Director, Event Management, Dining, & Hospitality

Normal, IL
Mar 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Location Normal, Il 61790

Posting date 03-14-2017

General Summary
The Director provides leadership for and directly supervises the day-to-day operations of the Department of Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality, including the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of all aspects of the department. The department employs more than 1300 staff (i.e., administrative professional, civil service, extra-help employees, graduate assistants, and undergraduate students) and manages an operational budget of $35 million. Additionally, the department will be embarking on two capital projects including a $32.9 million Bone Student Center revitalization across three years and an $8.5 million Culinary Support Center renovation over 18 months.

Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree in business administration, management, hospitality management, food service administration, institutional food services, or related field.
2. A minimum of ten years of progressive management experience in auxiliary services, food service administration, hotel and hospitality management, and/or managing a student union, entertainment venue, conference center, or similar facility.
3. A minimum of eight years of experience with hiring, supervising, evaluating, and developing a diverse staff.
4. Demonstrated ability to lead change and manage talent in a complex, diverse organization including the ability to influence and negotiate.
5. Demonstrated experience with strategic planning and assessment at a department level.
6. Proven experience with managing complex budgets. Must possess strong financial acumen and analytical skills.
7. Demonstrated ability to build strategic relationships and network effectively.
8. Must possess highly developed interpersonal, organizational, and communication (written and verbal) skills.
9. Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the university community.
10. An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the delivery of programs and services.
11. Ability to effectively utilize technology and software applications.
12. Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of business and industry knowledge and ability to utilize this knowledge in decision making.
13. This position is Security Sensitive and subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy. Employment is contingent upon passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. The employee may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Desired Qualifications
Master's degree in food service administration, business administration, educational administration, or related field.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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