Food Service Specialist

General Function

Assists in the preparation of meals for university food service operations by developing menus and maintaining a recipe file

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Develops nutritious menus for all meals in all dining halls; ensures that all recipes are entered into the computer.
  • Develops and tests recipes; revises old recipes; enters new and revised recipes into computer system.
  • Creates table tents with information regarding nutrition and special events; distributes table tents weekly.
  • Creates special dinners; develops idea and theme, plans menu and decorations, and implements in all dining locations; plans and implements other special events for students or faculty groups.Oversees student employees; establishes schedule and assigns tasks; monitors performance.
  • Oversees unit activities; sets priorities; ensures smooth flow of operations.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Director of Student Dining Services

Direction Given: Functional guidance to a group of student employees on an ongoing basis

Minimum Requirements

Requires nine months of training beyond high school in Home Economics and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of general nutrition
  • Knowledge of computer and office/desktop publishing software
  • Event planning skills; supervisory skills

Working Conditions

Periodic assignments given which entail dealing with modestly unpleasant physical situations

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

Functional Title

Food Service Specialist

Job Code


Classification Series

Food Service




Housing, Dining, Recreation, and Business Services


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013