THE POSITION Central Washington University is looking for a professional with a vision and a desire for an opportunity to create a world class, nationally recognized collegiate dining program. The individual should possess a vision of excellence and can communicate, build, and inspire a team toward achieving this vision.
The individual in this position will have the historic opportunity to influence, plan, and implement major renovations and new expansion of all dining and catering areas including menu and concept development, branding, and development of business practices as well as an opportunity to build the team.
The ideal candidate will also have a vision for enhanced sustainability including a focus on managing food waste, local procurement, and partnerships and collaborations with academic programs.
The candidate will possess a students first philosophy and a passion for quality food and possess an understanding of the foundation and need of quality healthy real food products and who can balance the operations and food cost to enhance revenue opportunities in order to fund planned renovations and expansion for the future.
As part of the Auxiliary Operations team in the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, the Director of Dining Services is responsible for implementing a vision of excellence in a self-operated collegiate dining program with revenues exceeding $15 million and close to 10,000 daily transactions. The student centered campus dining operation includes quick service concepts, convenience stores, coffee and tea cafes, food trucks, national licensed brands, concessions, and catering.
The Director provides leadership and management oversight for all dining operations and staff and is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive dining vision of excellence with a particular emphasis on team building, staff and student development, innovation, marketing, and sustainability.
The Director develops and manages the Dining Services budget; analyzes and interprets financial data including forecasting, business plans, benchmarking, and regular financial reports; establishes and maintains quality through well-developed culinary and production standards with a focus on healthy dining options; focuses on sustainability with an increased emphasis on local food production and procurement, and develops and maintains the appropriate systems and structure for hiring, evaluation, and training of dining personnel. The Dining Services Team consists of over 50 full and part time staff and over 400 student employees.
The primary responsibility of the position entails leading the team in all aspects of providing high quality dining services for the campus community. The Director develops and monitors progress of the department’s strategic planning; oversees and establishes department purchasing and procurement guidelines; builds the Dining Team with an emphasis on quality, presentation, and innovation, encouragement, celebration, and training; leads and trains the staff in providing exceptional customer service; and establishes and maintains effective collaborative relationships with individuals at all levels of the university. The Director performs independently and under established policies and procedures in addition to appropriate health and safety regulations. As a senior administrator within the Division of Business and Financial Affairs, the Director is continually responsible for the promotion of student success.
Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, food and nutrition, business, or a related discipline.
Minimum of eight years of experience in a multi-unit food service.
12 plus years of service in an institutional or large university dining operation may substitute for a bachelor’s degree.
Candidates must possess the following:
Demonstrated successful supervisory, leadership, management, and team building skills.
Strong decision making ability, organizational, budget, and fiscal management skills.
Experience working with food management inventory and point-of-sale systems.
Possess excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, customers and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
A Master’s Degree in a related field.
Experience working with a collegiate food service dining program.
Training and/or certification in nutritional science and principles.
Training or certification in sanitation or food safety.
Internal Number: 2189
About Central Washington University
CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY:
Central Washington University (CWU) is located in the beautiful Kittitas Valley in Central Washington State. Established in 1891 CWU offers more than 135 bachelor's and master's degrees, the university enrolls approximately 12,000 students and holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
CWU’s exceptionally beautiful and well-maintained residential campus occupies 367 acres in Ellensburg, the largest city and county seat of historic Kittitas County. The city is situated in the geographic center of the state and on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Central Washington is a world-class destination for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, boating, skiing and snowboarding. Ellensburg is located approximately 100 miles east of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area.