Sous Chef, UM Dining

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Campus Dining invites applications for a Sous Chef (Culinary Services Supervisor II) to oversee the safe production and presentation of food items from the kitchen. This employee will be responsible for all assigned food preparation in the kitchen and will ensure that CBORD recipes are followed. They will also ensure Serving Line Worksheets are completed and all leftover food is properly handled. This individual will actively train students and classified kitchen staff and will envision, create and produce a variety of recipes and menus for Campus Dining. They will also audit and manage CBORD recipes. In the absence of the Production Manager and Chef De Cuisine, the Sous Chef will order food and supplies for upcoming events. The Sous Chef will also supervise and direct all student and classified cooks while in the kitchen. This employee may be required to work in other operations across campus as needed.

This position requires incumbent to develop a working knowledge of professional management and supervisory experience. They will also develop a working knowledge and experience with forecasting, menus, and recipe production as well as a wide variety of food service equipment and ethnic cuisines. This employee will gain expert knowledge and experience with effectively training employees (fulltime and students). They will also gain a working knowledge of recipe and menu development and production of high-quality food, menus, and dining experience. They will gain experience with food and supply purchasing. This employee will gain expert knowledge and experience receiving, storing, and producing a wide variety of food items. They will gain experience with standard food service reports including profit and loss, labor analysis, and annual operating budgets. This individual will develop a working knowledge of addressing personnel issues and managing conflict. They will develop a knowledge of CBORD recipe creation and auditing. This employee will gain a working knowledge of active participation in appropriate professional organizations such as NACUFS, ACF, NRA etc.

Required Skills:
  • Management and supervisory experience.
  • Experience with high volume food service operations.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of food service equipment and ethnic cuisines.
  • Experience with display cooking and presenting menus to guests.
  • Experience with effectively training employees.
  • Experience with recipe and menu development.
  • Knowledge of the production of high-quality food, menus, and dining experience.
  • Experience with food and supply purchasing.
  • Experience with receiving, storage, and production of a wide variety of food items.
  • Experience in addressing personnel issues and managing conflict.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Sufficient to work with the Microsoft Office Suite, Excel spread sheets, and food management systems like CBORD, Computrition etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Minimum Required Experience:
  • Four (4) year degree in hospitality or food service management and at least two (2) years chef experience or a two (2) year culinary degree and four (4) years’ chef experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ServSafe certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year of employment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with college students as employees and guests.
About the Campus Dining, UM , and Missoula:

University of Montana Campus Dining supports student success through superior cuisine, exceptional dining experiences, and sustainable business practices. Our shared values and guided principles include:
  • NOURISHMENT: We serve wholesome, high quality, and nutritious food.
  • GUEST SERVICE: The people we serve are our guests. We will exceed our guests’ expectations.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: We commit to local, regional, and global environmental stewardship through sustainable business practices and agricultural economic development in Montana through the UM Farm to College Program.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: We exhibit passion, excellence, integrity, loyalty, responsiveness, and innovation in the pursuit of our profession. We affirm, cultivate, and value our employees through professional development.
  • DIVERSITY: We respect and celebrate the contributions, rights, and dignity of our diverse employees and guests.
  • PARTNERSHIPS: We cultivate collaborative and financial partnerships with our on- and off-campus colleagues in support of the University’s mission.
  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: As a self-operated dining department, we maintain profitability to meet our obligations as a self-funded state auxiliary account. We are entrepreneurial in our exploration and development of new revenue opportunities.
The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details:

Position Title: Sous Chef (Culinary Services Supervisor II)

Position Number: New

Department: Campus Dining

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year

Salary: $17.05/hr.Current employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply:

The priority application date has passed however, this position is still accepting applications.

To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials. Application will be open until position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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