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Operations Manager - Campus Restaurants

Application Deadline: 07/21/2019

Organization: Pacific Lutheran University

Location: Tacoma, Washington

Salary: $54,000-$57,000 per year, DOE + excellent benefits.

Website: www.plu.edu

Contact Details:

Please apply using this link: https://employment.plu.edu/postings/5762

Organization Details

Pacific Lutheran University

PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people, for their communities and for the Earth.

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship, and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.


FT; Sunday-Thursday, 12:30pm-9:30pm. Other schedules as assigned.

The Operations Manager manages a high volume, fast-paced, self-operated residential, multi-concept “all-you-care-to-eat” dining center, and three retail concepts. This position oversees the complete operation of multiple, unique food service concepts while maintaining a thorough knowledge of all. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Hospitality and Retail Services.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Support customers of The Commons by acting as a public relations liaison with customers and guests – is visible and accessible to guests throughout the shift to enhance the guest experience.
  • Communicate and/or document staff behavior issues with the AVP of HSCR for consultation and action.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with all direct-reporting full and part-time regular staff.
  • Demonstrate effective supervision of others in work production by providing clear instructions, effective criticism, and redirection.
  • Ensure all employees/units are operating within the guidelines of the Pierce County Health Department.
  • Evaluate employee performance for direct reporting staff and temporary personnel, following guidelines of performance appraisal set by Human Resources.
  • Develop, maintain, and modify an effective orientation process for direct reporting employees.
  • Serve in a key role as mentor for student employee and Student Manager programs.
  • Provide on the job training, including management techniques, appropriate disciplinary procedures, and professionalism.
  • Evaluate student management performance each semester, utilizing guidelines of performance appraisal outlined by Human Resources.
  • Incorporate links to academic coursework as part of the training experience.
  • Manage and execute budgetary expectations and guidelines related to food and labor costs/general expenses, etc.
  • Control P&L, ensuring that responsible areas meet budget goals.
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends and customer base by attending conferences, classes, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Develop a yearly list of individual initiatives.
  • Develop marketing initiatives for the overall facility; work closely with the Marketing Manager to achieve initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to apply fundamental management principles; coach and develop people.
  • Ability to balance long-term strategic issues and goals with short-term priorities.
  • Ability to foster collaboration and communication by creating a supportive environment.
  • Ability to manage conflict effectively.
  • Ability to prepare an effective work schedule taking into account multiple staff variables.
  • Ability to monitor financial performance and identify ways to achieve financial goals.
  • Knowledge of food service sanitation procedures.
  • Strong Word and Excel skills and familiarity with Project, Publisher, Microsoft Windows Office Suite, and Google Docs.
  • Ability to multitask, have an extensive understanding of customer service principles and service recovery, and handle frequent interruptions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to be flexible to perform related duties and responsibilities during university breaks, summers, and catered events.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  1. Three years of progressive experience in food service management.
  2. High school diploma or GED.
  3. Valid WA Food Handler’s Permit or ability to obtain one before beginning employment.
  4. Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
  5. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check, physical exam, drug screen (including marijuana), and pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training, and provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract).

Preferred Qualifcations

  • Bachelor’s degree.

EEO Statement

PLU Policy on Equal Opportunity

Pacific Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment and in education for all members of the University community without regard to an individual’s race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law.

This equal opportunity policy shall apply to all aspects of employment, including hiring, compensation, benefits, transfers, promotions, training, education, reduction-in-force and termination. To the extent permitted by applicable law, PLU reserves the right to hire Lutherans or other Christians for faculty or administrative positions whenever such choices are deemed necessary for carrying out the educational and religious goals consistent with Article II of its Articles of Incorporation and Article V, Section 2 of the University’s By-Laws. PLU further reserves the right to make employment decisions based on an individual’s job performance, merit and/or qualifications.

This equal opportunity policy shall similarly apply to all aspects of educational opportunity, including recruitment, enrollment, advancement and evaluation.

The University will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment toward or by any of its employees or students. Any written, oral, physical or visual communication that is demeaning, degrading, intimidating, or otherwise directed at a person or persons because of race, color, gender, national origin, marital status, age, religion, mental or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other status that is protected by federal, state or local law will be considered a violation of this policy. Any person, or persons, who are found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including, suspension, expulsion, and/or termination.

Individuals who believe that they have been subject to discriminatory action or harassment or believe that discriminatory action or conduct has taken place, are strongly encouraged to contact any member of the University Dispute Resolution Committee or their supervisor. The University strictly prohibits threats, intimidation or retaliation of any kind against a person who reports a violation of this non-discrimination policy or who cooperates with an investigation of alleged violation. Any such conduct will itself constitute a violation of this policy and may subject the offender(s) to disciplinary action.