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Sous Chef

Dixie State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 27, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Food Services Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Announcement

Performs skilled culinary duties to professionally prepare and market food items for the DSU Dining Services department. Assists in the production of food for DSU Dining operations, including Catering, Trailblazer Café, The Market, Concessions, Stacks, Brooks’ Stop, and food pickups. Additional information about the department is online at .


  • Perform daily hands-on cooking; coordinate aspects of the production kitchen, analyze food production, and maintain records for all production and planning of events.
  • Monitor current developments and trends in the food service industry for recipe development and merchandising. Develop menus with consideration for cost, staffing and customer satisfaction. Research and create new products and new preparation techniques to further enhance the current mix of items. Plan menus based on such factors as market trends, customer preferences and nutritional consideration.
  • Collaborate with other supervisors to plan and refine menus. Participate in menu development, special event planning and writing seasonal and custom menus with management team.
  • Standardize production recipes and specifications with emphasis on food quality and presentation while maintaining budgeted food and labor costs.
  • Ensure proper packaging, labeling and storage of food products to minimize waste. Strive to reduce waste and to optimize the profitability of the department, ensuring cleanliness of production and storage areas.
  • Assist with purchasing, receiving, and storing of food and supplies for production kitchen; assist with calculating food cost and determining appropriate selling price.
  • Assist in training and supervising culinary staff in the areas of food preparation, presentation, quality customer service, sanitation, and safety.
  • Supervise employees in the dish room, front line servers, production kitchen, and bakery production areas as needed and/or in the absence of the executive chef. Assist in the development of job performance standards and evaluation of part-time staff, with the ability to motivate, inspire and influence culinary staff.
  • Ensure production deadlines are met.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED required; culinary degree and/or college coursework preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of production/chef-level experience in food services required (a cooking demonstration will be required as part of the interview process).
  • Current certification in ServSafe required, or ability to successfully complete course within six months of hire, and keep continuously current.
  • Current knowledge of food service practices and procedures, public health standards, etc.
  • Must be able to work variable hours as needed for campus events, functions, and Dining Services’ needs.
  • Good knowledge of tools and equipment used in institutional cooking (Combi Oven, Blast Chiller, Steam Jacketed Kettle, Mixer, Oven, Fryer, Grill, etc.).
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, and able to multi-task.
  • Good computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, email, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise critical human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, students, and guests.

Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time classified staff (overtime-eligible) position. Annual salary of $34,000 - $36,000, depending on qualifications & experience. Desired start date of September 16, 2021. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents, as well as paid holidays in addition to sick and vacation leave accruals. See under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins August 16 , 2021 . Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information (including email) for three professional references electronically. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University (DSU) is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution committed to exceptional student learning and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles), with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams. Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. DSU seeks to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. DSU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of DSU are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Dixie State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU’s non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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