The Bowery Mission is creating a new leadership ministry position. We are looking for an experienced leader with proven leadership and management experience to provide strategies for evaluation and control to achieve our ministry goal of being the best provider of compassionate care services in New York City.

The Director of Food Services will be based at our flagship site in Soho “on the bowery” but will offer leadership across all sites in our organization with a focusing on being a collaborative service partner to our Directors of our Men, Women and Youth Programs, fundraising staff and our wide-variety of donors/volunteers. The Director of Food Services will grow to be a catalyst to strengthen food services and industry standards for the Rescue Alliance, Association of Gospel Rescue Mission’s and other partner organizations that serve those caught in cycles of poverty.

Reports to: Senior Director of Buildings and Construction

Summary of Position Leadership and Scope:


  • Proactively manage a wide range of relationships with staff, volunteer, donors and our community
  • Oversee Food Handlers Certifications and industry standard training for Chefs, staff, interns and trainees
  • Evaluate current food gift in kind practices and provide new solutions and strategies for stewardship
  • Proven excellence in customer service both for our Life Transformation and Compassionate Care communities
  • Demonstrate initiative and sound judgment in assisting those we serve, peers and subordinates
  • Have the ability to think quickly and accurately, be able to evaluate problems and make appropriate recommendations to person(s) involved
  • Operate within budget, while providing excellent results

Scope – All Bowery Mission Sites

  • Develop and implement “Bowery Best Business Practices” across all sites – from purchasing, to preparing, serving, sanitation, storage, etc. of all food services for the Bowery Mission
  • Implement structured training of staff, students, trainees, and volunteers/donors
  • Direct and conduct safety, sanitation, and maintenance programs. Train and lead in the maintenance the kitchen facilities and kitchen equipment properly to ensure the safety of the kitchen team and volunteers.
  • Proactively manage all partner agency and health department inspections across all sites
  • Provide accurate accounting of Gift in Kind food received, distributed and record keeping of the meals served at our compassionate care center and distributed to each site in appropriate amounts, in a timely manner
  • Represent the Bowery Mission at industry related and donor meetings to speak as a subject matter


  • Understand the organization’s Statement of Faith and adhere to the Code of Conduct
  • Strategic thinker and creative problem solver with an emphasis on delivering and measuring action plans
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management or related field
  • 2+ years of direct food service operational management experience
  • Forward thinker
  • NYC Food Handler Certification
  • Professional, relational and collaborative communications skills – email, phone, in-person
  • Humble posture and growing passion for those caught in cycles of poverty


Prior Rescue Mission or similar ministry experience
Prior experience with safety regulations (CPR, Fire Safety etc,)
Flexible and high level of resilience during stressful situations
Organized and computer savvy
Valid NY State Drivers License

Please email a cover letter, resume and a one page writing sample outlining your approach to integrating donated food items, food services and ministry. Use “Food Services Director” in the subject line.

No calls please.