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Date:  Nov 17, 2023
Req ID:  32716

Newport - McPherson Unit, AR, US, 72112

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $49,174.54

Position Number: 22112535 
County: Jackson 
Posting End Date: 12/6/2023 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $49,174.54 

Location: McPherson Unit - Newport 

The mission of the Department of Corrections is to be a public safety resource for Arkansas families by providing professional management solutions and evidence-based rehabilitative initiatives for offenders.

All DOC positions are designated as Safety Sensitive Positions and are subject to random drug testing pursuant to the Secretarial Directive governing Personnel Drug Testing. Medical marijuana usage, as defined in Amendment 93 of the Arkansas Constitution, prohibits Personnel in a Safety-Sensitive Position from the use of medical marijuana even if they are qualifying patient under the amendment and/or hold a registry identification card. Department Personnel are prohibited from the use or possession of a medicinal marijuana card pursuant to this policy and state law.

Position Information

Class Code: T059C

Grade: GS07


Salary Range: $40,340 - $58,493


The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) / Department of Community Corrections (DCC) Food Preparation Manager is responsible for planning and directing food service programs. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Supervises a medium to large-sized food production and/or food service staff by recommending employees for hire/termination, assigning employees work, reviewing the work of employees, training employees, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Monitors food preparation, oversees inmates, and may perform security over inmates engaged in daily food preparation, service, storage, sampling food, and cleaning activities by making work assignments, training new inmates, and inspecting kitchen, storage, and service areas. Distributes menus for food preparation, approves food substitutions, modifies menus according to doctor's orders, and participates in planning food production activities for special events or as requested. Researches laws, reviews procedural updates, and attends informational meetings to develop and provide in-service training on policy and procedural changes, preparation methods, and equipment operations. Provides security and safety of staff by conducting inmate searches and building inspections and prepares disciplinary and security reports, recommending alternative security and safety measures. Reviews and approves food purchase orders to ensure menu needs will be met and compiles daily and weekly statistics of items ordered, used, and inventoried. Prepares new equipment requisitions and coordinates equipment repair and maintenance activities. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of menu planning, nutrition requirements, sanitation regulations, and food preparation. Knowledge of inventory methods and food storage requirements. Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management. Knowledge of methods, materials, and appliances used in large scale food preparation, services, and storage. Knowledge of federal, state, and agency policies, procedures, and regulations related to the treatment of inmates. Ability to plan menus to acquire proper nutrition. Ability to plan and formulate policies for food production, nutrition, serving methods, sanitation, personnel programs, and costs. Ability to inspect purchased food items and equipment to assure quality and quantity. Ability to perform general bookkeeping duties and compile, prepare, and maintain records and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of experience in institutional and/or commercial food service, including one year of specialized training in food service or related area and one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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