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Sous Chef de Cuisine

Apply now Posting #: 4023
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Dining Services

Position Title & Department:

 Sous Chef de Cuisine; Dining Services
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.

La Gran Terraza is The University of San Diego's premiere dining experience is a California bistro that features fresh, local and sustainable food.  La Gran Terraza features farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman 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 University seeks an individual with a strong interest in working in a mission driven, faith-based institution. The role of the Sous Chef de Cuisine in working with the campus community and responsibilities of the position are significantly tethered in the university’s contemporary Roman Catholic mission.

The Sous Chef De Cuisine/Chef Manager oversees all culinary operations for the centralized kitchen. They assist in the  responsibility for the organization, coordination and supervision of the preparation of food production, maintenance of quality standards and/or portion control and the maintenance of sanitation and safety standards. They assist  in training, coordinating and evaluating the work of the production staff.  This position is responsible for assisting in purchasing, recipe and product development.  They will assist in the development of departmental goals.  They will provide support for a Hospitality/Dining Operation in one or more of the following areas: Plan, develop and supervise a production/culinary team using a comprehensive menu management program. Ensure overall consistency and high quality across the various operations; plan menus based on such factors as market trends, customer preferences and nutritional considerations; design recipes, determine appropriate ingredients and specify individual serving portions for each recipe. Develop menus in accordance with consumer tastes, nutritional needs, ease of preparation and established procedures and budgetary constraints; participate in other menu planning activities to include the determination of purchasing specifications, product and recipe testing and menu development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision/Leadership

  • Exercise administrative supervision with Senior management over Chef leads, cooks, bakers, custodians, and other Dining service staff including Part-time staff and student employees engaged in culinary operations.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of all schedules.
  • Serves as a leader for employees while fostering teamwork, employee morale, motivation and open communication.
  • Knows and follows all University and Dining Services policies and procedures; instructs staff regarding Dining Services policies.
  • Assures compliance with the dining services policies and procedures.
  • Informs employees of policy and procedural changes.
  • Conducts new employee orientation for kitchen staff.
  • Teaches employees non-negotiable standards of performance.
  • Develops and conducts individual and group training sessions and gives instruction to employees to meet job requirements.
  • Able to operate kitchen equipment and train others on its proper use.
  • Assists in the responsibility for the direction, supervision, training and evaluation of cooks, custodian, students and part-time culinary staff. 
  • Sets a leadership example by a willingness to work all job tasks.
  • Provides opportunities for staff development.
  • Develops and implements programs for employee recognition.
  • Delegates assignments as appropriate and follows up to insure that work is accurate and complete.
  • Responsible for the smooth flow of work, communication and ideas through a congenial, caring and supportive attitude.
  • In conjunction with the Chef de Cuisine takes corrective action to ensure acceptable employee performance and provides both positive and corrective feedback to employees regarding performance.  
  • In conjunction with the Chef de Cuisine assists in the recruiting, interviewing and selection of new employees.

Food Quality and Guests Experience

  • Supervises and ensures the quality and quantity preparation of all menu and specialty items.  Acts as working supervisor for all items
  • In Conjunction with senior management is responsible for the development, planning and facilitating of menus as well as specialty meals.
  • Assists in the ongoing review and upgrading of service, product and menus
  • Maintains consistent high quality standards
  • Assures that all foods are attractively garnished and appropriately displayed
  • Ensures that products are not held longer than established holding times
  • Services customers/ guests with the appropriate sense of business urgency to provide quality service
  • Reports feedback from customer to senior  management or responds directly as appropriate
  • Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion at all interactions with the university community and its guests
  • Checks production sheet against inventory to assure necessary items on hand; plans for back up items as needed.
  • Maintains daily communication with appropriate staff to adjust production according to changes in guarantees.
  • Determines correct methods of preparation and instructs staff in correct methods.
  • Ensures products are made to specification. Reviews recipes for variance in finished product, including yield, appearance, taste, texture; takes corrective action as needed and communicates feedback to staff.
  • Coordinates and instructs staff in appropriate sequential production time frames for maximum quality control.
  • Ensures proper product portioning.
  • Responsible for the timely delivery of food to event location; oversees planning and transporting of product to off-premise locations.
  • Coordinates with management for use of space and coordination of production preparation.
  • Responsible for proper storage and utilization of leftovers.
  • Ensures proper rotation and storage of all products.

