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Job: CDOC- Food Service Supervisor

Colorado Department of Corrections

CDOC- Food Service Supervisor

Colorado Department of Corrections

Job Description

Job type: Full time

Salary: $4,676/mo.

Location: Buena Vista, Canon City and Pueblo 


The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens." Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow."

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and builds greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans; Short and long term disability coverage;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
  • Wellness program, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

Who May Apply: This position is open to Colorado state residents and non-residents. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado for Sterling and Trinidad vacancies.

Description of Job: This Correctional Support Trades Supervisor I (CSTS I) is a Food Service (FS) Supervisor in a Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) prison facility. Position oversees the production of meal services for an inmate population which could range from 600 to 7500 meals daily. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: ensuring the safety and security of the public, facility staff and inmates; ensuring efficient meal service to include medical and/or religious diets during assigned shift and supervising inmate work crews in the daily kitchen operations; ensuring sanitation and compliance with all applicable regulations, standards and guidelines and ensuring appropriate use of resources and inventory. The FS Supervisor prepares inmates for community re-entry by promoting the Colorado Department of Corrections Mission and Vision while adhering to a high level of integrity and commitment. The position may be required to work additional hours or shifts to maintain meal service and security. The position works in close proximity to industrial equipment and in a relatively loud and busy atmosphere. The position is trained in the use of oleoresin capsicum, self-defense techniques and public safety two-way radios.

Safety Security: The position maintains safety and security by training and guiding staff and inmates in key, tool and chemical control; performs inmate counts, shakedowns, searches, escorts, movement control, inmate access to kitchen and the proper application of restraints and force. Through conscientious observation and adherence to agency Administrative Regulations and the Code of Penal Discipline, position promotes a safe and secure work environment.

Operations: The position ensures the safe, secure, compliant and effective completion of all phases of food service production within a correctional kitchen, to include preparation (for current and future meal service), cooking/portioning, and sanitation. The Food Service Supervisor follows prescribed menus and recipes, instructs inmate workers in the proper methods and procedures to execute efficient meal service within limited time constraints; monitors progress and ensures accurate production and completion of post-production tasks. The food service program offers a full range menu and prepares large scale standardized recipes from raw ingredients. Food preparation may include regular, special, religious, and modified medical diets and a full service bakery; Position tracks usage and keeps appropriate inventory, orders products, oversees expenses and waste in order to maintain efficient and effective use of resources.

Supervision: The position provides supervision of assigned inmate workers; promoting a high level of performance by setting the work standard according to agency mission, vision and values. Participates in the hiring of offenders, trains and instructs inmates in the science of baking, cooking techniques, sanitation and proper use of tools and equipment. Creates schedules, assigns work and conducts job evaluations; monitors hours, posts wages and updates records. Exemplifies a professional workforce that embodies honesty, integrity and ethical behavior. Position provides real life, meaningful work experience to prepare inmates for community re-entry.

Sanitation Compliance: The position ensures a sanitary, healthy workplace by following standard food handling guidelines during preparation, service and storage. Ensures all food service workers follow proper production procedures and hygiene rules. Position ensures all food service equipment is kept in working order and that kitchen is kept clean and sanitized. The FS Supervisor follows and ensures inmate adherence to all relevant guidelines, standards, rules and regulations.

Budget/Inventory: The position tracks usage, expenses and waste in order to keep food service operations within allotted budget; uses due diligence to discover likely areas of waste and implements changes to control waste and/or theft. Position monitors inventory levels, usage, goods, places orders and checks deliveries. 

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Four (4) years of employment experience participating in food preparation and/or cooking.


Applicant may meet the four (4) year requirement with a combination of work experience as follows:

A minimum of two (2) years of employment experience participating in food preparation and/or cooking may be combined with correctional experience for a total of at least four (4) years.

** Correctional experience must be security-related duties where primary responsibilities throughout a shift, include monitoring and controlling inmate movement throughout their daily schedules, discovering and preventing contraband and responding to emergencies; ensuring proper key/tool/chemical/equipment control, use, storage and accountability; advising inmates in matters concerning work, programs, appropriate behavior and decision making in order to prepare them for successful community re-entry.


Applicant may meet the four (4) year requirement with a combination of work experience as follows:

A minimum of two (2) years of employment experience participating in food preparation and/or cooking may be combined with two (2) years employment experience in the hospitality industry, for a total of at least four (4) years.

**Hospitality Industry is defined as: Fields within the service industry such as food and beverage, lodging and travel/tourism

Substitutions: Completion of an accredited, related educational degree (such as culinary arts, hospitality, dietetic/nutrition) may substitute for experience on a year for year basis. Please attach transcripts if you are using any of these substitutions. Transcripts must include the name of institution, your student ID #, a list of the courses completed, the degree earned and the date awarded. 

Required Competencies for Success in this Position:

  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills and the ability to motivate co-workers/offenders to work cooperatively;
  • Knowledge of and ability to maintain sanitation/hygiene standards and use equipment and tools safely and skillfully;
  • Ability to effectively supervise offenders and prepare them for successful community re-entry;
  • Strong desire to work cohesively as a team;
  • Ability to troubleshoot and ensure timely meal service in a high stress, volume oriented and security driven environment, with firm deadlines and mandatory reporting/logging guidelines;
  • Strong desire to ensure organization in the kitchen and the timely and systematic completion of prep, post-production and sanitation tasks;
  • Willingness and ability to maintain a safe and secure work environment and respond to emergency situations;
  • Ability to pay special attention to details and determination to use state resources efficiently;
  • Ability to perform intermediate keyboarding skills, manipulate electronic computerized programs and communicate via computer-based email.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing Supervisory/Work Lead duties in a Correctional, Military or Law Enforcement kitchen;
  • Experience providing Supervisory/Work Lead duties outside of a Correctional, Military or Law Enforcement kitchen;
  • Working in a commercial or institutional setting, utilizing raw ingredients, following prescribed large scale recipes to create meals from scratch;
  • Working as a baker in a high volume, batch production bakery, following prescribed large scale recipes, monitoring production schedules and maintaining inventory and supply orders;
  • Working as a General Manager, Manager, Assistant Manager, Shift Leader or Team Leader for a national restaurant chain; employment must have included participation in a company endorsed, formal training program for the food production side (back of house) of operations;
  • Experience in Corrections, outside of a correctional kitchen, performing security related duties while monitoring and controlling offender's movement throughout their daily schedules (such as Correctional Officer);
  • Experience creating medical and/or religious meals;
  • Culinary or Hospitality Degree from an accredited, non-correspondence college or vocational school;
  • Serve Safe or other Food Protection Manager Certification.

Important Information 

The Application and Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if it meets the Minimum Qualifications (MQ's). If it does meet the MQ's, it will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The analysis for this position will include a suitability screening and may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it. 

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Conditions of Employment: All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant’s own expense. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC’s consideration of application for employment.

**The CDOC recently mandated employee COVID-19 vaccinations. All employees must be fully vaccinated and submit documented proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. CDOC conducts regular vaccine clinics for employees who are not vaccinated. Religious and medical exemptions, and reasonable accommodations shall be addressed as required by law. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment.**

  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.
  • Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics: Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist; Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down; Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows; Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows; Swing a baton in a striking technique; Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic; Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and will be exposed while on assignment;
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;
  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
  • Willing and able to travel;
  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant’s background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol-free work environment. Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. 

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email ([email protected]), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules. 

Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked daily as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address [email protected] It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement. Please contact Maggie Harding at [email protected] or at 719-226-4493. 


The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Employee Relations Specialist, Melissa Bellew, at [email protected] or call 719-226-4445.



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