Director Dining Services

Regular Full-Time


1 Applewood Drive, Freehold, NJ

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Flexibility Required

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Typically Monday to Friday, some weekends

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Applewood is a continuing care retirement community with 300+ residents is a warm and vibrant residential senior living community for people of ages 62 and older. We offer maintenance-free luxury cottages, senior apartments and a way of life that encourages health and well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. Residents enjoy the freedom to choose from ample on-site services and activities, or they can pursue hobbies and travel on their own without the responsibilities and stress of maintaining a home.


We believe happiness at work starts with the facility and culture, which is why we are so proud of Applewood- an award-winning Senior Living Community located on 40 beautiful acres in historic Freehold, New Jersey. Our facility really is second to none, and we’ve topped it off with a warm and welcoming company culture, where your team feels more like family.


Awards and Accreditations:

  • Department of Health & Senior Services – Advanced Standing with Distinction
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Stars, (Only five of 108 skilled nursing departments in central NJ earned a perfect score in each of the five Medicare categories)


Applewood s seeking a Director of Dining Services. Director of Dining Services works under the direction of the Director of Food Services in overseeing all local and state regulatory processes and implementing all aspects of the dining program for Assisted Living, Memory Care and Healthcare operations at Applewood.  Meets all operational, financial & personnel expectations of the department.


  • Ensures regulatory compliance to all CMS regulations, at all times for the Healthcare operation including those related to COVID19..  Accompanies CMS surveyor(s) during inspection of kitchen & dining room.  Immediately corrects any issues noted and provides documentation related to dining services to surveyors upon request.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance to all local health department regulations at all times – including those related to COVID19.  Accompanies local Health Inspector during inspections.  Immediately corrects any issues communicated during inspection by inspector.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance to all Advanced Standing regulations at all times for the Assisted Living and Memory Care operations including those related to COVID19.  Accompanies Advanced Standing surveyor during inspection of kitchen & AL/Memory Care dining rooms.  Immediately corrects any issues noted and provides documentation related to dining services to surveyor upon request.
  • Trains & monitors subordinate staff in all local, CMS and Advanced Standing regulations to ensure continued regulatory compliance and the highest level of service to all residents & sub-acute patients.
  • Ensures high levels of resident satisfaction by managing subordinate staff to provide excellent quality menu items and service. Attends & represents Dining Services at monthly resident council meetings for Assisted Living, Memory Care & Healthcare.  Follows up as required with staff to address issues discussed at meetings.
  • Interviews, orients, trains, schedules, coaches, counsels and reviews job performance on an ongoing basis. Completes annual performance appraisals and annual competency process for each employee. Disciplines employees as necessary; communicates job expectations; enforces Applewood and Centrastate policies and procedures.  Manages payroll process timely and effectively/
  • Achieves Dining Service operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; prepares and completes action plans; implements production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolves problems; implements change as required.
  • Meets Dining service financial objectives by forecasting labor and product requirements; scheduling staff to meet operational needs, purchasing product as required; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Identify food customs and nutrition preferences based on race, culture, religion, and food intolerances. Interviews and orients new residents regarding the dining services program
  • Implement diet plans and diet orders using appropriate modifications. Ensure that all resident/patient data in PCC (Point Click Care) is updated daily and/or as required.  Meets with dietician regarding menu development, meal preparation and resident needs to ensure resident satisfaction and adequate nutrition.
  • Develop and implement menus by reviewing feedback from residents, work with dietician to ensure regulatory & specific diet compliance and provides Executive Chef and Food Service Director suggestions for menus.
  • Review/audit temperature logs, meal tickets, tray cards & test tray data for completion and accuracy and follows up with staff if necessary to address omissions and/or errors.
  • Conduct regular Handwashing Audits, Sanitation Audits, Product Date & Label Audits & Disaster Cart Content Audits. Follows up with staff as required to address deviations from standard, established practices.
  • Protects food in all phases of preparation, holding, service, cooling, and transportation.
  • Purchase, receive, and store food following established sanitation and quality standards. Maintains an adequate level of inventory to meet the needs of the department.
  • Purchase, store, and ensure safe use of chemicals and cleaning agents
  • Manage kitchen equipment use, ensure preventative maintenance is performed and repairs scheduled ASAP as needed.
  • Control costs by reviewing portion control and quantities of preparation; minimizing waste; ensuring high quality of preparation.
  • Maintain safe, secure, and healthy environment by establishing, following, and enforcing sanitation standards and procedures; complying with local and State regulations.
  • Maintain ambiance by controlling lighting, background music, linen service, glassware, dinnerware, and utensil quality and placement; monitoring food presentation and service.
  • Maintain required certifications (eg CDM, Servesafe, BLS, etc) and update job knowledge by participating in Centrastate and other educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Enhance department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

  • A two or four year degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality or Business preferred
  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) certification either upon hire or obtained within one year of hire. 
  • Current Serve-Safe certification. 
  • Experience with PCC (Point Click Care)preferred but not required
  • Two years’ experience in Assisted Living and/or Long Term Care in a management capacity
  • Active Listening – Give full attention to residents, staff and managers, take time to understand points made & ask questions as appropriate
  • Reading Comprehension – understand written communications related to work
  • Writing – Communicate in a professional manner when writing and use appropriate verbiage for the audience
  • Critical Thinking – Use logic & reasoning to develop creative solutions to problems
  • Service Orientation – actively look to assist residents and staff members
  • Learning Strategies – implement effective measures to train “adult learners” in the required procedures and standards of the operation
  • Negotiation – assist in reconciling work related differences between staff members as needed
  • Instructing – teach others about new regulations, policies and/or procedures related to operation as required
  • Personnel Management – Motivate, develop & direct staff – identify the best staff member(s) to complete the job
  • Judgement & Decision Making – consider all relative costs, benefits and/or potential ramifications of decisions to determine the most appropriate action
  • Time Management – Manage one’s own time and monitor employee’s actions to ensure completion of all required tasks
About Us

CentraState Healthcare System, a partner of Atlantic Health System, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and convenient satellite health pavilions offering primary care and specialty physician practices, along with access to outpatient services, such as lab and physical therapy. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of less than two percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times and was designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company by Great Place to Work® for the second consecutive year.


When you bring your talent to CentraState, you are joining a trailblazing healthcare facility, committed to providing high-quality, patient-focused care. Join us in making incredible strides in health care, and making a difference in our community. We believe in enriching the lives of our employees through work/life balance initiatives, tuition assistance, career advancement opportunities and much more.


Find out why our employees love their jobs and being part of the CentraState family!


What We Offer:

  • Highly competitive compensation
  • Excellent benefits package and rewards program
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • 401(a) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Life Insurance 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Profit Sharing Program
  • Growth Opportunity and Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Continuing Education / Onsite Training
  • A warm, welcoming company culture based upon mutual respect and a collaborative goal of providing excellent patient care
  • Concierge Services with Work & Family Benefits
  • Magnet recognized healthcare facility
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At CentraState Healthcare System, we welcome and promote the diversity of our employee family!  Each unique person contributes to the overall success of this organization. Our inclusive culture fosters an environment of professionalism and respect for personal differences.


CentraState Healthcare System, is an equal employment opportunity employer and federal contractor or subcontractor and, therefore, abides by applicable laws to protect applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual or affectional orientation, national origin or nationality, citizenship status, disability, age, genetics, protected veteran status, ancestry, marital status.