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Job Code: 586
Location: Mini Twelve Step House
Program/Department: Women’s Residential Program / Substance Abuse Program  (Drug Medi-Cal)
Reports To: Program Director
Salary Range: Staring salary based on experience, qualification, and budget. (100% time – 40 hours per week)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Position Purpose: The Chef oversees and manages food preparation for women’s residential substance abuse program (31 women and up to 10 children) located in South Los Angeles.  This position is responsible for maintaining a high standard of care within the Substance Abuse and Prevention Control (SAPC) and Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) program and State Alcohol and other Drug Program (ADP) design.  The Chef upholds the JWCH mission to improve the health status and wellbeing of under-served segments of the population of Los Angeles County.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Ordering food from US Foods and preparing menus
  2. The Chef orders, prepares and cooks meals for 31 bed residential program.
  3. Responsible for Kitchen Safety - Clean, Sanitize and/or proper disposal of cooking utensils and equipment; keep kitchen organized and safe according to all Food Safety guidelines and state requirements..
  4. Complete Nutrition Screening for each resident upon admission, and 2 other times during treatment episode
  5. Will co-facilitate therapeutic groups with Residential Wellness Navigator on nutrition, health, portion sizes, and feeding your children.
  6. Will develop a garden project to grow vegetables and fruit.
  7. Maintain relationship with local Food Banks
  8. Responsible for maintaining monthly food budget
  9. Comply with HIPAA and other mandates regarding client care and confidentiality.
  10. Participate in quality assurance of the program in conjunction with the Substance Abuse Manager and Director of Behavioral Health Programs
  11. Ensure organization’s adherence to all state, county and federal treatment standards and regulations
  12. Provide reports on contract compliance activities and program outcomes
  13. Attend seminars, conferences, and trainings relative to substance abuse and trauma informed treatment
  14. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Requires one year working as a chef in a residential program
  2. Prefers 2-3 years as a chef in a substance abuse residential program
  3. Knowledgeable of ordering food through online business (US Foods or others)
  4. Must have Food Handlers Permit with Serve Safe certification
  5. Working knowledge of health, safety and sanitation.
  6. Chef must be knowledgeable of addiction treatment; needs of pregnant and post-partum women and eating disorders.
  7. CPR and First Aid Certification and TB Test Cleared
  8. Bilingual capabilities in English and Spanish preferred
  9. Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  10. Perform multiple tasks while demonstrating the ability to work within a team construct
  11. Demonstrated ability to work independently and follow through on projects
  12. Exceptional organizational skills
  13. Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs)
  14. Valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance
  15. Must have reliable transportation
  16. Must be insurable

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) consider JWCH Institute, Inc. / Wesley Health Centers and its providers as Public Health Services employees, providing malpractice liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

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