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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 25, 2020
Req #: 176291
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 01/24/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $5,500 - $6,700/month + benefits 
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 considering UW Dining, a unit within Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington—Seattle.

UW 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.

The Executive Chef for Bay Laurel Catering and UW Athletics Dining provides culinary leadership for Bay Laurel Catering, Conibear Shellhouse and Central Production Kitchen in planning, coordinating and executing the menus for catered events, meal services and commissary production.  This position employs a high degree of customer service skill in working with internal and external clients from serving and receiving feedback at formal tastings to service at events.  It is responsible for all aspects of production, including menu management, purchasing, recipe development, food safety and staffing.  

The position ensures that all activities adhere to business and financial goals and unit objectives set by the Assistant Director for Bay Laurel Catering and UW Athletics Dining. 

• Develop and execute short and long-term goals for culinary staff and programs. Manage culinary production in associated food service units.
• Supervisory responsibilities include professional staff, classified union staff and hourly student employees. 
• Facilitates design and development of new menus and standardized recipes, and establishes portion controls and food preparation standards for assigned areas.
• Participate in budget development and ensures that menus and recipes support the budgeted food and labor.
• Develop and maintain systems for continuous review of food and workplace safety. Create and maintain effective controls to ensure safety and sanitation of all food service facilities.
• Promote and sustain organizational core values including policies on diversity and workplace conduct. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication and collaboration with internal and external clients.
• Provide leadership to staff to create and maintain professional development plans.
• Serve as a resource for information about professional culinary training and work opportunities.
• Collaborate with HFS Human Resources on training for food service staff.

• Bachelor's degree in culinary arts, and/or hotel and restaurant management and/or a certification by a recognized culinary institution and three years of executive chef-level management experience in culinary operations which demonstrates culinary depth and breadth in concept development, kitchen management, menu management, food and labor cost controls, food plating and presentation, and successful direct-client contact. 

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

• 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.

• Possession of Washington State Food Worker Card within two weeks of employment and maintenance thereafter.
• Possession of a Washington State Driver’s License
• Serv-Safe Certification
• Allergan Certification
• Must have general computer knowledge

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 cover letter as part of your online application.  The system will prompt you to attach it.  The cover letter must include your response to the following:

Housing & Food Services at the University of Washington has a commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to all students, staff, faculty and guests. Please describe your experiences and perspective on Diversity and how you would promote an atmosphere of Inclusion in your role as the Executive Chef for Bay Laurel Catering and UW Athletics Dining.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or