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Job Detail

Fall 2022
KU Memorial Unions Director of Dining Services
University of Kansas Memorial Corporation
KU Dining Services
Full Time

The University of Kansas Memorial Union Corporation is searching for a Director of Dining Services. This executive level leadership role will lead a $14 million Dining Services operation (retail, catering and residential) providing exemplary experience and sales growth on the Lawrence campus.  This leader will be team focused with a strong emphasis on building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This leader will enjoy the opportunity to be innovative.   The Director participates in departmental and campus-wide special project initiatives, fostering relationships with the University and affiliate partners. The Director is responsible for the strategic direction in accordance with Memorial Union/University vision and is involved in the complexities of day-to-day operational problem solving.

Starting salary range for this position is $78,800 - $100,500.


Fiscal Responsibility:
-Create, manage, and analyze budget of $14 million
-Ensure overall budget schedules, financial targets and performance standards are achieved
-Teach and train all leadership staff on effectively reaching these financial goals.

Managing Staff:
-Oversee the supervision and training practices of dining leadership staff

-Directly supervise the Assistant Director - Retail, Assistant Director - Campus Operations, and Assistant Director - Catering.

-Manage performance of employees and drive an employee focused culture throughout the organization
-Lead through example in valuing and training a diverse workforce
-Interpret and implement the policies of the Union and the University throughout dining staff

Strategic Collaboration
-Work collaboratively with other areas in the Union and on campus; consult with key Dining -Partners, Services staff, internal and external vendors
-Establish and maintain a good working rapport with University Administration
-Serve as a member of the Corporation Board and provide professional public relations for faculty, staff and students.

Managing Customer Focus
-Develop new approaches to meeting customer needs
-Maintain communications through all levels of organization
-Act as a contact between KUDS and University departments
-Provide oversight to department guest service with internal and external vendors
-Promote customer focus throughout the organization

Food Quality Management
-Develop and implement standards and procedures for operational efficiency in areas of food, labor, procurement, physical facilities, and green practices
-Assure food service programs meet compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, and comply with area health ordinances
-Ensure food excellence, safety and nutrition

Business Acumen
-Create and maintain a strategic and innovative direction
-Display an orientation toward profitability while aligning work with strategic goals

-Bachelor's degree in Dietetics, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Institutional management, Business Administration, or closely related field
-Minimum of 8 years of supervisory/management experience on a multi-operational level basis with extensive financial experience which includes or related to: collegiate residential dining operations; retail cash operations, catering, planning and budgeting
-Responsibility for an annual revenue of $10 million or more
-Demonstrated evidence of leading an employee focused culture with a strong customer service foundation
-Strong business, budget, marketing and human resource management experience

-Master’s degree in Business, Dietetics, Hotel Restaurant Management, or related field.
-ServSafe certification or the ability to be certified within three months of employment
-Ability to streamline business processes to generate efficiencies within units and support departments
-Training in food safety and sanitation, American Culinary Federation or equivalent certification desirable.
-Active membership in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

The University of Kansas Memorial Unions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the corporation’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by corporation policy. The Director of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding our nondiscrimination policy (

Jenny Laird
1301 Jayhawk Blvd
Kansas Union
Lawrence KS, 66045
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.