Nutrition Services SUBSTITUTE Associate (pool for all schools)

Job | Posted 25 days ago
Position Areas
Non-Instructional Support



Job Title Nutrition Services Culinary Associate - SUBSTITUTE
Pay Program Support Staff
Reports To Culinary Manager, Nutrition Services
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Pay Range SUB $12.60 per hour
Work Year School Year

SUMMARY:  Operating under the general supervision of the school’s Culinary Manager, employee is a member of the school’s culinary team working to create and serve scratch produced meals to the District’s students.  Performs scratch food production duties utilizing all components of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and the Live Well School Meal Initiative. Employee is charged with providing well-balanced nutritious meals per approved USDA & Live Well recipe & production records.  Serving high risk populations, school food service activities require the highest degree of customer service skills, and production & sanitation practices.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Duties

1.       Using highly technical scratch meal production techniques employee cooks daily to provide well-balanced, nutritious, and tasteful meals to students.  Employee uses a wide range of commercial kitchen equipment including but not limited to food processors, steamers, kettles, immersion blenders, and convection ovens as part of the scratch cooking environment.  Cooking skills required include basic cooking principles for prep work, baking, stove top, and knife work. District follows United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standardized recipes, maintains production records, and incorporates Live Well training into employees daily responsibilities.

2.       Serving prepared meals as part of the school’s culinary team in a friendly, tactful, and professional manner, employee must adhere to the school’s established mealtime schedules and maintain compliance with correct portion size and correct USDA Offer versus Serve regulations.  In addition, employee is aware of and follows the USDA Counting & Claiming procedures as part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

3.       Ensuring the health and safety of students and staff is paramount as scratch ingredients are used at each site, including raw proteins and produce products, and employee must incorporate a high degree of food safety knowledge and procedures.  Employee must be knowledgeable of and maintain compliance with all District, Colorado Department of Education, and USDA, state and federal laws, statutes and guidelines.  Employee is also responsible for monitoring proper food and equipment temperatures using Health Analysis Critical Control Point (HAACP) standards and when necessary taking proper protocols for foods outside the safe range.

4.       Focusing on the highest hygiene and sanitation standards, employee performs cleaning tasks including, but not limited to; dishwashing, cleaning and sanitizing all food contact surfaces used for preparation, cleaning all non-food contact surfaces such as floors, shelving, walls, windows, kitchen restroom facilities, laundering of linens, and towels etc.

5.       Rotating and cross-training in all scratch meal production and serve stations within the kitchen employee is able to easily adjust and change assigned tasks to ensure food quality, safety, and customer service standards are met. Duties will include point of sale (POS) and time clock computer usage as well as cash handling and daily deposit preparations.

6.       Assisting the Culinary Manager, employee uses First-In, First-Out (FIFO) and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) guidelines to rotate stock and manage inventory.

7.       Other duties as assigned


·       High school diploma or equivalent required (Acceptable equivalent will be at the sole discretion of the District) D51 student 16 or > working towards diploma



·         Criminal background check required for hire;

·         Current Mesa County School Nutrition Association Certification required within 90 days of hire;

NOTE:  District offers a salary differential for Certified versus Non-Certified Associates.

·         A variety of lift tests, including carrying liquids, of up to 50# is required at time of hire with recertification every three years;

·      Attend and successfully complete all staff development training as required by law or as directed by the Director of Nutrition Services.



·         Strong oral communication skills using English;

·         Basic written communication skills using English;

·         Oral bi-lingual skills English/Spanish are desirable;

·         Ability to learn and comply with components of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act;

·         Ability and passion for culinary training in order to develop and grow their role with the District;

·         Ability to manage multiple priorities with frequent interruptions in a timely manner;

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job;

·         Ability to work collaboratively within a team setting;

·         Ability to follow and comply with the current Colorado Department of Education and District policies and guidelines regarding food preparation, delivery, and storage;

·         Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with students and people from diverse ethnic and
educational backgrounds;

·         Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator



  • Operating knowledge of and experience with institutional food service equipment; ovens, warmers, mixers, steamers, kettles, meat slicers, food processors, sectionizers, and immersion blenders etc.

·         Operating knowledge of and experience with mechanical dishwasher and three compartment sinks

  • Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers and peripherals
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with typical office equipment, such as telephones, copier, fax machine, E-mail, etc.

Posted By

Mesa County Valley School District 51

2115 Grand Avenue , Grand Junction, CO 81501

At the following locations

Nutrition Services

2280 East Main Street , Grand Junction, CO 81501