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Do you know food and love the excitement of being in the kitchen preparing something amazing? The Cooks in our communitites do too! Their role is to assist the Dining Services Director (Executive Chef) in serving our residents amazingly delicious meals, in their home. They also support the creation and execution of our signature dining services programs. These culinary team members provide friendly, responsive service to create an exceptional and memorable dining experience for all of our residents. We serve Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner as well as two snacks, seven days a week. No late nights or super early mornings!

This position often grows into leadership opportunities at our communitites through following in the steps of the Dining Services Director. In 2015, Commonwealth won a “Best Practice Award” from the Virginia Assisted Living Association for our Farm to Table Program. In 2016, one of our Dining Services Directors won the “Outstanding Caregiver Award. View her story here VALA 2016 Dimond Award Winner


• Professional diploma or food services management experience required.

• Minimum 1 year of cooking experience required.

• Working experience in the retirement home industry preferred.

• Demonstrated knowledge of food and catering trends, quality, production, sanitation, food cost controls, and presentation required.

• Knowledge of methods and procedures for serving food, principles of sanitation, and principles of safe food handling required.

• Ability to lift up to 50lb required.

• Effective communication skills.

• Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment.

• Highly effective teamwork skills.

• Computer literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel and e-mail required.

• Attention to detail in all areas of work.

• Superior time management skills, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.

• Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills.

• Strong work ethic and positive team attitude.


·         Caring about people. Previous work with seniors would be fantastic!

·         Drive for doing the right thing and seeing things through to the end

·         Passionate about a job well done, having fun, and celebrating success

·         Confident to speak up

·         Great listener

·         Takes ownership and adds value – seeks to improve something every single day!

·         Consistently exhibits respect in all interactions

·         Ability and desire to provide exceptional customer service

·         Serve Safe Certification and previous line-cook experience in the food service industry would be ideal

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Commonwealth Assisted Living

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On January 18th 2002, our Founder and CEO, Richard J. Brewer, celebrated both the birth of his daughter, and the birth of a new company. Beginning with just three communities that year, Commonwealth Assisted Living has grown in both size and scope to 20 communities as of 2014, and become Virginia\'s premier provider of Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Mr. Brewer has been in the senior housing industry for almost 20 years. He has been intimately involved in the company\'s growth & development. With our Home Office located in Charlottesville, Virginia, our leadership team is within a four-hour driving radius of every one of our communities. Our entire team is dedicated to provide high-quality housing, personal care and comprehensive services that are responsive to the needs and preferences of residents and their families. Since acquiring our first community, we have grown to become one of the largest providers of assisted living services in the state of Virginia with a combined capacity of over 1,300 residents. 15 of our assisted living communities already offer our specialized Alzheimer\'s/dementia program, Sweet Memories™, and more growth is on the horizon. Our purpose is to provide optimum resident care with the most efficient operation possible. We have implemented many successful programs that have resulted in enhanced resident care and consistent compliance with regulatory standards. Our communities proudly display Commonwealth\'s Core Values Statement, outlining the key elements and actions that will attribute to resident satisfaction and the success of our communities as well as our organization as a whole. They read: “We CARE about people. We DO the right thing. We are passionate, have fun, and CELEBRATE success. We SPEAK UP! It\'s our responsibility. We take OWNERSHIP and ADD value in all we do. We are RESPECTFUL.” At Commonwealth Assisted Living, we care about our residents and their families in the same way we care about each other.

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