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Dining Director

Application Deadline: 03/09/2020

Organization: University of Washington

Location: Seattle, Washington

Salary: $135,500-$143,200

Website: www.washington.edu/

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Posting Date: January 10, 2020

Closing Info: Open until filled; priority application review begins January 21, 2020

Salary: $135,500-$143,200

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Thank you for your interest in UW Dining, a department within Housing & Food Services on the UW Seattle Campus.

UW faculty and staff enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

UW Dining is responsible for providing the campus community with dining options that include residential food court style venues, grocery stores, cafes, small markets, Starbucks licensed stores, and Pagliacci Pizza outlets. The program relies on culinary expertise, effective business processes, operational effectiveness, responsiveness to trends and customer needs, effective relationships with campus partners, and creative yet practical solutions to a number of challenges. Embedded in Housing & Food Services, UW Dining receives support in the areas of Human Resources, Communications and Marketing, Information Technology, AP/AR, and budget development and analysis.

We are seeking a strong leader who can function well in this demanding environment and successfully execute by way of planning, supervision, change management, and relationship building.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, vision, and direction for residential and campus retail dining, vending, catering services, and athletics dining services.
  • Ensure organizational effectiveness resulting in financial health, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.
  • Ensure compliance in all areas of the program related to regulatory mandates, University policy, and legal requirements.
  • Create a positive, energetic work culture evidenced by high staff engagement and a stellar reputation on the campus.


  • Full benefits, including medical and dental insurance and retirement.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, as well as 10 paid holidays a year and one personal day.
  • Working in a mission-driven organization that is focused on providing the best possible living and learning environment for students.
  • Working with high-performing colleagues in an innovative and positive environment.
  • Contributing to the success of our students by providing dining services that supports their success.

View the complete position description and additional information about HFS, UW Dining and this position here.

To be considered for this position, you must submit a letter as part of your online application. The system will prompt you to attach it. The letter must include your response to the following:

In what ways can campus dining support learning about culture and diversity? What is the responsibility of campus dining in offering cultural menus and experiences?

Required Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in a related field and five years of leadership experience in a large food service operation with at least four years of supervisory experience that demonstrates:

  • The ability to manage a variety of types of food services within one umbrella organization;
  • Exceptional communication skills including public speaking;
  • Success in developing relationships with clients and colleagues to achieve goals;
  • Effective presentation skills that demonstrate preparation, research and delivery that are scaled for small, large and diverse groups;
  • Success using business systems to effectively manage a large, complex operation;
  • Success using financial models appropriate for a collegiate food service operation;
  • Success establishing and maintaining food service standards related to safety and compliance; and
  • Success in setting strategic direction and executing short- and long-term plans.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

EEO Statement

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.