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Hiring Organization The Aspenwood Company
Post Name Director
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77057

The Aspenwood Company, a leader in the senior living industry has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Director of Dining Services/ Executive Chef in the Greater Houston area.

The Director of Dining Services/ Executive Chef is ultimately responsible for the dining services function. Planned and supervised activities of the department to provide service for residents, employees, and guests.

In addition, provide technical guidance and administrative direction over food planning, menu formulation, and preparation and serving of regular and therapeutic diets. Exercise supervision, management, and evaluation over a large number of employees engaged in food preparation and food services activities. Must desire to work with seniors and have a tolerance for behaviors associated with dementia and other aging processes.


  • Plans assign and inspect the work of staff preparing, cooking, and serving food to residents, staff, and visitors.
  • Schedules and coordinates the work of chefs, cooks, and other kitchen employees to assure that food preparation is economical and technically correct and within budgeted labor cost goals.
  • Safeguards all food preparation employees by implementing training to increase their knowledge about safety, sanitation, and accident prevention principles.
  • Ensures proper staffing for maximum productivity and high standards of quality; controls food and payroll costs to achieve maximum profitability.
  • Approves the requisition of products and other necessary food supplies.
  • Consults with the Executive Director and other department directors for the provision of products for activities and events.


  • Ensures all food supplies and equipment for the department are ordered; reviews invoices for compliance and submits for payment.
  • Arranges for the repair or replacement of equipment and utensils.
  • Direct and oversee safety, sanitation, and maintenance programs.
  • Cooks or directly supervises the cooking of items that require skillful preparation.
  • Evaluates food products to assure that quality standard are consistently attained.
  • Establishes and maintains a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule for all kitchen areas and equipment.

Human Resources

  • Direct supervision of all kitchen and dining staff.
  • Schedules and oversees staff training.
  • Completes employee performance evaluations.
  • Hires disciplines, assesses, and recommends termination of direct reports.
  • Determines compensation at hire, promotion, and merit.
  • Assures all functions are staffed through the development and maintenance of employee schedules.


  • Conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s Code of Business Conduct, appropriate professional standards, and applicable state/federal laws
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Member of the community’s emergency response team.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and good personal hygiene per company policies.
  • Assists with special projects or tasks.


  • A culinary degree is preferred.


  • Five plus years as an Executive Chef and three years of management/administrative experience, preferably as an Assistant Director including planning and budgeting.
  • Three to Five years experience in senior living dining services.

Training and Certifications:

  • Valid Texas Driver’s License with a driving record that meets our insurance standards.

Special Skills and/or Abilities:

  • Serve Safe Certified
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Must pass a background check and drug screen.

The Aspenwood Company considers the health and safety of its residents, family members, and team members as its highest priorities. All offers of employment with The Aspenwood Company are conditioned on completing and passing a background and drug test, participating in mandatory vaccine programs (e.g., Covid-19, Flu), participating in testing requirements (e.g. Covid-19, TB), and using designated PPE when required.

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