Executive Chef

Food Service Traverse City, Michigan


Joining the Wallick Senior Living team as the Executive Chef is your opportunity to make an impact in the daily lives of our senior residents. At Wallick, we take our mission of opening doors to homes, opportunity, and hope seriously through providing exceptional, mission driven care. 

Come be a part of building the nursing team in our BRAND-NEW building, Meadow Valley, set to open summer of 2024.


  • This is a full time, salaried position
  • Flexibility is required. 


  • Pay on-demand (access your money as you earn it) 
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance within two weeks
  • Free meals
  • Company provided uniforms
  • Gym membership or Fitness equipment reimbursement 
  • Company paid life and long-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary life, short-term disability, accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity coverage
  • Paid time off & Holiday Pay
  • 401(k) with a company match after 90 days 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus   

Working at Wallick Communities: 
Diversity, equity, inclusion, plus belonging. Four impactful words. One powerful and transformative journey. Here at Wallick, we know that when we invest in the equity of each group, all groups benefit. It’s not about one person, one idea, nor any one action. It’s about what we can accomplish together. Join us and work towards creating an inclusive and diverse workforce experience at Wallick.   

About your role as Executive Chef:  In accordance with the Wallick Mission and Values, you will be enhancing our culinary services in our Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities with a focus on the resident, ensuring they are provided nutritious and high-quality meals to our residents.     

The Executive Chef will report to the Executive Director. This position will work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the residents.     

Your Responsibilities as an Executive Chef on our team:      

  • Responsible for management of day-to-day operations of the kitchen to include staffing, training, budgeting, and forecasting. 
  • Oversight and supervision of all kitchen staff and servers for day to day and long-term operations to include hiring, training, and developing associates.
  • Responsible for ensuring menu quality, consistency and creativity are at the highest level while maximizing resources.
  • Oversee all production of food.
  • Maintain visibility to customers, soliciting/requesting feedback on food quality and responds to guest concerns appropriately and professionally to resolve any issues.
  • Assure that adequate supplies are maintained.
  • Maintain kitchen equipment.
  • Maintains Kitchen, Walk Ins, Dry Storage to acceptable sanitation requirements.
  • Maintain control of the yearly budget for payroll for the Food Service Department.
  • Staying current on industry trends and techniques.
  • Review and approval of all Food Service invoices for accuracy.
  • Maintain and use approved vendors for services and supplies.
  • Assist with development and implementation of culinary standards, guidelines, and procedures company wide.
  • Accountable for meeting or exceeding all State and company sanitation requirements.   

About You: You have great customer service skills, and are flexible, compassionate, and dependable. Previous experience working in an Assisted Living or Memory Care Community is a plus, but all are encouraged to apply!        

You also have:    

  • Associate degree in culinary arts or related field from an accredited college or university. 
  • 3 or more years of culinary leadership experience in independent or assisted living is desirable or, 3 or more years’ experience as a culinary leader with growing responsibility. 
  • Must meet State Board of Health requirements. 
  • Must understand safety procedures.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills to work with all levels of co-workers, residents, family members and business partners. Ability to read, analyze and interpret reports.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from internal and external sources.
  • Must be proficient using Microsoft Office.
  • Effective in making complex decisions requiring a high degree of judgment.
  • Knowledge of all phases of food administration, cost control and familiarity of all food service required.
  • Ability to understand and analyze Budget & P&L Statements.
  • Proven leadership and critical thinking skills required.
  • Must possess excellent customer service and employee relations skills. 

About Wallick:    

Wallick Communities gives low-income families, single parents, and senior citizens a place called “home” – thanks to five decades of experience in developing, building, managing and overseeing affordable multi-family housing and assisted-living communities across the mid-west.      

  • 55 years serving our communities 
  • 24,000+ residents call our community’s home  
  • 9 states and growing  
  • 1000+ associates  
  • 92% associate engagement score 

Wallick Mission: Opening doors to homes, opportunity, and hope.       

Wallick Values: Our Values flow directly from our Mission and set the expectation for how all associates work together.  These values are:     

  • Care  
  • Character  
  • Collaboration