Dinner Chef – Summer Season

Classification: Temporary full – time, Non-exempt

Reports to: Cafe Manager

Dates: May 20 – September 20, 2024 (Flexible)

Standard Working Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location: Snowmass Village, CO

Our Dream:

Our dream is to find an experienced colleague to join our cafe team for the summer workshop season, primarily taking ownership of dinner service for our workshop participants Monday-Friday. The successful candidate has experience in restaurants or cafeterias and brings acquired expertise and problem-solving to the year-round team during our busiest season. They have an eye on the success of the whole team providing mentorship and support to the lunch service team, and then taking leadership of the dinner service, assuring timely delivery of healthy and fresh food. The ideal person has a positive and friendly disposition, takes pride in ownership, and enjoys not just feeding people, nourishing a culture of hospitality, sharing in the creative community, and building relationships.   


Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a year-round visual-arts not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization with a 55-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 in the artistic community.

Anderson Ranch’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 residential apartments and cabins. 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.

Anderson Ranch cultivates 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 staff.


Anderson Ranch’s mission is to enrich 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 three-year 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 national and 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 which build a community that appreciates, understands and supports art-making within the global contemporary art world and the human experience for both Anderson Ranch guests and the local community.

Work Culture: 

  • Changing Lives and Changing the World Through Art: We care about people and helping them improve their lives. We enable people to learn and grow, personally and professionally, in a challenging and supportive environment. We meet people where they are and help them reach their goals.
  • 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. 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, 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, interns, students, residents, visiting artists, volunteers, supporters and staff. We demand the best from ourselves and each other.
  • Culture of Critique: We believe in a “Culture of Critique” where we offer and receive honest feedback and support each other in learning and improving.
  • Culture of Results, Connectivity and Flexibility: We believe overachieving is better than overworking. We prioritize Anderson 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, hobbies or special interests.

Position Summary: 

The Dinner Chef – Summer Season is primarily responsible for delivering a buffet style dinner service for adult students, faculty, and staff participating in week long workshops. An important secondary responsibility to supporting and problem solving the Lunch Team’s execution.  

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Dinner Meal Service: Dinner Service includes planning meals, ordering ingredients, preparing, and cooking fresh healthy meals that align with the style and standards of the Ranch Cafe. Dinner is served daily from 6:00PM – 7:00PM, with dinners ranging from 50-100 pre-registered people. The Dinner Chef plans a five-day rotation of simple, healthy and fresh meals and variety throughout the week. The Dinner Chef works with the Cafe Manager and menu consultants to assure offerings align with the style and standards of the Ranch Cafe and can accommodate typical allergy concerns and preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options. The Dinner Chef assures the consistent quality, timely delivery, attractive presentation, and smooth service for students. At the conclusion of service, the Dinner Chef assures the kitchen and Cafe are ready for the Breakfast Team’s morning arrival.
  • Lunch Team Support: The shift begins each day by assuring the Breakfast/Lunch Team are prepared and supported in delivering lunch, the highest volume meal of the day. Including supporting rush service periods, problem solving service challenges, and assuring the overall success of the cafe team. This is a position that requires a willingness to mentor others, jump in and help, learn, and support the bigger vision of the cafe and Anderson Ranch. 
  • Planning, Management Support, and General Cafe Needs: This role requires working closely with the Cafe Manager, who actively oversees the cafe operations, staff supervision and assignments, scheduling, ordering, etc. The Cafe Manager is present for the breakfast and lunch services. In the absence of the Cafe Manger, the Dinner Chef is responsible for team oversight during dinner and post dinner service. With a primary focus on dinner service, the Dinner Chef is an important member of the team with an eye to overall cafe success.  
  • Safety, Cleanliness and Maintenance: Understand policies and maintain high standards for safety and cleanliness. Follow best practices for portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards, kitchen rules, policies and procedures. Maintain a clean and sanitary workstation including knives, cutting surfaces and line equipment. Handle, store and rotate all products properly. Handle equipment with care, having safety in mind. 
  • Communication and Customer Service: Frequent and ongoing communication with the Cafe Manager regarding schedules, orders that need to be placed, and any potential changes that need to be made. Attend meetings as needed and maintain a positive attitude and presence in the cafe. The Ranch is a community center, and the Dinner Chef must hold high standards and professionalism in interacting with co-workers and guests to welcome them, address questions and concerns, and assure they enjoy their time at Anderson Ranch. 

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 & 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.
  • Support Major Fundraising & Community Events: All staff are expected to support the major annual events that engage the public and fundraisers. These are “all hands on deck” efforts and all staff are expected to participate in ways outside their normal professional functions to make them a success from set-up, to execution, to tear down.
  • Professional & 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 conduct 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. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Heavy work that includes moving objects up to 50  pounds.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms.
  • Typical tasks as required to actively work in art studios/facilities in a historic building space with uneven surfaces, stairs, gravel walkways, etc. 

Expected Skills & Qualifications:  

  • Passion for food quality and hospitality
  • Experience preparing group meals at high volumes in short timeframes. 
  • Excellent efficiency & time management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to fairly resolve disputes and complaints.
  • Great attention to detail. 
  • Positive attitude.

Education and Experience: 

  • Five years of experience in food service is preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Base Salary: $25 – $40 / hour based on experience
  • End of Season/Success Bonus 
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • 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.

Employment requires successfully passing the pre-employment background check.

All inquiries and conversations will remain strictly confidential.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Anderson Ranch is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce.

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