Executive Director, Cal Dining (0395U) 24676

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Full Time




United States


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Executive Director, Cal Dining (0395U) #24676

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Main Campus-Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

Cal Dining is part of the $160M Residential and Student Services Programs (RSSP) portfolio in the Division of Student Affairs. This is one of four leadership positions who report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor, RSSP and is a member of the Student Affairs Cabinet.

At Cal Dining, we believe that “breaking bread together” is a unique aspect of dining on-campus with students, faculty and staff. Our focus is on nourishing the Cal community, both for physical and social well-being, through customer-driven programs, culinary excellence and campus social responsibility.


Oversees all aspects of the Cal Dining operations which includes four residential dining halls, multiple campus retail operations, and providing various food services via internal MOUs to Intercollegiate Athletics, the Early Childhood Education Program, and other campus entities. The Executive Director collaborates with senior leadership and colleagues across RSSP and Student Affairs to ensure alignment with unit, divisional and campus goals and values.

Under the general direction of the AVC, the Executive Director has responsibility and accountability for providing excellent quality and nutritious meals in a safe and aesthetically pleasing dining environment within budget goals. The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic planning and budget administration, setting operational policy, resource management, quality, customer service, and facilities supervision over a broad and diverse set of initiatives related to the delivery of dining services on the UCB campus.

• Responsible for all aspects of Cal Dining financial and services management operations which currently include four residence dining halls, nine restaurant retail centers, concessions, conference meal services and early childhood education centers meal services.

• Responsible for achieving budgetary and fiduciary goals through the implementation of effective cost and accountability controls.

• Directs development of Cal Dining departmental budget in conjunction with Associate Vice Chancellor and Student Affairs CFO and ensures financial goals are met

• Leads managers in the development of strategic dining goals and objectives to meet the needs of residential students and the broader campus community; provides leadership and developmental coaching to dining management team.

• Develops dining organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. Ensures consistent implementation of dining policies, standards of performance and professionalism.

• Oversees dining facility design and capital projects in conjunction with RSSP Executive Director for Housing, Events, and Facilities. Has authority to sign or terminate contracts.

• Develops, maintains, implements and ensures exceptional customer service standards.

• Provides nutritional education programs and outreach services and collaborates on food insecurity programming

• Promotes dining for the campus through participation in national/regional professional associations, service to the campus community, commitment to student engagement, and support of campus sustainability goals.

Required Qualifications

• 10 years leadership/progressive management experience, preferably in food service industry or university auxiliary service unit.

• Advanced knowledge in food service operations and sanitation regulations, ideally in high volume

year-round large university, multi-unit corporate dining or events services operations.

• Advanced effective interpersonal and work leadership and management skills with strong track record hiring, developing and mentoring staff.

• Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including active listening, dynamic flexibility, and critical thinking skills; must be able to present formally as well as communicate informally across diverse audiences from university executives and academics to front line staff who may not be native English speakers.

• Advanced decision making and reasoning skills, and advanced ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, conduct operations and quality control analysis , ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management

• Intermediate computer applications skills; must be proficient with desktop and mobile productivity tools.

• Financial analysis and strategic planning experience in Food Services including developing new revenue producing services, pro forma analysis, and implementing cost control efficiencies and budgets for multiple locations

• B. A. degree or equivalent required

Salary & Benefits

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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