This position is responsible for the planning, in conjunction with the Catering Executive Chef and Assistant Director of Catering, and execution of dining services in Catering. The Catering Sous Chef further supports the department's mission by analyzing guest feedback; ensuring safe, healthy, and sustainable food preparations; and creating and sustaining a positive work environment. The Catering Sous Chef is responsible for staff training, menu planning, product ordering, recipe building and inventory in conjunction with the Catering Executive Chef.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.
Uses high degree of culinary skill to write and/or assist in writing catering proposals, menus and recipes.
Trains staff for all levels of culinary positions.
Develops and upgrades task lists for staff. Maintains a routine cleaning schedule.
Manages quality of food taste and presentation through daily inspection and by monitoring production stations before, during and after production. Ensures that all production reports are followed.
Oversees all aspects of meal preparation, service and cleanup for the Catering department.
Ensures food production staff are compliant with food handling and sanitation guidelines as set forth by the Virginia Dept. of Health.
Assists with purchasing and inventory.
Additional related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma is required. Bachelor’s degree and culinary training are strongly preferred; college or university experience is advantageous. Must have five years' experience in food service, including supervisory responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate professionally with co-workers, management, customers, and the University community is essential. Must be able to follow verbal and written directions and provide responses in writing. Proficient computer experience is required; must be able to use Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word software. ServSafe certification or willingness to acquire within a year of employment date. Ability to multitask in a fast paced work environment. Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and a good driving history. Must be able to pass an extensive background check.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
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Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
Working Conditions: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
Types of Work: Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Work Schedule: Varying hours. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and in meeting the needs of Washington and Lee University Dining Services.
Pay commensurate with experience
Internal Number: R196
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.
The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings.
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the devel...opment of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.