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Food Services Department

Director Food Services
Closing Date:  January 26, 2020

Job Description:  Title: Director Food Services

Salary Schedule Range: 23 (Management Salary Schedule)

Purpose of Position: To plan, organize and lead the development and operation of the District's food service programs.

Reporting: Reports to the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services

Employment Status: Full-time (FLSA Exempt)

Location: District Administration

Job Responsibility:  Essential Functions:
  • Direct food service programs in compliance with Federal, State and local laws, regulations, health ordinances and District policies.
  • Provide technical expertise, information and assistance to the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, regarding food service operations; assist in the formulation and development of programs and initiatives to assure an economical, sustainable, safe and efficient work environment; advise the Assistant Superintendent of unusual trends or problems and recommend appropriate corrective action.
  • Supervise, evaluate, coach, and mentor assigned personnel, determine staffing requirements, and provide training and professional development for assigned personnel.
  • Develop and manage a department budget, analyze revenues and expenditures, and determine appropriate meal pricing.
  • Coordinate and implement menu and recipe preparation functions; assure that meal offerings provide nutritional content that meet or exceed US dietary standards.
  • Collaborate frequently with school principals and District staff regarding facilities, programs and personnel.
  • Develop marketing strategies to increase student participation in the food service program, and/or to become vendor of choice for neighboring districts or community organizations.
  • Identify equipment and infrastructure needs, nurture and develop local sources of supply for food products.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands:
  • Indoor work environment. Some travel between District schools and facilities.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; seeing to read a variety of documents; sitting for extended periods of time; walking; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office equipment; intermittent bending, stooping or reaching overhead to retrieve or store materials; occasional lifting of equipment or materials weighing up to 15 pounds; driving a vehicle to conduct business activities.

Job Requirement:  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the USDA National School Lunch Program, nutritional standards and needs of children, and the fundamental practices of an institutional food service operation.
  • Knowledge of large-scale food preparation, handling and presentation.
  • Knowledge of contemporary management and supervision practices and techniques, team building, coaching and mentoring, performance appraisal and professional learning.
  • Ability to organize and monitor the purchasing, transportation, distribution and storage of food and related supplies.
  • Ability to produce a variety of narrative and statistical reports related to food service activities and personnel.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with school principals, District staff, and County Public Health Department.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with constituents and stakeholders.
  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to operate a computer, tablet, and proprietary or mass market software and applications.
Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor or Master's degree in nutrition, dietetics, culinary arts, institutional food management or related field, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in the administration of a large-scale food service operation.

Additional Requirements:
Valid California driver's license.
Valid Food Safety certification.

Contact:  Santa Barbara Unified School District
Human Resources Department
720 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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