A child nutrition director usually works at a school and plans the meals that the school provides to children, so that they are healthy and balanced. The director may oversee one particular school or multiple schools within a district. The director should make sure that the meals also coincide with any local and federal guidelines and laws. In some cases, the nutrition director will also be involved in ordering food supplies. The director will come up with standard procurement techniques, which others involved in school nutrition can follow.
A budget may be given that the nutrition director must manage, and bargaining tactics will come in handy. The director may oversee the production and cooking of food within a school. He or she makes sure that cooking is done in a hygienic way that aids in nutritional intake. The director may also come up with guidelines relating to the sanitation of food preparation tools. The nutrition director may have to carry out inventory duties to ensure the proper use of items and to make sure that necessary items are available at all times.
Strong computer skills are necessary, in order to perform the administrative and communicative duties of this job. Much of the work is done in a solitary manner, so independence is essential. However, strong communication skills are needed, in order to be able to work well with the food preparation staff, administrators, and outside vendors. A bachelor’s degree in nutrition or dietetics is often a requirement.
Child Nutrition Director Tasks
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Ensure services are in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.