Location: Valley Senior Living on Columbia 

  • Full & Part Time position available
  • Mondy- Friday
  • 40 hours/week
  • Starting wage is between $22.92 and $28.10
  • Excellent Benefits such as: Paid Time Off, Extended Sick Leave, Health & Dental Insurance, and 401K

The Dining Services Assistant Director ensures that food is served in accordance with current menu and applicable federal, state and local standards and established policy and procedures. The Dining Services Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Dining Services Director with department functions to assure quality food service is provided at all times. The Dining Services Assistant Director oversees the cooking unit and provides support and direction for the dining service staff to assure quality food service is met.

As a valued care partner, the Dining Services Assistant Director is committed to supporting the mission, vision, and values of Valley Senior Living and will honor the importance of person-centered care.


Qualifications for employment at Valley Senior Living have been evaluated using job performance standards that are consistent with equal employment opportunity for all people applying for or holding this position.



· High school graduate or GED.

· Complete SERV SAFE training.

· Previous dietary experience in a hospital, skilled nursing care facility, or other related medical facility.


· Supervisory experience in a food service setting.

· Experience in cooking bulk food amounts in a health care setting.

· Course work in food preparation.

· Knowledge of modified diets and textures.


The essential functions of the job are based on the duties the person who holds the position will be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations.

· Understand and adhere to Valley Senior Living’s Corporate Compliance Standards, Code of Conduct, and all company policies and procedures.

· Assume the authority, responsibility, and accountability of the Dining Services department during the absence of the Dining Services Director and evening hours of operation.

· Perform assigned tasks in accordance with policies and procedures and as instructed by your supervisor or their designee.

· Comply with policies for sanitation, food handling, infection control, standard precautions, isolation procedures, and safety regulations. Report all incidents, accidents, and hazardous conditions.

· Use chemicals appropriately as instructed by the material safety data sheets (MSDS).

· Prepare meals that are palatable and appetizing in appearance for therapeutic diets in accordance with planned menu using standardized recipes as needed.

· Estimate food requirements and amounts needed for service to minimize waste and leftovers.

· Responsible for ordering supplies needed to prepare and serve meals.

· Manage the department in absence of the Dining Services Director.

· Adjust the daily staffing needs for the department due to staff absences. Recruit off-duty staff or reassign staff as necessary.

· Input dining services staff work schedule and keep schedule updated.

· Assist with the revision of policies and procedures of the department.

· Assist the Dining Services Director to monitor staff work performance, complete performance appraisals, and assist with the positive discipline process for evening staff.

· Assist Dining Services Director with the recruitment and selection of new employees.

· Collaborate with the Dietitian and Dining Services Director to implement menu changes as needed.

· Assist with and help to plan special functions.

· Serve food in an appealing manner according to menu, diet requirements, portion control, and the preferences of residents and tenants.

· Encourage residents to make menu choices and provide assistance for their needs, including transportation to and from dining areas, setting up their meal, offering seconds and alternative choices.

· Clean, sweep, mop, dispose of waste, and complete all scheduled cleaning duties.

· Clean dishes through scraping or using the dish machine and store the clean dishes.

· Work cooperatively with management as necessary and implement recommended changes.

· Operate kitchen equipment in a safe and sanitary manner.

· Perform clerical duties such as recording food temperatures, performing department audits, meal counts, reports, etc.

· Attend staff meetings, in services, and workshops as instructed.

· Ability to assist with the ordering of food and equipment supplies.

· Refer difficult and conflicting interactive situations, including allegations of potential resident mistreatment, to the appropriate supervisor and assist in resolving the problem.

· Understand the “Right to Know” regulation.

· Other duties as assigned.


The following skills are needed to perform the essential functions of this position:

· Maintain strict confidentiality and privacy of records, conditions, and information relating to residents, staff, and facility.

· Develop, encourage, and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, interest, and optimism in the needs of residents, families, visitors and co‑workers along with loyalty to Valley Senior Living.

· Develop, encourage, and maintain good communications with residents, staff, and visitors.

· Communicate a sense of caring, concern, empathy, and dignity for residents and staff.

· Recognize and respond to safety needs of the residents and staff.

· Effectively manage time and perform the essential functions of the job.

· Communicate professionally using English verbal, written, and listening skills.

· Adjust to changing conditions and job duties.

· Tolerate interruptions and possible aggressive behavior from residents in a professional manner.

Our Locations

  • Valley Senior Living on Columbia
    • 2900 14th Ave S.
  • Valley Senior Living on 42nd (Woodside Village, Wheatland Terrace, Town Square)
    • 4000 24th Ave S
  • Valley Senior Living on Cherry (Tufte Manor)
    • 3300 Cherry Street

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 701.787.7829.

Valley Senior Living is an Equal Opportunity Employer