Food Service Preparer (4Hr)

Job | Posted a month ago


Position: Food Service Preparer

Reports to: Director of Nutrition Services

Salary Schedule / Grade: Refer to DPS Operations Contract

F.L.S.A Status: Non-Exempt





Food Service Preparers perform a wide range of duties in the school environment including preparing and/or serving food, interacting with customers, cashiering, storeroom duties and ensuring the cleanliness of work areas, tools and equipment. 



(Incumbent performs a majority of the following duties)


The Dayton Way

  • Support and maintain the District’s core principles in the areas of professionalism, culture, and customer service.  Demonstrate courage, compassion, patience, and a passion for nutrition services in daily activities.

  • Meet the challenges of preparing quality meals while complying with company procedures and food safety policies.

  • Ensure product quality through adequate storage and product rotation.

  • Collaborate and engage effectively with students, colleagues, and supervisors to ensure great customer service.


Core Responsibilities

  • Prepares or assists in the preparation, service and clean-up of meals using standardized recipes, designated portion sizes and proper sanitation procedures.

  • Serve children with a positive attitude.

  • Follows work schedules, plans and organizes duties prior to beginning tasks.

  • Stores, utilizes and disposes of food and supplies following federal, state, local and district regulations.

  • Complies with department rules, procedures, administrative directives and regulations, district policies and procedures and local, state and federal rules and regulations.

  • Follows sanitation and safety standards in the kitchen and kitchen equipment.

  • Fulfill performance responsibilities in location(s) assigned.

  • Performs such other tasks as may be assigned.

  • Responsible for correctly identifying meal components in order to assure accurate reimbursable meal counts.

  • Spot mop and sweep spills in the kitchen/serving line area as needed to prevent accidents.

  • Cleaning of work areas, food service equipment and cafeteria tables.

  • Attend district and department meetings, in-services and training.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Food Service manager, Supervisor, Associate Director or Director.





  • Coping with Stress = think critically and solve problems in difficult situations; capable of handling interruptions effectively

  • Interpersonal Skills = successfully interact and engage with students, families, colleagues, administrators, and others; enjoy working with children

  • Self-Motivated = ability to achieve daily tasks and responsibilities without needing constant direction from supervisors.

  • Adaptability and Flexibility = willingness to change methods and approaches as appropriate





  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S

  • Reliable transportation



  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent


Knowledge & Experience

  • Good math skills, record keeping and organizational ability

  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions

  • Ability to understand and follow safety and sanitation procedures at all times.

  • Knowledge of supplies, food service equipment

  • Knowledge of food preparation and presentation methods, techniques, and quality standards

  • Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies

  • Ability to run a computerized cash register and count money accurately. 


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and is occasionally required to walk, stand, lift/carry, push/pull, balance, reach/handle objects, and perform repetitive motions. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move items weighing up to 40 lbs.

  • Manual dexterity and stamina necessary for the effective performance of duties.

  • Ability to work in a refrigerated area.



  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

  • Work is performed in a school setting, primarily in a kitchen or cafeteria environment


Posted By

Dayton Public Schools

3873 Whitestone Ct., Dayton, OH 45416
Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $13,686

% ELL Students


State Average: 3%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 16.87

% IEP Students


State Average: 15%



State Average: 294