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 Executive Chef of Operational Excellence, is responsible for providing consistent support and leadership in the culinary program for a top university food service operation. In collaboration with the Associate Director of Cornell Dining, our Culinary Wellness Innovation (CWI) team and other members of the senior dining management team, this role will work to promote and enhance the culinary programs and services offered to our community to ensure the optimal customer experience in each location - this includes operational oversight of all culinary kitchens within residential dining (including a Kosher kitchen), retail dining, catering, athletic concessions, an on-campus restaurant, bakery commissary and cold commissary. The Executive Chef will be responsible for executing and ensuring our Operational Excellence standards which include but not limited to development of culinary staff, menu planning and management, culinary standards and compliance, food safety and sanitation compliance, cost controls, and inventory management while also driving to achieve operational and financial goals of a budget up to $60 million annually.
A successful Executive Chef will:
Effectively execute culinary strategy and organizational objectives in a collaborative and supportive way
Understand and be able to articulate fundamental business operations and financial principles to implement and improve operational efficiencies and profitability of a large multi-dimensional organization
Demonstrate proficiency in cost controls, Food presentation methods and creative menu development
Thrive in a fast based environment, demonstrating superior task management, project management and organizational skills in order to meet multiple deadlines and shifting priorities with high aptitude.
Build strategic partnerships and maintain strong rapport with the Dining management, Cornell and culinary communities to support culinary initiatives and ensure quality of service delivery.
Provide an executive presence that offers sound guidance and mentorship that inspires culinary creativity and support in order to problem solve effectively and ensure business continuity & prosperity.
At least two years of formal culinary training, two years of college course work and/or relevant Associate's degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Proven ability to successfully lead multi-layered teams including previous supervisory experience or experience in managing effective teams
Technical/computer skills, including experience with MS Word Office productivity tools including experience with food management & point of sales systems.
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills including presentation skills
Demonstrated ability at building meaningful and effective relationships
Expert 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.
Bachelor's degree or Culinary Arts degree or ACF Certified Executive Chef Certification highly preferred
Additional experience in a culinary operation is strongly preferred including previous experience coordinating effective food safety program across assigned units specifically managing multiple lines of the food service industry to include concessions, restaurants, catering, university retail and residential location
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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