Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
As part of SCL, Cornell Dining is comprised of more than 30 on-campus eateries, including multiple all-access dining rooms, cafes, coffee shops, food courts, retail convenience stores, concessions stands, a restaurant and catering services. From crafting holiday-themed meals to chef surprises and dining room special events, the Cornell Dining team of more than 400 skilled culinarians and front-line associates, and 600 student employees work hard every day to offer a variety of fresh and healthy food from all over the world. Cornell Dining's mission is a commitment to Nourishing the Future: both for our guests and for our team. This is accomplished with a team-oriented and customer-service mindset, and an emphasis on training, education, professional development and career path opportunities for our entire organization.
The Chef works in direct support of the area Operations or General Manager overseeing culinary operations for their assigned unit(s), which may include retail, all-you-care-to-eat, or catering business. This role is charged with developing and implementing a unique world-class high-volume food program and customer experience that serves approximately 2000 meals per day. The Chef must support and inspire a large culinary team and regularly demonstrate culinary best-practices, provides on-the-job coaching and feedback, assess ongoing training needs, and evaluates individual and team performance that promotes diversity and inclusive workplace behaviors. The Chef will provide regular oversight of menu planning, food service quality control, recipe adherence, product ordering, and inventory levels to ensure a strong financial contribution and efficiency to the operating budget ranging up to $1 million annually.
A successful Chef, will
Monitor and evaluate the dining unit(s) financial environment and other business indicators from a culinary perspective to implement and improve operational efficiencies and profitability
Establish a pattern of management to monitor, and ensure, food safety, food quality, and customer service standards as well as ensure a safe & welcoming environment for our staff.
Develop and maintain strong and lasting relationship with our community partners, guest, clients and other work groups to advance organizational goals and outreach initiatives
Demonstrate culinary excellence and creativity in their menu selection and ingredient adjustments to ensure great tasting, high-quality, and cost effective meal options
Be actively involved with all staff and continually look to motivate, develop and manage performance through regular hands-on training and daily feedback and coaching.
Ensure Dining, University and state/federal laws, policies and procedures are implemented and maintained in a positive and consistent manner.
At least two years of formal culinary training, two years of college course work and/or relevant Associate's degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Previous supervisory experience or experience in managing effective teams
Technical/computer skills, including experience with MS Word Office productivity tools
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability at building meaningful and effective relationships
Working knowledge of appropriate food and health codes
*Must be able to successfully complete a cooking demonstration, which includes a series of culinary and managerial skills assessments designed to evaluate potential effectiveness in the role.
*Position requires a varied work schedule, including availability on nights and weekends as needed.
Additional professional or educational experience or culinary certification is advantageous specially in a collegiate of event specific setting
Previous experience in a collegiate setting is preferred, but not required. Familiarity managing in a collective bargaining/union environment and/or working with student or volunteer employees is also beneficial.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
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