Reports to: Director of Operations

USG 9 (starting salary: $68,300 - $85,300)

1.0 FTE (37.5 hours/week)

Occasional evening/weekend shifts may be required

Anticipated start date: September 8, 2022

Conrad Grebel University College is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite church and affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The mission and programs of Grebel are rooted in and inspired by its Christian identity in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. Grebel offers undergraduate, graduate, and community education programs in peace and conflict studies, music, theological and religious studies, and Mennonite studies. It has a residence program which houses up to 140 students in a dormitory setting, 32 apartment residents, and an off-campus associate program involving another 70 students per term. While a significant percentage of residence students come from Mennonite communities, the College residence welcomes students of all backgrounds and beliefs.  Grebel is also home to the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. In addition, the College operates an active bookings and conferences program.

General Scope

Grebel’s Food Services is committed to creating and serving nourishing meals and refreshments in support of the College’s mission. The Food Services Manager oversees the planning and management of the entire food services operation. The Manager supervises and works collaboratively with the Assistant Food Services Manager and other Food Services staff.

Departmental Data

Providing 118,000 meals per year with a regular staff complement of seventeen members and a number of casual student staff, Grebel’s food services department is an active and busy workplace. With a total expense budget in excess of $1,000,000, the food services department represents 15% of the College’s annual expense budget. Serving twenty-one meals per week to resident students and offering catering services to as many as 15,000 guests per year demands energy and good organization of this close-knit group of staff within the College.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Maintain an efficient, effective and cooperative work environment.
  • Supervise the work of the Assistant Manager (menu planning, website updates, preparation of productions sheets, purchasing supplies and food, etc.)
  • Oversee purchasing equipment 
  • Prepare kitchen staff work schedules
  • Perform administrative tasks such as costing special events, making preparation notes for special events, invoicing, summarizing timesheets and inventorying.
  • Meet with student leadership to review concerns, plan special theme meals and research recipes.
  • Work with the Conferences, Bookings, and Events Coordinator and other College staff to plan a range of College events.
  • Plan, supervise and execute internal and external special events.
  • Promote Grebel food services to outside rental groups including preparing marketing materials, negotiating services and providing price quotations.
  • Supervise food services staff and oversee staff training.
  • Monitor procedures to ensure the cleanliness of food service areas, and  that food storage and food preparation meet acceptable health and labour code standards.Monitor procedures to ensure the cleanliness of food service areas, and ensuring that food storage and food preparation meet acceptable health and labour code standards.
  • Arrange service contracts, preventative maintenance and repairs for food services equipment.
  • Perform a wide variety of routine housekeeping, food preparation and food serving tasks when dealing with unexpected staff absences.Arrange service contracts, preventative maintenance and repairs for food services equipment.
  • Participate as a member of the Health and Safety Committee and perform a variety of workplace safety related tasks.
  • Draft annual budget for review by the Director of Operations and performing record-keeping and planning tasks to ensure that inventory, budget and cash controls are maintained
  • Participate in other Grebel initiatives and committees as needed.

Qualifications and Expectations

  • Prefer a Post secondary degree or diploma in Commerce, Business, Hospitality, or Food & Beverage management or related field. Consideration will be given to a combination of relevant education and experience.  Having completed an accredited two-year program of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) or its equivalent, or be Red Seal certified and be eligible for active membership in CSNM  or the Canadian Culinary Federation is an asset.
  • Must have a minimum of five years’ experience in a food service management role and a demonstrated ability to supervise and motivate staff.
  • Awareness and understanding of health and safety standards and procedures in food service facilities, including training in WHMIS, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness, First Aid, and Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act is required.
  • Demonstrated ability in menu planning, inventory control, budgeting, and record keeping.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and ability to cook with a wide variety of foods and spices (eg. international foods, vegetarian meals, special diets, etc.).
  • Experience and training in a variety of commercial food preparation/food serving tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to relate well to students, faculty and staff and a proven sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • Strong computer and word processing skills and a willingness to learn new software programs. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is required. Knowldege of Web Content Management System is an asset.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Open to new ideas and an ability to be creative when planning special events.
  • Good physical condition and capable of lifting moderately heavy items and standing for long periods of time.
  • Availability to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Prefer a valid class “G” driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Support for and understanding of the identity, mission and values of Conrad Grebel University College.

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to Mimi Browne, HR Manager at by July 22, 2022.