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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3943904
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : June 24, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Position Available August 2022


Location: Gateway Elementary


Reports To: Executive Director of Nutrition Services


Work Schedule/FLSA Status:

  • $4500 one-time stipend in both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years
  • Central Kitchen
  • Daytime Hours, Monday through Friday
  • 186 duty days, starting August through May
  • 8.0 scheduled hours per day;  6:00am to 2:30pm
  • Annual uniform allowance and complimentary shift meal
  • Hourly, Full-time position with benefits, paid bi-weekly

Position Purpose: Primary responsibilities include assisting with the management of all facets of food production; daily accounting and deposits; food orders; payroll practices; supervision of the preparation of nutritious and attractive meals; providing leadership in maintaining an efficient, clean and pleasant kitchen/serving environment. Assumes the role of Manager, Central Kitchen when he/she is absent.


Essential Job Performance Responsibilities:

  • Meets regular and predictable attendance requirements, including scheduled manager’s meetings.
  • Makes complex plans, schedules and decisions independently.
  • Inspects and monitors the quality and aesthetic appeal of product output.
  • Follows all Federal, state and district regulations and procedures regarding Child Nutrition Programs.
  • Models high personal and professional standards.
  • Orders product needs based on projected meal counts.
  • Maintains records on HACCP, inventory, production control and completes daily accounting and deposit records and other required reports.
  • Plans and directs the preparation and serving of all food in the cafeteria.
  • Oversees and directs sanitation procedures.
  • Follows HAACP procedures.
  • Identifies training needs of staff.
  • Trains new kitchen staff.
  • Inspects and maintains the kitchen, cooking and mixing utensils and employees for cleanliness and sanitation standards.
  • Has knowledge of the use and maintenance of all food service related equipment.
  • Ensures work processes are completed at scheduled times.
  • Interacts with customers, staff and coworkers in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Coordinates production practices for assigned satellite schools.
  • Communicates effectively with satellite school Cafeteria Managers.
  • Annually provides input during job performance appraisal for all staff.

Additional Duties: Performs other related tasks as assigned by supervisor and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Six or more years of job-related experience or training in food services; specifically Central or Secondary Self-Contained Kitchens.
  • Excellent attendance and work record.
  • Evidence of sensitivity and respect for others and the ability to serve as a positive role model for youth.
  • Successful completion of orientation and training for Nutrition Services employees, including the Douglas County Food Handlers course and test (80%) and functional capacity assessment.
  • Successful completion of the Kitchen Assistant Training and Management Techniques courses.
  • Valid Douglas County Food Handlers Card.
  • Attendance at additional internal training courses at the direction of management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities required of all other kitchen positions (non-managerial).
  • Excellent interpersonal/customer service skills and the ability to work effectively with staff in diverse multicultural work environments.
  • The skills pertinent to positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with all staff, students, parents, administrators, and the community.
  • Ability to read and use information from written and quantitative materials, visual displays and measuring devices
  • Ability to receive and process verbal information as well as respond to nonverbal sounds
  • Ability to frequently use hand-held tools, devices, instruments and automatic equipment
  • Ability to bend, kneel, stoop and maintain balance while performing job related tasks
  • Ability to work in standing/walking positions on a constant basis throughout the work shift
  • Ability to lift, move and reposition objects and materials – frequently exerting force equal to lifting twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) pounds
  • A working knowledge of all facets of food production
  • Demonstrated leadership/management skills including problem solving and decision making. 
  • Provides consistent feedback to staff regarding job performance
  • Ability to assign tasks to meet schedule requirements
  • Ability to present information effectively to employees and others
  • Ability to organize, schedule and complete tasks and activities
  • Ability to maintain thorough and detailed records on food and supplies
  • Ability to maintain accurate production records conforming to Federal/division guidelines
  • Ability and knowledge to inspect equipment safely
  • Working knowledge and ability to utilize on-line computer programs and technological devices



This position may require the ability to use a variety of office equipment including a computer, and automated record keeping software. This position may require the ability to use kitchen equipment such as: commercial ovens, commercial steamers, commercial hot holding cabinets, commercial blenders, commercial food processors, commercial mixers, commercial slicers, can openers, peelers, knives, scales, and thermometers. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.


Travel: Local travel will be required.


Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:

  • Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
  • Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Work in an office environment, school buildings and warehouse setting
  • Ability to lift, move and reposition objects and materials-frequently exerting force equal to lifting fifty (50) pounds. 

