We believe in the joy and adventure of learning.
This job is hard.
You will work long hours. You will be asked to care about every person in the building, kids and adults alike. You will be constantly challenged to be an excellent teacher, because our kids deserve nothing but the best teacher in every classroom, every day.
This job is joyous.
You will have the honor of celebrating success with our kids and their families. You will see how you make a difference in the lives of children. You will join a group of adults that love what they do. You will smile every day because you know you are changing the world.
This job is important.
Our staff is dedicated to empowering our scholars to live joyous, fulfilling, and productive lives. We work with urgency and dedication because our kids are worth it.
What about curriculum?
Willow uses the Summit Learning Platform. This tool empowers teachers to customize instruction and meet each scholar’s unique needs. It helps scholars connect their long term goals to their daily actions. Scholars move at their own pace to learn skills, apply those skills to real world projects and reflect on their learning. As a mentor, you help facilitate this process by supporting scholars as they set short and long term goals, and coach them through the process.
Food Program Director
General Function and Scope
The Willow Public School Food Program Director will oversee all aspects of the schoolâ€™s
Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operation. In the most basic definition, this means providing scratch-cooked breakfasts, lunches and afterschool snacks for Willow Public School every school day. More broadly, this means that the job functions will include administering, planning, directing, assessing, implementing, and evaluating the program in order to meet the nutritional and educational needs of children, as they relate to the CNP, and as they relate to the priorities of the Willow community.
Please review the Willow Public School website to learn about our mission, vision, and values. Then, send a resume and letter of interest to Dan Calzaretta, Executive Director using the button below.
- High school diploma or GED and 1-3 years of relevant experience.
- Food Handlers Permit
- Bachelor's degree in any academic major with relevant experience in school nutrition program management or in large-scale food service operations/management
- Certification with School Nutrition Association (or ability to obtain within one year of hire)
- Cooking competency from relevant restaurant or other relevant food service experience
- Bilingual/bicultural English and Spanish
- Experience teaching food education and nutrition
- Experience with meal planning and food procurement - especially local Walla Walla
- Experience incorporating fresh garden produce into menus and teaching
- Passion for healthy eating and a passion for the mission and values of the National Farm
to School movement that seeks to raise the standards for school lunches
General Overall Responsibilities
Implements a customer service-driven philosophy that focuses on value and satisfaction, quality standards and commitment to promoting healthy food to the Willow community, including parents, students, families, staff and community partners.
Establishes community partnerships to cultivate support for the development of a sound nutrition assistance food program while following federal, state, and local guidelines.
Develops procedures to ensure the kitchen's success in serving breakfast, lunch and afterschool snacks made from scratch (as much as possible) with nutritious food of high quality.
In collaboration with Willow administration and community partners, the Director will develop and implement a comprehensive nutrition education program using the school cafeteria as a learning laboratory.
Implements information management systems that increase the productivity and efficiency of the school food and nutrition program as well as accurately maintain records.
Communicates food program information to encourage and secure support for the
school food and nutrition program from the Board, administrators, faculty, students, parents, and community.
Coordinates with other Willow staff, partners, and volunteers to incorporate the school garden into the school menu and nutrition and cooking classes.
Nutrition and Menu Planning
Develops cost-effective menus that maintain nutrition integrity and that meet and/or exceed that meet all local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.
Works with school staff, teachers, parents, and physicians to plan menus for children with special nutrition needs.
Implements a cost-effective procurement system.
Develops purchasing guidelines to ensure purchased food and supplies reflect product knowledge, customer preferences, school needs, policies, and nutrition objectives.
Establishes standards for receiving storing, and inventorying food and non-food supplies based on sound principles of management.
Work with community partners to procure food from local farms and agricultural producers as relevant and financially reasonable.
Sanitation, Food Safety, and Employee Safety
Establishes procedures to ensure that food is prepared and served in a sanitary and safe environment.
Develops and integrates employee safety regulations into all phases of the Willow food program.
Establishes procedures and policies for risk management.
Develops educational program to instruct community members and students in food and kitchen safety
Collaborates with on-site church partners to share space collaboratively while meeting all local, state, and federal guidelines for food safety.
Financial Management and Recordkeeping
Establishes measurable financial objectives and goals for the Willow food program.
Manages the Willow food program using appropriate financial management techniques.
Implements efficient management techniques and works closely with Willow administration to ensure all records and supporting documentation are maintained in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and policies.
Ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and policies. Provides technical assistance and training for school foodservice personnel, school administrators, and other school support staff.
Establishes policies to minimize food waste and maximize green practices â€“ recycling, composting, and using real dishware and serviceware, not disposable service items.
Establishes a waste management system for the food program that is effective, economical, and environmentally safe.
Employs management techniques to maintain an effective and efficient food program.
Develops short and long term goals through strategic planning for the Willow food program that supports the philosophy and policies of Willow.
Implements policies and procedures to ensure the effective operations of the food program. Reviews current research information to determine health and nutrition-related trends and foodservice management developments; and develops innovative program changes and expansions based on this information.
Implements personnel policies and procedures for the food program according to local, state, and federal regulations and laws.
Develops job performance standards that provide for performance improvement.
Develops methods for hiring, training, and evaluating personnel that recognize education, experience, performance, and certification.
Willow Public School offers a competitive salary including health, dental, and vision benefits with full-time employment. Willow staff members are also eligible for the state retirement system.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment
Willow Public School is an equal opportunity employer and thus affords equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law.
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School will host two Americorps positions in the 18/19 school year and invites thoughtful, enthusiastic candidates to apply to lead garden and food education as part of our team. Please pass this along to anyone interested in being part of a statewide school garden and food education team providing meaningful experiences for kids, volunteers and teachers.
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School aims to inspire healthy communities through food, farm and garden experiences. We believe a healthy community not only supports every individual’s well being, but also advocates for a healthy environment. Discovery in school gardens through engaging activities is motivating students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits, critical thinking skills and a comfort in the natural environment.
- Lead groups of elementary and middle school students in a wide variety of garden activities. Planting seeds, turning compost, propagation, watering, fertilizing, transplanting, harvesting, preparing soil, mulching, saving seeds, and general garden maintenance.
- Teach garden related lessons tied to academic standards: examining worms and other garden creatures, exploring soil, identifying parts of plants, as well as lessons on pollination, propagation, and natural history.
- each hands-on healthy cooking lessons to groups of students and community members. Garden/Food Educator will cook with students K-8 in outdoor kitchen (camp-type kitchen) environments as well as a few indoor classrooms where available.
- Lead art and craft activities in the garden: drying flowers, painting garden signs, making bookmarks, wrapping paper, seed art.
- Garden/Food Educator will act as volunteer coordinator – recruiting, training, guiding, instructing, and maintaining contact through phone, email, and social media.
- Perform general garden maintenance tasks – water, weed, plant, harvest, mulch, haul soil & debris, spread leaves and manure, turn compost, clean and organize garden sheds and equipment, build trellises.
- Model and encourage values that are integral to school gardens - curiosity, kindness, inclusion, equity, mindfulness, stewardship, service to others, community, health, peace.
- As a member of the Common Threads State-Wide Food Education Corps, participant will have the benefit of attending group trainings, meetings and other Team activities, some of which involve travel to Common Threads in Bellingham as well as other host sites around the state.
Please call Beth anytime at (509) 386-2037 or email her.