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Culinary and Food Services Manager I (Sous Chef) (Student Unions Production Kitchen)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Food Services

Posting Number: req12181

Department: Student Food Service

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The AZ Student Unions is seeking a full-time Culinary And Food Services Manager I (Sous Chef) to join our team. The Sous Chef assists in the development and implementation of current menu items and cooking techniques. This position is located in the Production Kitchen at the Arizona Student Unions. This position supervises the daily operation of a large production area. The candidate for this position must have extensive knowledge of Food and Beverage preparation and presentation and excellent interpersonal skills. This position will require the flexibility to work varied shifts to include weekends, holidays, and a weekly schedule of 50+/- hours.

The Arizona Student Unions consist of both the Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC) and the Park Student Union, as well as Highland Market and a number of convenience stores and food stops around campus. In addition to campus dining services and catering, the Arizona Student Unions also run mall scheduling, concessions at athletic events, Fast Copy & Design, Games Room, the Gallagher Theatre, and a Post Office Contract Unit.

The Student Union Memorial Center is one of the largest student unions in the United States. The SUMC contains everything students need - restaurants, retail spaces, a bank, lounges, study/meeting rooms, a computer lab, and a movie theater. SUMC is often referred to as the "living room" of the University.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assumes complete charge of kitchen on respective shifts
  • Supervises and maintains cooking standards and
    techniques of line level employees
  • Maintains safety and Health Department Standards
  • Works all stations as required
  • Provides leadership for subordinates and enforces
    proper procedures
  • Assumes the accountability and responsibilities of
    Supervisors in their absence
  • Participates in menu design and implementation
  • Prepares orders for daily and up coming functions
  • Ensures proper usage and rotation of all food items
  • Checks freshness and quality of food and presentation
  • Maintains proper inventory levels
  • Oversees all food preparation and production in hot and
    cold kitchens
  • Expedites all event food orders. Ensures proper usage
    and rotation of all food items
  • Coordinates various production activities to meet
    established serving times
  • Tastes prepared foods, adjusts seasoning and
  • Communicates to FoodPro team of recipe changes or
    suggestions of improvement
  • Oversees the visual presentation of foods for Cash-op
    and catered events, and takes immediate action to correct problems
  • Communicates with Catering Director or senior Catering
    Supervisor regarding catered function timing
  • Ensures that quality products are utilized for food
    preparation and sources out new and cost efficient items when necessary
  • Oversees the utilization and organization of all
    prepared and unprepared food in the production kitchen
  • Communicates effectively with Production Kitchen staff:
    outlines goals, expectations, daily duties and operational requirements,
    provides leadership for staff
  • Must be able to transport/move a maximum of 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work varied shifts to include weekends,
    holidays, and a weekly schedule of 50+/- hour
  • ServSafe or other food safety certification required
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of food and beverage preparation and
  • Knowledge of large production kitchen production
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles
  • Knowledge of sanitation and food quality standards
  • Ability to lift/move/transport up to 50 pounds
  • Skills in basic math
  • Ability to communicate effectively

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning
    attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of related work experience or
    equivalent combination of education and work experience required.
  • Must be able to work varied shifts to include
    weekends, holidays, and a weekly schedule of 50+/- hour.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40+

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: University Operations

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $43,000 - $46,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Culinary & Food Services

Job Function

University Operations

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Judy Harrison

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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