Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary
Just below two-thirds of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $96K per year, but median earnings come to around $60K annually. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services is high. Female Directors of Food and Nutrition Services are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.
Job Description for Director Food and Nutrition Services
A director of food and nutritional service's main role is to provide a nutrition program that benefits clients and meets all federal requirements. Knowledge of standards related to the preparation and distribution of foods is necessary, as is knowing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, safety and cleanliness rules, and public relations techniques. Directors of food and nutritional service also need to understand basic computer software and communicate well through email, over the phone, and in person.Read More...
A director of food and nutritional services must be able to maintain a network of professional contacts and stay up to date with current trends and practices in their field. They must also help prepare their department's or program's budget, as well as represent the program within their organization and with the public. He or she must oversee the preparation of all reports and records, as well as collaborate with various departments or agencies in relevant program planning.
Qualifications for this position typically include a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in food and nutrition or business management. The director of food and nutritional services must be certified and typically must have prior experience in food service management. He or she should be able to pass a drug screening and/or criminal background test. A director of food and nutritional services' position may involve some light lifting, such as carrying boxes or parcels of up to 25 pounds.
Director Food and Nutrition Services 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.
Common Career Paths for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Although it's unusual, some Directors of Food and Nutrition Services transition into jobs as District Managers of Food & Facilities. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $66K per year, though. It is more probable, however, that Directors of Food and Nutrition Services become Food Service Directors or Food Service Hospital Directors.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Compass Group offers the largest salaries in town — $95K on average.
Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Directors of Food and Nutrition Services report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Training, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Budget Management also know Nutrition and Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Food and Nutrition Services make a median salary of $62K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $73K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
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