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Hiring Requirements

​​​In Georgia, both Federal and State hiring standards for School Nutrition Director or Manager-Supervisor are based on the student enrollment size of the school system.   

USDA Professional Standards (Federal Rule)
School Nutrition Directors hired on or after July 1, 2015, are required to meet minimum education and experience requirements, based on student enrollment.  

The chart below illustrates these federal requirements. Click on image to view full size.
The complete updated federal rule may be found here: 

Georgia Department of Education (State Rule)
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has two State Board Rules that pertain to hiring of School Nutrition Directors (and Managers).  Highlights of these board rules are listed below.

State Board Rules  
  • Defines classified school nutrition manager, manager trainee, manager I, manager II, manager III, and manager/supervisor. 
  • Also defines a school nutrition program director as an individual who holds a school nutrition director service certificate* issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). 
  • Defines the minimum enrollment for base-sized school schools and school systems.
  • Provides requirements for employment of a school nutrition program director, school nutrition program director-trainee, nutrition manager/supervisor, and school nutrition program manager.
Comparison of State Board Rules to USDA Hiring Requirements

SampleChart​The chart (left) shows a comparison between the federal and state hiring requirements for new School Nutrition Directors. Click on image to view full size.

NOTE: The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program staff can give clarification on academic requirements, food service experience, and school nutrition program experience. We will support you with the navigation of the Federal and State regulations in hiring a School Nutrition Director or Manager-Supervisor. 

*School Nutrition Director Certification
The links below provide information for obtaining a School Nutrition Director Certificate: