Sous Chef

University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 19004312

University Dining at the University of Iowa is seeking multiple Sous Chefs to help with the supervision and execution of the production, preparation, and presentation of foods. Will be responsible for maintaining quality and cost controls through efficient food preparation. Will also schedule, train, supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff involved in food preparation and service under the direction of the Chef.
Duties to include:
  • Participating in and monitoring the preparation and service of foods as instructed and assigned.
  • Actively participating in menu planning and recipe development.
  • Assisting in controlling food inventory by maintaining par inventory levels in the assigned areas.
  • Providing direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling of assigned staff to ensure outcomes are achieved.
University of Iowa Dining is committed to quality, meaning food is more than items on a plate, it’s an experience. The University of Iowa Dining team takes pride in providing the best product by using fresh ingredients, developing partnerships with local sources, and committing to food innovation and creativity.

Comprehensive University of Iowa benefits for these positions includes health and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirements savings, 24 days of paid vacation per year, and 11 paid holidays per year.

Locations for these Sous Chef positions include Catlett Market Place, Hillcrest Market Place, and University Catering.

About the Division of Student Life: 
The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 14 departments that span from Recreation Services to the office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. One of our division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.
Required Qualifications:
  • A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition, Institutional Management, Hotel & Restaurant Administration or related field; or completion of a certificate in the Culinary Arts and related experience. 
  • Experience (typically 6 months – 1 year) in preparation and distribution of foods utilizing the latest techniques and knowledge of trends.
  • Experience (typically 6 months – 1 year) in food service management, including supervising and inventory control
  • Working proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) software applications.
  • Demonstrated working proficiency in the ability to collaborate and interact with individuals and groups, while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from a variety of identities.
  • Demonstrated working proficiency to lead and coach individuals or groups in learning and improving effectiveness in processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information and needs through appropriate communication methods and behaviors at a working proficiency level.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain ServSafe Certification.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to meet the University’s Fleet Safety Program requirements.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) in personnel supervision.
  • Experience in banquet planning, working large-scale food service and retail operations.
  • Working knowledge of electronic payroll and timekeeping systems.
  • Experience working with a variety of different cultural cuisines.
Application Details: 
  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be required.
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Job ID: 69473

Posted 11 days ago

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