Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: U0003 / Food Svc Site Operator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

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.


Operates a satellite food service site which is geographically isolated from the central management structure. Supervises and assists in the preparation and serving of a fixed range of food items following established menus. Functionally supervises other employees performing the same or related work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Opens and/or closes facility according to established hours of operation.
  2. Receives food items and other supplies from main kitchen as required for daily operations; verifies quantities and items against previous day's order and reports shortages/overages to supervisor; monitors and maintains inventory of supplies.
  3. Sets up hot and cold food lines; chooses utensils and sets steam line to appropriate temperatures; checks food temperatures and prepares serving areas prior to service.
  4. Serves hot and cold food items from counters and steam tables; adds relishes and garnishes according to instructions; ensures that appropriate portions are served.
  5. Checks meal tickets, collects cash, operates cash register, and tallies register receipts.
  6. Prepares beverages, salads, sandwiches, pie fillings, salad dressings, baked goods, and other similar food items.
  7. As needed, replenishes foods, silverware, glassware, dishes, and trays at serving stations; may order and replenish condiments.
  8. Cleans and coordinates the maintenance of work areas, facilities, utensils, and equipment; ensures that all equipment remains in good repair and attends to any breakdowns.
  9. Instructs, assigns work, and functionally supervises staff and/or student employees engaged in similar work activities.
  10. 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.
  11. May be required to serve alcoholic beverages.
  12. 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 cash management principles and/or procedures.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to read and write.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to safely use cleaning equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Knowledge of food service lines set-up and temperature requirements.
  • Ability to lead and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to maintain tools and equipment.
  • Skill in cooking and preparing a variety of foods.
  • Knowledge of food preparation and presentation methods, techniques, and quality standards.

Conditions of Employment

  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and 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.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical activity. May require handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 lbs.
  • 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: 05/02/2021