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Title:  Supervising Chef

Application Deadline Date:  10/04/2022
Req ID:  40541
Department:  Mental Health

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


Come join a team of dedicated and compassionate staff at a new 16-bed state-of-the-art Secure Residential Facility in Essex, Vermont.. You will play an essential role in the person-centered treatment of adults with severe mental illness. The facility is over 17,000 square feet with a separate full-size gymnasium. The new facility is scheduled to open in early April of 2023 and will be transitioning from the current 7-bed Secure Residential Program located in Middlesex, Vermont.


The Supervising Chef manages, plans, and coordinates the provision of food for the residents of RVTR. He/she is responsible for developing and executing the menu. Participates in the training of employees in dietetics and food service procedures. Prepares reports related to food costs, inventories, number of meals served and waste. Supervises the ordering and storage of supplies for food service. Will develop special programs for residents that have special needs. Ensures that proper sanitation standards are maintained. Hires, supervises and evaluates subordinate staff.


The River Valley Therapeutic Residence (RVTR) aims to improve the health and well-being of Vermont's most vulnerable populations while focusing on psychiatric rehabilitation services and psychosocial treatment delivered in a recovery oriented, trauma informed, person-centered, holistic environment. The program offers a safe space to focus on recovery and community integration for those individuals no longer needing hospital level of care but who are not yet ready to transition back to the community. The State of Vermont offers outstanding employee benefits and generous paid time off as well as opportunities for professional development.


During this time of transition, individuals will need to travel to Middlesex, Waterbury, and Berlin for training and shadowing. There may be some flexibility for remote work during this transition as well.

Who May Apply

This position, Supervising Chef (Job Requisition #40541), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


Candidates, including current State employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, or persons exercising re-employment rights, must pass a fingerprint supported background investigation applicable to the position.  Additionally, in accordance with AHS Policy 4.02 - Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates. Hiring managers will notify applicants who are in the final stage of the interview process of the finger-printing and background check requirement, to which an applicant must agree to be deemed eligible for this position. Applicants will have the right to withdraw their applications before finger-printing and/or a background investigation is conducted.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in an institutional or residential setting requiring exposure to normal hazards associated with a large kitchen operation. Incumbents may be required to work at times other than normal hours. Food service presents a never ending series of production deadlines and staggered work schedules for subordinate staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in nutrition, food service, home economics, dietetics, or a closely related field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a large scale food service operation INCLUDING one (1) year or more of supervisory responsibilities.


Associate's degree in nutrition, food service, home economics, dietetics, or a closely related field AND four (4) years or more of experience in a large scale food service operation INCLUDING two (2) years or more of supervisory responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Specific knowledge of food safety standards.

Working knowledge of food service operations including patient food services, and/or retail food operations.

Knowledge of food production, presentation and delivery processes.

Knowledge of current industry trends and ability to apply them to different dining environments.

Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Strong leadership, employee, customer and public skills.

Demonstrated experience developing capital and operations budgeting, negotiating, and conducting financial analysis.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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