Kitchen Manager

Nature of Work

When nutritious and delicious food is provided for staff and participants, we have the energy and strength to engage with our world. Creating a kitchen environment for staff and program volunteers that supports meditation in action is the inspiration of the Kitchen Manager.

This is a key position in the Dorje Denma Ling community. The Kitchen Manager oversees all operations of the kitchen, hence supports the work of the members of the Dorje Denma Ling community and all those who come to Dorje Denma Ling as volunteers, staff, or participants.

The Kitchen Manager reports to the Centre Director.

Tasks and Responsibilities 

  • Work closely with the Personnel Manager in the day-to-day implementation of kitchen activities.
  • Plan and deliver nutritious meals for program participants, staff and other guests in accordance with program guidelines and participant dietary restrictions.
  • Coordinating with the Program Manager and Program Liaison, schedule and supervise kitchen staff and assigned volunteers.
  • Ensure that food areas are organized and maintained.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and comply with Nova Scotia Food and Agriculture code
  • Maintain current inventory of kitchen and dining ware and assess as needed.
  • Manage food budget with Executive Director and Finance Manager.
  • Order and shop for all food, staples, and kitchen supplies
  • Network with suppliers to achieve the highest quality food items with in budget and utilizing local vendors as much as possible
  • Encourage, model, and contemplative environment in all kitchen activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills Required

  • Inspired to maintain contemplative environment in kitchen.
  • Able to plan menus, purchase food supplies and cook for large groups.
  • Flexibility and creativity in planning menus, particularly for vegetarian and special diets.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff and kitchen prep volunteers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, program participants, private vendors and contractors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain records and make recommendations.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Able to organize time in order to serve meals on schedule.
  • Detail oriented, organized and efficient.

For more information, contact [email protected]. To submit an application follow this link.