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This is responsible administrative and supervisory work in Retail Food Service. An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for managing all catering events, staff, and students. Activities and decisions are varied in nature, requiring independent action and judgment in solving common problems. Unusual cases or questionable matters are resolved with this position's supervisor or other appropriate positions.


Responsible for managing multiple projects through use of diverse resources

Maintain food and labor costs in accordance with unit and department goals.

Utilize computer system for menu planning and forecasting.

Supervise staff and students.

Meet with customers, committees, administrators, faculty, and staff to discuss events and menus.

Take orders for catering events and gift-o-grams.

Plan, shop for and execute theme events.

Deliver and set-up catering events.

Maintain good public relations to ensure business growth.

Work main events on campus.

Interviews, and hires student workers; resolves minor employee grievances.

Schedules/assigns work schedules.

Sets job expectations.

Provides training for all food service production staff in the quality preparation and presentation of food.

Reports to food operations manager

Completes a formal performance evaluation.

Coaches/counsels, directs/coordinates staff and students

Perform other duties as assigned by management.


Graduation from an accredited college or university including 2 years related catering work experience. Driver's license required.

Ability to work in a team environment with the staff of a diverse university food services department

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and to effectively present information

Ability to respond to questions from committees, administrators, faculty, and staff

Ability to demonstrate creativity and originality in presentation and service of food

Ability to develop ideas in executing theme events

Ability to use standard office equipment

Ability to operate lift trucks and vans

Ability to search for data or information in computer files, generate standard reports developed by others, input or edit information, and/or enter data into spreadsheets or programs developed by others, and design and/or program spreadsheets or custom reports

Ability to perform word processing duties

Ability to create graphics, multimedia, and/or desktop publishing applications



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