2636 Culinary Programs Supervisor

Recruitment #PEX-2636-091534


Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

        Student-centered: We put students’ needs first

        Fearless: We persist through challenges

        United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths

        Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community

        Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025. 

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


SFUSD is committed to offering fresh, healthy, and delicious food to our students in a dignified setting, in alignment with our Core Values, so school meals are the meals of choice.  As the Culinary Programs Supervisor, you will report to the Culinary Manager and be responsible for the development, planning, execution, and evaluation of culinary programs across a wide range of schools and early education centers within SFUSD.  Leveraging existing resources including public bonds and grant funds, you will collaborate with the Culinary Manager and the SNS Leadership Team to develop and evaluate systems and programs to bring SFUSD closer to our vision of transforming the District to a scratch cooking model.  SFUSD is fortunate to have received a city bond measure to fund infrastructure improvement at several school kitchens across the District.  The new kitchens will serve as culinary hubs to transform the student dining experience and establish a growth trajectory for SNS’ dining staff.  The Culinary Programs Supervisor will collaborate with the Culinary Manager to plan and test menus, serving concepts, and standard operating procedures; implement innovative local procurement systems; and train dining staff to ensure this public investment is leveraged to maximally benefit San Francisco’s students.  Additionally, the Culinary Programs Supervisor will focus on testing, refining, and evaluating innovative menu and serving concepts, including mobile carts and vending.


The Culinary Programs Supervisor will:

  • In partnership with the Culinary Manager, plan and execute culinary programs District-wide, including a wide range of menu and serving concepts, student taste-test, pilot programs, vending, mobile carts, farm to school, and communal dining
  • Write standard operating procedures and develop training materials for dining staff
  • Conduct group trainings for SNS dining staff and one-on-one technical assistance at early education, elementary, middle and high school kitchens 
  • Maintain strong working relationships with the SNS Leadership Team, Early Education Department (EED) Chef and kitchen staff, the Future Dining Experience Team, and the Operations Team
  • Create protocols for the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of culinary programs; evaluate and report on programs
  • Apply for, manage, and complete necessary paperwork for relevant public and private grant programs as required
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned; operate large scale kitchen equipment as assigned; and drive a vehicle to conduct work as assigned
  • Maintain strong relationships with District vendors and cultivate new vendor relationships
  • Spec and research new food products, ingredients, vendors, packaging, and food supplies, using the priorities adopted by the School Board in 2016 under the Good Food Purchasing Policy 
  • At assigned sites, supervise the administration of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and After School Snack Program, ensuring program compliance
  • At assigned sites, direct and supervise Student Nutrition Services Dining Staff, including personnel management, employee relations, and annual employee evaluations 
  • Assist the Culinary Manager with food and beverage procurement, including informal and formal bid speculation and contract negotiation as assigned
  • Assist the Culinary Manager with recipe writing, crediting, and menu design as assigned
  • Attend and conduct a variety of meetings as assigned; participate in the promotion of the Nutrition Services program; speak about the Program through various media outlets, including blogs, radio, newspaper journalists and film
  • Help implement SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience, SFUSD’s plan to provide a dining experience that captures our students’ senses, supports them in their growth, connects them to their food, and enables them to share their opinions
  • Coordinate and participate with families and community-based nutrition organizations and government agencies to ensure high nutritional and operational standards


The strongest candidates will have:

  • A passion for food, dining, and education
  • A creative approach to problem solving and a willingness to innovate
  • A hands on approach and positive attitude
  • Experience in school district food service operations and activities including the preparation, serving, distribution and selling of food items; as well as large-scale food sourcing and distribution logistics
  • Experience with program evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative metrics
  • Experience facilitating, teaching, and/or training adult learners, in a formal or informal setting
  • Deep understanding of sanitation and safety practices related to preparing, handling and serving food; Serv Safe Manager Certification preferred
  • Knowledge of general principles, theories and practices of child nutrition and public procurement
  • Understanding of applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $73,342-$ 89,158 annually commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience: Two years of supervisory experience in an institutional culinary operation involving planning, preparing and serving food in large quantities. Experience acquired in commercial restaurants is not considered qualifying; AND
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university; completed course work in hotel and restaurant administration, business or public administration, or home economics and nutrition.
  • Substitution for education: Additional qualifying experience as stated under the experience requirement may be substituted for four (4) years of the required education on a year-for-year basis (30 semester/45 quarter units equals one year).

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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