Food Service Equipment and Safety Specialist for Residential Dining Services

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit


As part of HDS, Residential Dining Services’ (RDS) mission is to deliver an outstanding dining experience crafted by an engaged team dedicated to social and environmental responsibility. RDS operates 5 unique dining centers, 2 convenience stores, a full bakeshop, and an on-campus warehouse. As the CSU community continues to grow, RDS builds on a contemporary and modern dining experience by staying current with food trends and renovations while focusing on work-life balance. We take pride in our team of 1,000 employees, who serve over 12,000 meals per day to the staff, faculty, and over 6,000 students who live on and off campus.


Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.

CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership Discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

The Food Service Equipment and Safety Specialist on Colorado State University’s main campus is responsible for maintaining the dining facilities by sourcing, coordinating, and planning food service equipment purchases and maintenance, as well as leading environmental health and safety initiatives. This position will assist in the sourcing and procurement of all food service equipment by following the state bid system. They will schedule and coordinate the execution of all preventive maintenance, new installations, and repair and replacements of equipment in dining locations with HDS facilities management resulting in timely, accurate completion resulting in well maintained, up- to- date and safe facilities. They will be responsible for food service equipment budget preparation, strategic planning, development of written equipment specifications, and assist with future facility planning and development of dining centers. They will assure all food production areas are clean and safe by instructing dining center management on proper cleaning methods, as a well as, coordinate environmental health and safety initiatives with HDS Facilities in the front of house dining areas. They will need to have the ability to work collaborative, and in cooperation with many departments including HDS Facilities Management, CSU Facilities Management, off-campus contractors and vendors, Residential Dining Services Management, and Senior Team.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and two years of professional experience sourcing commercial food service equipment.
  • Possess relevant technical knowledge of commercial food service equipment.
  • Have knowledge of electrical, air handling, heating and refrigeration systems.
  • Have understanding of building codes, laws, regulations and safety procedures.
  • Reflecting CSU’s Principles of Community, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • 3 years’ experience in repair and maintenance of commercial food service equipment.
  • Experience as a supervisor or lead food service equipment technician.
  • Possess software proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, and Bluebeam.
  • Experience writing equipment specifications and procurement.
  • Project management including equipment layout experience.
  • Experience in leading custodial staff.
  • Experience in creating a preventative maintenance plan.
  • Any additional skilled trade certifications.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Assessment & Planning Management Duty/Responsibility

With the Senior Associate Director and General Managers complete a yearly physical inspection of all facilities to create a documented list of repair and replacement for food service equipment, and facilities.

Working with an annual budget of $200,000, this position will determine priorities, and cost estimates. Determining life cycles of all major food service equipment, help propose future spending, and create budgetary guidelines and strategic planning for when the equipment needs to be replaced. Research brands, specifications, best practices, and make recommendations to spend department monies wisely.

Coordinate with RDS management and Senior Associate Director on any new project requirements, materials, cost estimates, and time lines. Be the liaison with all parties involved to discuss modifications and facilitate resolutions and results.

Be a champion for sourcing, repairing, replacing, and maintaining equipment that reduces resource use, such as electricity, natural gas, and water consumption.

Percentage Of Time 40 % Job Duty Category Procurement & Equipment Management Duty/Responsibility

Manage the process with HDS Facilities for new equipment installation, removal of old equipment, repair and replacement in the dining centers. Complete online project proposals, gain approvals, document all processes, and assure they are uploaded to Share-Point.

Working with RDS’ warehouse staff and CSU Surplus Property, manage excess equipment. Determine the proper storage or disposal methods.

Provide training and demonstrations to staff on proper use, cleaning, and safety instructions for the operation of all food service equipment. This includes, but is not limited to chemicals, environmental and safety concerns, SDA, OSHA regulations, sanitation and safety as defined by CSU manuals, handbooks, HACCP standards, Colorado Food Code, and other industry standards.

Interface with foodservice manufacture and distributor representatives to properly source, procure, resolve issues, and coordinate training.

Keep up to date on current trends and product information as related to the food service equipment and facilities.

Manage, document, and keep a currently list of commercial RDS food service equipment, including all manuals.

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Preventive Maintenance & Custodial Service Management Duty/Responsibility

With HDS Facilities, develop and coordinate all preventative maintenance schedules for food service equipment in the dining units. Continuously verify the preventative maintenance is completed and documented.

With HDS Facilities and RDS management, coordinate all environmental health, safety, and custodial initiatives to keep all dining centers clean and orderly. Conduct monthly meetings with RDS management and HDS Facilities representatives to address on-going environmental health and safety and custodial issues.

Percentage Of Time 20 % Job Duty Category Ergonomic and Safety Management Duty/Responsibility

With the Office of Risk Management, coordinate an Ergonomic Team to manage risk assessments and processes with an end goal to reduce risk job related injuries for employees in the dining centers resulting in a reduction in departmental on- the –job injuries.

Percentage Of Time 5 % Job Duty Category Other Duties Duty/Responsibility

As part of the senior administrative team attend and participate in all meetings, and in the development of new or renovated dining centers.

Effectively communicate and interact and work with other department staff in the performance of the duties.

Represent Residential Dining Services on task force, committee meetings and councils.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.