Correctional Food Services Supervisor 1

Recruitment #240701-2475CO-001


Do you have large scale food preparation experience? Are you looking for a great job with the State of Connecticut?

If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity to join our dynamic Food Services team!

The State of Connecticut, Department 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.


What we can offer you:

Our state has a lot to offer - from fun activities for all ages, to great food and shopping, to beautiful state parks and forests, to our diverse cultures and rich history. Connecticut is a great place to live! Learn more about Connecticut here.


  • WORK SCHEDULE: 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.
  • LOCATION: We are hiring for multiple facilities and applicants are encouraged to select all locations they are interested in.


As the Food Service Supervisor 1, you will be responsible for:

  • Supervising and training of food service employees;
  • Planning and implementing kitchen functions;
  • Food preparation and serving;
  • Practicing food safety and sanitation by maintaining a clean and standardized workplace;
  • Assisting with food inventory, including food ordering, receiving, food storage and rotation (FIFO);
  • Practicing food safety and sanitation.

More details can be found in the class specification.


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 $59,110 and bi-weekly $2,264.76 (not including any future cost of living adjustments.)

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.

All Food Service professionals will be provided with uniforms and footwear.

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 13 state holidays; an optional deferred compensation package; optional life insurance; and tuition reimbursement. Please visit our State Employee Benefits Overview to learn more about the State of Connecticut state employee benefits!


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.

Since 1968, the Connecticut Department of Correction has proudly served and protected the citizens of the State of Connecticut, by daily ensuring the safety, security and order of our 14-correctional facilities in a manner which is widely viewed as a national model. The Department endeavors to provide the programming, education and treatment which willing inmates may utilize to improve themselves and the success of their eventual reintegration into society. Our staff of dedicated correctional professionals takes great PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, Excellence) in the daily performance of their duty to our state.


Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e. Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.


  • Please include any related certification credential details (e.g. ServSafe Certification) within your application.
  • Be sure to select all locations you are interested and commutable to.
  • This is a hazardous duty* position.
  • Candidates selected for hire will be required to attend a 14-week hazardous duty training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT. This training consists of both classroom and on the job training (one day of classroom presentation and nine days of “hands-on” physical training.) The Behavior Management Program training will education on the use of physical force as it applies to self-defense, and the maintenance of order and security within the inmate population. In order to graduate, trainees will be required to pass a written exam, as well as a practical skills test which will be scored.


  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
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  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
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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; 
    • kettle preparation, oven and grill work; 
    • principles, methods and practices of food preparation and service; 
    • safety and sanitation problems related to large scale food service operations; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • instruct inmates; 
    • keep records and make reports; 
    • read and write recipes; 
    • perform under stress; 
    • utilize computer software; 
  • 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 (i.e. Hospital, Residential School, Extended Care Facility, Rest Home, Full Service Restaurant, Military Mess or Large Catering Business.)
  • ServSafe 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.)


  • Incumbents in this class are required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification at the time of appointment.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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