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Job Detail

Winter 2022
Student Union Executive Chef - Dining Services
Central Washington University
Dining Services
Full Time
Executive Chef

Central Washington University (CWU) is recruiting an Executive Chef for the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) to join the Dining team in Ellensburg, Washington. We are seeking top-tier culinary leadership who want to help change students’ lives. Join the dynamic world of College and University Dining while growing your career. We offer a high quality of life with the opportunity to teach and influence. The CWU Dining Services team offers a range of culinary experiences to the CWU community, from fine dining meals, to fast casual experiences.

Who We Are:

We are a team of individuals committed to changing students' lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams. Working in higher education provides career growth and choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You’ll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full-service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police, and public safety.

For the fifth time in six years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus. CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer.

What We Offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team: a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement, and optional savings plans, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. In addition to promotion and growth opportunities, CWU offers incredible benefits, including 8 credits in tuition waivers each quarter for employees and 50% off for dependents, 26 days of paid time off each year for salaried managers, and retirement matching. Learn more at

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here

The Role:

The CWU Student Union Dining operations is a large, complex, multi-unit venue. The Student Union Dining Executive Chef will provide culinary leadership support to the entire student union culinary program, and dining concepts, while actively assisting in the daily management of the dining operations. The Executive Chef helps to create and lead a culinary program that emphasizes quality, excellence, and customer service through effective leadership of back of the house efforts. The Student Union Executive Chef oversees a team of up to 10 classified staff as well as a team of 100-300 student staff. The Executive Chef participates with the Student Union Dining management team in a collaborative effort to coordinate and synchronize the operations and services to achieve the vision and goals of Dining Services. All employees are expected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Over 5 years of progressively responsible experience working in a large commercial/institutional type kitchen setting
  • Supervisory experience performing such duties as hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating employees and building teams
  • Experience with menu development, food ordering, understanding, and applying nutritional standards
  • Must have or be eligible to obtain WA State Food Handler's permit within 30 days of initial hire date
  • Must be able to obtain SERVSAFE Certification within 6 months of initial hire date
  • Demonstrated ability and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences
  • OR Any combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the job

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in culinary arts or related field
  • Previous leadership experience in higher education food service operations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite software such as Word, Excel, Access and e-mail or similar software
  • Multi-unit food service operation experience
  • Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment


  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
  • Creativity: Ability to use creativity to develop new menus and food items and incorporate them into the various Dining Services concepts.
  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Leadership: Ability to lead and coordinate team efforts of kitchen staff thru direction and interaction.  Ability to teach and train student employees in a fast-paced environment.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Sustainability: In all aspects considers the impact on the environment and health of the community and strives to locally source
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
  • Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

    Salary$44,367 - $62,113 annually

    Schedule/Appointment: Variable, based on business needs 

    Working ConditionsWork is performed primarily indoors, at times in hot/cold/noisy/wet areas with some exposure to hazardous equipment and products.  Working in temperatures from 0 degrees (freezer) to 350+ degrees (around cooking equipment) is common.  Work requires walking and/or standing (often in a stationary position) for the majority of each shift.  Bending/climbing/carrying/pulling/pushing/lifting associated with loading/unloading of supplies and preparation, plating, and serving of food is required.  Occasional overtime is required, and shift work may be required.

    Additional physical requirements of the position include pushing utility and hand carts with up to 150 lbs of supplies to various workstations; correctly lifting up to 35 lbs individually from the floor or shelf locations to heights of 48" so products can be poured into smaller containers or put on worktables.

    *This position requires working a schedule that varies based on business needs. This entails attending and participating in events that occur seven days a week and outside normal business hours.

    Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

    An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit:

    How To Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

    • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
    • Resume including work history, education, training; and

    • Contact information for three professional references.

    Screening Begins: January 17, 2022 and opened until filled

    **Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Contact Information

    Name: Monique Gonzalez
    Title: Administrative Assistant
    Phone: (509) 963-1591

    Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Monique Gonzalez
400 E University Way
Dining Services - MS7588
Ellensburg WA, 98926-7588
NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The National Association of College & University Food Services does not verify the accuracy of these statements.