Director of Culinary Services (Administrator II), UPDATED* (514322)

  • Sonoma State University
  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Jun 21, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Application Process
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on Monday, August 8, 2022*.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications. Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Job Summary
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance (AVP), the Director of Culinary Services (Director) is responsible for providing comprehensive leadership, vision, supervision and support to the Culinary Services team while developing a long-term strategic plan to increase satisfaction of services and increase income from contract, license, and in-house food services. In support of these goals, the Director works to meet established budgetary guidelines while providing excellent customer service. The Director is responsible for providing the AVP with information, managing the operational budget and is responsible for meeting operational targets. The Director has direct supervision responsibilities for various members of the Culinary Services team, which includes management, staff and student employees. The incumbent works collaboratively with various departments on campus to strive to build positive public relations and customer and employee satisfaction. As a member of the Culinary management team, the Director is responsible for promoting high quality food service standards that meet or exceed the County's Health and Safety guidelines.

The Director is a member of the division's management team, which is committed to shared governance and participative management.
Key Qualifications
This position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in university, hotel or workplace food and beverage operations, including 7 years of progressively responsible and applicable management and/or supervisory experience. Bachelor's degree in hospitality management or related service fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Financial experience with successful history of developing budgetary guidelines and meeting fiscal projections is required. Knowledge of contemporary food service trends, contemporary marketing trends, and knowledge of health and safety requirements required. Experience working in a union environment, a highly decentralized environment and/or a multi-unit food and beverage operation (university, workplace, resort, convention) is highly preferred. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) is required. Knowledge of Google Suite, Appetize POS, Transact, Caterease, and PeopleSoft systems is preferred. The incumbent must possess and/or obtain and thereafter maintain a food management certification which has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Conference for Food Protection (CFP).
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and will not exceed $9,917 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.
Supplemental Information
Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption and thereafter comply with routine campus testing requirements. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more about the vaccination requirement at Sonoma State, please visit: vaccine-requirement- information.

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Rohnert Park, California 94928 United States View Map