University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan, situated in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty Six territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis, and on one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, is grounded in the character of a dynamic, forward-looking province. We have a well-deserved reputation for creativity, collaboration, and achievement. Supported by an innovative, energetic faculty, staff, student, and alumni community, and by a research infrastructure unique in Canada, we deliver across Saskatchewan and beyond one of Canada’s widest arrays of academic and professional programs.

University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Jun 06, 2019
Full time/Contract
Hospitality and Events Coordinator (req4441) The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority. Department: Culinary Services Location: Saskatoon Status: Term, up to 24 months, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent Employment Group: ASPA Shift: The main functions of this position is to be during the core working hours of the university however this position may require alternate work plans during peak times of the year based on business demands involving evenings, weekends and/or stat holidays Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0 Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $48,334.00 - 75,523.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 1). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Posted Date:  6/4/2019 Closing Date: Until Filled. Number of Openings: 1   Primary Purpose: To provide an exceptional customer experience by facilitating, from a sales and planning perspective, hospitality and service in the areas of catering and events, as well as conference meals and accommodations. Acts as a resource for customers booking events to ensure their vision and expectations are met, while also providing accurate and up to date information to the internal stakeholders and leadership team to assist in ensuring efficient operations. Nature of Work: Reporting to the Manager, Culinary Services /Executive Chef the Hospitality and Events Coordinator works with clients to identify and understand their options, including policies and procedures implications, and to determine the best combination of services available to them. Processes related requests following clear standards and procedures, ensuring complete and accurate communications to other service providers in order to ensure clients receive the services they expect. Works with external suppliers and ensures their services are consistent with contractual and other agreements. This work is performed primarily in an office environment however at times could meet clients remotely, attend trade shows as well as have a visible presence and assist with special events. The main function of this position is intended to be during the core working hours of the university however this position may require alternate work plans involving evenings, weekends and/or stat holidays during peak times based on business demands which do vary throughout the year. Typical Duties or Accountabilities: Ensures that clients booking events through Catering Services are supported. Creates a vision for the client events identifying their needs and desires and develops plans with a full understanding of internal operational processes, impacts and opportunities. Ensures that clients booking events understand the full range of established menu and program options available to them and ensures that their selection of these meet their needs and expectations. Fosters a positive customer service approach ensuring effective customer contact, evaluating performance and taking appropriate action to satisfy customer needs. Ensures regular and on-going development of marketing initiatives and strategies Ensures current and accurate promotional materials and information including the Culinary Services Website and social media Processes event and related information accurately and in a detailed manner that supports effective delivery of service. Provides accurate reports on costs/projections and timely analysis of performance and progress in meeting objectives. Treats all confidential and commercial information and materials in a confidential manner. Communicates issues of importance or concern to the immediate supervisor in a timely manner. Collaborates with others as required to complete assignments and support team efforts. Works to resolve conflicts and maintain harmony among co-workers. Effectively manages assigned projects as directed. Sets priorities for own work and meets deadlines. Complies with all relevant legislation, regulations, policies and procedures. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with all University service providers to support and meet the needs and expectations of Culinary Services clients. Participates as an active and supportive member of Culinary Services Undertakes special projects as assigned. Qualifications Education: The incumbent requires a relevant degree or post-secondary certification preferably in Hotel or Hospitality Management. A combination of experience and education may be considered. Experience: The incumbent requires a minimum of 3 years of events planning experience as well as a minimum of 5 years relevant experience within a full service catering or hospitality operation.  Must have a high level of computer competency, proficient in Microsoft Office, current social media avenues as well as web site update Experience in executing and developing marketing plans as well as a track record of achieving sales growth. An equivalent combination of relevant education and industry experience may be considered. Skills: The Hospitality and Events Coordinator works as a part of the Culinary Services leadership team in providing strategic leadership and stewardship for staff and services in a manner that is aligned with Culinary Services and University direction. The incumbent undertakes the administrative, financial, logistical and program planning for catering, conferences and events, overseeing every detail from the mundane to the critical. Undertakes research and analysis of options and/or innovative alternatives as required. Provides a range of information regarding client options with respect to catering and conference planning including details regarding specific related policies, guidelines and requirements. Evaluates catering, conference and event results and makes recommendations for improvements as necessary. Ensures a creative approach to marketing involving online catering system, website, plasma screens, display merchandising, social media, trade shows, and campus events.  The incumbent must possess strong communication and organizational skills with the ability to adapt to fluctuating volumes of workload as well as changing priorities as business demands. The ability to foster trust and contribute to a supportive team environment is essential. Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to James McFarland at 306-966-7536.     The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.