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Food Service Coordinator

CHS Hershey - Hershey, PA

For more than 110 years, Milton Hershey School (MHS) has helped children realize their full potential by offering a top-notch private, cost-free education to students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade from income-eligible families. To expand and enhance the impact of Milton and Catherine Hershey’s vision, the Boards and management of Milton Hershey School and the Hershey Trust Company are launching the Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS), a cost-free, non-residential early childhood education program. 

CHS plans to open six early childhood education Centers by 2027. The Centers are designed for children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds with the goal of encouraging the development of a child’s educational, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being. The CHS Initiative will provide a focus on core early learning programs through?a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is aligned with a mission to nurture and educate enrolled children. Children will also receive supports such as nutritious meals and provisions of supplies, among other early learning enhancements. Finally, CHS will offer integrated support services for families of children enrolled in the Centers. 

CHS Hershey will be CHS’s first Center and is expected to open in 2023. The two-story, 50,827-square-foot building, located at the southwest corner of Governor Road and Homestead Road, will include a Family Resource Center, an innovation lab and an experiential learning garden. The Center will accommodate 150 students from birth to age 5 and is expected to employ up to 80 employees and volunteers. 

Role Description: 

The CHS Hershey School Food Service Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and supervising the kitchen food production for all classrooms, and catered functions. This individual is expected to ensure food quality standards, are accurately coordinated for daily meals and occasional events. This individual should be skilled at planning and coordination and should have an interest in working in an environment with young children. This individual will process menu and order changes to ensure there is sufficient inventory at the Center. The Food Service Coordinator will ensure the School meets and maintains process and safety standards. The Food Service Coordinator reports to the School Operations Manager and provides a report on risks and issues. Starting pay rate is in the range of $12.24 to $16.34 per hour, based on expertise. 


The Food Service Coordinator will be responsible for:  

  • Supervising the procedures within the food service facility 

  • Coordinating schedules of Food Service Assistants 

  • Conducting periodic meetings to review the menu, catering, and techniques of the food service facility 

  • Performing sanitation and safety checks and implementing corrective procedures where necessary  

  • Maintaining compliance to health regulations and completing reports and documents to substantiate such audits 

  • Reporting maintenance concerns 

  • Staying up to date on health trends and research  

  • Completing production forecasts and advanced planning for purchase orders 

  • Compiling accurate data on food related items 

  • Working with food vendors to fulfill needs 

  • Conducting meetings to relay any changes to staff 

  • Tracking and understanding student allergies and dietary needs and communicating those needs to appropriate staff members as needed 

  • Ensuring staff compliance with HACCP standards and safety procedures 

  • Auditing expenses to ensure they are within budget guidelines, and assisting with cost recovery operations 

  • Recording accurate information on weekly and monthly reports and keeping that data for future forecasting 

  • Completing audit and training logs 

  • Exhibiting positive relations towards students and faculty when responding to questions and communications 

  • Attending regular meetings with other members of the department as needed 


The Food Service Coordinator is expected to have the following qualifications:   

  • High School Diploma or GED  

  • Servsafe Food Handlers Certification 

  • 2 years of experience in food related field 

  • First Aid, CPR, AED certifications 

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities?? 

  • Responsible, enthusiastic, and cares about working in a mission-focused environment  

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to effectively work with low-income families (preferred) 

  • Ability to proactively identify problems and implement solutions  

  • Willingness to be held accountable and receive feedback 

  • Comfortability with technology including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and/or willingness to learn 

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to influence, lead, educate teams 

  • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and MHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all MHS and CHS staff are considered to be role models for students  

  • U.S. work authorization and successful completion of pre-employment background checks and clearances 

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.