Virginia Tech — Associate Director of Dining Services

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech seeks applicants for the Associate Director of Dining Services, an award winning, state-of-the-art dining program.  This position serves on the Dining Services Leadership Team to develop and implement the strategic plan, annual goals, organizational policies, procedures, operations, and programs that meet the department vision and aspirations. Provides leadership and oversight of the Dining Services marketing department, sustainability department, dining centers and units, to include recruiting, staffing, on-going training and development, managing budget performance and achieving fiscal goals, developing and enhancing programs, and successfully implementing food safety (ServSafe and HACCP). Supervises Assistant Directors who manage the dining centers and units to assure high levels of quality and customer service. Provides oversight regarding facility management, equipment maintenance and replacement, building renovations and enhancements.   

Bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management; hospitality; business; culinary arts; or related field and/or significant related managerial experience and training are required. Extensive experience managing institutional or commercial foodservice with demonstrated progressive advancement; providing direction to a successful multiple-unit dining program, project management including renovations, controlling costs, and managing annual budgets and facilities; renovations, and merchandising; marketing; social media platforms; personnel management; budget management; sustainability initiatives, and facilities management. Demonstrated success with forging collaborative partnerships with entities outside of Dining Services to accomplish goals such as effective marketing, programming, extension of services, etc. Demonstrated experience and ability in successfully controlling costs while managing significant annual budgets, i.e., exceeding $15 million. Experience and/or training in a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Program (HACCP); ServSafe certification, or equivalent.

Preference given for: Experience in high volume institutional or commercial food service, experience with FoodPro Inventory Management System or similar system; and Banner software. Experience in areas of sustainability initiatives, technology, social media, digital fluency, marketing, and renovation projects.

Review of applications will begin September 25, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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