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Central Kitchen Supervisor

  • Supervisory

Salary range: 85

Reports to: Business Services Manager


Under general supervision, pack food into hot and cold packages, make simple food preparations, serve lunches, assist in the maintenance of cleanliness in the kitchen; related work as required.


High School Diploma or equivalent combination of training and experience. Qualifying experience accepted on the basis of two years of experience equivalent to one year's education.

Three years of increasingly responsible experience in quantity food preparation in a school, or equivalent experience in a large public or commercial establishment, two years of which must have been in a capacity similar to Food Services Assistant II in the Palo Alto Unified School District

Experience in leading food service team serving more than one school or facility for a period of six months or more.

  • Supervise the preparation of food for the lunch program and snack bar
  • Purchase food and paper items from warehouse and outside vendors
  • Supervise storage of food
  • Establish portion size and food arrangement on plate or in pack
  • Count and record daily receipts, estimate future needs
  • Interact with staff at elementary schools to solve any problems relating to the serving of lunch
  • Evaluate employees' performances
  • Set standards of work efficiency
  • Take and compute inventory, prepare factor lunch sheets, keep sales records
  • Prepare reports
  • Ensure that tools and equipment are properly cleaned, maintained, stored and secured
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Prepare weekly or monthly menus
  • Estimate food quantities and to requisition proper amounts for economical food service
  • Effectively train and supervise food service personnel
  • Compute food quantities required by weekly or monthly menu periods
  • Inventory food and supplies
  • Meet the physical and/or mental requirements and demonstrate ability to withstand the stresses associated with the tasks outlined in this position description
  • Keep accurate and detailed records
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Run food service installation without negative financial impact on food services budget.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of menu preparation;
  • Principles and methods of quantity food preparation, merchandising, serving, and storage;
  • Methods of computing food quantities required by weekly or monthly menus;
  • Care and use of standard cafeteria appliances, sanitation and safety procedures related to school cafeterias, particularly food preparation, serving, and storage;
  • Techniques of supervision and training;
  • Nutritional and operational requirements of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and related federal and state regulations, including the evaluation of applications for free and reduced price meals for needy students.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

Lifting 30 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: Hourly

Revision Date: 07/01/1986

Initial date: 03/01/1974

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.