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University of California Merced
  • Position Number: 2340009
  • Location: Merced, CA
  • Position Type: Food Services

Chef 2 (6 Positions)
University of California, Merced

Job ID: 19915
Location: Merced
Full/Part-Time: Variable

Hiring Range
$22.59 - $24.43 Hourly

Job Closing Date
Review of applications will begin 07/02/21 and may close anytime after that date

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

The Chef 2 is responsible for assisting the Executive Chef in daily management and supervision of the Dining Services team. The Chef 2 is responsible for managing personnel to execute recipes, menus, production standards, cooking processes, methods, and procedures. of day-to-day operations. This position will also assist the Executive Chef in menu and recipe development. Responsible for financial accountability to systems and processes including accurate ordering and inventory management, appropriate product selection, and vendor relationships. Implement planned menu cycles or programs. Implement established performance goals and conduct performance appraisals for career and student staff both directly and indirectly supervised.

Participates in coordinating production activities, assigning work and training of employees on proper food preparation technique. Exhibits expertise in all phases of food preparation and use of all kitchen equipment. Assumes a leadership role in the kitchen in organizing and direction of production staff. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting quality assurance methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Normally receives minimal instruction on daily work assignments.


Bachelor's degree in related area and 1 year of related experience or 5 years equivalent related experience/education/training.
Serve Safe Certification or equivalent or superior certification or to be obtained within 6 months of employment.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of food and production.
Verbal and written communication in the English language, active listening, dynamic flexibility, critical thinking, multitask and time management.
Decision-making, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, operations analysis, and quality control analysis.
Basic computer application skills.
Effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to all operational and technical personnel or new employees at this level.

Preferred Qualifications:

CCC certification with the American Culinary Federation or Equivalent.
Advanced knowledge in food preparation, culinary trends, vegetarian, vegan and raw cuisine, nutrition, special dietary needs, allergy awareness and sanitation regulations.
Culinary experience in restaurant or dining service/hospitality field, including but not limited to menu development, catering, food production, handling and storage, quality control, health and safety. Experience working independently to initiate and execute new programs, menu development, and operational change.
Experience with computer-based systems to administer and manage food service, including but not limited to production, purchasing, forecasting, menus, labor scheduling and management, financial reports and meal plan control.
Spanish / English bilingual. Knowledge of financial management to successfully administer a budget. ServSafe certification or equivalent.
Experience and skill to work cooperatively in individual, group, and formal settings, and to interact effectively with diverse communities, university staff, and students.
Interpersonal communication skills to interact with individuals of varying backgrounds and perspectives clearly and effectively to research and secure information to resolve problems.
Skill to write concise, logical, and grammatically correct operational / administrative related reports or correspondence, including but not limited to recipes, schedules, procedures, employee performance evaluations, and reports.
Knowledge of University systems, policies and procedures, and familiarity with the UC Merced campus community, its goals and philosophies.
Knowledge of related Federal, State, Local, and UC regulations. Knowledge of nutrition education programs and nutrient data of foods.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting may be required.

Policy Statement

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

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 or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:

The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at


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