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Portland Public Schools

Applicant Pool - Nutrition Assistant Rover

Portland, OR

Posting Timeline

Now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 school year!

Posting Timeline: Applicants are reviewed regularly. The work year for this position starts in August and continues through June, with summers off and follows the district calendar.

This posting is for part-time Roving Assistants who work on days when school is in session for students, Monday to Friday. This position requires the ability to report to all locations within the Portland Public Schools District (City of Portland), so flexibility is essential.

  • Assistant Rovers receive continued assignments throughout the school year, working up to 5 hours per day.
  • Assignments are made via phone call between 6:00AM - 6:30AM.
  • Shifts vary and are typically from 2 to 5 hours daily, scheduled between 7:30AM and 2:30PM.
  • Additional optional summer work options available (not guaranteed).

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Conditions of Employment: At the time of employment, new hires must successfully pass a criminal background check, provide proof of employment eligibility, and complete all steps to be hired.

Position Details

As a Nutrition Assistant you are committed to serving delicious, nutrient-rich meals that support lifelong wellness for students in our community. You thrive in food preparation activities and are inspired to provide exceptional customer service. You are a team player that supports teammates in different kitchens across Portland. Above all you enjoy knowing that your assignments will be varied and no two days will be exactly the same.

What you will do
  • Prepare nutritious, high quality meals for PPS students.
  • Providing excellent customer service.
  • Cashiering and handling cash transactions with student customers.
  • Ability to handle food in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintaining a sanitary environment at all times.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.

What you bring
  • You're able to work quickly and efficiently following verbal and written instructions
  • You're able to lift up to 50 lbs.; push or pull 70-100 lbs.; use a full range of motion at standard height work stations; able to work in uniform
  • You're able to receive directions in English over the phone and at the work site.
  • You're able to work with money and make changes while serving.
  • You'll maintain a current Multnomah County Food Handler's Certification (not required at time of hire but needed in order to begin work).
  • You have basic computer skills and the ability to work with a computerized cash register.
  • You're willing to travel to all schools throughout the district

  • You enjoy cooking and working with kids and students in grades Pre K to 12th grade.
  • You have experience working with children, school staff, and Nutrition Services employees
  • You have experience cooking in a commercial kitchen

What we offer
  • Pay: $18.72/per hour
    • Pay will increase to $19.47/per hour effective 7/1/2024.
  • Schedule: August to June (170 days per year) when school is in session for students following the district calendar.
  • Benefits:
    • Effective the 2024-2025 school year Nutrition Assistant Rovers will be elegible for part-time medical and pharmacy benefits.
    • Retirement benefits and promotional growth opportunities.
    • Free employee meal each shift
    • Pre-tax Trimet passes
    • You have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers free counseling services financial services, will preparation kits, legal services and more
    • You are paid for on the job training
    • Accrued sick leave and other paid time off (PTO) based on days worked

Benefits Information

Portland Public Schools is a public employer and participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP). Eligible employees are required by statute to contribute 6% of salary on a pre-tax basis to OPSRP/IAP, after serving six months under a PERS employer.

Effective the 2024-2025 school year
Nutrition Assistant Rovers will be elegible for part-time medical and pharmacy benefits. For more information about additional benefits or compensation options by employee group, please visit our website at:

About Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services is committed to creating healthy school environments that support lifelong wellness for students by increasing healthy choices and limiting access to minimally nutritious snacks and beverages. Visit the Nutrition Services Department page to learn more.

Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It is the policy of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status in any educational programs, activities or employment.

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, every employee, despite having different roles, is an educator. We hope to attract talented educators who model the core PPS Educator Essentials. With the District's focus on eliminating systemic racism and its adverse impact on student learning, we seek to hire individuals who bring to our district a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. To learn more about Portland Public Schools, please visit the District website: here

Client-provided location(s): Portland, OR, USA
Job ID: portland_public_schools-26509
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • Pension
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Latinx founded/led