0993 Director, Student Nutrition Services

Recruitment #PEX-0993-067193


Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, every year serving more than 55,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages in our 131 schools across the city of San Francisco. We aim to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential. Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we place access and equity, student achievement, and accountability at the forefront of every child’s education.


What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement that requires broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. 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, Impact Learning. Impact Lives.


Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who 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.



The Director of Student Nutrition Services (SNS) manages the day-to-day operations of SFUSD’s student nutrition programs and the implementation of SNS’s vision for a student-centered, financially stable school meals system that engages kids in eating good food. We are looking for an innovative, visionary leader who is passionate about our vision and who is committed to ensuring all students have equitable access to high quality school meals.


SNS is the largest public food service program in the City of San Francisco serving over 6 million meals and snacks at 114 public schools throughout the city. The Director is responsible for the administration of the Child Nutrition Programs within SFUSD, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the After School Snack Program, Child & Adult Care Food Program’s At-Risk Supper Program and other school meals programs available through the US Department of Agriculture. Work is directed through the interpretation of federal and state regulations and a variety of nutritional, operational and financial policies and procedures established by the US Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education, and SFUSD’s Board of Education.


SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience is SNS’s student-centered vision and plan to comprehensively redesign the school food experience for our students and to develop a financially stable food system that provides fresh, healthy meals to students as they grow. In talking with students and observing their experiences inside and outside of the cafeteria, we identified four needs they have for school food: senses stimulated; feeling valued; connected to food; active voices. These student centered values guide our vision for the future dining experience, and the plan that we’ve begun to implement is designed to deliver on our student values while shifting us towards a financially sustainable future.


Supervision Received/Exercised

The SNS Director receives general direction from SFUSD’s Executive Director of Policy and Operations.  The SNS Director is responsible for the oversight of school meals and exercises considerable discretionary judgment in the identification and resolution of problems.  The SNS Director supervises SNS personnel including, managers, supervisors, accountants/bookkeepers, data management personnel, school nutrition managers, support staff, and other school nutrition personnel.


Major, Important, and Essential Duties

1.       Plan, monitor, evaluate, and lead the day to day operations and administration of SFUSD’s student nutrition services; develop and implement long and short-term programs and activities designed to promote good eating habits and provide access to high quality, nutritious food that appeals to our diverse community of students; identify and resolve problems or conflicts; make or recommend final decisions regarding policy, operations, and administrative procedures.

2.       Implement SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience, SNS’s innovative plan that includes a variety of initiatives such as: creating student-centered dining spaces; implementing distributed points; developing a mobile application so students can pre-order meals, provide feedback, set dietary preferences and learn about food; and increasing our capacity to offer local, fresh, diverse food by renovating kitchens and creating a central warehouse.

3.       Lead and coach central and site based staff; provide the guidance and support needed to manage day to day operations and transform school meals; select, train and evaluate staff; develop work schedules; provide opportunities for staff training and professional development; participate in collective bargaining and contract negotiations.

4.       Develop, implement and maintain the business systems, procedures, and practices needed to support efficient and effective business operations; coordinate work activities across functional areas within SNS; and support the development of annual goals and objectives for the SNS team.

5.       Develop annual budgets, including revenue projections; manage and monitor income and expenditures in accordance with the approved budget; manage the preparation and maintenance of a wide variety of statistical, fiscal, and operational reports and studies; and provide executive management with an early warning and practical options to avoid cost overruns.

6.       Build strong relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders, including school communities, families, community-based organizations, government agencies, and foundations.


Important and Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


       Food systems management, including the purchasing, receiving, storage, preparation and service of meals to students

       Federal and state regulations and policies pertaining to the operation of the Child Nutrition Programs and various nutritional, operational and financial procedures as prescribed by the US Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education, and the Board of Education

       Federal and state regulations governing the procurement of food, supplies, equipment, technology and services in the Child Nutrition Program

       Fiscal control and the budget management practices

       Management and administrative techniques



       Innovative strategic planning

       Community building

       Change management



       Manage, supervise, train, and coordinate food services personnel and operations for a large urban school district

       Identify, analyze and report upon activities, issues, and problems and recommend appropriate solutions

       Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, other departments, families, community, school administrators, and representatives of local, state, and federal agencies

       Present facts clearly and concisely orally and in writing

       Make group presentations

       Identify innovative solutions to maximize efficiency within limited resources


Minimum Qualifications, License, and Certification

       Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in nutrition, hotel and restaurant management, business administration, or related field, AND eight years of food service experience, including at least four years of management or supervisory experience in institutional food systems;


       Requires a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in nutrition, hotel and restaurant management, business administration, or related field, AND at least four years of management or supervisory experience in institutional food systems.


       Must be able to qualify for a Food Handler Training Certificate or a Food Service Manager training certificate by successfully completing the specified food service sanitation-training course.

       Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

       Must have valid CA driver’s license.


Selection Process

The selection process may include any of the following: an evaluation of résumés and applications; an assessment of candidates’ relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities; written exercise and/or an oral interview. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next step in the selection process.

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 applying 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 applying 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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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Issued:  February 18, 2016
Monica Vasquez
Chief of Human Resources
Unified School District
Recruitment ID Number: 067193
USD/ SE / 415-241-6101



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