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Sorority Dining Executive Chef

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This position is responsible for the culinary direction and operation of Sorority Dining. The Sorority Dining Executive Chef further supports the department's mission by analyzing guest feedback; ensuring safe, healthy, and sustainable food preparations; and creating and sustaining a positive work environment. The Sorority Dining Executive Chef manages all aspects of kitchen operations to include menu and special event planning, ordering, production, culinary quality, and service standards while maintaining success and satisfaction with the diners served on Sorority Row. This position supervises, works with, and motivates all sorority dining staff in a respectful and communicative effort.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential Functions:
  • Works with the Campus Executive Chef to implement a 4-week menu cycle that includes Lunch and Dinner Monday through Friday in addition to some Breakfast offerings.

  • Plans, develops, and executes menus for Sorority Dining considering guest preferences, nutritional needs and established procedures.

  • Works in a collaborative manner with the Campus Executive Chef to communicate all requirements for planned menus, events, and initiatives.

  • Provides strategic vision and planning for Sorority Dining. Consistently seeks opportunities for growth and improvement in service opportunities. Stays informed on current trends in the food-service industry and finds opportunities to incorporate new and innovative ideas.

  • Studies and understands allergen and food-preference issues. Plans menus intentionally so that customers with major allergies and preferences always have ample options. Oversees and manages the proper allergen labeling of all dishes in conjunction with the Sorority Manager.

  • Plans and manages event meals for Sorority Dining, interfacing with other relevant staff on menu planning, decor, and marketing. This would include Sorority Founders Day or Graduation Events.

  • Serves as the culinary spokesperson for Sorority Dining, meeting with students, student groups, faculty/staff, or other constituents as needed. Spearheads other culinary initiatives on behalf of Sorority Dining, such as cooking classes, contest entries, and culinary promotions for staff.

  • Manages service record entry, recipe database, product identification/linkage into food production software system to ensure accuracy in savvy ordering, nutritional information, and minimal food waste.

  • Responsible for some budgetary forecasts and year-end results related to ordering and production. Components include inventory level and utilization, cost per meal, meals per labor hour, overtime expense and general staffing expense.

  • Participates in Dining Leadership meetings, contributing to overall vision and progress of Washington and Lee Dining Services. Approaches issues in Sorority Dining within the context of W&L's overall dining landscape. Assists dining leadership in implementing and maintaining programs that stretch across the whole of Dining Services.

  • Assists in the selection of food and kitchenware vendors. Oversees the food ordering process for Sorority Dining, determining quantities and product specifications to be used. Maintains and nurtures relationships with existing vendors to address issues and ensure optimal service levels.

  • Oversees the hiring process for vacant culinary positions in Sorority Dining. Reviews applications, conducts interviews, and works with the dining team to recruit and select the best candidates to fill venue needs.

  • Supervises, assigns, assists, and schedules work of all Sorority Dining staff and supporting personnel involved with food production and service concepts.

  • Inspects food production areas and service areas to observe the quality of food preparation and services, food appearance, cleanliness and sanitation, equipment condition and employee appearance.

  • Has strong organizational skills in managing the day-to-day work flow and tasks from prep lists, recipes, menu signage, scheduling and ordering.

  • Engages with team members to ensure program quality, provide role modeling, address concerns and review presentation.

  • Conducts daily production meetings to review plans, prep lists, assignments, production concerns and other critical information with the culinary team.

  • Predicts and adjusts to guest volume by actively managing food preparation timing, forecasting, batch cooking methodologies, holding times and service quality.

  • Provides hands-on coaching, coordinated training, and mentoring.

  • Provides consistent feedback and completes team member reviews thoroughly and in a timely manner.

  • Works in tandem with Sorority Dining Manager to ensure all (6) Sorority Houses are stocked with Pantry Program items. Works with students requests to give them a wide variety of healthy and convenient products.

  • Works with Dining Services leadership to establish standards for quality and service and develop short and long-term culinary training programs.

  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications :
  • High school diploma required. Associates degree and/or culinary training preferred.

  • Either five or more years of experience in food service, including supervisory responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Food service management experience in a college or university setting preferred.

  • Interpersonal skills, attention to detail, exceptional time-management skills, strong communication, management, and administrative skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality required.

  • Technology skills including database management, thorough knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to use voice mail and e-mail systems.

  • ServSafe certification or must obtain within six months of hire.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving history. Must be able to pass an extensive background check.

Minimum Pay: $61,990 - Pay commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter are required. Please upload these documents when prompted on the application form. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

Application instructions and information about Washington and Lee University can be located at .

Physical Requirements
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.

  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

  • Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.

Working Conditions:
  • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.

  • The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

  • The worker is subject to oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

Type of Work: Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Position Type:

Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


About W&L
Washington and Lee University is a nationally ranked, private liberal arts institution located in
Lexington, Virginia. W&L integrates the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts
curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and
a graduate School of Law. Our academic units are strengthened by meaningful collaborations,
all in the service of the university’s mission.

With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,860, our small size enables students to
find mentors and develop personal relationships across campus. W&L is committed to
institutional citizenship. We regard liberal arts education as an important public good, of value
not only to our students and alumni, but also to the larger communities in which we live.

Our Mission
W&L provides a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically,
and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be
prepared for lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others,
and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Our Community
W&L is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and is located in the scenic
Shenandoah Valley. We are a modern university located on a beautiful and historically
significant campus.

Our most valuable asset is the quality of our vibrant and welcoming community. Our faculty are
devoted teachers and scholars who uphold the highest academic standards and take a personal
interest in the lives of their students. Our staff takes pride in knowing that each individual
makes important contributions to the success of the university. Our alumni are extraordinarily
loyal and generous to their alma mater.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. The university is committed to the recruitment,
enrichment, and retention of faculty and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points
of view, interests, and identities.



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