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CA Requirements for Hiring a New Director

California-specific requirements for hiring a new School Nutrition Program director based on student enrollment size.

California's Minimum Requirements for Hiring a New Director

Effective April 30, 2019 new directors—those hired on or after July 1, 2015—are subject to these requirements. Directors hired before July 1, 2015, will be grandfathered in their current positions as well as in the Student Enrollment category that they are currently working.

Minimum Education Standards

Student Enrollment 2,499 or less

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent educational experience, with academic major or concentration in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, family and consumer sciences, nutrition education, culinary arts,  business, or a related field; OR

Bachelor’s degree in any academic major, and at least one year of paid or documented unpaid relevant food service experience; OR

Associate’s degree, or equivalent educational experience, with academic major or concentration in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, family and consumer sciences, nutrition education, culinary arts, business, or a related field; and at least one year of paid or documented unpaid relevant food service experience; OR

High school diploma (or GED) and three years of paid or documented unpaid relevant food service experience.*

*Hiring Flexibility: Local educational agencies with less than 500 students enrolled may submit Form SNP 07 to request approval of the California Department of Education to hire a school food authority director who has the minimum required education for Student Enrollment category of 2,499 or fewer students but has less than the required years of paid or documented unpaid relevant food service experience, if this person is the best available candidate. Form SNP 07 is available in the Download Forms section in the SNP Module of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

Student Enrollment 2,500-9,999

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent educational experience, with academic major or concentration in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, family and consumer sciences, nutrition education, culinary arts, business, or a related field; OR

Bachelor’s degree in any academic major and at least two years of relevant SNP experience; OR

Associate’s degree, or equivalent educational experience, with academic major or concentration in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, family and consumer sciences, nutrition education, culinary arts, business, or a related field; and at least two years of relevant SNP experience.

Student Enrollment 10,000 or more

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent educational experience, with academic major or concentration in food and nutrition, food service management, dietetics, family and consumer sciences, nutrition education, culinary arts, business, or a related field; OR

Bachelor’s degree in any academic major and at least five years of experience in management of SNPs.

Minimum Prior Training Standards in all Student Enrollment Categories:

At least eight hours of food safety training is required either not more than five years prior to their starting date or completed within 30 calendar days of employee's starting date.

Questions:   Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | HHFKA@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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