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Employer: Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center
Location: Salem, SD 57058
Employment Type: Full Time

The Cook is responsible for preparing and cooking a wide variety of food for customers, employees, and visitors. He/she prepares food according to recipes and plans cooking schedules to meet mealtime schedules. In addition, the Cook directs other dietary employees in the absence of the Director of Dietary Services and the Assistant Director of Dietary Services.

1. Handles and prepares food in accordance with federal, state and local sanitary regulations.
2. Prepares nutritionally appropriate and appetizing meals, including modified consistency and therapeutic diets, as prescribed by the attending physician.
3. Meets required meal schedules.
4. Takes accurate measures to avoid food waste, including participating in production meetings with supervisor(s) and use of production sheets.
5. Properly cares for dietary equipment.
6. Follows menus and special diet instructions.
7. Takes food temperatures per policy and insures food items are prepared, cooled and stored in adherence to corporate, local, state and federal guidelines.
8. Communicates freely with supervisor(s).
9. Cooperates with other dietary department staff.
10. Ensures that residents and families receive the highest quality of service in a caring and compassionate atmosphere which recognizes the individuals’ needs and rights.
11. Performs other duties as requested.

1. Interacts with residents, families, visitors, and center staff.
2. Carries out other tasks as requested in situations where hands-on intervention/participation may be required.
3. Ability to read, write, speak and follow written and oral directions in the English language.
4. May be required to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, overtime and in different positions as facility’s needs require.
5. Must practice good personal hygiene and follow dress code requirements.
6. Must provide annual verification of a negative TB skin test.

1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Experience in institutional food handling is preferred.
3. Ability to read, write, speak and follow written and oral directions in the English language.

Customer Focus:  Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Integrity and Trust:  Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

Listening:  Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.

Conflict Management:  Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.

Informing:  Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit and/or organization; provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; is timely with information.

Drive for Results:  Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Problem Solving:  Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.

Building Effective Teams:  Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; foster open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in a team.


1. Ability to speak, read and write English fluently
2.  Bi-lingual skills as needed


Contact Information

Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center
500 Colonial Drive
Salem, SD 57058

Other Information

Category(s): Cook, Customer Service, Hospitality
Industry: Healthcare / Health Services
Experience Req.: No
Degree Req.: No
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