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Director of Food & Nutrition Services (Repost)

Recruitment #21-005477-0036






DJS Headquarters

217 E. Redwood Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Note:  A remote location may be determined during the selection process

Main Purpose of Job

To plan, organize, evaluate and direct all activities of the Food and Nutritional Services Division for the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). Activities include administrating the federal Child Nutrition Program (CNP) to comply with United States Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Department of Education guidelines and regulations. Provides oversight, technical assistance and direction to the clinical nutrition services for the DJS population and meal provision. The position is responsible for the division’s budget, procurement procedures, safe food handling practices, Child Nutrition Program menus, food production, recipes, USDA commodities, and record-keeping and personnel issues. Provides clinical nutrition assessment and meal plans for DJS youth with special needs. Monitors all foodservice purchases, contracts, and interagency agreements for the provision of nutritional services at DJS facilities.


Customer Service/General Management

  • Provides technical guidance on Request for Proposal (RFP) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) development for food related services.  Monitors and reviews all contracted service providers, including guidance, interpretation, and application of established contracts and agreements to ensure all contract and agreement compliance requirements are met and ensure the appropriate use of resources, acceptable levels of productivity, cost efficacy and scope of work are adhered.
  • Participates in meetings provided by MSDE, DHMH, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to continually update knowledge and coordinate best practice into program implementation.

Financial Management and Recordkeeping

  • Ensures compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture regulations to qualify federal Child Nutrition Program (CNP) funding.
  • Establishes and manages the CNP using appropriate financial management techniques.
  • Participates in Maryland State Department of Education administrative meetings to update eligibility requirements and new compliance standards.

Procurement Management

  • Directs and manages the annually budget allocation for food and supplies.
  • Establishes a cost effective procurement system.
  • Controls the maximum use of state food contracts to assure cost containment measures are followed.  Works with the Department of General Services to assure state food contracts provide needed food for menus at the lowest cost. 

Food Production and Menu Planning

  • Drafts, reviews, and revises food service policies and procedure to ensure safe, nutritious food consistent with all CNP program requirements and COMAR regulations.
  • Develops and approves the DJS menus to comply with CNP regulations and meet the Dietary Reference Intake (RDI) standards for the adolescent population.

Program Accountability

  • Monitors nutrition grants and program activities that support nutrition education and staff training.  
  • Develops and integrates employee safety regulations into all phases of the DJS foodservice operation. 

Nutrition Education

  • Implements, supervises, and meets compliance requirements with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
  • Contributes to the nutrition education and nutrition promotion components of the district’s local wellness policy by serving as part of the LEAs School Wellness Committee.


Education: Bachelor’s degree with an academic major in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, nutrition education, culinary arts, family and consumer sciences, or public administration.

Experience: Six (6) years of experience in a large-scale food service operation in an institutional, commercial, industrial or similar organization to include 4 years in a supervisory capacity.


1. A Master’s degree in food service management, dietetics, nutrition, home economics, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the experience requirement.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Dietitian and Nutritionist classifications or Dietitian and Nutritionist specialty codes in the Dietitian field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding these qualifications.  .

  • ServSafe certification and/or Food Handlers License
  • Thorough knowledge of food systems management, including the purchasing, receiving, storage, preparation, and service of meals to youth is highly desirable.


1. Candidates for positions in the classification must possess a current license as a Dietitian/Nutritionist from the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice.

2. Candidates must be registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) prior to completion of probationary period and must maintain a current registration during their time of employment. Applicants who are currently registered should submit proof of CDR registration with application.

3. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification must be willing to travel Statewide to DJS facilities as required for oversight.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a year.


The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. A paper application may be mailed to the address below or faxed to the fax number below. If you choose fax or regular mail you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application or paper application. Applications must be received by the closing date no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted: 

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services 
OHR-Recruitment and Examination Unit 
217 E. Redwood Street

Baltimore, MD 21201 
Attn: Jakiraman Jones 
Fax Number 410-333-4188 
TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other state agencies. 

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at Include the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. 

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments. 

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

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