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Open Position / Cabra

Job Title: Chef                  

Location: Primary location will be St Mary’s Boarding Campus, Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Ad Hoc required cover in St. Josephs Boarding Campus, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7.

Salary: 23,209 – 26,270 depending on experience

Contract duration: 2-year fixed Term, Part – time, normally Monday – Thursday 2pm-7pm


Reach Deaf Services seeks a professionally qualified Chef that will share our commitment to high standards and will ensure that boarder needs and preferences are recognised and delivered. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and good interpersonal skills, who will build rapport with the boarders and recognize them as core to the service.  The selected candidate will need to actively work in line with our healthy eating policy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Below are the key areas of responsibility;

  • Plan the provision of the catering service taking into account budget, variety, nutrition and seasonality, appropriate to the needs of boarders and staff
  • Cater for special diets as required and for religious / cultural beliefs
  • Facilitate boarders to prepare and cook their own meals if they so wish
  • Ensure operation to the highest professional standards are in operation per HACCP
  • Ensure compliance with organisational policies and procedures, national legislation, HACCP, Environmental Health Authority, HSE, HIQA and other applicable standards
  • Ensure that all procedures take account of health and safety policy and that personal protective equipment / professional attire is worn as required
  • Report to management any observations regarding potential hazards, faulty equipment, equipment or facilities maintenance requirements, misuse of equipment or other safety issues, problems or irregularities
  • Manage and supervise the kitchen aide and other staff assigned to the area
  • Maintain records relevant to catering and food storage per HACCP and ensure proper labelling, and secure storage of supplies
  • Be committed to on-going training and self-development to ensure that knowledge, skills and expertise are appropriate to changing requirements
  • Integrate with the boarders on projects in their home economics / cookery interests, and cater for functions as required
  • Prepare realistic menus in line with the outcome of the boarder’s committee meeting and professional advice from Dietician
  • Order catering supplies in compliance with the agreed procedures and practices
  • Use all cleaning agents in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, in compliance with Infection Control Policy and HACCP guidelines and store in a safe and secure manner away from boarders’ access
  • Regularly inspect the kitchen and dining area to ensure that a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained, and document such audits
  • Ensure that all equipment is switched off and that the kitchen area is clean and fully secured at the end of the day
  • Arrange for the disposal of all kitchen waste in accordance with procedures
  • At all times comply with the provisions of the Safety Statement and Risk Assessments.
  • Observe confidentiality in all work.


Key Requirements:

Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):


  • Level City and Guilds 7061/7062 or equivalent
  • QQI (Formerly FETAC) Level 3 in Irish Sign Language or willingness to learn


  • Minimum three years’ experience working as a chef in a similar setting
  • Experience managing a kitchen as per HACCP and supervising a kitchen aid
  • Knowledge of HIQA Hygiene Standards


  • Continuous Professional Development as required by best practice standards
  • HACCP Training
  • Core Competency Training as required by the role, to include Child Protection and Safeguarding, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, Infection Control, Risk Management

Key Behaviors:

  • Good Attention to detail
  • Demonstrates Initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • Good Planning and Organising skills
  • Creativity
  • Good time management


Any interested applicants should forward their CV and a short covering letter stating their suitability for the role. Please email  by 29th January 2023

If you require further details on this role, please contact me directly at

All offers of employment with Reach Deaf Services may be subject to Garda Vetting/PSNI clearance.

Kristina Harris

HR Generalist

To apply, send a C.V. and cover letter to our email address: