Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. In your cover letter, please indicate how you discovered this opportunity.

Job Summary

Michigan Dining is comprised of twenty-one on-campus cafes and markets, nine residential dining halls, a line of Blue to Go foods and the Michigan Catering unit. Our 300 professional and 2000 student employees are committed to creative, healthy and nutritious foods, international cuisines and sustainability throughout all dining operations.

The Assistant Director will report to the Senior Associate Director, manage approximately 12-20 professional staff, 50-100 bargained-for staff, and 100-400 student staff. You will provide operational and strategic guidance to all unit staff to support dining’s vision and goals, lead a team of professional, bargained-for and student staff in providing an exceptional dining experience for students and other guests in multiple units, serving approximately 15,000-40,000 meals/week. Direct Reports will include General Managers and Unit Executive Chefs.


You Will:

  • Articulate expectations for service and culinary standards; conduct unit-level trainings, meetings and orientation sessions; provide ongoing performance assessment and feedback holding self and team accountable for expectations and standards and department goals; work with the General Managers and Executive Chefs to implement Dining’s program efforts. 
  • Lead staff in continuous improvement of dining experience, recommends new food concepts and services and support departmental projects including student engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 
  • Develop and oversee a budget of approximately $15 to $30 million including food and labor costs; review budget status and analyze financial reports with staff.  
  • You will collect feedback from students and guests; meet with Resident Education staff and student groups and addresses and resolve customer service issues. 
  • Oversee staff engaged in administrative tasks, including HR, management and financial reporting. 
  • Ensure a safe work environment that includes education on proper safety and ergonomic techniques, and provide sanitation standards in compliance with regulations, OSEH and HACCP policies and U-M standards

Required Qualifications*

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business administration, dietetics, nutrition, culinary arts, or a related field or equivalent 5 years of foodservice management experience.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 7+ years of management experience in college/university/restaurant food service with at least 4 being in a multi location role
  • Knowledge of higher education food services, including dining trends in college environments and creative menu concepts. 
  • 2 or more years of experience as a chef and culinary experience. 
  • 1+ years of experience with a collective bargained-for workforce.

Additional Information

Salary: $81,500- $85,940.

Starting salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of the selected candidate.

Position Criteria:

  • Knowledge of culinary techniques, recipe and menu development, food ordering, budget management, commercial kitchen equipment, and guidance of kitchen personnel. 
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet, email and the internet, and the ability to use CBORD Food Service Suite modules or similar menu management systems. 
  • 5+ years experience; ability to maintain financial goals. 
  • History of team building, coaching and motivating others; ability to work with a diverse team. 

Working conditions

  • The Associate Director is classified as a “critical employee” and will be on site during any emergency closure of the University, be available for variable weekday hours, some weekends and holidays.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Learn more here. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for affordable comprehensive health insurance, Life Insurance, and Long-term disability coverage
  • Career advancement opportunities with training and developmental support


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has endedDue to our current ever changing environment this position may not start immediately.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.