Café Kitchen Manager

Our Dream

The Café Kitchen Manager will add value to the culture and mission of the Ranch through the food services they provide. Their primary objective is to develop and implement a culinary vision that advances strategic goals and objectives of the organization with an eye for the bottom line. The ideal person for this role has a solid culinary background and is reliable, pleasant and flexible. They enjoy receiving feedback, collaborating with colleagues and problem solving. They aspire to build something great and strive to develop food offering and a team that please customers and enhance the reputation of Anderson Ranch.

Who We Are

 Anderson Ranch Arts Center (the Ranch) is a year-round visual-arts organization with a 50+ year history of providing transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making and creative dialog, at the intersection of craft and the global contemporary art world. Anderson Ranch brings together both aspiring and internationally renowned artists who come from across the country and around the world to test new ideas, explore new disciplines and techniques, hone their art-making skills, engage in meaningful dialog, and connect with thought leaders and world-renowned collectors, critics, and influencers.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s campus is an artistic community nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The Ranch campus consists of 14 buildings providing 55,000 square feet of facilities including eight studio buildings, a gallery, a lecture hall, café, store, administrative offices, a student dormitory, as well as apartments and cabins for artistic staff and artists. State-of-the-art equipment allows cross-disciplinary experimentation within the mediums of ceramics, woodworking, photography, digital fabrication, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. The campus is an oasis of renovated 19th-century cabins and barns that sit alongside contemporary designed buildings, all within the renowned cultural and recreation communities of Aspen/Snowmass, CO and the Roaring Fork Valley.

We cultivate a culture of experimentation and collaboration, offering world-class art making facilities and equipment across diverse mediums, experienced visiting faculty and access to the highest quality artistic staff.

Our Mission: Anderson Ranch Arts Center enriches lives with art, inspiration, and community

We achieve this by offering:

  • Workshops: Providing intensive 1-3-week workshops for artists of all levels and all ages that both improve technical art-making skills and provide transformative experiences for art makers.
  • Advanced Mentoring Programs: Offering advanced three-year advanced mentoring programs that advance artistic practice and careers in the arts.
  • Artist Residencies: Providing 5 and 10-week long juried Artists-in-Residence programs which give emerging and mid-career professional artists the time, space and resources to develop new work using our world-class facilities.
  • Visiting Artist Experiences: Providing flexible and unique curated experiences to support established international artists seeking a retreat to experiment in new mediums or with new techniques and ideas, supported by our staff.
  • Anderson Ranch Editions: an artist’s workshop and print publisher program for hand-printed limited-edition lithographs, screen-prints, and etchings by established artists.
  • Community Engagement: Hosting lectures, discussions, seminars, and special events that build a community that appreciates, understands, and supports art making within the global contemporary art world and the human experience for both our Ranch guests and the local community.

Our Work Culture

  • Changing Lives and Changing the World Through Art: We care about people and helping them improve their lives. Helping people learn and grow, personally and professionally, in a challenging and supportive environment. We meet people where they are and help them step in the right.
  • Culture of Diversity & Inclusion: We learn from diversity and it makes us stronger. At the center of our mission is helping people find their whole selves in their artistic practice and. We strive to live the same values in our professional lives. That includes actively embracing diversity of age, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, as well as background and experience. We approach our work thoughtfully, make mistakes, learn from each other, and share a commitment to inclusivity.
  • Rigor & Excellence: We provide the best possible experience for our community of guests, including faculty, students, residents, Visiting Artists, volunteers, supporters and staff. We demand the best from ourselves and each other. We believe in a “Culture of Critique” where we offer and receive honest feedback and support each other in learning and improving.
  • Culture of Critique: We believe in offering honest feedback to each other and helping each other explore our efforts and improve our outcomes. We believe in being open to hear and learn from each other’s feedback.
  • Culture of Results, Connectivity and Flexibility. We believe overachieving is better than overworking. We prioritize the Ranch and get the job done 110% by being available when needed, by being open, working collaboratively, welcoming feedback and getting work done efficiently, effectively and on time. Once this is achieved, we enjoy the flexibility of where and when we work; we can pursue our passions, be it art-making, family, hobbies, special interests or obsessions.

Position Summary

The Café Kitchen Manager supervises daily back of house kitchen operations. Their responsibilities include supervising the food prep and cooking, maintaining a fully-stocked kitchen inventory and complying with safety and cleanliness standards. To be successful in this role, you should be able to manage kitchen staff and guide them to deliver quality food on time. Ultimately, they will ensure all plates of food are properly cooked and served and our customers have a pleasant dining experience.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Food Prep and Cooking: Create, plan and document menus inclusive of guest accommodation with a wide variety of dietary restrictions and allergies; Cook breakfast, lunch and dinner; Train and supervise kitchen staff on prep work, cooking and food plating; Order, prepare and pack food for Grab & Go program; Oversee Beverage Program.
  • Staff Management: Hire kitchen staff; Train, supervise, provide feedback to kitchen staff and take disciplinary action as needed; Schedule kitchen shifts; Ensure kitchen staff maintain accurate time cards, attends staff meetings and completes their administrative duties; Attend  internal meetings as kitchen representative and communicate necessary information back to culinary and service staff on a weekly basis.
  • Safety, Cleanliness and Maintenance: Possess a solid knowledge of food safety and safe food production techniques including current ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification; Ensure department operates to Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations; Actively maintain a high level of sanitation, orderliness and safety standards in the kitchen and dining area; Constantly refine safety procedures and standards to meet the needs of the operation; Maintain kitchen equipment in proper working order.
  • Ordering, Inventory and Cost Control: Operate food and beverage department within budgetary guidelines; Track monthly food budget and process/code invoices for payment; Maintain accounts with vendors and create effective ordering system; Order food, supplies and kitchen equipment as needed; Receive food and beverage shipments, ensuring they match orders and resolve errors with vendors; Price menu items and establish portion sizes.

Staff Community Responsibilities:

  • Community Outreach Leader: All staff members are expected to build and lead partnerships with community organizations as they relate to their area of responsibility and to actively support the outreach efforts of other team members.
  • Engaged and Supportive Team Member: All staff are expected to support colleagues and engage in the programs and events of the Ranch by attending lectures, artist talks, fundraising events, and community wide events and being available to jump in and help make them a success.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Continuing to learn and improve is a job requirement of all staff. Team members are expected to be growing, learning, and improving in their artistic and professional lives.
  • Brand Ambassador: All team members are expected to comport themselves in a manner that is fitting with the organization; represent the Ranch both on and off-campus, as well as online and on social media, keeping in mind that positivity and professionalism are respected and appreciated.

Other Duties:

  • The descriptions above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the role. 
  • All personnel are required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
  • This role requires a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours as needed, and particularly intense time demands in the summer months.
  • This job description may be changed or updated at any time throughout employment. 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company paid medical insurance, option to add additional family
  • HSA contribution
  • Long and short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off – Up to 22 days during first year of service
  • Sick Leave – Up to 12 days during first year of service
  • Professional/continuing education support
  • Retirement plan/discretionary 401K match
  • Artistic staff studio space (for artistic staff only)

All inquiries and conversations will remain strictly confidential.

Reports to: Director, Food and Beverage Services

Supervises: Kitchen Staff

Employee Type: Full Time Regular Employee

Salary Range: $58,000 – $78,000

Location: Snowmass Village, CO

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to

NOTE: The above is an abbreviated representation of benefits defined in the Employee Handbook, which governs all employment terms. No other verbal or written exceptions to those terms are honored without a written directive by the President and Chief Executive Officer and signed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees.