Associate Director of Culinary for Residential and Retail Dining Jobs in Austin, TX at The University of Texas at Austin

Title: Associate Director of Culinary for Residential and Retail Dining

Company: The University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, TX

Job Posting Title:Associate Director of Culinary for Residential and Retail Dining
—-Hiring Department:University Housing and Dining
—-Position Open To:All Applicants
—-Weekly Scheduled Hours:40
—-FLSA Status:Exempt
—-Earliest Start Date:Immediately
—-Position Duration:Expected to Continue
—-Job Details:General NotesUT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

100% employer-paid basic medical coverage

Free Capital Metro bus rides

Retirement contributions

Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays

Career growth & professional development

Please visit our Human Resources (HR) website at https://hr.utexas.edu/ to learn more about the total benefits offered when you join our team!

The Division of Student Affairs supports all members of the university community through our mission of developing programs and services that allow everyone to thrive and contribute to the dedicated excellence at the core of our institutional mission. We model diversity and inclusion by providing open, welcoming, and inclusive environments in which to work, live, and learn.


The Associate Director (AD) of Culinary is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing culinary operations for all areas of University Housing and Dining (UHD) Residential & Retail Dining. The AD of Culinary provides leadership and support in culinary excellence, training, recipe and menu development, innovation, and execution of new dining concepts. This position involves the development and maintenance of food quality standards and works with the Residential Director of Dining Operations in formulating and monitoring a yearly food budget and plan for residential operations. Ensures that UHD residential and retail culinary operations strive for 5 Star ratings, continuous improvement, and provides support to the catering team when needed.


Culinary Brand Standards: Assist in establishing, implementing, and maintaining UT Dining and branded concepts standards, create quality improvements, and communicates them to employees.

Works hand and hand with the residential team to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as University policies and procedures (e.g. HACCP, quality assurance, and safety operations). Evaluate new products and equipment, drive innovation, sustainability, satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. Expand the FAST Allergen program into all campus residential locations. Collaborate with the Registered Dietitian staff to establish the #1 nationally recognized Top 9 allergen free station and promote UT as a healthy destination for students that may have allergen challenges in their meal plans.

Culinary Creativity: Follow culinary trends and innovates using local sustainable food sources when possible, translate ideas into unique menu and recipe programs that advance the culinary experience across the dining locations. Translate “authentic” international cuisine to the customer. Work with local and national chefs to develop relationships and partnerships. Expand the local cultural experience for students by working with visiting chefs/restaurant programs. Work with local farmers, various food boards across the nation and the Menus of Change members to bring the plant forward experience and healthy initiatives to our UT community. Join the Director of Culinary in ideation monthly sessions with campus groups to garner feedback on the residential food program …

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