Dining Hall Operations Manager

Bowdoin College
March 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:$65,000
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Title Dining Hall Operations Manager

Posting Number S01080JP Department Dining Services Administration Job Summary

Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick Maine with a student population of almost 2000. We make everything from scratch and consistently rated in the top 10 for college dining! We have our own butcher shop, bakeshop and organic garden that all supply food to our 2 dining halls and 3 retail locations.

In conjunction with the Moulton Union Culinary Manager, plans, develops, organizes, implements, supervises and evaluates activities of the dining hall. Directs daily dining hall operations. Responsible for delivering a dynamic dining program emphasizing culinary quality and excellent customer service that enhances the Bowdoin educational experience. This position has primary oversight for hiring and development of personnel; operational processes and documentation; budget management, customer service and unit project management. In collaboration with the Culinary Manager, Service Supervisors, and Registered Dietician, ensures that daily menu signage is descriptive and accurate.

  • Responsible for daily operational supervision of personnel and facilities. Maintains high visibility and oversight in the dining hall during meal service to ensure optimum business performance.
  • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, performance management, and payroll approval.
  • Works with Associate Director and Culinary Manager to evaluate and plan staffing requirements of Moulton Union; keep job descriptions current, and plan for unit organization and job assignments that effectively meet department and employee needs. Assists Culinary Manager with developing and posting staff schedules and payroll review and approval.
  • Oversees the daily menu labeling in Moulton Union.
  • In conjunction with the Culinary Manager and Staffing Coordinator, directly oversees the student labor team of Moulton Union. Proactively communicates, schedules, trains, and leads this essential part of daily operations.
  • Responsible for operational cost control management of the unit. Provides financial documentation such as invoices and food order reports to dining office in standardized formats to be used in preparation of monthly financial reports. Prepares and oversees data collection used to prepare food, labor and meal cost reports utilizing CBORD system. Analyzes weekly and monthly financial statements and uses information to maintain budgetary control of unit.
  • Works with the management team to develop and implement department goals and objectives and ensures that dining program is marketed well in the unit through decor, signage, literature, appropriate staff/customer interactions, etc.
  • Provides menu planning input for Culinary Manager incorporating healthy nutrition goals, student preferences, production capabilities, student and customer comments, and utilizing a variety of resources to keep menus contemporary. With the menu team assists in development of product specifications.
  • Salary Range for this position is expected to be: Minimum $65,000 – Maximum $80,000
  • Education/Skills Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree (or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired) with coursework in a food or business related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of food service principles and practices
  • Understanding of staffing, equipment utilization and cost control management
  • Effective communication and training skills
  • Ability to meet frequent deadlines in an organized fashion
  • Ability to interact positively with all constituencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal professional development.
  • Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents


  • 5 years of food service experience with 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Experience with planning, execution and evaluation of large scale catering events
  • Demonstrated reliability and must be able to work independently within a team atmosphere.
  • Serve Safe certification
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to meet the eligibility requirements of the College's current Motor Vehicle Use Policy.
  • Preferred:

  • Allergen certification
  • Standard Work Days and Hours

  • Coordinates with Moulton Union Culinary Manager to provide coverage as needed for catering and board meals
  • Required to work for major College events such as Commencement, Reunions, Homecoming, and Family Weekend.
  • Dining managers are considered essential personnel and should expect to report to work during College-declared weather or other emergencies.
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    About Bowdoin

    Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

    We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College's multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

    Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin's reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

    Bowdoin's campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

    Shift Employment Category Full Time Year Round FTE 1.00 Benefits Eligible Yes Pay Type Salaried Background Check Package Requirements Administrative Staff + MVR Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? Yes Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? Yes Posting Date 01/31/2023 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled No Type of Posting Internal/External Special Instructions to Applicants EEO Information

    Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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