The University of Arizona’s Associate Director of Catering and Event Services will create success as a dynamic culinary food service manager, growing and leading a diverse catering, event services, and business development team. With anticipated annual sales volume exceeding $3 million and some 10,000 events, the Associate Director reports to the Director for the Student Unions, and leads all catering operations, working closely with customers and staff to manage catering events from start to finish. From small refreshment services to large, high-profile dinner events of up to 1,000 people, the Associated Director is a seasoned professional committed to excellent customer service and high culinary standards, champions innovation and fosters strong client relationships.
The best qualified candidate will have proven experience in casual and/or fine dining catering; client management, training and leading a catering or food service staff; working with catering menus, costing and pricing, labor control, food and beverage operations; and demonstrated skills in service standards, guest relations and dining etiquette.
Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality or Culinary or other related field, or ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, including culinary, catering sales and/or catering operations
Strong BOH and FOH operational experience and working with commercial kitchen equipment
Higher education experience leading a catering team and driving sales growth
Strong leadership skills and proven ability to cultivate and maintain effective relationships with multiple campus partners
Exceptional interpersonal and strategic and critical thinking skills, professional image and excellent customer service and communication skills
Excellent knowledge of food trends with a driven focus on quality, production, presentation, sanitation, and food cost
Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings
Obtain or hold a current Pima County Health Department Food Sanitation Certificate or “ServSafe” Certification within 6-months of hire date
Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and event management software
Must have a valid driver’s license at time of employment and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Arizona Student Unions, University of Arizona
The Arizona Student Unions consist of both the Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC) and the Park Student Union, as well as Highland Market and a number of convenience stores and food stops around campus. In addition to campus dining services and catering, the Arizona Student Unions also run mall scheduling, concessions at athletic events, Fast Copy & Design, the Union Galleries, Games Room, the Ga...llagher Theatre, and a Post Office Contract Unit.
The Student Union Memorial Center is one of the largest student unions in the United States. The SUMC contains everything students need – restaurants, retail spaces, a bank, lounges, study/meeting rooms, a computer lab, art gallery, and a movie theater. SUMC is often referred to as the “living room” of the University. With Student Engagement, dining services, retail services and more, we strive to provide a “home away from home” to balance the diverse educational, recreational, cultural and social needs of today’s student.