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Executive Director of Dining Services

University of Georgia
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University of Georgia
Executive Director of Dining Services

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia (UGA) is the birthplace of public higher education in America - launching our nation's great tradition of world-class education for all. UGA is currently ranked 16th among the top public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The university's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The university's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and nearly 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

UGA Dining Services plays an integral role in the success of students, providing a self-supporting, voluntary meal plan program as well as over thirty retail locations. The program has been nationally recognized as a leader in the industry through Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards for Excellence, the National Restaurant Association Great Menu Design Award, the Food Management Industry Leadership Award, the IFMA Silver Plate Award, and many other prestigious culinary awards.

The Position
Reporting to the associate vice president of auxiliary services, the executive director of dining services will provide innovative, strategic, and comprehensive leadership for all dining services operations for the campus. The dining program at UGA is expansive, innovative, and award-winning. The program includes five residential restaurants, multiple nationally branded and internally branded retail dining concepts, convenience stores, catering, and special event support, including football game days. The residential meal plan program is self-operated and 100% voluntary, generating more than 13,500 residential and commuter meal plans, and is complemented by national and self-branded retail locations that are a mix of self-operated and contracted. The executive director provides leadership for a full-time equivalent staff of over 800, including five direct reports, and manages an operational budget of approximately $55 million.

A bachelor's degree is required. Progressive dining leadership experience in a university setting or a comparably complex environment is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated experience with purchasing, preparation, production, merchandising, customer service, catering, and inventory control in a dining organization; supervising and training full-time and part-time employees; and profit and loss accountability in a complex budget environment.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin March 8, 2024, and 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 Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.


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