Princeton University — Assistant Vice President, Campus Dining


Princeton is a world-renowned research university with a vibrant community of scholarship, research, and teaching that seeks to live up to its informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” The University has a profound commitment to undergraduate education with a low student-to-faculty ratio and a curriculum that emphasizes learning, creativity, innovation, and collaboration with a program of liberal arts in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Princeton similarly has a strong commitment to graduate education where students become part of a community of scholars at one of the world’s leading universities. Each year, faculty members receive numerous national and international honors recognizing their scholarship and research. The current faculty includes ten Nobel laureates.

Princeton enrolls 5,267 undergraduate and 2,946 graduate students, employs 7,000 benefits-eligible staff members, and has 1,289 faculty members who are world-renowned scholars and teachers inspired by their research and driven to help all students grow as thinkers and world citizens. The historic campus, its physical and cultural assets, and university events attract more than 860,000 visitors to the campus annually. The campus consists of more than ten million square feet in more than 200 buildings on 600 acres and is located in central New Jersey. Ninety-eight (98) percent of undergraduates and 70 percent of graduate students live in university housing. The Princeton University Library and the Princeton University Art Museum hold extensive, world-renowned collections.


Reporting to the vice president for university services, the assistant vice president (AVP) of campus dining serves as the senior administrator for Princeton University’s residential and retail dining operations. The award-winning dining program provides food service for the entire campus community and is responsible for the food service operations in six residential dining halls, nine cafes (one of which is a self-service styled café), a food gallery located in the Frist Campus Center, a convenience store, Prospect House—the University’s faculty and staff club, Palmer House—a nine-bedroom guest house, a bakeshop, athletics concessions, a food truck, and catering. The AVP oversees both the self-operated and outsourced operations. The self-operated operations have a total annual budget of approximately $34,000,000 and employ approximately 70 management and office staff, 260 production staff, and 150 student employees. The outsourced operations have a total annual budget of approximately $4,500,000 and employ approximately 60 full time and part-time staff, all of which are non-union. The AVP is responsible for facilitating the integration of these two types of operations so as to capitalize on the strengths of each and broaden perspectives thus ensuring that exceptional culinary programs, which will meet and exceed customer expectations, are executed. Direct reports to the AVP include the director of residential dining, the director of retail dining and catering, the director of operations, the associate director of marketing and community engagement, the associate director of team and people, and the project coordinator and office manager.


The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, food science, or other related field, or a culinary degree with a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in leadership/management roles in the food service industry. Qualified candidates must have experience in facilities and equipment management and long-range planning for the development of new/renovated dining facilities and equipment. Further, candidates must possess a strong background in fiscal planning, budget preparation and management, revenue forecasting and financial modeling, understanding, interpreting, and explaining profit and loss reports and recommending corrective actions. Qualified candidates must also possess effective communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to create collaborative relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Experience working in a college or university setting is preferred. The ability to work nights, weekends, holidays, etc. is required.

Application and Nomination

Princeton has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin Monday, November 22, 2021 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 Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW