Dietary Aide

Rapid City - South Dakota (SD), 57702

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Estimated salary $15 - $16 an hour

Job Description:



Reports to

Director of Dietary Services


In keeping with our organization’s goal of improving the lives of the Guests we serve, the

Dietary Aide is responsible for providing superior customer service to Guests and employees.

The Dietary Aide will help to assure that the dietary department is maintained in a clean, safe

and sanitary manner by providing assistance in all dietary functions as directed and in

accordance with established dietary policies and procedures. The Dietary Aide will assist in the

preparation of food to assure the quality of nutritional services are provided.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform

the essential functions.

1. Assist in the preparation of meals and beverages.

2. Participate in the food tray line and prepare trays according to diet cards in an efficient

manner to meet scheduled meal and snack times.

3. Assist with loading food carts and serving meals to Guests, and staff.

4. Bag and store food items as directed.

5. Clean and wrap silverware, inspecting each piece to make sure it is clean before


6. Bus and clean tables after meal time throughout the facility.

7. Scrape, wash, and rack unclean dishes and utensils.

8. Assist in the operation of the dishwashing machine.

9. Sort and stack clean dishes and inspect for cleanliness.

10. Place clean dishes, utensils and cutlery in their proper storage place.

11. Participate in table setup which includes but not limited to tablecloth, silverware,

dishware and filling cups with water.

12. Discard waste/trash into proper containers in accordance with established sanitation

procedures and guidelines.

13. Assure that work area is clean and free of hazardous conditions such as spills, excess

carts, and etc.

14. Assure that equipment, tools and supplies are properly stored at all times.

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15. Report all equipment malfunctions and breakdowns to the supervisor and keep the

supervisor informed of supply needs.

16. Report all hazardous conditions and equipment along with any accidents/incidents to

the Dietary Supervisor.

17. Communicates and interacts effectively and tactfully with Guests, visitors, families,

peers and supervisors.

18. Ensure each Guest receives person centered care.

19. Attend and participate in meetings and in-services as directed or scheduled.

20. Recognize your role as part of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement

(QAPI) efforts of your

21. Attend trainings to build understanding and capacity to undertake QAPI work.

22. Carry out QAPI roles and responsibilities as assigned.

23. Follow established policies and procedures in support of QAPI efforts.

24. Any noted opportunities for improvement will be shared with leadership in the


25. Communicate to leadership upon witnessing a positive outcome of a QAPI project or

detecting barriers preventing project success.

26. Support QAPI efforts both verbally and non-verbally (i.e., via actions and attitude),

including adjusting performance and practice in accordance with QAPI initiatives and


27. Participate in compliance trainings as scheduled and adhere to compliance plan.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a health care setting. This role requires regular walking to various locations

around the facility while pulling or pushing dietary carts. This position works mostly in the

dietary department which can experience extreme temperature changes from excessive heat in

the cooking area to freezing temperatures in walk-in freezers. This role may also come into

contact with patients who may have contagious illnesses.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This

position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping on a

regular basis. The employee must be able to lift and move items weighing at least 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision,

peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This position is part of a health care facility that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a

year. Rotating shifts as well as holiday and work during inclement weather will be required.


No travel is expected for this position.

Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
Preferred Education and Experience

  • One year experience as a Dietary Aide.
  • Food Sanitation Certification.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None for this position.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of

activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties,

responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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