Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$108,804.80 - $136,011.20 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Sheriff's Office
Job Number

Serving our Community with Pride

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from experienced managers with a sound understanding of the full range of correctional food service policies, practices, and current trends and issues.

Located at the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula, the County of San Mateo offers a wide range of recreational pursuits, economic opportunities and numerous attractions.  The Sheriff's Office is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for staff and to the community it serves.  Making a difference in the quality of life is an opportunity that the Office embraces with high ethical standards. 

The Director of Food and Nutrition Services will have the opportunity to make significant contributions in correctional food service delivery by planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the food service system for various correctional facilities for the Sheriff's Office and the Probation Department as follows:
  • Maguire Correctional Facility
  • Maple Street Correctional Facility
  • Youth Services Center Juvenile Hall
  • Camp Glenwood Boys Ranch
  • Camp Kemp for Girls
The incumbent will direct approximately 30 staff in all aspects of the food service system that provides over 4,500 meals a day across five different locations.  It is expected that the incumbent will routinely be on an on-call status to support a 24/7 operation.  The incumbent will also play an integral collaborative role in the success of the Sheriff's Office Culinary Program that provides vocational services, both in-custody and offsite.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience in personnel and budget management.
  • The ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of County staff, other agencies, and community members.
  • The ability to analyze complex dietetic issues and problems, develop recommendations, and take appropriate action to resolve them.
  • Experience managing fast-paced operations across multiple facilities.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading change, training, developing and supervising staff.
  • Experience in preparing complex and detailed written reports, policies, procedures, and contracts.
  • Devotion to inmates and staff with enthusiasm for progressing the organization while maintaining staff morale.
  • An approachable, politically astute management style that quickly fosters trust, loyalty and respect. 
  • Bachelor's degree (desired, not required) in dietetics, food and nutrition, business, management, or a closely related field.

Applicants who have worked for another public agency will have an excellent opportunity to enhance their retirement benefits with the County's own retirement system, The San Mateo County Employee's Retirement Association (SamCERA). For additional information regarding SamCERA and reciprocity, please visit:

Examples Of Duties

  • Develop and implement the Food & Nutrition Services Division's goals, objectives, policies and procedures; develop work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; and review and evaluate work products and programs to determine compliance with health - regulations and budgetary constraints.
  • Prepare of food service program budget and cost allocation plan; administer approved budget; and monitor expenditures.
  • Oversee and/or direct the activities of workers engaged in the preparation, storage, delivery and service of food for all County programs and facilities; and ensure compliance with health regulations regarding sanitary conditions in food storage, preparation and service, in kitchen and dining areas, and in food service staff.
  • Direct, oversee and/or participate in menu planning, quality assurance, and the purchase and receiving of food, food service equipment and supplies within guidelines of government nutrition standards, budget, and food product availability.
  • Maintain contact with food and kitchen supply vendors and purchasing agents in order to make economical purchases and do long-range menu planning.
  • Participate in selecting, training, motivating and evaluating personnel; and recommend and implement personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, discharges and disciplinary measures.
  • Research, prepare and maintain fiscal records and reports; and prepare technical and administrative reports and correspondence.
  • Represent Division to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; and provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Oversee governmental audit process and implement recommendations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Four years of experience in a commercial or institutional kitchen which includes experience in all of the following areas: cooking, menu planning, food and supply ordering, and supervision of employees engaged in food preparation and serving.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and procedures of food purchasing, food preparation and maintenance of inventories, refrigeration and serving equipment, supplies and materials used in commercial-size kitchen.
  • Local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding food service, and pertinent laws regarding food service in a detention facility.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation, fiscal management, cost accounting and control and budgeting in food preparation and service.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Menu planning and nutrition.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Organize, direct and coordinate the activities of a commercial-size kitchen.
  • Prepare daily and general long-range menu plans for large quantity serving.
  • Plan efficient purchasing, ordering, storage and distribution of large quantities of food and supplies.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations and policies.
  • Prepare and monitor food service budget for food, supplies and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with departmental staff, County departments, and others contacted in course of performing assigned duties.


Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%) and typing test on the day of the interview.  Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

~Tentative Recruitment Schedule~
Final Filing Date: November 8, 2018
Application Screening:  Week of November 12, 2018
Panel Interviews: November 28 and/or November 29, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst:  Mandy Singh (10122018) (Director of Food and Nutrition Services - D070)

Application Instructions

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