Physical Demand Classifications:

Rarely - 1-5% of the time, in an 8 hour day

Occasionally - 6-33% of the time, in an 8 hour day

Frequently  - 34-66% of the time, in an 8 hour day

Continuously - 67-100% of the time, in an 8 hour day


Essential Functions:

STANDING: (Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position without walking)

Occasionally:When preparing food including: cutting fruit; shredding cheese. When cleaning dishes. When working as the cashier. Floor mat available in the at the cashier area and at the sink area.


WALKING: - (Moving about on foot. It requires 3 consecutive steps to be considered walking) Occasionally:   Moving throughout the kitchen area; accessing food from the storeroom; accessing food in the refrigerator; accessing food in the freezer area. Surface includes linoleum and tile. There may be times when portions of the kitchen floor could be wet. 


SITTING:  (Remaining in a seated position with hips and knees bent to some extent and buttocks resting on a surface) Rarely:  Using the computer to review inventory, ordering items, and communicating electronically as needed. 


LIFTING: (Raising or lowering an object from one level to another.)  Occasionally: Handling cases of food products. Cases may be staged on the floor level of the storage room. Cases may be moved to the kitchen area or products placed on shelves. Some examples include: 

Weight:  40 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Oranges, Rate: 12 cases per shift


Weight:  45 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Baked Beans, Rate: 13 cases per shift


Weight: 45 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Ketchup Pouches, Rate: 12 cases per shift


Weight: 40 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Apples, Rate: 16 cases per shift


Weight: 36 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Chicken Patties, Rate: 3 x shift


Weight: 48 lb. Level: 6” (floor) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Mozzarella Cheese (Blocks), Rate: 2 x month


Weight: 32 lb. Level: 8” (case handle) to 34” (counter height)

Item: Case of Milk Cartons (50 cartons), Rate: 16 cases per shift


CARRYING: (Transporting an object over a distance through walking) Rarely: Moving cases from the cart to the counter height. See examples of products above. 


PUSHING/PULLING: (Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves away from the Force) Occasionally: Moving a cart with cases of food products to the kitchen; to the refrigerator; to the freezer. Distance up to 15-20’. Handle Height at 35”. Force 25-30 lb. 


CLIMBING: (To Ascend or Descend apparatus or structures) Rarely: Step stool (2 steps) available to access top shelf level of food items. 


BALANCE: (Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling) Frequent: Walking around kitchen area around moving machinery; hot stove and other individuals. Kitchen floor may be wet around the sink area. 


STOOPING: (Bending the body downward and forward from a standing position by bending the spine at the hips and/or waist) Occasionally: Cleaning pans and utensils in the sink; accessing containers of food located on the lower shelf levels (10”); accessing food at the lower shelf levels in the oven; accessing lower shelf levels in the refrigerator and freezer; accessing lower shelf levels where utensils are kept. Individuals may choose to stoop or crouch. 


KNEELING: (Bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on one or both knees) Rarely: Cleaning underneath the hot line (shelf at approximately 9”); cleaning the lower oven shelves. 


CROUCHING: (Bending the body downward and forward by bending legs at the hips and knees with simultaneous forward bending of the spine) Occasionally: Cleaning pans and utensils in the sink; accessing containers of food located on the lower shelf levels (10”); accessing food at the lower shelf levels in the oven; accessing lower shelf levels in the refrigerator and freezer; accessing lower shelf levels where utensils are kept. Individuals may choose to stoop or crouch. 


REACHING: (Extending arms and hands away from the body in any direction. Shoulder angle must be least 45 degrees from the body to be considered reaching)

Frequent:   Forward – Preparing food on the counters; washing pans and utensils.

Rarely: Overhead – Accessing food containers on the top shelf levels (68”); accessing the top level of the food carts (68”). 


HAND USAGE: (Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand, such as to turn a switch or shift gears) Frequent:  Preparing food; using utensils – knives, tongs, spoodles; using equipment; using brooms, mops. Pinching – crumbling meat by hand, crumbling cheese by hand, and handling sheet pans.  


CRAWLING: (Moving about on hands and knees, hands and feet or on the abdomen) Rarely: May have to access under the counters when cleaning; access the shelf under the hot line.



  • Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors.
  • Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day- to-day tasks.
  • Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service. 

Employee Punctuality and Appearance

  • For departments and/or schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.


Terms of Employment

This position is treated as a classified full-time non-exempt position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.


The offer of employment is contingent upon:

  • Obtaining and providing verification of all licenses, certificates, and other requirements for your position (e.g., Paraprofessionals obtaining “Highly Qualified status,” etc.), as identified.
  • A thorough background check which demonstrates to OPS that background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
  • Verification of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (if required for position offered).
  • Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required for position offered).
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination to determine ability to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of the position.

Omaha public schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)   


The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.


Rev 12.21.21


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