Correctional Food Services Supervisor 1

Recruitment #221118-2475CO-001


Do you have large scale food preparation experience?
Looking for a great job with the State of Connecticut?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Correction (DOC) is looking to hire several Correctional Food Services Supervisor 1's in our Food Services unit, located at DOC facilities across Connecticut. Come join our dynamic team!

All of the positions are full time and scheduled for 36.25 hours per week, either on first or second shift. This is a 5-day work week with rotating weekends and holidays.

After two years of successful service as a Correctional Food Supervisor 1, the incumbent will be promoted to the position of Correctional Food Service Supervisor 2, with a salary increase to $56,261 and bi-weekly $2,155.60.

This position is part of our Hazardous Duty retirement plan, which means you may retire after 25 years of service, regardless of your age. This position is part of the NP-4 Union. You will have direct contact with inmates of all security levels both as workers and within your assigned facility. You will be responsible for supervising inmates in the preparation and serving of meals.

This position comes with a substantial benefit package which includes:
  • Your choice of Medical and Dental insurance plans
  • Accrued sick, vacation and personal leave time as well as 12 state holidays
  • An optional deferred compensation package
  • Optional life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Please visit this link to learn more about the State of Connecticut state employee benefits.
All Food Service professionals will be provided with uniforms and foot wear.

This posting will be used to create a pool of candidates to fill vacancies at all CT DOC locations as they occur.

The Department of Correction shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

Selection Plan

The selected candidate will need to complete 14 weeks of training at our Training Academy in Cheshire, CT. This training consists of both classroom and on the job training. There are physical elements to the training; Behavior Management Program - training in the use of physical force as it applies to self-defense, and the maintenance of order and security within the inmate population. It consists of one day of classroom presentation, and nine days of “hands-on” physical training. In order to graduate, trainees will be required to pass a written exam, as well as a practical skills test which will be scored.

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Nicholas Naples via email at


In a Department of Correction facility or district this class is accountable for the preparation, retherming and service of daily meals.


Supervises inmates and assists in preparation, retherming and serving of food in a correctional facility or district; oversees cleaning, sanitation and maintenance of kitchen area and equipment; instructs and trains inmates in light food preparation, retherming and serving; assists with storage, rotation and security of food; keeps records and makes reports; assists with requisition of food and kitchen supplies; maintains discipline and security measures; may assist in food preparation, cooking and serving; may conduct security checks and tours; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist custodial forces in emergencies; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of current materials and equipment used in large scale food preparation and service; knowledge of kettle preparation, oven and grill work; knowledge of principles, methods and practices of food preparation and service; knowledge of safety and sanitation problems related to large scale food service operations; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to instruct inmates; ability to keep records and make reports; ability to read and write recipes; ability to perform under stress; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Two (2) years of experience in the preparation and serving of complete daily meals in a large scale (500 meals per day) institutional or commercial setting such as a hospital, residential school, extended care facility, rest home, full service restaurant, military mess, large catering business or other similar environment.

NOTE: Experience in fast food operations does not qualify.


College training in dietetics, hotel, restaurant and/or food service, nutrition or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of one (1) year.


  • Experience supervising food services employees preferably in a large scale institutional or commercial setting (Hospital, Residential School, Extended Care Facility, Rest Home, Full Service Restaurant, Military Mess or Large Catering Business).
  • Serv Safe Certified.
  • Experience planning and implementing day to day work assignments for staff.
  • Experience handling disagreements and stressful situations while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Experience in producing large volume, 500 meals per day. This includes; receiving foods, food inventory, food ordering, food storage and rotation (FIFO), food safety and sanitation.
  • Experience managing or training employees.
  • Experience with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).


  1. Incumbents in this class are required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification at the time of appointment.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to successfully complete a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the class.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to significant stress of confinement within a dangerous and volatile prison population and to considerable danger of injury from assaultive and/or abusive inmates and disagreeable conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.