Food Service Lead

  • State of Alaska
  • Seward, Alaska
  • Sep 07, 2023
Full time

Job Description

Salary: $21.99 - $24.28 Hourly

Location : Seward, AK

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 41636

Department: Corrections

Division: Institutions

Opening Date: 08/15/2023

Closing Date: 9/28/2023 5:00 PM Alaska

Division: Institutions

Position Open To: All Applicants

Bargaining Unit: Labor, Trades and Craft

Range: 56

Job Description

The Department of Corrections, Division of Institutions, is recruiting for a Food Service Lead position, at the Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC) located in Seward, Alaska.

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What you will be doing:
Leads prisoner kitchen workers in the preparation and production of meals for approximately 550 prisoners and 30 staff per meal at Spring Creek Correctional Center in the APS main kitchen. Maintains security and control of prisoners in the absence of Correctional Officer staff. Ensures meat pulls are consistent with prepared menu, oversees actual preparation and serving of food to inmates and staff. Ensures that all modified diets are properly prepared for each meal, which includes, but is not limited to, vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, disruptive inmate diets, religious diets, and other diets as prescribed by the Medical Department. Oversees the production and preparation of all bakery items served at SCCC. Ensures the proper baking and preparation of all breads, e.g., sandwich, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, French bread, wheat and rye breads. Ensures the baking and preparation of all pastry items, e.g., cakes, pies, cookies, puddings and breakfast pastries.

Our organization, mission, and culture:
The mission of Spring Creek Correctional Center is to provide a secure environment for staff and offenders that promotes public safety and provides an opportunity for staff development, and reformative offender programming to ensure safety and efficient resources management. As the State of Alaska's only Maximum Security adult male facility we provide confinement for minimum, medium, and close custody sentenced felons including the state's most violent and predatory offenders.

The benefits of joining our team:
  • Flexible work schedules;
  • An opportunity to make a difference in people's lives;
  • Career Development and training;
  • Excellent benefits;
  • Being part of a team consisting of a rewarding group of professionals.
The working environment you can expect:
Spring Creek Correctional Center is a maximum security state operated adult correctional institution. The institution has a capacity of over 500 male inmates and employs approximately 200 staff. While much of Spring Creek's inmate population serve long-term sentences, we also house prisoners serving shorter sentences. This position will be located in one of the three institutional kitchens.

Who we are looking for:
The ideal candidate will possess the following strengths, skills, and abilities:
  • Effective communication, writing, and mathematical skills;
  • Knowledge and practice of security per the Department of Correction's Policy and Procedures;
  • Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct;
  • Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with other employees and prisoners;
  • Professional demeanor, especially in difficult or sensitive situations;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in communication to instruct prisoners.
Ability to obtain the ServSafe: Food Protection Manager Certification.
Valid Driver's License desired for this position.

For job seekers unfamiliar with the Seward area, the following are a few highlights about some of the features of our area:
  • The community of Seward is nestled against a backdrop of peaks and passes sculpted by Ice Age glaciers; Seward's ice-free harbor has long served as a natural gateway to the vast scenic and resource riches of Alaska's huge interior.
  • Residents enjoy outstanding outdoor recreation including the Kenai Fjords National Park, which is dominated by glaciated landscapes. Exit Glacier is one of the many glaciers in the park and is only a short drive from downtown Seward.
  • Seward is located on Resurrection Bay, a fickle body of water teeming with an abundant species of fish and frolicking marine mammals.
  • Seward is home to the Mt. Marathon Race which is run every July 4th. The race totals 3.1miles and climbs 3022 feet. Top finishers cross the finish line in about an hour.
  • Seward schools are second to none, with the Seward Elementary School being selected as a 2008 "No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School."
  • The region offers fantastic marine boating, fishing and hunting, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, running and biking, and much, much more.
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Minimum Qualifications

Vacancies in this job class are filled through Union referral, except for promotions, demotions, transfers, and emergency appointments.

This job class is part of a series of competency based class specifications created for career areas within the Labor, Trades, and Crafts Unit. The class specification identifies the levels of work and wage grades within the career area, the core and specific competencies of the career area, required work behaviors, certifications, and physical requirements.

The competency specification for this job class is available at:

Additional Required Information
To be provided at the time of the interview:
  • Any past Performance Evaluations
The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • 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 above.


If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Please be aware - this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS). A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS. DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice. Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1- or in Juneau or (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at the address above . click apply for full job details