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Distribution Center Worker, Food and Nutrition Services (SY21-22)

Company: Boston Public Schools
Location: Boston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Boston Public Schools seeks a Distribution Center Worker, Food and Nutrition Services.

Reports to: Distribution Center Manager


Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from over 114 different countries, nearly 8,000 employees, and an annual budget of $973 million, BPS is the largest district in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse as well.

Currently BPS has 128 schools utilizing three food service delivery models. Forty six (46) schools have full service kitchens with full time cafeteria managers and subordinate staff. Seventy eight (78) schools are satellite kitchen sites receiving meals from an outside vendor, contracted by BPS. In the 2017-2018 school year four schools participated in a pilot program introducing a new model called "My Way Caf". In the 2018-2019 school year this pilot model will be expanded to an additional 26 schools. The My Way Cafe model is supported by a Central Distribution Center.

Department Facts:

  • Mission: offer students safe, wholesome, nutritious, enjoyable meals to fuel academic excellence
  • Meals served: approximately 23,500 breakfasts and 35,600 lunches served daily; approximately 7 -8,000 after-school meals served daily; 22,000 total summer meals
  • BPS utilizes Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which enables the district to provide free meals to all Boston students

Job Responsibilities:

  • Efficiently and accurately fulfills school orders for shipment, ensuring the correct number and type of product is loaded and sent to schools (pick, pack, ship)
  • Assemble various types of food for shipment
  • Transport orders to delivery platform with material handling equipment
  • Mark/tag all packages shipped
  • Transport products received to designated storage areas
  • Consistently maintain product quality and integrity
  • Ensure adherence to food safety and facility safety
  • Perform quality control checks to ensure standards are met
  • Take corrective action as necessary on timely basis and in accordance with Food & Nutrition Services standards, communicating inferior products or procedures
  • Able to work in team oriented environment
  • Follow all safety and sanitation requirements
  • Keep work environment clean at all times - maintains cleanliness of distribution bins and equipment, in addition to work, preparation and break areas.
  • Completes all other duties, as assigned


  • Education: preferred at least through high school/GED, including basic computer skills
  • 2-5 years of work experience, including in warehouse preferred
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Must be literate in English (read and write)
  • Must be able to read and count accurately, detail oriented
  • Able to calculate basic math
  • Physical: Walking, standing, reaching above shoulder level, stooping, lifting, carrying, bending and pivoting.
  • Capable of sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to follow directions well
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Flexible about tasks and able to multitask and maintain a high productivity level
  • Experience in fast-paced environment
  • Reliable
  • Capable of working full day in refrigerated environment - must be able to work in a Multi-Temp warehouse ranging from sub-zero to the ambient temperature of the outdoors for the entire shift without restrictions.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with a range of fellow workers

Terms: (Grade 1, City of Boston Residency required)

  • Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
  • Full-time
  • Schedule: September 1 to June 30*
  • Hours: 6:15 am to 2:30 pm*
  • subject to change based on operational needs, and may include being required to work during school closings

Please refer to (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.

NOTE: School-based managerial employees will work 223 days between July 1st and June 30th each year. The 223 day work-year will include the 180 days in which school is in session, and the additional days will be determined by the employee and the principal or headmaster of the school. This position subject to the City of Boston residency requirement.

School-based managerial employees are not eligible for vacation time or compensatory time. In the event of school cancellation due to snow or inclement weather, school-based managerial employees need not report to work.

The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

Keywords: Boston Public Schools, Boston , Distribution Center Worker, Food and Nutrition Services (SY21-22), Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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