Manager I - Catering Manager

2 weeks ago
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number
St. Paul
Dining Services - Auxiliary Services
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible
Special Instructions
Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.


The University of St. Thomas is looking for an enthusiastic Catering Manager with a culinary background who shares our values and passion for the hospitality industry. Dining Services invites qualified candidates to apply for a Catering Manager position to be part of our energetic and vibrant catering operation. This position presents applicants the opportunity to lead a dynamic catering team that provides exceptional dining experiences for our guests.


The Catering Manager works within the Dining Services Department to ensure that excellence in customer service is being provided throughout each catered event, while assuring that food is presented attractively, and in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner, according to customer wishes and company standards. The desired applicant must work professionally and cooperatively as a valued member of the dining services management team, assisting with any aspect of the dining services operation necessary.


The Catering Manager position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Catering Department including oversight and coordination of catering events for an exceptional level of service for internal and external customers. This position works closely with the Assistant Director of Catering on all aspects of the catering on campus including event planning, client contact, health department and safety standards, financial controls and targets.


The Catering Manager will work with internal and external clients to provide event planning services. Event planning duties will include meeting with clients and assessing their requirements, creating communications using Event Master, 25Live and MS Outlook and convey event plans including event schedule, food and beverage, room set up information.

The Catering Manager works in conjunction with ADC, catering managers and supervisors to maintain standards of service and timely delivery and pick-ups of catering equipment across campus. Standards of service and prompt delivery service will be maintained and tracked using scheduling tools in Event Master and NetCatering. This position will work with Facilities Management on the set-up and or take-down of the venue space for catered events.


This position is responsible for managing labor hours and assessing staffing needs for events, deliveries, pickups, cleaning and maintenance of catering service areas. Labor management will be accomplished with training, evaluating and motivating the full-time, student and when necessary, temporary workers. This position plans staff shifts and schedules appropriately for each event with the goal of superior service while maintaining labor costs.


This position recruits, assists with hiring and training all catering staff. Training duties will include evaluating staff performance, coaching and discipline.


This position oversees stock, organization and cleanliness of catering storage areas on the St. Paul Campus. The Catering Manager works with ADC and Catering Supervisor to establish pars for cost controls and minimum pars for paper products and linen and place orders as appropriate. 


To facilitate teamwork and foster a sense of common purpose, the Catering Manager will assist with and or manage events on the St. Paul campus, Minneapolis campus, and The Binz on the South Campus in St. Paul.


Catering Managers stay abreast of food, beverage and service trends. Familiarity with style of cuisine and service are required in this position.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Equivalent to graduation from high school and five (5) years of experience as a manager in a hotel, university, resort or comparable institutional setting. Production and Chef experience a plus. Must possess valid certification as a Food Manager with the State of Minnesota.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, work planning, organization, performance review and evaluation, and employee training and discipline; principles, methods and equipment used in high volume meal preparation in an institutional setting; nutritional and menu planning guidelines, including state and federal regulations; inventory control and record keeping principles and practices; basic accounting principles; accurate cash handling skills; the use of specified computer applications (Outlook, Excel, Word); safe work practices and sanitation related to food preparation and service; basic arithmetic; use and care of kitchen equipment; principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.


Skill in: Planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others; instructing others in work procedures; planning, overseeing and preparing meals in a large scale, institutional setting; making ad-hoc decisions; ordering and inventorying food and supplies; operating, cleaning and performing minor maintenance to large institutional food preparation and cooking equipment; making accurate arithmetic calculations; reading, understanding and following recipes and oral and written directions; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; excellent customer service skills; maintaining security of facilities and equipment; developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.


Mobility to work in a typical institutional kitchen setting and use institutional kitchen equipment, strength to lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds, ability to access various storage locations; vision to read printed materials, stamina to stand and/or walk for an extended period of time, and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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