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Executive Chef | Calgary Academy

The Organization

For over 40 years, Calgary Academy, a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school currently serving 640+ students, has provided an unparalleled environment that embraces students’ unique learning needs, while simultaneously inspiring them to achieve individual greatness. From helping students with their learning difficulties to challenging independent students to think bigger and do more than they ever have before, Calgary Academy has the expertise to tailor the way their staff teach to the way students learn. This holistic academic program pushes students to grow, succeed and set new goals both inside and out of the classroom.

Calgary Academy was founded in 1981 and is an independent school renowned for empowering unique learners to unleash their potential while pursuing lives of passion and purpose. Since its earliest days as pioneers in inclusive education, Calgary Academy has lived and breathed by a simple yet profound ethos: place the individual needs of each student at the heart of everything they do. Rooted in this commitment, the spirit of Calgary Academy is embodied by a unique and authentic energy. The organization’s growth-oriented, nurturing and inclusive culture promises that each student will be empowered to exceed their own expectations and to believe in the boundless opportunities the future holds. Hope, belonging, and a palpable sense of optimism fill the school and hearts of all employees. Calgary Academy’s four pillars and guiding principles are woven throughout innovative programming proven to be incredibly successful since its inception; however, the true essence of Calgary Academy can only be captured by a feeling that is difficult to portray with words but undeniable in spirit. It is a feeling that fosters safety and life-long loyalty, and it is why Calgary Academy is a place so many families, students, staff, and alumni are so proud to call home.

Vision: To be a beacon of possibility for richly personalized, engaging learning experiences that empower learners to pursue lives of passion and purpose.

Mission: We design engaging, dynamic, student-centered experiences that nurture a caring, inclusive culture and instill a love of learning.

For further information about Calgary Academy, please visit:

The Opportunity

Job Title: Executive Chef
Reports to:Direct line to the Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services
Direct reports:2, Sous Chef and Kitchen Assistant
Location:Calgary, AB
Working ConditionsTypical work hours for this position are 7:00 – 3:00 Monday – Friday (Variable according to business levels)



The Executive Chef will oversee the operations of the well-established Castle Café, with the primary goal of providing a range of high quality, nutritious meals to our students, staff, and guests, and contributing to an overall positive dining experience for all patrons (and the toughest food critiques of all – kids!). Responsible for developing menu offerings, the successful candidate will have the daily opportunity to utilize their culinary creativity and skills to maintain the Café’s reputation for amazing, from-scratch dishes.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Service, the Executive Chef will work closely with other internal departments and external suppliers to ensure a safe and efficient culinary function.

The Executive Chef will exemplify the REACH principles that guide behaviour across the Calgary Academy. The REACH principles are Respect, Enthusiasm, Altruism, Commitment, and Honesty. With Calgary Academy’s Strategic Plan being this role’s primary focus, all employees endeavour to serve and support the achievement of HLG’s Strategic Plans.

Key Accountabilities


  • Provide leadership, manage, support, motivate and prioritize distribution of tasks within Food Services team.
  • Take initiative to implement improvements or alternatives by evaluating organization outcomes that align with the organization’s and department’s strategic plan that meets or exceeds customer expectations.
  • Lead and/or support budget preparation, coordination and analysis.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Lead, maintain and review safe practices in their respective area to ensure employees are performing their duties in accordance with applicable legislation, Board Policy and organizational procedures.
  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to our performance appraisal framework ensuring support of performance and growth areas of direct reports through meaningful conversation, relevant and timely feedback, and collaboration on the completion of annual portfolio and professional growth plans; all of which aligns with the individual’s respective Quality Standard.
  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to all People & Culture reporting requirements as they relate to the performance appraisal framework.


  • Prepare, cook and present food daily alongside Sous Chef and Food Services Assistant.
  • Ensure consistency of presentation, production amounts and portion control as per Canada Food Guide, AHS and guest needs using standardized recipes.
  • Develop creative menus considering budget guidelines and safe practices.
  • Ensure the kitchen is clean and sanitary at all times.
  • Coordinate the work/lunch breaks for the function for timely food service and catering completion.
  • Manage inventory, ensure sufficient production and supply according to business levels and practice effective waste management.
  • Liaise effectively with HLG (Headwater Learning Group) Members, students and guests including sales and delivery contacts.
  • Liaise with facilities to address any repair and maintenance needs to offer safe and well-maintained workplace.
  • Address any equipment concerns or needs in a timely and effective fashion according to the existing protocols.
  • Manage service contracts, relationships with vendors, LunchTime school payment portal management and parent and internal communications.

Strategic Planning:

  • Prepare and adhere to annual budget as per Calgary Academy’s processes.
  • Develop strategic plans for improvements of food quality, processes or budgetary efficiencies within the function.
  • Collaborate/innovate/develop processes, efficiencies and ways to improve day-to-day operations of the Café.

Customer Care:

  • Ensure the quality of food and food sensitivity are accommodated through clear and consistent communication.
  • Maintain proper temperatures of food and follow food safety and hygiene guidelines.
  • Provide suggestions to accommodate catering requests for special events, clarify expectations and ensure quality and timeliness of services.
  • Receive and manage constructive feedback effectively with regards to food quality and operations, ensure excellent customer care at all times.


  • Demonstrate innovation through fostering creativity, adopting new practices and technologies, modernization, research, and partnerships.
  • Create an environment that fosters creativity, agility and innovative ideas and remove barriers that stifle the innovation spirit.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Provincial Culinary Apprenticeship
  • Federal Journeyman/Red Seal Accreditation
  • Levels 1 and 2 Food Safe


  • Minimum six years experience in related production business – restaurant, cafeteria, institutional, banquets
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with an executive leadership team and capacity to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficiency in email communication, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Experience with LunchTime payment portal, or related software is considered an asset

Competencies and Attributes

This position adheres to the Support Staff Leadership Quality Standard and competencies outlined within it:

  • Fostering Effective Relationships- A leader builds positive working relationships with members of the school community and local community.
  • Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning- A leader engages in career-long professional learning and ongoing critical reflection to identify opportunities for learning and improving leadership.
  • Embodying Visionary Leadership- A leader collaborates within the organization to create and implement a shared vision for employee success, engagement, learning and well-being.
  • Leading a Community of Learners- A leader nurtures and sustains a culture that supports evidence-informed practice and learning.
  • Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit – A leader supports the organization in acquiring and applying foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
  • Develop Leadership Capacity- A leader provides opportunities for members of the organization to develop leadership capacity and to support others in fulfilling their roles.
  • Managing Operations and Resources – A leader effectively directs operations and manages resources.
  • Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context – A leader understands and appropriately responds to the political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts impacting the organization.


Calgary Academy and the Headwater Learning Group are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that a diverse team benefits and enriches our work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
ALJF-574236 Executive Chef | Calgary Academy - AB - Calgary and Area (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.