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Date: Apr 16, 2021

Location: PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL, US, 34987

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Requisition No: 334344 

Agency: Veterans Affairs

Working Title: FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR I - SES - 50455001

Position Number: 50455001 

Salary:  $25,479.22 - $39,620.36 

Posting Closing Date: 04/22/2021 

Requisition #334344 



Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home

Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County

Annual Salary: $25,479.22 - $39,620.36

Paid Bi-Weekly

The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is seeking a highly motivated, energetic and dedicated Food Service Professional to lead Dietary Services at the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility that will soon be home to those who gave their all in service of our country.

Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan. Health, vision, dental, disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day. Tuition waiver available for State Universities and Community Colleges - up to six (6) credits per semester. 


  • Must be credentialed as a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) or Registered Dietitian
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in food service plus minimum one (1) year of experience supervising food service operations and staff
  • Computer proficiency
  • Successful completion of a Level 2 criminal background screening, drug testing, and due diligence process.


  • Employment experience in a long-term care facility with a geriatric population
  • Electronic dietary tracking experience
  • Food production experience
  • Food purchasing and inventory experience
  • Willingness and ability to create and communicate menus suitable for a geriatric population


The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Administrator and will plan and direct the facility food service and staff to ensure sanitary, safe, nutritious and cost-effective meals and snacks for residents.  Ensures residents’ needs for therapeutic meals are met and reflect likes and dislikes. 

Maintain all phases of food purchasing, storage, preparation, production control, merchandising, service, and inventory control and ensure the functioning of the dietary department in accordance with Federal and State Statutes and Regulations. 

Will attend Care Plan meetings and complete MDS.

Manage a staff of Food Service Administrators, Food Control Specialists (cooks), Food Support Workers, and others assigned to work in the food preparation activities of the Home. 

Plan all work schedules so that workloads, special functions and events are covered and maximum use of staff and time are utilized. 

Train staff in performing their duties in an efficient manner.  Motivate employees to obtain their maximum quality and quantity of work. 

Interact with residents of the Home to address areas of concern and to maintain a positive image.

Initiate all purchase requests for food and other kitchen supplies.  Maintain inventory control.  Maintain food production control.  Verify incoming shipments.  Maintain necessary cost analysis paperwork and ensure the entire department is functional within budgetary guidelines.

Ensure safety and sanitation procedures in the preparation and serving of food and in the use and cleaning of food production equipment.  Train staff in proper sanitation and preparation techniques.  Oversee proper use, care and maintenance of all kitchen equipment.

Evaluate employees, present performance standards and evaluations.  Hire and discipline all Food Service employees.  Oversee training of all new food service employees.  Present in-service instruction on needed topics.

Consult with the Dietitian regarding menus; policies and procedures; in-service; clinical nutrition concerns; Total Quality Leadership concerns; compliance with all state and federal regulations; and any other areas of concern. Develops policy and procedures to manage the food service department and trains staff.

Perform other related duties as required.

This position is in the Selected Exempt Service system.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie