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Assistant Director Dining Services - Culinary Operations

Apply now Job no: 528121
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Food Service/Hospitality

Department: University Housing Dining Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $70,000-$77,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
September 26, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with your online application.

Department Summary
Living on campus adds tremendous value for students and the University. Students who live on campus their first year have higher grades, are retained at the University of Oregon at higher rates, graduate at higher rates and graduate more quickly.

University Housing, a department within the Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, is committed to facilitating students’ development as they build an inclusive community, establish a sense of home, and succeed academically. Our goal is to become the model of excellence for providing accessible, affordable, and student-centered living-learning experiences; the preferred choice for all UO students.

We value diversity and respect, integrity, equity and inclusion, learning and growth, responsibility and accountability, safety and security. University Housing staff work hard to incorporate these values into daily work and practices to ensure an excellent UO experience.

University Housing units include Business Services, Dining Services, Facilities Services, Promotions & Student Recruitment, and Residence Life. University Housing is a $68 Million educational and business department that is a self-sustaining, self-liquidating agency of the University (receives no tuition or tax support for its operating budget).

Position Summary
The Assistant Director of Dining for Culinary Operations has responsibility for managing all aspects of the University of Oregon Central Kitchen operations and Catering culinary staff. The Central Kitchen is a 20,000 sq. ft. production kitchen that serves the entire campus producing over 12,000 meals daily.

The Central Kitchen also provides all culinary support for University Catering producing over 3 million in annual catering event sales. The Assistant Director for Culinary Operations oversees all Central Kitchen operations, overseeing all culinary standards, recipe, and menu development, production, sanitation, staffing and training. This position supervises the Catering Chef, Sous Chef, Pastry Chef and a staff of 45 classified staff, plus student and temporary employees. Makes independent decisions regarding staffing, training, ordering, menus and daily operations. Budgetary responsibility includes the allocation of staff and pricing of menus; purchasing of foods and equipment; manage income and costs to remain viable.

Additionally, this position provides support to the culinary effort of Retail Operations and Residential Operations in regards to product development, procurement, and execution of services. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Housing, Director of Dining Services.

Work conditions and physical demands are typical of those found in the food service industry. These conditions may include slippery floors, extreme temperatures, heavy lifting and standing for long periods.

This position is required to obtain a Food Handler Permit and OLCC Service Permit; and must be willing to work a varying schedule which may include nights, weekends and holidays.

Essential Personnel:
This position requires the employee to make every reasonable effort to arrive at campus at their regularly scheduled times during inclement weather and/or university closures unless otherwise notified by their supervisor or manager. This includes times when the university may be closed. Essential personnel must provide reliable and current contact information at all times.

Minimum Requirements
• A B.A. or A.A. degree in foodservice/culinary/hospitality management or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and strong demonstrated food service management experience
• Five years supervisory experience in the food service industry. Experience must include assigning and evaluating work, and dealing with disciplinary issues
• Experience managing all aspects of a commercial kitchen staff including all hiring, training and scheduling

Professional Competencies
• Excellent communication skills; be comfortable in a variety of public/social settings and working with diverse staff
• Demonstrated creativity in developing menus and recipes for a variety of authentic food styles
• Demonstrated experience costing menus, ordering food products and supplies and ensuring maintenance of equipment
• Read and write in English for purpose of preparing reports, budgets, and documents, and to read and understand policies, procedures and safety information

Preferred Qualifications
• ACF Culinary certification or equivalent certification of Chef de Cuisine or higher
• Experience managing a unionized food service staff
• Experience in a college or university food service operation
• HACCP Certification or significant experience working within a HACCP plan
• Experience with centralized production using Cook-Chill and Reduced Oxygen Packing methods

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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