A dietary supervisor will generally oversee an entire dietary staff. All meal plans offered within the facility a dietary supervisor works in goes through them before becoming a solid part of the menu. The goal of a dietary supervisor is to ensure that all meals are nutritious and palatable to those that are receiving the food. Dietary supervisors normally work with registered dietitians and specialists to plan meals that will be as balanced as possible for the people that they are being prepared for.
Schools and nursing homes are two very common areas that a dietary supervisor may find themselves working. It is within the list of the dietary supervisor’s tasks to maintain homeostasis among all of the employees in the facility and ensure the continuation of a positive workplace for all parties involved. When necessary, the dietary supervisor is responsible for making the hiring and terminating decisions, as well as taking disciplinary action if warranted. Maintaining company goals and budget planning are also a part of a dietary supervisor’s list of to-dos.
The amount of educational background involved will vary, depending on the geographical area. In some areas, a high school diploma is sufficient, depending on the amount of experience in the food service field. In other areas, a certification or degree in food services or hospitality is a must. Dietary supervisors normally work indoors in a kitchen and office setting. It is essential that a dietary supervisor has the interpersonal skills necessary to relay the communication that is required to run a successful facility.
Dietary Supervisor Tasks
Schedule and receive food and beverage deliveries.
Prepare a variety of foods according to patient's meal plan.
Supervise staff and give direction.
Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of staff.
Ensure food service is in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.