School Nutrition Manager Trainee

Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 12, 2022
Oct 15, 2022
Full Time

School Nutrition Manager Trainees (MIT) learn and practice operational and supervisory duties with the goal of advancement to a School Nutrition Manager or Assistant Manager. The MIT supports the manager in the daily operations of a school nutrition program including coordinating food and supply orders and deliveries; providing supervision and training of food service staff; organizing food preparation and service; assisting food service staff in food preparation and service; confirming quantities and quality of food items available for use; cashiering; and complying with local and state health requirements.


Education: High School diploma or equivalent.

Certificates & Licenses: None required.

Experience: Job-related experience with increasing levels of responsibility

Key Competencies
  • Assist the manager in the personnel management of school nutrition staff.
  • Maintains sanitation, safety, and security practices in compliance with local, state, and federal policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Follows district policies related to equipment operation, safety, and maintenance practices.
  • Develops and implements best practices for providing and maintaining a quality dining experience.
  • Understands and practices inventorying, forecasting, ordering, storing and protecting the safety and quality of products.
  • Follow procedures to ensure the provision of safe, appetizing, nutritious meals to students in a clean and pleasant environment.
  • Demonstrate accountability by accurately recording and reporting records of program activities.
  • Follows federal, state, and local policies and procedures to meet compliance requirements for meal preparation and service in the school nutrition program.

Essential Functions

Financial Management:
  • Assists in the daily completion of accountability reports.
  • Follows established price list for all sales to students, staff and patrons.
  • Works with food service associates to assure accurate and timely daily reporting.
  • Strives to achieve established goals for food and labor by utilizing labor and resources efficiently.
  • Learns to process receipts for completing and documenting transactions and/or preparing deposits for bank drop.
  • Merchandises and markets the school food service program to schools and the community

Material and Facilities Management:
  • Assists with weekly grocery and supply orders based on resources on hand and forecast production requirements.
  • Checks quality, quantity, and accuracy of weekly deliveries and invoices. Sends signed, verified invoices within guidelines established.
  • Assists with forecasting, production needs, and employee work schedules, to ensure each meal meets requirements as established by USDA and ACPS School Nutrition Services.
  • Maintains food production records for the school nutrition program. Creates and utilizes production planning to produce quality foods.
  • Maintains high standards of sanitation and safety according to guidelines of state, local authorities, and ACPS.
  • Follows menus using standardized recipes. Oversees foods being prepared are accurately weighed, measured, and portioned, according to recipe or portion chart.
  • Maintains high quality of product, storage, and preparation techniques.
  • Inventories food, condiments, supplies, and equipment at specified intervals for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items and limiting losses.
  • Knowledge and ability to work in all areas and phases of operation to include computers and POS terminals.

Staff Management:
  • Provides leadership to school nutrition staff that promotes team effectiveness and productivity.
  • Ensures compliance with health, safety, and nutritional standards of kitchen operations
  • Assists with conducting regular school meetings to accomplish goals, share ideas, and communicate changes.
  • Assists with handling employees' complaints and grievances and maintains lines of communication with Assistant Director.
  • Provides ongoing training and assistance to employees for food, production, serving, and equipment use.

General Management:
  • Assists the school nutrition manager in all daily operations at an assigned building and substitutes for managers on leave or absences.
  • Assists in maintaining a disciplined workgroup, deal fairly with staff without discrimination.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.
  • Communicates fairly and pleasantly with district personnel, students, and the community.
  • Supports the value of continuing education by attending meetings, classes, in-services, and workshops as required by the School Nutrition Services department.
  • Supports the Mission Statement of Alexandria City Public Schools, the assigned school, and the Nutrition Services Department.
  • Follows Division and School Nutrition Services policies and procedures.
  • Reports to work as designated in the employee handbook &/or manager's handbook.
  • Demonstrates the willingness to work as a team with kitchen, school, and administrative staff.
  • Identifies personal goals for the upcoming appraisal period and works toward the achievement of these goals.
  • Maintains an accurate inventory of all kitchen supplies.
  • Performs other duties as needed to accomplish department goals.

Physical Demands
  • Requires prolonged standing and working near and around moving mechanical parts.
  • Requires physical exertion to manually move, lift (to 40+ lbs.), carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials.
  • Requires stooping, bending, and reaching.
  • Must work in a noisy and crowded environment with various climate temperatures.
  • Must work in and around fumes, chemicals, and odors

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Alexandria, VA
Salary Range:
$16.25 - $19.39 / Support SUP-09
Shift Type:

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