State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $35,041.00-$53,763.00 Yearly






A Food Service Supervisor I is the first line of supervisory work in food service operations in a dietary department of a State facility hospital or residential institution.  Employees in this classification are responsible for the production and serving of meals in accordance with prescribed procedures and applicable health and sanitation regulations and standards.  Employees in this classification supervise staff engaged in food preparation and serving for one cafeteria service area or a tray assembly and distribution site.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Food Service Manager or other designated administrator.  Employees may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays, may be assigned to one of two shifts and may be subject to call-in duty. Work performed in central kitchens may require employees to work in areas of extreme heat and cold.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Food Service Supervisor I is differentiated from the Food Service Worker in that the Food Service Supervisor I has supervisory responsibility for staff engaged in food preparation and serving while the Food Service Worker performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.  The Food Service Supervisor I is differentiated from the Food Service Supervisor II in that the Food Service Supervisor II has supervisory responsibility for a staff engaged in food preparation and serving and is responsible for multiple food service operations, such as two or more production units, one or more cafeterias or several tray assembly and distribution sites. 


Supervises and trains workers assigned to one food service operation, such as a cafeteria service area or a tray assembly and distribution site;

Oversees and directs the activities of a food service operation;

Plans daily work assignments and coordinates employee work schedules to provide coverage necessary for meal preparation and serving;

Oversees and ensures that food, including modified special diet foods, is prepared and served in accordance with prescribed procedures;

Coordinates meal servicing schedules with production personnel;

Determines quantities of food and supplies required, prepares requisitions for food and supplies;

Checks quality and quantity of food received, and accounts for food and supplies received;

Prepares food production and service records and reports;

Monitors and maintains compliance with fire, safety and sanitation regulations and standards;

Monitors and controls waste and pilferage;

Takes, records, monitors and evaluates food temperatures;

May assist in planning of menus;

May maintain modified diet roster;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of federal, State and local health and sanitation regulations applicable to food service activities;

Knowledge of the procedures and standards of quality and quantity food selection, food preservation, meal service and portion control;

Knowledge of the proper use and routine maintenance of food equipment and materials;

Knowledge of standardized recipes, regular and modified diets and the principles of menu planning;

Skill in food preparation and service;

Skill in planning standard menus and special diet menus;

Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports;

Ability to organize and direct the activities of one food service operation;

Ability to train, assign, review and evaluate work of subordinate food service staff engaged in large scale food production and service.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience in food production or service for a large scale food service operation.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in food production or service for a large scale food service operation on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional education in the area of food service management, nutritional care, institutional administration or a related area on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Food           Preparation and Serving classifications or Food Preparation and Serving specialty codes in the Food Service field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.




Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit as indicated by the designation of S (supervisor), M (manager), T (agency head), U (Board or Commission member), W (student), X (excluded by executive order),  or Z (confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and therefore, all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Revised

March 1, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001038; REV: 3/1/2019;

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