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Director of Dining Services at University of California, Merced - Merced, CA 95343


Director of Dining Services

Job Category: Managerial/Professional

Unit: Dining Services

Position Code: SDS9356A

Status: Open

Closing Date: Open until filled

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Location: Campus Site

Background check: Background check may be required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.


Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.


In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.



This position has significant responsibility to achieve broadly stated goals through subordinate managers, determines objectives, directs programs, develops strategies and policies, manages human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a high degree of autonomy and proactively assesses risk to establish systems and procedures to protect organizational assets.


Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, the Director of Dining Services is responsible for overseeing two retail operations, catering operations and operations in two residential dining facilities (Pavilion and Yablokoff Wallace). Additionally, the Director is responsible for supervising management of day to day business operations in the Pavilion residential dining facility. This position is responsible for providing excellent quality products and nutritious meals in a safe and aesthetically pleasing residential environment.


Overall management, direction and functions of the dining services program. These responsibilities include: supervising and managing business operations, personnel administration, growth and new construction, lease management, debt management, repairs and maintenance, public relations, programs, and financial affairs associated with the operation of the wide spread facilities; management and supervision of business operations, event management, marketing and public relations, personnel administration, fleet management, renovations, and all fiscal affairs of the office.


The primary emphasis of this position focuses on business management practices (i.e. operations management, financial controls, human resource management, interdepartmental relations, research and development, project management, menu/product change management, monitoring vendor relationships and conference programs.)






A Bachelor’s degree in Food Services Management, Dietetics, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Business Administration or related field and 6 years of related experience or 10 years of equivalent related experience/training. (Required)


Three years in supervisory/management experience in a high-volume food service operation. (Preferred)


Certifications: ServSafe (Preferred)




• Experience using computerized systems, including food production/procurement systems, electronic customer access, and timekeeping programs. (Required)


• Experience managing financials, labor, menu development, policy and procedure development, food production, handling and storage, quality control, health and safety. (Required)


• Interpersonal communication skills to clearly and effectively interact with individuals of varying Backgrounds and perspectives to research and secure information to resolve problems. (Required)


• Writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies and procedures, agreements, training documents, and performance evaluations. (Required)


• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel). (Required)


• Leadership experience in a residential food service environment. (Preferred)


• Culinary experience in quantity production. (Preferred)


• Experience in strategic planning, administration, and management in a dining service field. (Preferred)


• Experience analyzing, interpreting and applying personnel policy and procedure, collective bargaining agreements and employment law, advising management and managing sensitive employee and labor relations problems. (Preferred)


• Accounting experience to develop, implement, analyze, and monitor annual operating budget with short and long-range financial forecasts. (Preferred)


Some evening and weekend availability will be required.


To Apply: Visit the link below to use our new on-line application system.


If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy:


As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at


E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.


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