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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: U0002 / Caterer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Performs set-up, arrangement, and follow-up activities for catered events to include ordering supplies and equipment, maintaining inventories, and break-down. Orders, gathers, and coordinates delivery of food, catering staff, and supplies to satellite food service operations and/or events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Reviews scheduled catering event requests weekly to determine ordering needs; prepares requests for products and equipment to be ordered.
  2. Examines event sites for set-up options, electrical outlets, access, and placement of equipment.
  3. Maintains inventories of catering supplies, dishes, utensils, and other related items.
  4. Trains and leads student employees/catering staff as required in the setting up, serving, and break-down of catered events.
  5. Assembles and breaks down set-ups for catered events and/or oversees these activities.
  6. Adjusts client billings in accordance with actual services provided as required.
  7. Follows up with clients to ensure customer satisfaction.
  8. Orders, stocks, gathers, and delivers perishable and non-perishable goods to satellite food service operations and/or catered events.
  9. Maintains security of locked storage areas.
  10. Instructs and oversees the activities of one or more student employees and/or catering support staff engaged in similar work activities; transports catering staff to event sites, as appropriate.
  11. Attends to day-to-day problems and needs concerning equipment and food supplies; detects and ensures disposition of spoiled or unattractive food, defective supplies/equipment, and/or other unusual conditions.
  12. May be required to serve alcoholic beverages.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of catering facilities and equipment requirements for a range of event sites.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Ability to prepare routine administrative paperwork.
  • Knowledge of catering set-up procedures.
  • Knowledge of food preparation and presentation methods, techniques, and quality standards.
  • Knowledge of procedures, regulations, and standards for the transport and storage of perishable goods.
  • Knowledge of costing and pricing methodology.
  • Skill in utilizing building security and lock systems and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze event requests and to assess catering product and equipment requirements.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017