Operations/Financial Management

  • Assists in monthly inventory.
  • In conjunction with senior management coordinates and orders food and supplies and, as assigned, small equipment for the kitchen.
  • Works with senior management to develop strategic plans for food preparation in non-kitchen venues including the rental and organization of field kitchens.
  • Forecasts proper quantity preparation for each item served.
  • Coordinates completion of daily productions records with staff.
  • Works with senior management in Research, developing, testing and costs new recipes and menus to assure that they meet departmental standards and are cost effective.
  • Attends weekly/daily production meetings as assigned.
  • Analyzes and evaluates productivity in assigned areas and takes effective action to maximize use of equipment and labor hours.
  • Reviews manpower needs, evaluates labor costs and proposes new staff positions as needed.
  • Responsible for the accuracy of payroll hours for part-time and full-time kitchen staff.
  • Analyzes emergency situations such as staff shortages, product failures, equipment failures and provides timely solutions to problems.
  • Controls expenses to ensure financial goals.
  • Develops specialty menus to meet customer expectations for quality and presentation as well as budget parameters for events.
  • Researches recipes to meet both theme events as well as production considerations, especially in off-premise venues.
  • Works with Chef de Cuisine to envision, plan and create plate presentation, buffet display and food design with an eye to color, shape, texture and dimension.
  • Assists with establishing and maintaining departmental goals
  • Assists in the evaluation, development and implementation of proper policies and procedures for all areas.

Safety and Sanitation

  • Continually maintains and trains the staff in sanitary practices and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with all state and county health department and safety regulations and maintain high standards of sanitation as a unit priority.
  • Knows and administers the hospitality/dining Services Illness and Injury Prevention Program
  • Organizes all production areas to insure ease of operation.
  • Conducts preventative maintenance inspections and ensures that routine maintenance is performed.
  • Implements and maintains proper safety and sanitation standards in the workplace.
  • Responsible for employee development and training in proper safety and sanitation methods and techniques. Verifies employee sanitation and hazmat certification.
  • Ensures that all staff knows the location of fire extinguishers and Ansul System pull stations and their proper use.
  • Responsible for the security of the kitchen and kitchen areas on campus under direct control.
  • Assists in coordination and maintains cleaning schedules for full-time and part-time production employees.
  • Assists in the coordination and supervision of major clean up and shut down periods.
  • Responsible for the timely reporting of all accidents and/or injuries, following proper procedures.

General Duties

  • Serves as a member of the leadership team and collaborates on program enhancement.
  • Strives to improve and streamline departmental operations through the continuous assessment of guidelines and procedures, work processes and program effectiveness/value.
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings in order to assist in long-range unit planning activities.
  • Prepares reports as required.
  • Participated in professional organizations, conferences and training activities, representing the department as required or assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.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:

  • Must have a degree in Culinary Arts or Bachelor's degree in institutional management, nutrition, dietetics, or hotel and restaurant management.
  • At least two years of culinary/food service experience.
  • At least 2+ years of supervisory experience in a high-volume food production environment.
  • Strong leadership, oral and written communication skills are required
  • Experience with a computerized menu management system, and knowledge of office and industry software applications is necessary.
  • Ability to work flexible and demanding hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Multi-unit Supervisory experience preferred
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; 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

Education: Tuition opportunities supporting the education of employees and eligible dependents. Professional development. Culinary Institute of America Accredited Trainings.

Job Tools: Advancement opportunities. Complimentary tasting meals. Uniform, including (slip resistant) shoe reimbursement, provided.

Attractive Shifts: Minimal late night hours. Ten paid holidays. No Christmas Day or New Year’s Day shifts.

Discounts: USD Torero Store, Bartell Hotels, local event tickets. Free tickets to most USD sporting events.


Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 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.

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