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Director of Culinary Arts

Walla Walla Community College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 29, 2024

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Director of Culinary Arts

Walla Walla Community College

Salary: $87,000.00 - $95,000.00 Annually

Job Type:

Job Number: 2023-1207

Location: Walla Walla, WA


Closing: Continuous

Join our team to help inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.


Job posting was updated on 2/7/2024 with a new application screening date.

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a Director of Culinary Arts position at the Walla Walla campus.

At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

General Description:

The Director of Culinary Arts is responsible for the academic education, advising and professional development of students and accreditation maintenance. The Director supervises and directs the Culinary Arts program, all campus foodservice operations (i.e. Titus Creek Bistro on/off campus catering, food truck). The Director will have a thorough knowledge of the industry, post-secondary instruction experience and is responsible for the fiscal welfare of the program.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the overall operations of the year around Culinary Arts instructional program, including: development of and updates to newly initiated farm to fork curriculum, program promotion, recruitment of culinary arts students, recommendation of culinary arts faculty/staff, facilitating student retention, student program completion, and assist with job placement when appropriate.
  • Oversee the fiscal well-being of the department (instructional program, cafe, catering) managing budgets and food cost operating margins. Develop plan to grow the sales revenues through catering, cafe and food service operations of the college.
  • Maintain efficient operation of all college food service facilities. Ensure implementation and adherence to safety and HACCP sanitation procedures. Ensure routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Continually update, assess and monitor current food, technical and environmental trends pertaining to the food service industry. Instruct students and staff in these practices.
  • Build credibility as a representative by demonstrating personal commitment and sharing information with the community.
  • Develop and maintain industry relations and participate in community organizations pertaining to the industry.
  • Work with the Dean of Workforce Transfer & Trades and Culinary faculty to facilitate ongoing curriculum development and review.
  • Support general classroom instruction, provide leadership to Cooperative work experience courses and provide instruction support as needed for culinary classes during the school year.
  • Schedule, organize and participate in operational meetings (industry, instructional, administrative and advisory committee).
  • Participate in state, regional, and national organizations as an industry leader through judging competitions, coaching teams and attending conferences.
  • Effectively communicate with local, regional and national media on shows casing the program.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays when needed.
  • Ability to work a year-round academic calendar.

  • Competencies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with individuals and groups within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to know, understand and consistently follow all applicable agency policies, procedures, and guidelines and remain current as policies and procedures change
  • Ability to develop accurate standards to measure learning and administer testing and/or other evaluations to determine effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds.

    Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered at the discretion of the college.
  • Five years of progressive culinary experience, three years of managerial capacity.
  • Fiscal management experience with demonstrated proficiency in managing departmental budgets.
  • Teaching experience with demonstrated passion for students and excellence in instruction.


  • College level instruction experience.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.

  • Conditions/Terms of Employment

    This position is in a bargaining unit for which AFT is the exclusive representative.

    This is a full-time administrative professional position. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. WWCC participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.

    This contract position work schedule will typically be Monday through Friday 8-hours each day. During the summer, work schedule is Monday through Thursday 10-hours each day. Occasional evening and weekends. Occasional overnight travel.

    Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds with the use of hand trucks, dollies and other aids.
  • Ability to stand on your feet for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • May often wear uniforms such as aprons or jackets and safety attire such as gloves.
  • May be exposed to hazardous situations typically found in kitchens.
  • May be exposed to hot and cold temperatures, such as when working near ovens or retrieving food from freezers.
  • May often work in a noisy and distracting environment.

  • Compensation:

    Annual salary range: $87,000-95,000. The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials

    This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial screening, applications should be received by March 10, 2024. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online NEOGOV application.
  • Cover letter
    • In your cover letter, please communicate your ability to meet the qualifications of this position as indicated in the job posting, focusing on culinary skills, business management, student support and instruction, and engagement with community partners.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Answers to three (3) supplemental questions
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.

  • Please ensure you have attached all required application materials as you will not be able to attach any documents after you have submitted your application. If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627 or email them directly at

    WWCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, or reopen the position. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

    Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodations in the application/employment process, please contact Brooke Marshall, JD/Vice President of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator/Section 504 Compliance (509) 527-4300 - TDD (509) 527-4412, email, address: 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla WA, 99362.

    To apply, please visit


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