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Job Detail

Spring 2021
Assistant Director of Row Dining
Stanford University
Residential & Dining Enterprises


Founded in 1891, Stanford University is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields, from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. The University is located near Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, on an 8,800-acre campus.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community. The Department has an annual operating budget of over $270 million, oversees a 5 million sq. ft. physical plant across the campus, and provides housing for over 13,000 students and dependents serves over 18,000 daily meals at 30 dining and retail locations and over 300,000 meals at Athletic Concessions events and hosts 20,000 conference guests annually. Additionally, R&DE comprises 735 FTE staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost, Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources,  Information Technology, and Communications.

"Students (Customers) First" is the mantra of R&DE and our strategic goals reflect our commitment to delivering quality and excellence to our constituents every day.  In R&DE, "Excellence is defined by aligning our strategic goals and performance with our vision."

Stanford and R&DE are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse environment. R&DE's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflected in our work of providing service excellence to our students.  Diversity is more than a commitment—it is foundational to what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other characteristics that make us different. 

R&DE Stanford Dining, a division of Residential & Dining Enterprises, serves over 12,000 meals per day. Its operations include 11 undergraduate dining halls, two late-night dining operations, Schwab, an athletic training table program, the Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford, Community BeWell Gardens, and summer conference dining. As the dining department of the world's premier research and teaching institution, R&DE Stanford Dining promotes food as a multidisciplinary educational experience and engages students in food issues such as those related to health, the environment, social equity, and the global economy. R&DE Stanford Dining has been recognized for its culinary excellence by awards such as the prestigious industry Ivy Award by Restaurants and Institutions for its environmental leadership role, by numerous awards such as the Acterra Award for Sustainability, and most recently was named Most Vegan-Friendly College by peta2 for its vegan and vegetarian offerings, and certified as a Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) restaurant by the United States Healthful Food Council for its use of nutrition and sustainability best practices. For more information, please 

The Assistant Director of Row Dining requires a proven professional who brings management experience in administration and management of contract services, student dining in residential houses, and a demonstrated ability to lead and provide exceptional meal service to a diverse population of students in 27-row houses, that are part of ResX neighborhoods across the Stanford campus.  The role will require the highest integrity with a collegial style that engenders trust and enables collaboration – someone who brings enthusiasm for day-to-day management of high quality, nutritious, sustainable, and delicious rowhouse dining operations, and for working as part of the R&DE Stanford Dining leadership team to developing and implementing effective and collaborative strategies.

Provide management and coordination of administrative and operations-related functions for the organization(s) or program(s) within an organization or for a service center(s) with responsibility for overall success. Manage staff and/or managerial staff to achieve goals and objectives.


  • Possess a strong background in accountability and management of contract-managed food services, understanding and interpreting reports, and taking the appropriate corrective actions with the service provider.
  • Ensure compliance with University and R&DE policies and enforcing, reviewing, and interpreting safety and sanitation standards and regulations mandated by local, state, and federal agencies regarding safety, health, and sanitation regulations. Responsible for administering quality control systems in food production and presentation within the Row house dining program.
  • Work closely with staff in many offices at the University, including but not limited to those in the VPSA residential education (Res Ed), R&DE Maintenance and Capital Planning, R&DE Human Resources, R&DE Vendor Management, Athletics, R&DE Student Housing, and R&DE Stanford Conferences.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and relate well with diverse populations of students and staff. This person must have the ability to think critically and communicate effectively using the R&DE core values.
  • Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve the goals and vision of the organization and the day-to-day operations. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, professional development, and accountable for the performance of employees.
  • May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers guide supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Develop and implement strategic plan(s) for functional area(s) managed; Provide strategy, vision and direction. Make decisions that establish objectives for the overall direction or operation of a significant organization. Influence leadership on specific recommendations for current operations and future development. May develop multi-year business plans. Oversee allocation of all resources.
  • Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with regulations, policies, and procedures. Recommend and/or formulate internal administrative policies, guidelines, and procedures. Direct process improvement for organization or program.
  • Responsible for overseeing the finances for the area of responsibility as well as developing, monitoring, and analyzing a complex consolidated annual budget.
  • Represent the organization's business operations and administrative affairs within the organization, and/or outside constituencies. May represent the organization to external constituencies.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including conflict resolution.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong financial expertise in budget planning and financial forecasting.
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds;
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Occasionally work evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford’s colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

NOTE: The above information is provided by the employer. The The National Association of College & University Food Services does not verify the accuracy of these statements.