Part Time

Food Service Director

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South Street, Pittsfield MA

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires seeks a part-time Food Services Director to run the daily operations of our lunch program in a welcoming environment that meets the nutritional needs of the older adult population. The Food Service Director develops, plans, and executes the preparation of 20-40 meals daily, three days a week for most of the year, and two days a week during the summer. Full training and ongoing support on kosher dietary procedures provided. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning nutritious menus, sourcing and purchasing kosher foods, cooking meals, and overseeing clean-up of a shared commercial kosher kitchen.
  • Supervising and training of food aide, who assists with the food prep, cooking, and cleaning, as well as volunteers, who help with delivery and provide other support as needed.
  • Maintaining compliance with Kosher dietary procedures in purchasing and preparing food and maintaining the kitchen. Full training provided and there is ongoing support. 
  • Managing program administration, including budget control, food storage, accurate recordkeeping of participants, tracking and reporting of volunteer hours, etc.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with the older adults served. Observing changes in participants’ safety and well-being and making referrals or mandatory reporting as needed.   
  • Creating and distributing menu information in a timely and accurate manner for proper publicity.
  • Communicating with Federation staff to ensure the timely marketing of monthly menus and that volunteer positions are filled.
  • Maintaining compliance with current food safety standards and certifications, including those of the Pittsfield Health Department and SafeServ.


  • Good knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of managing a food service program, including menu planning, budget control, purchasing, cooking, and serving.
  • A minimum of 5 years of dedicated food service, preferably in a school, senior residence, or other institutional services, and two years of management experience in a food service environment.
  • Good knowledge of sanitary food handling and storage
  • Good understanding of fundamentals of nutrition as they apply to older adults,
  • Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Ability to express ideas clearly, prepare reports, and keep accurate records on participants and volunteers
  • Ability to develop and maintain good personal and community relations
  • Must be in good physical condition, including standing for prolonged periods, lifting up to 20 lbs, bending, stretching, and walking stairs. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must be computer savvy and have the ability to produce documents in WORD and spreadsheets in EXCEL.  

25-28 hours a week. Benefits include paid time off, a 403b retirement plan, and a flexible spending account. Pay is $26-28 per hour commensurate with experience plus a $2,500 sign on bonus. 

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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