Director of Campus Dining

Management San Luis Obispo, California


Another Source's client, the Cal Poly Corporation, is recruiting a Director of Campus Dining to join their team.


Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo on California's sunny Central Coast. Cal Poly Corporation is a valuable strategic partner dedicated to advancing Cal Poly’s mission. We provide vital university resources and services, enhancing campus life with solutions that are flexible, innovative and effective. Our revenues stay on campus to support programs and drive student success. Our values of Integrity, Respect, Inclusion, Service, Positivity, Employee Development and Results are integral to our success as an organization and to the success of the university, providing the foundation to create best in class campus experiences and solutions.



Is This Job for Me?

Under administrative direction of the Associate Executive Director of the Cal Poly Corporation, the Director of Campus Dining is responsible for leading the Campus Dining operation and developing innovative and entrepreneurial programs to meet the needs of the diverse campus constituency with a commitment to quality service.

The Director of Campus Dining will plan, organize, control, and direct the Campus Dining food service program.


What Are the Details?


  • Formulate and present policies, procedures, and new ideas for approval to promote and improve quality, service, and cost controls for the department’s operations; make presentations to the Cal Poly Corporation Board regarding new policies and annual budgets
  • Supervise department heads and clerical assistants in the performance of their duties; interview and recommend selection of Campus Dining staff, giving proper consideration to Affirmative Action goals; train and make work assignments for administrative staff; establish performance standards; prepare written performance evaluations and conduct appraisal interviews; approve leave requests for all Campus Dining employees
  • Develop and maintain good public relations by maintaining contact with students, administrators, faculty, staff and guests of the University; chair various committees which have been established to enhance communications and to identify possible improved products and services for students
  • Direct (a) the administration of budgets for all campus dining facilities, the procurement of goods and services, catering activities, and satellite operations; and (b) the establishment, maintenance, modification and/or revision of cash handling procedures, pricing and policy guidelines, in-service training, preventative maintenance programs, and current and historic food service records
  • Coordinate the development of menus that are nutritional, palatable and satisfy customer demand; confer with customers regarding their nutritional problems and menu suggestions; consult with the Registered Dietician regarding special dietary needs of meal plan customers; monitor product sales to determine popularity of various items and recommend changes in menu and product mix as needed
  • Work in partnership with Student Affairs to maintain a Resident Dining Program that is robust and supports student success, generate sufficient sales, control prices, and provide for an equitable distribution of customers among various food service operations
  • Oversee a procurement program which will provide for (a) the establishment and maintenance of required stock levels of processed and unprocessed food and supplies at a satisfactory price and quality; (b) the purchase, receipt, and inspection of foods and supplies; (c) the proper storage and rotation of foodstuffs; and (d) the maintenance of computerized inventory records
  • Establish and coordinate an integrated marketing program which will support operational objectives and enhance good customer relations; review and approve Campus Dining promotional materials; provide guidance regarding product presentation to various Campus Dining operations; stay abreast of customer demand through following trends, personal contact, suggestion systems, and surveys
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of in-service training programs which emphasize customer service, quality preparation, portion control, and recipe standardization
  • Ensure that Campus Dining facilities, equipment, and operations comply with OSHA standards and other health and safety regulations, such as County Health Department requirements
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Restaurant Management, or related field. Experience in a top management capacity of a commercial or institutional food service enterprise may be substituted for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis
  • Five years of experience as a departmental manager or equivalent in a commercial or institutional food service operation, including responsibility for directing the preparation and service of food
  • Knowledge of current campus trends and how dining services fit and function within a University environment
  • Knowledge of procurement, menu planning, food production, and service; knowledge of personnel management, marketing, accounting practices, and health/safety regulations as related to campus dining operations
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality service and ability to lead and engage staff
  • Ability to analyze data and develop sound conclusions; to prepare clear, concise, objective and timely reports; to establish and maintain productive work relationships with campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students; and to communicate effectively and persuasively orally and in writing
  • A background check is required for all regular benefited positions
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment


Physical Requirements

  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone
  • Dexterity of hands, fingers, and wrist to operate a computer keyboard and calculator
  • Seeing to read a variety of materials
  • Sitting or standing for extended period of time
  • Physical agility to lift 20 pounds to shoulder height
  • Physical agility to lift, carry, push, or pull objects


The Cal Poly Corporation is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


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