Sacramento, CA 95608
Full-Time - Regional Culinary Specialist – Sacramento

Job Details
Employment type: Full-Time
Location: Sacramento CA, 95608
Req ID: 2024-248988

The Regional Culinary Specialist is responsible for providing overall leadership, support, and guidance to the Culinary Services staff in an assigned group of  communities.    Additionally, the Regional Culinary Specialist maintains culinary operations at a specific community in the absence of Community Culinary Leadership.  While working in the community, the Specialist ensures that basic systems and standards have been initiated, kitchen operations are organized, and staff members understand the expectations of their job.  By doing this, newly hired Culinary Leaders can have a strong foundation from day one in the community. The Specialist, pending the direction of the National Culinary Director, may be required to assist or lead the on-boarding plan for the new Culinary Leader.

  • Manage the community kitchen and provide meal service in the absence of Community Culinary Leadership.
  • Evaluate the food program, enhance the culinary knowledge of the staff, ensure culinary procedures are being followed, establish work plans for the kitchen and confirm that assigned communities are 100% compliant with all required guidelines to ensure clean, safe, and sanitary environment.
  • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, training, developing, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Ensure food orders are placed following proper ordering process and manage to the community’s food & labor budget.
  • Motivate, inspire, train, and coach community team to implement the brand’s dining vision and exceed performance targets.
  • Create a culture of service by ensuring community teams understand their business, can deliver superior service, and abide by all company processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Serve as a catalyst for integrating process improvements, leading, and championing tactical implementation of enhancements and/or changes. Able to inspire and motivate others to drive improvements.
  • Ensure full compliance and effectiveness of the HACCP (Food Safety) program.
  • Implement and monitor culinary strategies that enhance profitability for the organization.
  • Complete all required reports, logs, and conducts culinary and sanitation evaluations on a regular basis with timely follow-up (ensuring Sarbanes Oxley compliance).
  • Travel is extensive and required (up to 100%)

Quality Enhancement/State Inspections:

  • Review Quality Enhancement standards with the Culinary Leader(s) and Culinary Services staff and ensure that all systems are in place to maintain or exceed designated Quality Enhancement (QE) scores.
  • Train and uphold Quality Enhancement standards at all times at assigned communities.
  • Ensure that state specific standards are maintained at all times. Work closely with Culinary Leaders to review state guidelines and regulations and to implement policies and procedures so that regulations are met at all times.

May perform other duties as needed and/or assigned.

  • Five (5) or more years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve problems of dissatisfied customers and/or employees.
  • Serve Safe certified.
  • Basic Computer skills – Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Will be required to travel up to 100% of time on behalf of the Company.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license.
  • Position requires driving responsibilities (may use Company provided vehicle and/or personal vehicle).
  • Must satisfactorily meet and be in compliance with Company motor vehicle policy standards and Travel Policy.

We create communities where employees thrive in their work, helping our residents thrive in their homes.

We strive to enhance the lives and exceed the expectations of those we serve every day. To do this, we cultivate the diverse talents of our team members in order to achieve something together that they could not do alone.


Atria Senior Living’s family of brands has immediate openings for individuals looking for a career with competitive pay and outstanding benefits, including:


  • Paid holidays and PTO
  • Receive annual anniversary rewards
  • Benefits include: Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance
  • 401(k) employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement


* Enrollment in benefits varies by employee classification; anniversary reward amounts vary by location

As a valued team member at Atria, you’ll work in a supportive environment that provides advancement opportunities and promotes a healthy work-life balance. Apply now!


The salary range for this position is $80,000/yr. – $90,000/yr. dependent on prior work history and experience.

Hiring Step 1
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Hiring Step 2
Application Review
Every application is given due consideration. If your experience and skills are aligned with the job requirements, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview.
Hiring Step 3
Interviews & Assessments
Your interview will be conducted by phone or in person with an Atria recruiter or hiring manager. This process may include additional interviews, reference checks and skill assessments.
Hiring Step 4
Offer Letter
If you are chosen for the position, an offer will be made by phone and email. The email will include a letter which you’ll sign electronically, return to us and can download for your records.
Hiring Step 5
Post-Offer Hiring Process
You’ll receive all needed forms, instructions and our contact information if you have any follow-up questions. This process may include a background check and/or a drug screen.
Hiring Step 6
Check-ins from your future team
As turnaround times vary for screening results, we’ll provide any needed updates and let you know what to expect for your first day on the job.
Hiring Step 7
First day and onboarding
Congratulations – we’re excited to have you join our team! Onboarding varies by position, but on your first day at Atria you’ll typically meet coworkers, take a workplace tour and begin any required training.
Job Details
Employment type: Full-Time
Location: Sacramento CA, 95608
Community: Atria Senior Living
Req ID: 2024-248988

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