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:: Food Service Assistant Candidate Pool ::

Nutrition Center/Food Services

Position Code:
20120704 - Food Service Assistant Candidate Pool

Work Hours:
20 hr/wk, sy

Application Deadline:

Position Description:

*This is to establish a candidate pool for future vacancies



Under general supervision, completes a variety of tasks in the Food Service Department (FSD) Nutrition Center or MPS school kitchen; prepares and serves food, cleans work areas and equipment, operates a cash register/service terminal, and prepares and transports bulk food and supplies.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Assists the Food Service Department (FSD) staff with basic food preparation, proper food storage, and maintaining the cleanliness of the food service, dining and storage areas.


• Performs work within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies and quality standards; duties will vary according to job assignment.


• Cleans and maintains orderly, safe and sanitary conditions in FSD facility; cleans dishes, kitchen utensils and equipment; cleans tables, chairs, floors and surfaces.


• Receives, transports and stores food according to sanitary handling standards; prepares food orders for transport; scoops bulk foods into containers, makes and wraps food portions, packages food orders.


• Prepares the dining area for meal time; prepares and serves meals as directed.


• Counts products received and shipped; verifies that the quantity, quality and type of products match the daily summaries and work orders; provides accurate and timely numbers for production and inventory.


• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment


• Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.


• Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.


• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis


• At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

High School Diploma or GED equivalent; some food handling experience is preferred.


Knowledge of:


• Safety and sanitation practices for food preparation, distribution and storage.


• Personal sanitation and hygiene regulations.


• Principles of record keeping and records management.


Skill in:


• Following and maintaining safety standards.


• Following verbal and written instructions and procedures.


• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. 



Work is performed in a commercial food service and kitchen work environment; moderate physical requirements, with risk of burns and cuts; frequent lifting, carrying, and moving up to 50 pound containers of food preparation materials and equipment; may require working in a walk-in freezer. Eligibility for position is based on passing the required pre-placement exam


SALARY:  SEIU Local 284  $12.67 per hour


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


METHOD OF APPLICATION:  All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on careers).In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.  Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:


- Cover Letter

- Resume

- On-Line Application


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.