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Food Services Supervisor

Salary: $21.09-$25.75 hourly / $3,669-$4,479 monthly / Range: 5446

DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, organizes, supervises, and may participate in the preparation, cooking, and serving of food in County facilities; ensures nutritional value of meals served and compliance with County and state health regulations; negotiates and monitors vendor contracts; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the classes of Cook and Sheriff's Institutions Cook in that a Food Services Supervisor conducts nutritional analyses, keeps records and prepares reports, and assumes greater responsibility for planning, organizing, and supervising food services and for compliance with government mandates.


1. Interviews, selects, evaluates, disciplines, counsels, schedules, trains, and supervises cooks and kitchen workers including inmates at the County jail and juvenile institutions; coordinates the food service activities of a County facility or facilities; assigns work; supervises preparations for meal services and the arrangement of equipment and dining and serving areas.
2. Establishes uniform food handling practices and standards of safety and sanitation in compliance with contract requirements and other regulations; plans menus to meet state and federally mandated nutritional guidelines; standardizes recipes and portion sizes; performs site visits to inspect food service operations for compliance with established regulations; resolves quality control problems by providing instructions to cooks or by ensuring that vendors meet terms of contracts/orders.
3. Negotiates vendor contracts for food, supplies, and services; monitors inventories of food and other supplies to minimize loss and spoilage; administers budget allocations; orders and supervises the storage of food, supplies, and equipment.
4. Keeps records of food ordered, delivered, used, and discarded; maintains computer data base of meal counts and inventories; prepares reports for the department and for state and federal funding and regulatory agencies; serves as departmental liaison for regulatory agencies doing periodic reviews; ensures that meal counts and other data are received from County facilities; prepares, verifies, and submits records and reports to state and federal agencies as required.


1. Three years of increasingly responsible experience in preparing, cooking, and serving food in large quantities, including one year of supervisory or leadworker experience; or,
2. graduation from an accredited culinary academy; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of quantity cooking, nutrition, dietetics, seasonal ordering, food handling and sanitation; sanitation measures used in the operation, cleaning, and care of kitchen utensils, equipment and work areas; principles of effective supervision; basic math and standard English usage.

Ability to: plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of others; analyze data, keep records and prepare reports; use standard computer applications to perform administrative tasks; estimate food quantities and prepare balanced, economical menus; learn competitive bidding processes; learn to do computer-based nutritional analysis; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; learn contract administration, review, and negotiating techniques.

Supplemental Information: Performing the essential functions of this classification may at times require physical exertion such as bending, lifting, and carrying heavy objects. Incumbents in this classification may be required to supervise, directly or through subordinates, adults or juveniles incarcerated in correctional facilities. Employment in this class may require weekend or off-hours work, and employment in the Probation or Sheriff's Department requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

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