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Prison Canteen Manager Series

Prison Canteen Manager Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established February 20, 1974


This series specification describes two classes which are responsible for the purchasing, pricing, sales, storekeeping, inmate or ward custody, and related aspects of a canteen operation for correctional institution residents.


Prison Canteen Manager Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem Code Class Code Class
PB26 1575 Prison Canteen Manager I
PB27 1576 Prison Canteen Manager II

Definition of Series

Positions allocated to the Prison Manager series direct the operations of a Prison Canteen. They personally do the purchasing and pricing, including meeting with inmate or ward groups to determine their needs and interests, searching markets, contacting vendors and maintaining ongoing relationships, selecting and ordering merchandise, and pricing merchandise for sale to inmates or wards within established guidelines. Prison Canteen Managers are also responsible for the warehousing and storekeeping functions such as the receipt, storage, inventory, sales, and accountability for various food and personal items for sale to inmates or wards. They also maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates, wards, residents or patients; protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Prison Canteen Managers spend a substantial amount of time performing purchasing and pricing duties, on overall administration of a Prison Canteen, and on directing the sales operation, which distinguish these classes from Warehouse Managers and from Materials and Stores Supervisors. Additionally, incumbents supervise and perform warehousing management and storekeeping duties related to the Prison Canteen operation, which are comparable to the duties of Warehouse Managers and Materials and Stores Supervisors. Positions with responsibility for supervising inmates or wards, in the operation of a canteen sales room, but without substantial responsibility for the purchasing and pricing functions and for overall program management, are allocated to the class Materials and Stores Supervisor I (Correctional Facility). Positions which only operate a sales room and perhaps related aspects of a canteen, but which do not supervise inmates or wards, are allocated to the class Stock Clerk.

Definition of Levels

Prison Canteen Manager I

A Prison Canteen Manager I either: (1) plans, organizes, and directs the entire Canteen program for a medium-sized correctional institution, or (2)�as assistant to the Prison Canteen Manager II, spends the majority of the time on the purchasing and pricing functions and on aspects of overall program management; and supervises inmate workers.

Prison Canteen Manager II

A Prison Canteen Manger II plans, organizes and directs the entire Canteen program for a large correctional institution, where the responsibility includes supervising civil services and inmate workers.

Both Levels:

Incumbents maintain order and supervise the conduct of persons committed to the Department of Corrections; prevent escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintain security of working areas and work materials; inspect premises and search inmates, residents, or patients for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Prison Canteen Manager I

Experience: Two years of experience involving the purchasing, pricing, warehousing, and marketing of equipment or supplies.

Prison Canteen Manager II

Either I


One year of experience in a California state correctional facility performing the duties of a Prison Canteen Manager I.



Three years of experience involving the purchasing, pricing, warehousing, and marketing of equipment or supplies; at least one year of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

Knowledge and Abilities

Prison Canteen Manager I

Knowledge of: Methods and practices of purchasing, merchandising, and sales; methods and practices in receiving, storing, and accounting for merchandise.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct staff in a prison canteen, including inmate assistants; anticipate and estimate merchandise, stocks and supplies needed to operate a prison canteen; establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the work; keep records and prepare reports; promote socially acceptable behavior among inmates or wards; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

Prison Canteen Manager II

Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles and practices of supervision; a supervisor's role in an Affirmative Action Program, and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: All of the above, and contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Both Levels:

Sympathetic and objective understanding of persons under restraint; tact; poise; emotional stability.

Special Physical Characteristics

Both Levels:

Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

Class History

Prison Canteen Manager Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Class Date Established Date Revised Title Changed
Prison Canteen Manager I 07/14/1945 12/06/1983 02/20/1974
Prison Canteen Manager II 02/20/1974 12/06/1983 --
  Updated: 6/3/2012
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