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Position: Director of Dining Services
Institution: Bennington College
Location: Vermont
Date posted: 4/18/2003

Director of Dining Services. Rooted in an abiding faith in the talent, imagination, and responsibility of the individual, Bennington College has been distinguished since its founding in 1932 for its pioneering initiatives in higher education. The College is a national leader in liberal arts education with the principal of learning by practice underlying every major feature of a Bennington education. Also key to Bennington's philosophy is the conviction that a college education should not merely provide preparation for graduate school or a career, but should be an experience valuable in itself and the model for lifelong learning. Bennington College attracts a national and international student body of approximately 675 full-time undergraduates and graduates. Situated on the gentle slopes of a 550-acre former dairy farm, Bennington College is located in Southwestern Vermont, a vibrant college community adjacent to numerous recreational areas. Mountains, lakes and some of America's most beautiful rivers provide varied outdoor activities, from skiing to white-water rafting, fly-fishing and hiking. Numerous cultural opportunities abound within the surrounding area. Additionally, the College is located within three-hour drive to some of North America's greatest cities: Boston, New York, and Montreal. Reporting to the Director of Student Life and Campus Services, the Director of Dining Services is responsible for the overall supervision and management of the dining service operations. The operations include a dining commons feeding 675 students with a mandatory 19 meal plan, snack bar, student café and catering. The position assists with vision, direction, leadership and creative solutions to serve the needs of our growing, diverse customer base. The Director is responsible for the administration and direct management of a $1.4 million operational budget; policy development and enforcement; resource management; maintenance of health, sanitation and safety standards; annual budget development; financial accountability and cost controls; food integrity; quality customer service; facilities management; and computer administration. The position oversees approximately 30 full- and part-time staff, including a management team of 4 personnel, and is responsible for staff supervision, hiring, training/development, and evaluation. The director must be flexible and adaptable to the needs of a dynamic and changing campus. Bachelor's degree in a related discipline; relevant and progressive experience with demonstrated leadership, personnel management and business management skills; experience with staff supervision and development; exposure to labor management practices/environment preferred; experience in menu development, food production, handling and storage, quality control and health and safety; strong knowledge and experience in financial management and accounting practices; knowledge and skill in marketing and merchandising concepts; effective communication and interpersonal skills; proficient in advanced computer operations and general knowledge of on-line processes to administer and manage food service computer systems.

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Heather Faley
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
Bennington College
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201