Food Service Director- Working Chef

Ridgewood, New Jersey
Food Service
North NJ Area
Depends on Experience 
Full Time
Day Shift

At the present time we are seeking a talented, creative and experienced Food Service Director-Working Chef to manage the very busy and fast paced food services area within our beautiful and luxurious Assisted Living Community. It is our goal that all Residents have the amenities and qualities of fine restaurant dining at their fingertips and the Food Service Director will be instrumental in making that goal a reality.

Responsible for the organization, management and daily operation of the Food Service Department in accordance with the NJ State Department of Health regulations, local regulations and Bristal policies. Must be able to supervise and instruct your staff of Prep Cooks, Cooks, Sous Chef, Dining Room Manager and Kitchen Utility Workers in policies and procedures under guidance of Vice President of Food and Beverage and as directed by the Executive Director, with minimal supervision.


  • Develop goals and objectives for the department.
  • Maintain policies and procedures to obtain these stated goals and objectives. 
  • Prepare and manage the department budget and production of profit and loss statement. 
  • Prepare all menus and insures implementation of these menus after approval by a VP and Regional Director of Food and Beverage. Keeps records of all menus and substitution for regulatory compliance.
  • Control department resources through appropriate planning, utilization, evaluation and data analysis.
  • Develop quality standard for food, equipment and service, and evaluations systems to determine department effectiveness.
  • Ensure on-going training and motivation of back of house staff.
  • Plan and coordinate all department activities.
  • Maintain effective communication with departmental personnel, other departments, administration and the public.
  • Ensure all Residents are satisfied with the food service, by regularly walking through the dining room, speaking one on one with the Residents and promoting meal specials.
  • Schedule staff to ensure sufficient coverage for kitchen in terms of Cooks, Prep Cooks and Kitchen Utility Workers
  • Develop work assignments for all BOH service personnel, which are written, dated and posted in the kitchen area.
  • Continually upgrade personal knowledge of dietary management systems and nutrition through in-service training.
  • Purchase food and supplies using competitive purchasing practices.
  • Manages cost of food and supplies to maintain a total food cost within the guidance of the Community.
  • Check receipts of orders and invoices promptly.  Approves statements for payment.
  • Record weekly menus of all diets served to Residents noting and initialing any changes made.
  • Conduct physical inventory monthly and maintains records on a weekly and monthly basis to include average food cost per meal served and supply cost per meal served.
  • Oversee the hiring, training and supervision of staff.
  • Oversee kitchen cleaning and maintenance procedures.  Insures that cleaning schedules are adhered to.  Maintains kitchen to Department Health Code and standards.
  • Represent the department on all committees whose work affects the Food Service Department and participates with administration in the preparation of an operating and capital budget to include provisions.
  • Assist wherever necessary in the Food Service Department or Community as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Prepare an annual budget and operates within that budget.
  • Prepare meals and get involved with production when short staffed
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director.


  • Must have a degree in Food Service Administration or Institutional Management.
  • High School graduation is required; a college degree is preferred.
  • The Food Service Sanitation course must have been completed.
  • Minimum of four (4) year experience in food service supervision is required with a minimum of two (2) years institutional, restaurant, senior living or hospital preferred.