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The University of Utah has a dining services contract with Chartwells, which is a Compass Group company. This position will serve as the University of Utah leader in the management of the dining services relationship and dining related outcomes. The Associate Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for a comprehensive dining contract and program on campus including residential and retail dining, catering, as well as athletic dining services.
Essential Personnel This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department. As such, must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing missions of the University.
Background Check A successful background check is required before a formal offer of employment can be made for this position
University of Utah Job ID# PRN17118B – Housing and Residential Education
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
The Associate Director of Dining Management reports to the Director of Housing & Residential Education. This position will be an integral member of the leadership team of the Department of Housing & Residential Education within the Division of Student Affairs. The Associate Director will work collaboratively with colleagues who are overseeing the areas of Facilities, Business, and Residential Education to build and maintain a comprehensive and highly successful learning organization. This role extends to the greater campus, including key stakeholders that house a Chartwell’s Dining Service location or that plan to in the future. This includes the Union, College of Business, Law School, Athletics, Campus Recreation, and Health Sciences.
The Associate Director is the primary liaison with the Dining Services partner and shall develop a culture of accountability to ensure that the dining brand is strengthened on campus through long range plans as well as daily actions. The Associate Director engages with Chartwells leadership to develop, monitor, and support strategic initiatives. They will be responsible for advancing assessment initiatives and reporting in order utilize the information in planning efforts with the end goal to meet and exceed the needs of the campus and students.
They are a highly visible member of the university community who interacts across divisional lines. This position is also expected to serve as a connection point with colleagues outside of the institution, including PAC 12, NACUFs, and ACUHO-I. This is particularly important with regards to increasing diversity and changing demographics of the University population. An understanding of emerging trends with regards to sustainability, social justice, and serving diverse populations is expected.
This position is also supported by a Contract Administrator who is responsible for the development of additional agreement addendums, the management of repairs on equipment, and the planning of equipment replacement.
The Associate Director serves as part of the department and campus response teams in cases of emergency. They are also part of the reporting line for significant incidents of crisis that occur during non-business hours.
HRE Inclusive Excellence Recruitment statement: Housing & Residential Education and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with the team, the residents, and the campus. Please speak directly to this value in your cover letter.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required.
Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred.
Department Specific Qualifications • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of 6 years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in food service. • Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve goals. • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive practices as framed in the HREInclusive Excellence Recruitment statement. • Experience analyzing and utilizing data, feedback, and good practices to set strategic direction and execute short and long term plans. • Budget development and management experience. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including excellent writing and public speaking skills
A master’s degree in a related field is highly desired. • Seven years of management experience in food service. • Experience in higher education food service. • Prior work with a contracted food service provider.
The state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, the University of Utah is the flagship university of the state. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students (23,500 undergraduate and 7,500 graduate). The University is noted for its high research profile, its diversity of ideas and people, its stunningly beautiful setting and the warmth, friendliness, and collegiality of its faculty staff, and students.
The mission of the University of Utah is to create a learning environment that fosters discovery, refinement, and wide dissemination of knowledge. By integrating outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, creative scholarship, and community involvement, the University investigates significant issues affecting and advancing the human condition, while preparing its students for important roles within a diverse and ever-changing society.
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