Australian Consulate-General
New York
United States of America

Position Vacant - Chef and Residence Manager

The Australian Consul-General in New York invites applications for the position of Chef and Residence Manager at his official residence. Employment will be offered on a contract basis for an initial period of 1 year.  The salary will be US$53,000 per annum.  Continued employment is subject to successful completion of a 3 month probation period. 

The remuneration package includes recreation and personal days, uniform allowance and medical and dental benefits.

The position will be employed by the Australian Consul-General and not the Australian Consulate.

The Australian Consul-General will arrange the necessary work authorisation for the successful applicant should he/she be a non-US citizen or non-US Permanent Resident.

In accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of State, the applicant will be provided with transportation to and from the United States upon the commencement and cessation of employment.


  • Under the direction of the Consul-General, you will perform the following duties:
  • Supervise the running of the household including supervising staff and liaising with the Consulate-General when required including maintenance and repair of Residence issues;
  • Prepare menus for consideration by Consul-General;
  • Consult with Consul-General concerning menu preferences for official breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and receptions and for family meals as required;
  • Prepare food for official functions and family meals as required;
  • Shop and order food supplies for representational functions and for household requirements;
  • Maintain household accounts, including for the preparation of representational returns;
  • Complete and maintain data base, recording menus, guests, dietary restrictions and other relevant information to assist management of expenditure of funds and representational activity; and
  • Maintain kitchen and kitchen equipment in clean, working order.
  • Serve at table for small functions and receptions as required;
  • Other household duties as required


  1. Minimum 5 years’ experience as a chef including experience or ability to prepare and present modern Australian cuisine.
  2. Culinary qualification.
  3. Experience cooking for large groups and high level clients, menu planning and sourcing quality ingredients.
  4. Experience in preparing and presenting a variety of menus including cocktail food, family meals and three course formal meals.


To work at the Australian Consul-General’s residence, it is a requirement under United States law that you must be either a United States citizen, or a lawful permanent resident ("green card" holder), or hold a visa in the 'A' classification. The only exception to this rule is for dependent ‘G’ visa holders. An 'A' visa takes precedence over all other visa classes, including 'E', 'F' and 'J'. If one member of a family adjusts status to an 'A' class visa, all family members must also adjust status to 'A'. United States' law prohibits one family member from holding an A-2 visa and the other in another class.

Spouses of candidates/employees of other nationalities are not eligible for work authorization under the relevant bilateral treaty, even if they are currently in a visa class that includes work authorization or they separately hold an Employment Authorization Document.

If you do not have an 'A' visa, but are eligible to apply for one on the basis of an offer of employment we will provide information on applying for the ‘A’ visa after the offer of employment is made. If your visa application is denied by a United States consular officer, the offer of employment is void.

As it is necessary for visas to be adjudicated outside the United States. The Consul-General will facilitate the necessary work authorisation for the successful applicant should he/she is a non-US citizen or non-US Permanent Resident. The applicant will have to apply for the ‘A” visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate-General outside the United States. The successful candidate is responsible for all costs, including travel and accommodation related to visa applications and commencement of employment.

The United States Department of State has recently stopped approving Employment Authorization ocuments for dependents of locally engaged staff. Applicants who require an ‘A’ visa to take up a locally engaged position should be aware of this when considering applying for vacancies as their spouses will not be able to work in the United States.

Please also note, when employees and their spouses change to ‘A’ visas from another visa type, and where the spouse has already been issued employment authorisation based upon that other visa type, the spouse’s employment authorization will no longer be valid when the ‘A’ visa is issued and the spouse will have to stop working.

Applicants who have family members who are currently in a different visa class must consider the implications of employment at the Consul-General residence seriously before accepting an offer of employment.


Your application should include:

Your application should include:

1. Employment & Qualification Background  - Complete Attachment A

The form is included in the application package for completion.

2. Provide contacts for two referees  - Complete Attachment B

You need to provide contacts for two referees who are familiar with your professional as well as personal skills and competence.  In most cases referees are not contacted unless you are shortlisted for the position, however if we have a tight timeframe we may contact referees before interviews. The referee form is included in the application package for completion.

3. Curriculum vitae and statement addressing the selection criteria

Please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

Please click here to download the application package.

Your completed application package must be emailed by 0900 on 24th July 2017 (NY time) to

Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.