Director of Dining Services, Lory Student Center

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

ID: 7064887
Posted: February 25, 2020
Application Deadline: March 24, 2020

Job Description

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 34,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. CSU was the first institution in the world to earn a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) Platinum score. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a culturally vibrant and progressive community of 165,000. The city is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000-foot peaks, and offers easy access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities. Colorado State’s rankings include its recognition as a top tier university in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of “America’s Best Colleges and Universities,” as well as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine’s ranking as one of the top public universities in the United States for educational quality and affordability.

Reporting to the assistant vice president and executive director of the Lory Student Center, the director of dining services, Lory Student Center, provides leadership and administrative direction for the day‐to‐day operations and long‐term strategic planning of retail dining services across Colorado State University. The position includes fiscal responsibility, coordination, supervision, and evaluation for all aspects of a complex array of retail dining operations which include Lory Catering, the Aspen Grille (in partnership with the Hospitality Management academic program), University Club, two convenience stores, one brewpub and microbrewery (in partnership with the Fermentation Science academic program), five self‐operated quick service locations, four retail coffee shops located within academic colleges, and six contracted quick‐service restaurants. The director maintains overall responsibility for decisions related to the sales, production, and service in providing safe, responsive, and healthy meals and beverages to an average daily customer base of 24,000 patrons and 3,000 catered events annually. The director has final authority for all decisions related to dining services programs, procedures, or policies; serves as operating manager for the University’s alcohol license and federal brewery permit; determines final approvals for alcoholic beverage service for Lory Catering; and recommends changes to University policy impacting alcohol service. The position oversees approximately 27 full-time staff members (including two direct reports), an average of 400 student and non‐student hourly employees, and an operating budget in excess of $7 million.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of full‐time professional experience with responsibility and accountability at the administrative level in high volume, institutional dining services operations (with a minimum of five of those years as an assistant and/or associate director or equivalent responsibilities). The successful candidate will possess demonstrated experience managing high volume dining service budgets, as well as experience in relating effectively to all members of the University community, with an appreciation for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences. A personal or professional commitment to diversity, including experience developing, implementing, and supporting programs and services related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, is highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin March 24, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick, Senior Search Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.


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