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Culinary Director

Jefferson House Memory Care Community

This is a Full-time position in Kirkland, WA posted May 9, 2022.

A Culinary Director with Koelsch Communities is not just providing another daily meal for someone, you are leading a team who create gorgeous and delicious food for people like your grandparents. We even partnered with Royal Chef Darren McGrady to create an outstanding menu!
  • Purchase all food and manage inventory, ensuring effective cost controls and vendor service and quality
  • Actively prepare meals, manage the menu as planned, check-in food upon delivery, and manage dietary needs
  • Training, manage, and schedule staff to ensure that excellent customer service is provided
  • Ensure the highest nutrition and food quality for the health and pleasure of the residents while complying with all federal, state, and local regulations to ensure sanitary and safe operations
  • Plans and executes entertaining dining events and themes in conjunctions with the Activities Director, Marketing Director, and other administrative staff to optimize the life and pleasure of the residents
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Candidates must have completed an approved Dietary Manager’s Course or possess a ServSafe Certificate*
  • Must have knowledge of dietary procedures, as well as related Health Department regulations and guidelines pertaining to food service operations
  • Minimum of 1 year dining services management experience, including management of food inventories and budgets
  • At least 2 years in a supervisory role of others preparing food and servicing customers
  • Must be drug free and submit to urinary analysis drug screening upon hire and routinely
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check upon hire and as required by state regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively with residents, families, staff, vendors, and the general public
  • Flexibility with schedule (must be able to work weekend and evening shifts)
  • Basic knowledge of special dietary needs
*Qualified candidates without ServSafe certificate may be considered but must obtain certification within first 30 days of employment


  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Accident, and other insurances (pay as low as $40 per pay period!)
  • Receive $900 annually paid into your HSA account
  • Employer HSA Contributions
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Earn $500 through our referral program
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays
  • Work/Life Balance, consistent/flexible schedules
  • Opportunity for growth within the organization
  • Achievement Awards
  • Length of Service Bonuses: up to $2,000 progressively paid out over tenure
  • Signature company jacket and plaque awarded every 5 years of service
  • Complimentary meal during scheduled shift


We are third-generation, family-owned, and operated. Koelsch Communities operates nearly 40 communities in eight states, with multiple new communities in development. Koelsch has led the Senior Living industry for over 60 years, delivering world-class customer service, home craftsmanship, and unprecedented amenities. Koelsch Communities strives to provide a positive, rewarding, and enjoyable environment to all of its employees and residents. After all, the common purpose at Koelsch Communities is: To create happiness by providing the finest living experiences anywhere.

Koelsch Communities is an equal opportunity employer and these protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, appraisal systems, promotions/demotions, training, and any other career development programs. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status (physical or mental), family medical history, genetic information, political affiliation or any other non-merit-based factors.

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