[montanafood_ag] UM Dining hiring Director of Sustainability

Ian Finch finch.ian at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 16:22:30 MDT 2015

UM Dining at the University of Montana is hiring a Director of

Be a core part of the UM Dining team by managing the UM Farm to College
Program and other UM Dining sustainability initiatives. Work with chefs to
develop seasonal menus and with local farms and businesses to buy their
produce and products. Oversee the campus Garden Manager and Edible Campus
projects. Track food waste using LeanPath. Help get solar panels on the
Lommasson Center!  See full description below.

Come make UM Dining be your sustainability playground and transform the
University of Montana into a living laboratory.

Don't wait, apply now at www.umt.edu/jobs

Director of Sustainability, UM Dining
Tracking Code1250-254Job Description

*Position Title:*                    *Director of Sustainability (Program

*Position Number:*              *100600*

*Department:*                       UM Dining

*Closing Date:*           Applications received by June 2, 2015 will be
guaranteed full consideration, and applications received after may be
considered. Screening begins 6/3/15.

*Work Schedule:*                 Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE,
Position requires alternative work schedule because the position is event
driven, and every week could be different.

*Minimum Entry Rate:*        $16.345/hr

*Union Affiliation:*               Non-Union

*Probationary Period:*        Six months minimum

*Benefits Include:*               Insurance package, mandatory retirement
plan, partial tuition waiver, professional development/wellness program

The UM Dining Director of Sustainability (DS) will provide administrative
leadership for all activities relating to UM Dining’s sustainable business
practices. This position develops and submits grant proposals to advance
opportunities to support and enhance UMD sustainable business practices.
This position participates in the UMD facilities master planning process to
ensure projects follow sustainability guidelines. The DS represents UMD on
all UM campus and local sustainability initiatives as assigned.

This position will manage and supervise the UMD Garden Manager, student
interns, student employees, and volunteers. At times, the Director of
Sustainability supervises the people responsible for the procurement of
sustainable food and supplies in all UMD locations. As part of the UMD
Leadership Team, the DS writes and contributes to UMD policies and
procedures, strategic planning, marketing planning, and facilities master
planning. This position assists with menu planning in all UM Dining
operations. The DS provides leadership in UM Dining’s efforts to meet the
University of Montana’s Real Food Campus Commitment.

This position is responsible for all activities relating to sustainability,
which includes, but is not limited to; recycling, composting (flow of food
and food waste management), Somat systems, garden and orchard initiatives
on the main campus and in planning for the Missoula College project, green
chemicals, bio waste to energy proposals, initiatives and management of
green house(s), and the creation and management of a consistent message of
sustainability on the UMD WEB and in printed marketing material.  Provide
audit oversight of food waste and water consumption in all UMD operations.

This position is responsible for all sustainability activities related to
UM Dining:

   - Acts as the outreach coordinator for all UMD sustainability initiatives
   - Assists in the organization of special events
   - Documentation of all FTC data including: program history, records, and
   financial or budgetary impacts.
   - Coordinates marketing efforts with the UMD marketing staff.
   - Oversees the planting and harvesting of the Lommasson, UC, and all
   future gardens and orchards.
   - Develops operating plans and other development plans for all UMD food
   production projects.
   - Acts as the UMD liaison with UM academic departments such as
   Environmental Studies (EVST), student groups and other interested parties.
   - Assists unit managers, chefs, and production coordinators with
   following sustainable food purchasing requirements.
   - Develops, writes, and implements UMD sustainability policies and
   - Works with all UMD operating units to develop menus which take
   advantage of seasonal harvest opportunities.
   - Research new sustainable products for use by UMD i.e. value-added
   products, equipment, cleaning supplies, etc.
   - Maintains the sustainable products vendor lists.
   - Maintain and establish new relationships and partnerships for the FTC
   - Be the first contact point for existing FTC vendors, farmers, ranchers
   and co-ops.
   - Contribute to the success of UMD as an active member of the Leadership

This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of the UMD
and UM purchasing policies and procedures; develop working knowledge of the
Mission of the UM Farm to College Program and UMD Sustainable Business
Practices; develop working knowledge of seasonal menu engineering; develop
working knowledge of the UMD capital process; and develop working knowledge
of the CBORD system and our prime vendor procurement interface.
Required Skills

   - Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
   - Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population including
   vendors, farmers, ranchers, chefs, students, and the UM community.
   - Knowledge and passion for local foods and sustainable business
   - Ability to organize small and large events.
   - Working knowledge of agricultural and farming best practices and
   growing calendars in western Montana.
   - Expert knowledge, skills and abilities in gardening, agriculture, and
   small plot farming.
   - Expert knowledge of the flow and cycle of food products, food
   production, and menu development in a high volume food service environment.
   - Effective public relations skills
   - Working knowledge of Microsoft suite programs
   - Excellent guest and telephone service skills
   - Working knowledge of grant applications and grant writing.
   - Working knowledge of food service equipment, life cycle management,
   and sustainable practices in food service design.
   - Working knowledge of Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED)
   building and design and other green building certifications.
   - Working knowledge of web research techniques.
   - Commitment to the UMD and UM missions.
   - Ability to be student centered and guest focused.
   - Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team.
   - Willingness to be fully engaged in making UMD successful.
   - Ability to travel to communities around the region
   - Ability to work an alternative work schedule. This position is event
   driven, and every week could be different.

Required Experience

   - Bachelor’s degree and at least two (2) years’ experience in food
   purchasing or professional food production or an equivalent combination of
   education and experience.
   - Preference will be given to applicants with degrees in Environmental
   Studies, Agricultural Science, Food Systems Management, or related fields.
   - Must have a valid Montana driver’s license at time of employment.
   - Must be ServSafe certified or become certified within 1 year of

*Preferred Qualifications*

   - Expert knowledge of grant application and writing within a university
   - LEED AP Certified.
   - Expert knowledge of project development and implementation, including
   issuing work orders and managing contractors.
   - Working knowledge of seasonal menu engineering.

*About the UM Dining*

This position will manage and supervise the UMD Garden Manager, student
interns, student employees, and volunteers. At times, the Director of
Sustainability supervises the people responsible for the procurement of
sustainable food and supplies in all UMD locations.


Applicants are required to submit ALL of the following materials online via
"New Resume/CV" button below.  Step 5 "Attachments" in the online
application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five
(5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents

   - *Letter of Interest* – please also address the stated required skills
   for the position
   - *Detailed resume* listing education and describing work experience
   - Names and contact information for *three (3) professional references*
   - Word document containing *answers to supplemental questions.*

*Supplemental Questions*

Please respond to the questions below and include your responses with your
application materials.  Please provide as much detail as possible.

1.  Please describe what sustainability means to you in a College and
University dining operation.

2.  This position oversees the UMD Garden Manager and UMD Edible Campus
Project. Please describe your knowledge of and experience with sustainable

3. Please describe how you would proceed to create buy-in and build
collaboration and consensus among stakeholders for a project you want to
promote or have been assigned.

*Criminal **Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will
be subject to criminal background investigations.

*ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference*
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons
with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative
format upon request.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage
applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may
request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.

*References.*  *References not listed on the application materials may be
contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.*Testing.*  Individual
hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests,
which are relevant to essential job functions. *Employment Eligibility*.
All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility
verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required
(e.g., Form I-9).

Need additional help? Check out our UM Jobs FAQ website.
Job LocationMissoula, Montana, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

Ian Finch
finch.ian at gmail.com
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