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Senior Center Head Cook

The Head Cook/Kitchen Manager is a full-time staff member responsible for the overall administration or the group meal program to over 300 older adult members at the Senior Center. The Head Cook/Kitchen Manager will be responsible for supervising kitchen staff, interns, and volunteers, while adhering to Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Department for the Aging (DFTA) standards and regulations. The Head Cook/Kitchen Manager will also provides daily and monthly reports aligned with DFTA standards, maintain a safe and sanitary kitchen, and develop a friendly and welcoming environment for older adults, volunteers, and visitors of the organization. 

The Senior Center at Sunnyside Community Services provides a number of essential services to older adults in a community setting, including education, recreation, physical health and exercise, mental health services, benefit assistance and referrals, as well as nutritious, freshly prepared meals each day. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the daily preparation and service of food for the Senior Center and agency programs as needed, following all DFTA nutrition guidelines and regulated portion sizes while following DOHMH regulations for over 350 older adults. May require breakfast service on occasion. 
  • Prepares monthly menu, with knowledge of Simple Servings Online Program and DFTA Standards requirements, following recommendations from client surveys and nutrition committee input.
  • Ensure meals are prepared fresh daily and maintains high quality standards and adjusts recipes to meet projected meal requirement and reduce waste.
  • Completes food orders, receives incoming food/kitchen deliveries as needed; responsible for maintaining invoice records, and completing purchase requests.  
  • Maintains, monitors, and reviews inventory of food, kitchen supplies, and equipment. 
  • Assists in the maintenance, cleanliness, and sanitization of refrigeration/freezer units, steam tables, beverage dispensers, dining room tables, cupboards, shelves/racks, work surfaces, cooking equipment, dishes, utensils, appliances, and storage areas. 
  • Arranges and directs the appropriate storage and safety standards of food and supplies.
  • Produces detailed reports including but not limited to daily meal cost, daily food used logs, daily food temperature logs, self-inspection logs, and food/supply inventory reports per DFTA standards.
  • Supervises and assists Assistant Cook and other kitchen staff as well as oversight of any kitchen volunteers/food handlers in meal preparation, service, and clean-up in line with DOHMH and DFTA standards and regulations.
  • Conducts training to Assistant Cook, Interns, and Volunteers/Food Handlers, as per DFTA and DOHMH standards.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary kitchen following adherence to DOHMH and DFTA standards and regulations.
  • Responsible for addressing any concerns or issues related to kitchen staff, supplies, and equipment.
  • Prepares food for special events.
  • Attends DFTA trainings and other related meetings/trainings as requested.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to remain on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry heavy items.
  • Possess a high degree of cleanliness.

Working Environment 

  • Kitchen environment and office setting
  • This position is considered essential. As such, the Senior Center Head Cook will be required to work in person at our main site. Sunnyside Community Services has established social distancing policies to ensure the safety of our essential employees.


  • Possession of a valid Food Protection Certificate as issued by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • High school graduate, or equivalent life experience.
  • At least two years of experience in group meal preparation, preferably in a community center setting.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, and Outlook.
  • CPR certified and AED/first Aid Certified or be willing to attend both trainings.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to work some flexible hours (e.g., evenings and weekends).
  • Ability to work on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Bilingual, English/Spanish.

SCS offers an excellent benefits package:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Flexible spending account and transit program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 20 days of paid vacation and 12 paid sick days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Six personal/floating days
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability

How To Apply

Please forward a cover letter and resume with subject line "Senior Center Head Cook" to

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, initial interviews will be held virtually. Second interviews will be conducted on site at our main location where the position will be based. 

Please note: If hired, Sunnyside Community Services requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing as a condition of employment.

About Sunnyside Community Services:

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) is a multi-service, community-based organization providing a broad range of services to approximately 16,000 people of each year. Our services include pre-kindergarten and after-school programs; college prep and career programs for teens and young adults; supports for immigrants; a vibrant senior center, dedicated home care services, support and assistance for family caregivers, and social adult day program for people with cognitive and physical impairments.

Sunnyside Community Services’ strength lies in our ability to work with people at every stage in their lives and in their own communities. We pride ourselves on an approach that is comprehensive, caring and community based.  

Sunnyside Community Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



Sunnyside Community Services

Post date: 

September 1, 2021

Sunnyside Community Center

We enrich lives and strengthen communities through services and engagement for individuals at all ages, beginning with those most in need.