Agemark Senior Living Communities

Cedar Rapids, IA Restaurant & Food Service

Job Reference #: 1272

Opportunity overview

We are an Agemark Senior Living community and for the second consecutive year, Great Places to Work and FORTUNE have named us #10 in the nation for Aging Services! We are looking for a Chef. Full time Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, profit sharing bonus, unlimited PTO, tuition reimbursement and free meals are what Agemark offers as we value you as an employee and treat you like family! We also subscribe to where you can get 20-60% off 100,000 items such as tickets, restaurants, sporting events, and local deals. Work to create an environment you would want for YOUR own loved one! In this position, you'll be responsible for planning menus and directing food service programs to provide consistently tasteful, nutritious and applying meals/snacks, and promote healthy choices. 

We're more than a company. We're a family.

You hear it everywhere - companies describing themselves as a family. But families are all different, and so is the way they look at work and life. This is what makes us the best kind of family. We recognize each person's talents, skills and personality and bring that into their position. We encourage people to become the best they can be and hold the to high standards. That's because we believe in them, and their success. These family ties, so to speak, are part to every decision we make as a company.


We don't just work together - we laugh, eat and learn together as a staff and with our residents! We believe that every day can be a good one, for both employees and residents. Dedicated to this philosophy for more than 30 years, we've learned that the secret to everything - working, celebrating and even getting through the tough stuff - is doing it with love. By working to create the kind of community we would want for our own loved ones, where warmth, love and respect are abundant, we also create a unique, positive and caring workplace. Feeling valuable, special and loved isn't just a goal for our residents. It's how we want everyone to experience our community. 

Chef position details:

  • Plan menus and directing food service programs to provide consistently tasteful, nutritious and appealing meals/snacks, and promote healthy choices.
  • Offer variety by developing new recipes and menu choices.
  • Consult with Registered Dietitian to create/review seasonal menu cycles and adjust for special diets as directed.
  • Prepare meals and performing food service activities as required.
  • Supervise food service staff: hire, train, schedule, perform evaluations, etc. as directed.
  • With Resident Service Coordinator and Program Coordinator, plan food service for activities and special events; organize/assist with culinary activities for residents to participate in and enjoy.
  • Assist Director in developing annual Dining Services Department budget; operate within monthly budget and make special purchases with Director approval.
  • Oversee purchase and delivery of food, equipment, supplies, etc. from approved vendors; maintain accurate inventory.
  • Maintain a sanitary, orderly and safe kitchen and dining environment, in compliance with State and Federal regulations; maintain attractive appearance of dining and snack areas.
  • Provide input to resident service plans.
  • Conduct periodic surveys and meet with resident food committees and individuals to assure satisfaction with food service program; make changes or improvements with approval.
  • Orientate all staff members regarding function, programs and procedure for dining services.
  • Meet with new residents to assess likes, dislikes, special needs, and explain services and routines.
  • Document resident meal participation and note/report changes or concerns to appropriate staff as directed; follow Community procedures when residents are ill.
  • Help develop & implement new income-generating dining services.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Chef knowledge, skills, abilities and requirements:

  • Educated in proper food handling and safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of ordering process and inventory control.
  • Understand and work within a designated budget.
  • Lead by example and teach others to create a strong team.
  • Must be able to be work independently.
  • Understand and work within a designated budget.
  • Work scheduled hours based on personnel and community needs including possible weekends and evenings.
  • Independently adhere and interact with team members at all levels and promote teamwork.
  • Recognize improvement opportunities.
  • Prioritize, multi-task, and maintain flexibility in a fast paced, service oriented, environment..
  • Regular and punctual attendance is required.
  • Culinary degree or related associates degree preferred.
  • ServSafe certification required.
  • Previous experience cooking for large groups in a commercial kitchen required.
  • Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience required.

Come on, join the family!

If you'd like to join a group of passionate, caring people who use our collective experiences to positively impact the lives of our people every day, talk to us! Together, we're working to redefine what senior care should be. Learn more at, or just click "Apply Now" to get started. EOE.


Care, serve and love - because there's no other way to take care of family.

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