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Sous Chef

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

Job Summary

The Campus Dining Services department with CU Boulder encourages applications for a Sous Chef! This is a hands-on culinary position providing oversight, leadership and input in their assigned dining location and overall dining services when needed. The Sous Chef will provide input for new and existing products/menus/recipes and test them to ensure accuracy of ingredients, methodology, yield, authenticity and quality. They will also assign, delegate, and supervise standardized recipe preparation, ensuring that quality, A9 and food safety-standards are being followed. Additionally, they will lead the work of others in the kitchen, including reviews and performance plans, and will create schedules based upon organizational needs and staff schedules.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Division of Student Affairs consists of 30 departments that provide student support and services dedicated to helping students become successful, curious, competent individuals during their time at CU Boulder.

The work in Student Affairs supports all factors of the student experience, no matter what department a staff member may work in. This includes where students live, eat, make friends, build professional skills and find help if they need it. Many departments provide involvement opportunities, educational resources and support services to help students find their community and build lifelong skills. Student Affairs also has shared services departments that support the work and staff of our student-facing areas, including areas like assessment, business services, financial planning, human resources, marketing communications and information technology (IT).

With over 800 staff members in the Division of Student Affairs, our diverse team is uniquely positioned to personalize the student experience and advocate for students, enhancing their success inside and outside the classroom.

Campus Dining Services leads the industry with outstanding quality food and dining experiences. Campus venues include residential dining halls, catering and retail outlets with staff who strive to make each student's experience the best it can be. Serving about 3 million meals each year, Campus Dining Services is dedicated to expanding sustainability efforts and providing options to guests with dietary restrictions and allergens.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Quality Assurance:
  • Provide and ensure customer service standards are met in assigned functional area.
  • Ensure all ParTech and A9 labeling procedures are followed during schedule shift and determines corrective action when out of compliance, including verifying accurate labeling, troubleshooting equipment and staff education.
  • Conduct audits of efficiency and effectiveness to manage and control cost.
  • Offer recommendations and solutions to the Executive Culinary team to improve daily operations of functional area.
  • Assist in creation of standardized operating procedures and training methods.
  • Ensure all areas are setup and broken down in accordance with SOP's.
  • Comply and enforce sanitation regulations and safety-standards.
  • Actively contribute to menu development with Executive Culinary team, which includes oversight over inventory and recommending purchasing needs specific to the functional area/kitchen needs.
  • Serve on the food safety response team and respond to all food safety emergencies as appropriate to the work assignment.

  • Assist in the culinary staff selection, training and onboarding process.
  • Empower others to make decisions in areas within their span of control, and participates in measure to increase empower response rate and overall score.
  • Ensure employees follow assigned schedule, appropriate break times and follow proper procedures of requesting time off.
  • Responsible for performance plans for employees and hold them accountable, following progressive coaching processes.
  • Discuss staff issues with Executive Culinary Team and collaborates on best solution.
  • Display and demonstrate excellent communication skills and coaches others to develop their own skills.

Kitchen Prep/Operation and Production:
  • Prep, assemble, and delegate food preparation tasks, and makes decisions based on product outages and menu changes.
  • Understand and use all production equipment in assigned facility.
  • Place work orders as needed.
  • Assist with ordering and receiving of product as need.
What You Should Know
  • Positions with CDS are considered Essential Services.
  • This position is located 100% on-on campus.
What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $48,380.80
Our outstanding benefits include: Paid days off:
  • 22 vacation days, 15 sick leave days and 11 holidays per year.
  • Access to medical, vision, dental and life insurance. Tuition reimbursement.
  • A 10% employer contribution retirement plan.
  • EcoPass for free RTD rides.
  • Opportunity for career growth within the division of student affairs and the CU Boulder campus!

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Four years of food service experience. Education may substitute for experience.
  • Servsafe certified and or certificate appropriate for the position level or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Must possess appropriate Servsafe certification for the duration of employment with CDS.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to work in a team driven environment.
  • Attention to detail.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • 2 years of previous experience in a fast paced University or institutional food service operation.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by April 18, 2024, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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