated to maintain a positive fund balance for the department of Food and Nutrition Services.
9. Define achievements, difficulties, and trends based on data gathered, establishing facts, and implementing strategies going forward.
10. Observe reporting timelines, ensuring accuracy necessary for required audits.
11. Respond to audit findings and provide recommended corrective action in non-compliance areas.
12. Inspect all food service facilities at regular intervals to insure operational standards and procedures are maintained and enforced.
13. Submit strategic plan, policies, and yearly budget to the Deputy Superintendent of Operations for approval.
14. Coordinate all special functions involving nutrition services.
15. Responsible for the annual evaluation of department employees using appropriate and prescribed procedures.
16. Provide professional development training as recommended/required by the USDA (or at least twice yearly) conveying and/or gathering information to keep employees current in their field.
17. Maintain an active District-wide Wellness Committee, which includes principals, teachers, parents, food service staff, and students (Youth Advisory Councils) informing stakeholders of the health and educational benefits gained by children participating in the school feeding programs.
18. Consult with administration and architects on plans and specifications for proposed new/remodeled food service facilities.
20. Provide principals and teachers with instructional materials and information pertaining to classroom units on nutrition as requested.
21. Accountable for the annual federal meal application process, and the information/assistance provided to parents.
22. Other duties as assigned.


1. Minimum of five years’ relevant school nutrition program experience
2. Proven experience with computerized point of sale systems typically utilized in K-12.
3. General knowledge of purchasing platforms used in K-12.
4. Proven experience in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training staff preferred
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
6. Strong organizational skills and business acumen.
7. Minimum of five (5) years in a leadership role supervising staff.
8. Experience in supervising union employees preferred.
9. Exhibits leadership and professionalism among coworkers, school staff and in public situations.
10. Ability to work cooperatively with all stakeholders and with a diverse population.
11. Ability to work under pressure, plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects at one time.
12. Proficient skills in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, social media marketing, promotions, recipe development, financial acumen, and inventory management preferred
13. Proven ability to manage multiple projects, balance deadlines, and adapt when priorities change.
14. Knowledge of food systems management, including the purchasing, receiving, storage, preparation and service of meals to students
15. Expertise and experience in food allergy management in a school nutrition program.
16. Thorough knowledge of Federal and State regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to the operation of the Child Nutrition Program.
17. Demonstrated competency in all aspects of school nutrition management: budget development and implementation, purchasing, bid specifications and analysis, personnel management, sanitation and menu development.
18. Considerable knowledge of fiscal control and the budget management practices, understanding the implications that major changes in procedures and policies will have on the long-term stability of the department.
19. Ability to interpret documents including safety rules, reports, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
20. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication.
21. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence with accuracy.
22. Extensive knowledge of Federal and State regulations governing the procurement of food, supplies, equipment, technology and services in the Child Nutrition Program.
23. Knowledge of personnel management practices.
24. Working knowledge of facility/equipment maintenance procedures.
25. Experience in the development and facilitation of training programs for school nutrition personnel.
26. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with school administrators, teachers, staff and the community.
27. Working knowledge of quantity food preparation, sanitation principals, menu planning, inventory control, record keeping, and production schedules.
28. Ability to apply accounting principles in reporting, calculating figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area circumference, and volume.
29. Clear understanding of how to manage cash at the sites, balance bank statements, and enforce standards.


  • Benefits and Pension Eligable
  • 8 hours per day
  • 261 days per year
  • Salary Range $91,560.00 - $137,323.00 

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