AB - Calgary, AB T2J 7E6
Full-Time - Regional Culinary Specialist

Job Details
Employment type: Full-Time
Location: AB - Calgary AB, T2J 7E6
Req ID: 2023-207641

The Culinary Operations Specialist (COS) performs culinary operations in the absence of a community’s Executive Chef (EC) or Sous Chef. While working in the community the Specialist will ensure that prior to a new EC being hired, systems and standards are in compliance, kitchen operations are organized, and staff understands the expectations of their jobs. This allows a newly hired EC a strong foundation from which to operate from day one in the community.


The Specialist will work with the new EC for 1-2 days to help transition culinary operations from the Specialist to the EC. The Specialist will work closely with the Divisional Director of Culinary Services (DDCS) to assure continuity of Atria Retirement Canada’s culinary policies, expectations, and standards.


Customer Service:

  • Meet with residents to create a baseline of resident satisfaction then create plan to improve satisfaction.
  • Work with the Dining Room Manager so that s/he has a clear understanding of how to provide high level of customer service and how to create a restaurant style dining atmosphere.
  • Conduct wait staff training sessions on proper service in the dining room. Training includes order taking and table service, dining room first impressions, staff appearance, and dining enhancement programs.
  • Confirm that all culinary staff works closely together to deliver a food product that exceeds the residents’ and/or guests’ expectations.
  • Work alongside with the kitchen staff as needed to ensure that all food is prepared according to Company expectations and resident preferences.


Quality Enhancement/Provincial Inspections:

  • Review Food Safety and production standards with culinary services staff and ensure that all systems are in place to maintain compliance with Provincial regulations.
  • Delegate tasks to staff so that the kitchen and restaurant areas are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness and quality at all times.
  • Develop community specific cleaning schedules to ensure that the kitchen, dining rooms, and additional dining venues are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness.
  • Ensure that all food is prepared, stored, and served according to Food Safety Standards and with provincial and/or local health code requirements.



  • Meet with staff to jointly develop opportunities for improvement in order to meet operational goals.
  • Interview and hire staff for the Culinary Services department.
  • Assist with on boarding and training of new Culinary Services Staff.
  • Assist Kitchen and Restaurant staff with culinary operations as needed. This includes the ability to work all stations in the kitchen and/or dining room if needed.
  • Conduct and participate in monthly department meetings/in-services.
  • Responsible for planning, preparation and execution of Engage Life events, special events, banquets, and theme meals.


Fiscal Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director/Community Business Director on current month’s budget and spend downs.
  • Initiate and maintain spend down process (monthly expense management).
  • Work with the staff and residents in the planning and development of recipes and menus based on residents’ likes and dislikes, while maintaining monthly budgets.
  • Ensure that all staff uses and maintains equipment properly to avoid damage and costly repairs.
  • Confirm that there is appropriate inventory of kitchen supplies, small wares and table ware. As needed work with the Executive Director to bring inventories up to par as the budget permits.
  • Work with the purchasing department to ensure that approved vendors are being used.
  • Maintain strong and positive relationships with all vendors.


Marketing and Public Relations:

  • Work closely with the Community Sales Director and community staff to market the community.
  • Ensure that the kitchen and restaurant staff understands Company expectations and first impression requirements.
  • May perform other duties as assigned and/or requested
  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Five (5) or more years of culinary experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Able to resolve problems of dissatisfied customers and/or employees.
  • Food handlers permit as required by provincial law and/or Company standards.
  • Basic Computer skills – Microsoft Office products.
  • Will be required to travel up to 100% of time on behalf of Company.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license.
  • Must have or be willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, subject to legal requirements.

What’s the difference between a job and a meaningful, rewarding career? The people you serve. When you work at Atria, you have a front-row seat to the amazing life stories of the wisest people on earth. What’s more, you are part of an extraordinary company – one that’s investing in the future of senior living by investing in you. Don’t just do a job. Be part of an extraordinary life.


Atria is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.  Atria will not tolerate harassment or discrimination based on any of these protected classifications.

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. COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of all positions – proof of vaccination is required before you can start. We will evaluate potential accommodations for anyone seeking an exemption due to a medical condition or religious belief.
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: AB - Calgary AB, T2J 7E6
Community: Atria Senior Living
Req ID: 2023-207641

Benefits for Working at Atria Retirement Canada

Competitive Pay
Competitive Pay

Atria provides competitive wages as we value employee contributions and commit to investing in our employees.

Paid Holidays & PTO
Paid Holidays & PTO

In addition to company observed holidays, we encourage our employees to take earned time off to refresh, recharge, and spend time with their loved ones.

Comprehensive Health Plans
Comprehensive Health Plans

After satisfying the waiting period, employees at Atria are eligible for an array of benefits including medical, vision, and dental coverage, company paid short term and long term disability, as well as other voluntary benefits such as critical illness coverage.

Career Advancement Opportunities
Career Advancement Opportunities

We promote approximately 1,500 people a year.  Share your professional aspirations with your manager, and together we will work to achieve them. Atria focuses on talent development and growth opportunities within.

Tuition Reimbursement
Tuition Reimbursement

Want to earn a degree or pursue a new certification? Our tuition reimbursement program provides full-time employees with up to $5,250 a year in support for approved courses toward degrees and certifications.

Employee Loyalty Rewards Program
Employee Loyalty Rewards Program

Atria celebrates employees through different rewards programs including anniversary awards and recognition of great work.

Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match

We offer an opportunity for full-time employees to save for retirement through Transamerica. Traditional 401(k) and Roth options are available, and after one year of service, Atria offers a 50% match on a percentage of those savings.

Rewards & Recognition

Learn more about the many ways Atria celebrates employee achievements and rewards outstanding performance.

Health & Safety

Whether providing protection from flu, COVID-19 or natural disasters, we make safety a priority for both residents and staff.

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