Employment Opportunities at USD

Current Employee searching for job opportunities? Click Here to login to the MySanDiego portal to view and apply for Department Only or Campus Only postings.

Cook - Sushi

Apply now Posting #: 4959
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Dining Services

Position Title & Department:

 Cook - Sushi; Auxiliary Services - Student Life Pavilion
Posting #


Department Description:

Join the University of San Diego culinary team! Be an integral part of our award-winning, nationally recognized culinary program. We are proud to provide 2.5 million meals each year for our campus community of over 8,000 students, in addition to faculty, staff and visitors. Our diverse portfolio of dining locations and services includes; a full service restaurant and pub, retail outlets (four cafes and a coffeehouse), a market and deli, a food court featuring an array of global cuisine, outstanding catering services, athletic concessions at multiple locations, and food service for the child development center.
Pavilion Dining is home to an array of unique dining concepts that fuse distinct ingredients and flavors to create delicious menus in an inviting environment. Menus were developed in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Recipient of a Silver Loyal E. Horton Award presented by NACUFS for excellence in dining.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to grounding our policies, programs, and procedures in antiracist practice. With this commitment, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and holding one another accountable to ensure our work is approached through equity, inclusion, and social justice lens. We recognize our need for ongoing development in this area and continue to strive to improve. We expect all members of the Division of Student Affairs are willing to engage in this work alongside us to uphold our Catholic mission of creating a welcoming environment where the dignity of all students, staff, administrators, and faculty at USD is embraced

The University seeks an individual with a strong interest in working in a mission-driven, faith-based institution. The role of a Cook - Sushi is working with the campus community and the responsibilities of the position are significantly tethered to the university’s contemporary Roman Catholic mission.

The Cook - Sushi is responsible for providing skilled assistance in the supervision and preparation of all Sushi food production, maintenance of quality and/or portion control, and the maintenance of sanitation and safety standards.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Sushi Preparation: 

  • Prepare sushi rice and ingredients such as fish, vegetables, and seaweed according to traditional and creative recipes.
  • Ensure all sushi items are fresh, properly portioned, and aesthetically pleasing.

Sushi Presentation:

  • Create visually appealing sushi presentations, including nigiri, sashimi, maki rolls, and specialty rolls, using traditional techniques and artistic flair.
  • Good attention to detail in garnishing and arranging sushi plates to enhance the dining experience.

Sushi Production:

  • Supervises and participates in the quality and quantity preparation of all Sushi menu items.
  • In the absence of the direct supervisor, has complete responsibility for the preparation of specified meals.
  • Reviews menu with supervisor and coordinates daily production; organizes work areas to ensure ease of operation.
  • Checks production sheet against inventory to assure necessary items are on hand; assists in planning for backup items as needed.
  • Inspects work area for any problems or discrepancies and reports findings to supervisor.
  • Assists in forecasting proper quantity preparation for each item served.
  • Follows correct methods of preparation.
  • Makes products to specification and reviews recipes with supervisor for variances in the finished product, including yield, appearance, taste, and texture.
  • Ensures proper product portioning.
  • Responsible for the timely delivery, setup, and dispensing of menued items as specified.
  • Assists in completion of production/event records.
  • Verifies quantity and quality of all incoming products.
  • Ensures proper rotation and storage of all products.
  • Operates all kitchen equipment properly.
  • May assist in the determination and ordering of products and supplies.
  • Assists in research, development, and testing of new recipes and menus.
  • Attends weekly production meetings.

Customer Satisfaction:

  • Maintains good customer relations through attitude, appearance, and attention to detail in daily work.
  • Maintains consistent high-quality standards; quality-tests every finished product for taste, texture, appearance, and temperature.
  • Assures that all foods are attractively garnished and appropriately displayed.
  • Ensures that products are not held longer than establishing holding time frames.
  • Services customer/guest needs with the appropriate sense of business urgency to provide quality service.
  • Reports feedback from the customer to supervisor and/or area manager.
  • Provides input on menu, and special meals in weekly production meetings.


  • Sets leadership example by the willingness to work on all job tasks.
  • Provides consistent feedback to employees regarding performance.
  • Responsible for a smooth workflow, communication, and ideas through a congenial, caring, and supportive attitude.
  • Ensures that employees understand and adhere to all Dining Services policies and procedures.
  • Delegates assignments as appropriate and follows up to ensure work is accurate and complete.
  • Orients all-new part-time employees to the location of products and equipment.
  • Trains all part-time employees in proper cooking procedures, cooking times, and temperatures.
  • Trains part-time employees in the proper use of all equipment.

Safety and Sanitation:

  • Implements and maintains proper safety and sanitation standards in the workplace.
  • Utilizes proper food handling methods and techniques.
  • Assists in all scheduled cleanup operations.
  • Operates equipment in an energy-efficient manner. Uses efficient startup/shutdown schedule for equipment.
  • Maintains excellent personal hygiene, including care of uniforms, shoes, and head covering.
  • In absence of a supervisor, responsible for the security of the unit.
  • Maintains kitchen cleanliness/sanitation during operation.
  • Does not participate in unsafe acts and sets a good example for other workers.
  • Reports all accidents and/or injuries to supervisor immediately.
  • Reports all equipment maintenance problems to the supervisor.
  • Knows the location of fire extinguishers and Ansul System pull stations and how to use them.


  • Knows and follows all University and Dining Services policies and procedures.
  • Cook – Sushi - working in Retail areas will need to know how to use the POS system.
  • Cook – Sushi - may have to work as a cashier as needed and, therefore, know how to handle cash in all retail areas.
  • Assist in monthly inventory.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to work a varied hourly work schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule during intersession and summer conference periods.
  • Must have excellent personal hygiene because of contact with food and food products.

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • At least 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience as a sushi chef in a high-volume restaurant or sushi bar.
  • Certification from a culinary school or sushi training program.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • In-depth knowledge of Japanese cuisine, sushi preparation techniques, and sushi knife skills.
  • Creative flair and attention to detail in sushi presentation.
  • Strong understanding of food safety and sanitation practices.
  • Ability to work efficiently and calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Knowledge of proper cooking times, temperatures, and food preparation procedures and techniques.
  • Strong communication skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to organize personnel, work, and materials for maximum productivity.
  • Proven ability to supervise and motivate staff.
  • Excellent skills in the use of specific equipment and tools as identified below, as well as their preventive maintenance and calibration requirements.

Tools and Equipment Used: 

  • Various cooking and kitchen equipment (knives, ovens, slicers, carts, etc.), cleaning equipment, and chemicals.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration: 

  • Must complete a 3-hour sanitation class as required by the San Diego Health Department.
  • Must complete the University’s Hazmat Communication Program.
  • Must complete an 8-hour Serv Safe as required by the San Diego Health Department.
Posting Salary:

$16.85 - $22.15 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume Required, Cover Letter Preferred
Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.   If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.
Additional Details:

40 Hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

Advertised: Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at www.sandiego.edu/safety/documents/annualreport.pdf. This report is published by October 1st of each year and includes current institutional policies and procedures concerning campus safety and security; fire safety and evacuation policies; sexual misconduct and relationship violence reporting and response stands and protocols; and crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years. To request a paper copy, please contact the Clery Act Compliance Manager via email at clery@sandiego.edu, by calling (619) 260-4768, or in-person in the Hughes Administration Center, room 150.