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Employment Opportunity

Cook and Food Services Coordinator

Faculty of Science & Technology
Competition Number: 13-3010
Appointment Type: Temporary Part-time
Subject to funding
Subject to CUPE Joint Job Evaluation
Start/End: As soon as possible up to March 31, 2014 -
may end early or be extended
Workload: 17.5 hours per week
Employment Group: Cupe 6
Position: 00720
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
  The Deep Bay Marine Field Station at Vancouver Island University facilitates research and development for marine related research and sustainable shellfish aquaculture development in BC. Research projects include academic grants, Federal, Provincial and private contracts. The Station additionally operates as a cost recovery public education science centre, retail outlet and event centre. The facility is state-of-the art, with green building technologies and controls as well as seawater supply system, wet lab research facilities and commercial kitchen.
Duties: Under the general direction of the Event Facilitator/Facilities Coordinator, be solely responsible for menu preparation, meal planning, budgeting, ordering, food preparation, production, quality assurance and serving for Field Station catered food service operations. Catered products may include sandwiches, salads, hot and cold entrees, baked goods, buffets, VIP meals, and other specialized menu items.

Make recommendations for product types and production levels to enhance sales, service and production quality. Maintain cleanliness of work areas and equipment; maintain food safety programs, sanitation and sampling of the Field Station potable water supply as required by VIHA. Stock and merchandise products; receive and inventory items related to work area, linens and other catering supplies. With the Facilities Coordinator, help qualify off-site caterers.

Open and close the work area and provide excellent service to all customers. Management of culinary duties will include: routine evaluations of functions to inform future planning; production of function sheets and related paper work; communicating customer feedback to management and supervise and train new employees as well as practicum students from VIU Culinary.

Assist facility staff with set-up/take down for public events, monitor and assist with events, work with volunteers, community outreach, set up and displays at the Field Station and off-site. May require use of personal vehicle.

Be able to provide maintenance (feeding, water quality checks etc.) for live animal-stock of past or on-going research activities. Only activities that are considered Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), with documented instructions, will apply. Any extraordinary activities outside of the SOP will only be performed at the direction of the Primary Researcher or senior management of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station should neither be on site or available.
Required Qualifications: Two-year Culinary Arts Diploma from an appropriately accredited institution. Three years related experience, including operation of commercial kitchens and catering. FoodSafe Certificate. Physical ability to do the job.
Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record (as specified in Vancouver Island University policy and procedures).

Preferred Qualifications: Alumni of the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island; commercial baking experience; experience and knowledge of BC seafood production and use; Serving it Right Certificate.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: January 17, 2013 - January 24, 2013
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.