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2615 School Lunchroom Helper (As-Needed) 2021-2022

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


Under general supervision, assists in the preparation of a variety of foods served in a school lunchroom; performs routine duties in the cleaning of kitchen areas and serving utensils; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: Following established methods and procedures relating to the preparation and serving
of food in school lunchrooms; preparing simple records relative to purchase and sale of food in lunchrooms; maintaining cleanliness of kitchen areas and serving utensils; following simple oral or written instructions; making frequent contacts with students, faculty and other employees on routine matters. Nature of work requires considerable physical and manual effort with some exposure to accident and injury hazards and somewhat disagreeable elements.


  • Maintains high quality food standards with emphasis on the goal that foods are appetizing, appealing, and high in nutritive value for assigned site
  • Maintains high customer service and communication standards, including written and oral
  • Maintains high food safety and sanitation standards. Must utilize first-in-first-out (FIFO) inventor management system
  • Maintains Student Nutrition Program compliance with all federal, state, and local guidelines. Follows the collection and recording procedures approved for Point of Sale at the school. Identifies reimbursable meal on the serving line. Maintains confidentiality of students receiving free or reduced price meals
  • Maintains confidentiality of students receiving free or reduced price meals
  • Assists in the preparation and/or heat up of a variety of foods, such as salad bars, sandwiches, soups, grain and noodle dishes; washes, and prepares foods and vegetables; assembles bag lunches
  • Serves food to students and faculty members
  • Provides food preparation and customer service needs for reimbursable meal menus, milk sales and all assigned site functions. Follows prescribed menus and recipes
  • Washes, scrubs and otherwise cleans, pots, pans, trays and other items as directed
  • Sweeps floor, sanitizes equipment, stoves, work tables, and performs other duties relative to keeping the kitchen and storage rooms sanitized and orderly; sanitizes tabletops
  • Closely monitors computer at meal times to ensure accuracy of all transactions. Performs all software procedures, including: powering on the computer; turning on computer/restarting as requested by technical support; opening foodservice software program and logging in; opening till for meal service; ensuring accuracy of all transactions; posting payments to student accounts; enter cash totals into computer; logging out and closing computer programs
  • Maintains and completes required forms and records accurately, as assigned by supervisor
  • Attends and participates in meetings as required
  • Performs related duties as assigned


This is Temporary Exempt (TEX) appointment.
This is an as-needed position for the substitute pool.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Requires possession of high school diploma or equivalent



  • Requires six (6) months of routine kitchen work experience including use of a computer and point of sale software


License or Certificate

  • Must have a Food Handler Card (Food Safety Certification)

Desired Qualifications

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

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  • If you have previously applied to a job on JobAps, you will be prompted to “select an application to copy;” please select any previous application: you will have the opportunity to update the application and your resume; if you have not previously applied you will be prompted to create a new account
  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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