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Job Summary

Senior administrative director responsible for planning, organizing and directing the administrative and operational activities of UMHS Patient Food & Nutrition Services Department (246 FTES).  Plans, directs and evaluates customer, patient and teaching service programs. Assures compliance with regulatory agency requirements. Plans, organizes and evaluates objectives and long-range programs for departmental operations, consistent with Hospitals goals. Directs the preparation and monitoring of the departmental operating budget, annual departmental budget is approximately 21 million.  Directs the development of goals and objectives, policies and procedures and new programs for the division. Manages and supervises five (4 at an associate director or executive chef level), full-time equivalent employees. Management duties include interviewing, selecting and training of employees; setting and adjusting their rates of pay and hours of work; planning and directing their work; appraising their productivity and efficiency for the purpose of recommending promotions or other changes in their status; handling their complaints and grievances and disciplining them when necessary. Management responsibilities include the authority to hire, fire, or promote assigned employees or make recommendations that are given particular weight. Employees have impact on budgeting, controlling costs, planning, scheduling, and procedural change. Reports to the Associate Hospital Director for Operations and Ancillary Services.   

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Plan, organize, and direct administrative and operational activities of the department. 
  • Assure department units are in compliance with regulatory agency requirements, including state, federal, and The Joint Commission
  • Plan, organize and evaluate department objectives, policies and procedures, and long-range programs, consistent with institutional goals. 
  • Direct fiscal management of the department; establish financial objectives; oversee unit budgets and have accountability for meeting budgetary goals
  • Direct and oversee major capital projects.
  • Plan strategically to position the department for the future.
  • Establish and integrate departmental goals with those of the institution.
  • Oversee human resource management of the PFANS administration unit.
  • Support the institutional mission and initiatives including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Oversee monitoring of outcomes and adjustment of processes to ensure evidence-based practices are followed to ensure employee and patient satisfaction. 
  • Assure communication within and across departmental units as well external departments, units and stakeholders.
  • Network with leader colleagues throughout the United States responsible for administration of self-operated food service units and clinical nutrition service units.
  • Ensure recent advancements in foodservice and nutrition service operations are incorporated into departmental operational practices.
  • Oversee departmental unit(s) benchmarking activities for continuous improvement.
  • Pursue technological advances that enhance efficiency of the departmental units.

Required Qualifications*


  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in administration of foodservice operations and clinical nutrition inpatient units.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally in verbal and written form, including collaboration with administrative leaders, managers, staff, and other allied health and nursing leaders.
  • Experience managing multiple projects, meeting due dates, and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative supervisory experience.


Minimum Education/ Experience

  • Masters’ degree in nutrition, dietetics, or food service administration, granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Requires active and current registration as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
  • Experience leading and managing multiple units within a hospital foodservice and/or clinical nutrition inpatient unit.  
  • Institutional leadership and supervisory experience.
  • Active participation in institutional committees.
  • Evidence of career/position advancement expanding to include a greater scope of responsibilities.
  • Minimum of five years managing staff.
  • Candidates must meet the full criteria for exempt status: salary level, salary basis, and duties tests.

Additional Information

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of persons in this job role.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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