Director of Dining Services

iit/SourceTech - Palos Hills, IL


Position Overview

This position must provide management for the Dietary Department, ensuring quality food. The Director of Culinary Services will direct and assist the preparation and serving of regular meals and therapeutic diets, order food and supplies and maintain area and equipment in sanitary condition and assure the smooth operation with other nursing home departments.

The Director of Dining Services is responsible for following all iit/SourceTech Systems and Guidelines that are presented during the On-Boarding phase and Continued Education provided by the Company.

Essential Job Functions

  • Is responsible for food purchase from approved vendors, production, and timely service of meals.
  • Directs and supervises all dietary functions and personnel.
  • Maintains cost records and works to meet budget guidelines.
  • Hires, orientates, trains, counsels, disciplines, and when appropriate, terminates dietary employees.
  • Schedules work hours and assignments; also reviews and checks staff work performance.
  • Is responsible to see that each shift is properly staffed.
  • Develops job descriptions, cleaning schedules, and other dietary management tools.
  • Checks in and inventories incoming food and supplies.
  • Assures that proper storage is available, and that handling of food and supplies complies with current guidelines.
  • Processes new diet orders and diet changes when received from nursing service. Always keeps diet information updated.
  • Plans and assists in preparation and service of holiday and special meals and functions.
  • Visits residents to do initial nutritional assessment and screening, explain diet, record food preferences, and promote a quality food service.
  • Visits all residents at least one time per quarter. Residents at nutritional risk are visited weekly. Documents all visits.
  • Participates in department head meetings.
  • Evaluates work performance and gives evaluations to dietary employees. Maintains the personnel records of the dietary employees.
  • Coordinates dietary services with nursing service and activities director. Nutritional Notes are to be completed monthly for all residents at nutritional risk.
  • Assures that food and supplies are available for use by dietary personnel.
  • Checks trays for accuracy before they are delivered.
  • Maintains the standardized recipes in which the recipes are adjusted to the size of the facility.
  • Checks diet orders that are received against physicians’ orders at least once a month. Notify nursing of discrepancy.
  • Inspects storage areas on a weekly basis for proper temperatures, cleanliness, and order.
  • Assists in cleaning procedures as needed.
  • Inspects Dietary Department regularly to ensure that it is safe and sanitary.
  • Submits written reports to administration as necessary.
  • Plans and presents in-service education programs for the Dietary Department.
  • Investigates on-the-job injuries and corrects the problem and/or retrains the employee as necessary.
  • Ensures continued compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Maintains current Care Plan for each resident through interdisciplinary Care Plan meetings and updating when necessary.
  • Reports any problems to the Dietitian Consultant and/or Director of Nursing. Maintains the security of the Dietary Department.
  • Is responsible for knowing, understanding, and conveying to other dietary staff personnel the Federal and State rules and regulations regarding nursing home dietary requirements and is responsible for their enforcement within the scope of the Dietary Department.
  • Understand facility’s fire and disaster plans; follow established procedures during drills and actual emergencies.
  • Perform other department duties assigned by Corporate Director of Dining Services.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Certified Dietary Manager (CDM, CFPP)

Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.

Math Ability

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

Ability to operate computers using standard word processing, spreadsheet, database or data management software, and email. Strong computer literacy including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Certificates/Licenses Required

Must be an active Certified Dietary Manager (CDM, CFPP) meeting the criteria set forth by the ANFP.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $55,000.00 to $65,000.00 /year


  • Food Service Management: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Healthcare: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Certified Dietary Manager (Required)

This job will require you to pass a background check:

  • Yes