Food Service Worker, Lead
University of California
 San Diego, CA

Please note that this position is a 50% variable position.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/14/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/22/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


A working team leader with responsibilities to include food production, customer service, on-the-job training, and quality control in a front of the house or back of the house environment. Basic responsibilities will include any or all of the following: problem-solving in a timely manner, food production, customer service and complaints, staff shortages, equipment and personnel. Will follow established procedures in the absence of the supervisor. In coordination with their supervisor, will be responsible for food production, customer service, controlling labor hours, and merchandising.

Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) is a self-funded, large and complex campus department consisting of 7 divisions, with approximately 700 career employees, 800-1000 student employees and an annual operating budget of greater than $170 million. HDH provides housing for approximately 15,000 undergraduates, grad students, faculty, staff and their families in over 400 buildings covering approximately 6 million sq. ft. HDH is in the midst of implementing an aggressive building plan which will add 5000 new beds and almost double our square footage by 2021.

Currently, HDH houses 38% of UCSD's enrolled students with a goal of housing 50% in the near future. HDH provides maintenance and repair, contract meals/meal plan management, as well as retail food service, conference services and catering services to residents, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

Operating needs of the department require varied work schedules, (i.e., a.m., p.m., and/or weekend shifts and/or 10 hour workday). Employees may be required to take off (vacation or temporary layoff) during scheduled operational shutdown periods, such as Christmas, Spring & Summer breaks. Health codes require prescribed uniform, hair covering, and good personal hygiene. Meal schedules require extreme attention to promptness and excellent attendance. Meal perquisite is required for all Dining Services employees. Employees may be required to change work location on a daily basis as needed or for an indefinite time period. Access to reliable transportation, preferred.


  • Proven skill and background in culinary arts, with skill as a cook, and skills in food creativity.
  • Demonstrated skills to interact and communicate positively with other staff, and customers.
  • Knowledge and ability to effectively utilize employees and equipment in daily routines as well as unforeseen emergencies.
  • Knowledge and skill in teaching and delegating of tasks to subordinates, and effectively monitoring and evaluating their performance.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to effectively manage time.
  • Strong writing skills to communicate procedures, evaluations, and recommendations to management.
  • Skill and ability to handle stressful situations, multiple deadlines, and difficult people in a calm professional manner.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.
  • A Ca driver's license and clean driving record required to drive university vehicle.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:

a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.

b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year).

c) Work/Life Balance.

d) UC Retirement Plan

e) Pet insurance.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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