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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Food Manager (Correctional Facility) (2150)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Food Manager (Correctional Facility)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DH35
  • Class Code: 2150
  • Established: 07/23/1975
  • Revised: 10/06/1987
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections or Department of the Youth Authority, is responsible for the overall management and supervision of an organized food program on a 24-hour basis, plans, directs and coordinates all food service activities; maintains order and supervises the conduct of inmates, wards, residents or patients; protects and maintains the safety of persons and property; and does other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, directs and coordinates all food service activities of a State correctional facility; develops, interprets and applies standards and procedures governing the operation of the food service department; plans menus, estimates food requirements and directs the preparation and service of food in accordance with the State food control system; inspects food facilities for compliance with sanitary, safety and housekeeping standards; in conjunction with the business manager, prepares budgets and quarterly food estimates; supervises the requisitioning, receiving, inspecting, storing and inventorying of supplies; integrates the feeding program with other programs of the institution; selects and trains staff, evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; plans and conducts in-service training programs for the food service staff; dictates correspondence and prepares reports; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the Departments of Corrections and the Youth Authority; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates, wards, residents or patients for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year in the California state civil service performing the duties of an Assistant Food Manager (Correctional Facility).



Three years in the California state civil service performing the duties of a Supervising Cook II (Correctional Facility) or Supervising Cook II.



Four years of experience in the management of one or more large kitchens with responsibility for supervision of food service personnel and for the planning, preparation and serving of meals for at least 300 persons per meal. (Additional education may be substituted for not more than two years of the required experience on the basis of two years of college being equal to one year of experience. Such education should preferably have included major work in hotel, restaurant or institutional management, food and nutrition or business administration.) Experience in the California state civil service applied toward this requirement must include at least three years performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility not less than that of Supervising Cook II (Correctional Facility) or Supervising Cook II.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures and equipment used in the storage, care, preparation, cooking (including baking), dispensing and serving of food in large quantities; food handling sanitation and the sanitation and safety measures used in the operation, cleaning and care of utensils, equipment and work areas; effective personnel management practices and planning, organizing and directing the work of others; food accounting and adjusting rations to meet changing needs; use of purchase orders for food and equipment, keeping inventories and making requisitions; preparation and use of recipes in a food control program; food values as well as nutritional and economical substitutions within food groups; training methods and planning and conducting in-service training programs; specifications and plans for suitable buildings, working areas, and equipment for culinary departments; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Skill in: Judging food quality.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; plan, organize and direct the work of others; adjust rations to changing needs; keep inventories and make requisitions; plan and conduct in-service training programs; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; keep records and prepare reports; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sympathetic understanding of and willingness to work with the resident population of a State correctional facility; demonstrated supervisory ability; personal cleanliness; good sense of smell and taste; and freedom from communicable diseases.

Special Physical Characteristics

Person 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.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Education equivalent to completion of two years of college with a concentration or major in food service management or business administration.

  Updated: 8/17/2017
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