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Food Services Supervisor

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week Santa Barbara County Coroner, 66 S San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States


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 We are currently accepting applications to fill one vacancy at All Locations in the Sheriff's Office.
One employment list that will be used to the current vacancy at all locations (separate lists for different locations will not be established).  Therefore, applicants must check "All Locations" on the application and be willing to accept assignment at any location.  Incumbent will responsible for managing cook staff assigned to the Main Jail in Santa Barbara and the new Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.

POSITION: 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; 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.

INMATE FOOD SERVICES: Food services is responsible for meal preparation of over 3,000 meals a day, 7 days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The position is responsible for limited cooking in an oversight capacity, assigning, and instructing up to 25 inmates to do specific tasks that include slicing meat, making salads, staff cook, making special diet meals, kitchen helper, dishwashers, making sandwiches, and directed to other assignments as necessary. This requires checking with each inmate that they are following instructions and doing assignments correctly.

County of Santa Barbara Employee Benefits and Compensation

Benefits and Wellness Plans-Medical/Dental/Vision
Compensation Summary
Retirement Plans: 

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.

Ideal Candidate will possess:

Supervisory experience
Cooking experience in an institutional setting is desirable
• Reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
• Good moral character
• Credibility
• Integrity
• Dependable
• Good judgment under pressure
• Ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish is desirable.

• An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
• Currently on Probation or Parole
• Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
• Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
• Recent drug use; failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
• Unfavorable work history
• History of committing domestic violence
* Recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying
* Illegal possession of marijuana
Examples of Duties
  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.

  5. Perform other duties as assigned.
Employment Standards
  1. Three years of increasingly responsible experience in preparing, cooking, and serving food in large quantities, including one year of supervisory or lead worker experience; or,
  2. Graduation from an accredited culinary academy; or,
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

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.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License is required at the time of appointment; Incumbent will be required to travel throughout the County of Santa Barbara; Appointee must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period. 

Additional Requirements: 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 Office requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.