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Food Safety Specialist - Memphis, TN

Shelby County Schools

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Purpose and Scope:

Supports the coordination for all food safety activities in the Central Nutrition Center and in schools. It assists in ensuring that all food safety standards and requirements meet Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, State of Tennessee Health Codes, and United States Department of Agriculture HACCP guidelines.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Establishes, directs, trains all employees, and monitors the food safety and sanitation procedures that all employees must follow, including those for safe food temperatures.
  • Conducts random testing of cook/chill and any potentially hazardous foods in the CNC and in schools ensuring that guidelines and standards are in place to eliminate both, external and internal, product cont
  • Directs the procedures to be followed on food safety in the following areas of the CNC: warehouse, bakery, cook/chill, and ingredient control, and the sandwich/salad prep.
  • Monitors the equipment cleaning and sanitation in the above named areas.
  • Responsible for ensuring that guidelines and standards are in place to eliminate both external and internal product contamination or food-borne illness.
  • Establishes an automated food safety audit procedure.
  • Devises critical control points to be monitored on an hourly, daily, and weekly schedule as well as a monthly or quarterly schedule.
  • Maintains all records on food received and delivered; holding and storage temperatures; labels, rotating inventory FIFO.
  • Monitors food safety standards in schools to ensure foods transported meet and maintain all temperature holding standards as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor Degree in Food Service, Hotel and Restaurant Administration/Management or equivalent plus an additional 2 years of experience in quantity food production and food preparation, or equivalent, for a total education/experience of 6 years. Requires completion of food safety courses offered by the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, the National Restaurant Association Foundation for Food Safety, National Food Service Management Institute, or the American School Food Service Association. Requires HACCP Certification for food establishments.

Degree Equivalency Formula:

Bachelorís Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.

Masterís Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Masterís degrees are required, years for Bachelorís degrees must be included.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of food safety and large volume food production
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accepted business office practices and procedures
  • Skills to ensure all food safety standards are met at all times.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accepted business office practices and procedures
  • Ability to operate personal computers and related office equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to work independently
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; and ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative
  • Proficiency in common administrative software such as word processing, database management, and/or spreadsheet applications

Physical Requirements and Working Environment:

Physical Demands: Requires sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis; and some dexterity in operating office equipment.

Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards.

Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.


The district is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the district to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.


3176 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38112


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