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Director of Catering - 500160

University of Richmond
USA, Virginia, Richmond
$73000 - $100000 per year

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Director of University Catering is responsible for all aspects of catering events and related services. The Director exercises leadership and management skills to provide innovative and efficient services, ensure excellence, and maintain high levels of satisfaction for students, faculty, staff, and guests through exemplary customer service and sound financial practices. The director is the primary overseer and leader for significant campus events such as commencement, reunion, and other broad initiatives.



  • Develops and documents best practices to ensure efficiency and consistency in department operations and customer service.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive marketing and strategic plan for catering to include the marketing budget and website updates.
  • Keeps abreast of industry trends and the evolving needs and preferences of customers to present new and different products and concepts to increase customer satisfaction and to garner market share.
  • Identifies new opportunities, revenue streams, and technologies within the industry.
  • Creates an environment which encourages maximum productivity, positive employee morale, teamwork, engagement, and open communication.
  • Develops staff training and programs for teams and individuals in collaboration with executive director.
  • Represents and promotes the interest of the university and the department with a strategic perspective.
  • Ensures compliance with university and departmental policies. Provides oversight for catering software.

Operational Management

Oversees the conceptualization, planning, and implementation of catering events to support the academic and operational needs of the university.

  • Oversees department logistics for event management and commissary truck delivery.
  • Drives creative and aesthetic decisions; develops new creative concepts and presentation ideas based on market trends and customer preferences.
  • Collaborates with executive chef on menu design and food cost pricing analysis.
  • Ensures compliance with Virginia ABC laws and regulations to include distributions, service, security, inventory, and reporting.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations.
  • Coordinates and leads special projects for the department, as assigned.

Financial Management

Manages the financial operations of University Catering, including developing and monitoring budgets, managing revenues and expenditures to meet established goals, and overseeing accounting responsibilities.

  • Ensures compliance with established financial and procurement processes.
  • Develops reports and annual budgets, and monitors monthly financial statements.
  • Analyzes benchmarking data and ensures standards are at satisfactory levels or above.
  • Maintains responsibility for all financial assets of the department, including all physical inventory and petty cash.

Customer Service

  • Establishes and maintains high quality standards for customer service, planning, and logistics. Responds to changing needs and institutional priorities.
  • Promotes a positive relationship with all internal and external customers.
  • Develops evaluation mechanisms and metrics data. Analyzes anecdotal and performance metrics data to continually improve programs and services.
  • Collaborates with service providers in Events and Support Services, Campus Business Operations, Information Technology, University Police, Parking Services and other departments to assess and continuously improve systems, processes, and technology.


  • Understanding of higher education infrastructure, missions, and operations with the ability to communicate and establish relationships across a spectrum of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Experience in planning and executing high profile events and conferences.
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • In depth knowledge of food and beverage, and all aspects of catering planning and execution with demonstrated creativity. Thorough knowledge of best practices in catering management.
  • Ability to learn and use current technologies. Knowledgeable in the use of catering-related computer software.
  • Demonstrates high ethical standards, tact, and diplomacy to work with the University's hierarchy; maintains confidentiality.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking, exercise flexibility, and work calmly and efficiently under pressure.
  • Effective management of diverse human resource needs. Training and delegation skills.
  • Excellent fiscal management skills.
  • Required: Must have a valid Driver's License and be able to produce a driving record with a minimum of 3 years of driving history in good standing


  • Bachelor degree in hotel, hospitality, or event management, or related field, or combination of equivalent experience and training.
  • Five or more years in a higher education setting preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years' catering management experience.
  • Minimum of three years' supervisory experience.
  • Serve Safe certification and Alcohol Service Certification


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week; weekends and evenings as needed

Pay Grade 9 (Hiring Range $73,008.00 to $100,402.00 annually)


UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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