Job Description


Linden House Assisted Living is a brand new, 82 apartment facility in Charlottesville, VA to include Assisted Living residents as well as Memory Care.

As our Cook you will be responsible for cooking and preparing food for residents and providing supervision to Dietary staff on their scheduled shift.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Serves as shift supervisor providing overall direction and guidance as needed to help ensure work is done timely and in compliance with departmental policies and procedures.    
  • Provides “on the spot” training, guidance, coaching and counseling as needed to correct and improve dietary staff performance.
  • Responds to dietary staff questions / concerns and provides instruction and/or education to promote quality care.
  • Uses sound judgment and follows established protocol in determining which incidents or situations require immediate notification of Administrator or Department Director provides appropriate notification.     
  • As necessary to correct improper job performance and/or behavior of dietary staff, implements formal corrective action in compliance with established policy.   Included may be suspending a staff member and gathering / recording information regarding circumstances that lead to suspension.   
  • As requested by Department Director, participates in the interview process and selects or makes recommendations for selection of dietary staff.
  •  As requested, provides input to Department Director regarding performance appraisals for dietary staff.     

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Using established and approved cooking methods, cooks food and designated alternatives in accordance with approved menus, and recipes. 
  • Cooking methods include baking, roasting, frying, steaming as well as prepares cold food such as salads and desserts.
  • Prepares special therapeutic diets for individual residents when required due to written orders of physician or other prescriber.  
  • When scheduled for morning shift, opens kitchen according to established and approved procedures. 
  • When scheduled for late shift, closes kitchen according to established and approved procedures. 
  • Follows menus and recipes as approved and only makes changes with the consent of the Food Service Director.
  • Labels by date and stores leftover food in approved containers in compliance with established procedures to ensure safe handling and storage.
  • Prepares food for special events such as in-house catered meetings, resident functions, holiday parties, celebrations, and other non-routine events that include food.  Included may be cooking or serving special “on-demand” food items in public at a carving station, omelet station, etc.  
  • When putting away incoming stock, rotates items appropriately, using the “first-in / first-out” method. 
  •  If needed, fulfills work duties of other Food Service staff.    
  • Observes all infection control standards including the wearing of hair nets, gloves, aprons, etc. and washes hands frequently. 
  • Trains new Food Service staff as directed. 




  • 1 year of professional cooking experience preferred                      
  • Strong working knowledge of using recipes
  • Sanitation knowledge and certificate of training or the ability to obtain   
  • Customer service skills / hospitality approach

Other Essential Requirements:

  • As part of its mission to provide a welcoming, homelike environment for its residents, Linden House promotes the use of animals as pets in the facility both as common facility pets and as pets owned and brought in by individual residents.  All employees must possess the ability and desire to work in a pet-friendly environment which will include performing job duties in the presence of pets, handling and caring for pets as may be required, and cleaning up after pets as necessary.    
  • Demonstrates verbal and written communication skills (in the English language) sufficient to perform the principle duties and responsibilities outlined in this position description.


EOE – Disability and Veteran, Drug-free workplace