FOOD SERVICE ASSISTANT – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI


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Position Type University Staff Appointment Type Ongoing/Probationary FLSA Status Nonexempt Percent 100 Posting Type Staff Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, UWM has a dual research and access mission aimed at serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. More than one-third of its students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30 percent are students of color. In all, the university educates more than 27,000 students on its three campuses. It is the largest educator of veterans in Wisconsin, with more than 1,000 enrolled each year under the federal G.I. bill. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2018 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. The UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2018, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the Best of the Best Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the nation to implement an inclusive housing policy.

Join the UWM family and the Milwaukee community and grow professionally and personally in your career and life. We make learning accessible at every age, stage of life and location. At UWM, we all share the motivation to learn and to excel. We value unique perspectives and possess the talent and desire to nurture ideas that make global impact. The comforts and connections of a major metropolitan city meet the resources and expertise of a world-class research institution at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Our campus counseling and health services, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, provides integrated, holistic care for students through our medical, counseling, and health promotion and wellness departments. We assist the UWM campus community through collaborative partnerships designed to enhance the university’s academic and community service mission and focus on our students’ well-being as an essential component to student success.

Job Summary

This recruitment is for 4 positions, one position will be located in our Riverview location and the others will be located either in our Sandburg or Cambridge locations, final placement will be determined based on staffing needs at time of hire.

Under the general supervision of a Food Service Supervisor, the incumbent will act as lead worker for the various operations throughout the food service operations, this may include within a commercial kitchen unit within the store, or other areas as assigned. The hours will vary based on final placement but the incumbent may be responsible for opening and/or closing procedures and daily operation of the unit(s) providing fast food type products as appropriate to the unit. Other duties include training and leading student supervisors, subordinate students and Temporary Staff in food/beverage production, sanitation and customer service.

Daily responsibilities will vary but may include monitoring and maintaining inventory of products and supplies, assuring the display of products is attractive and pricing is accurate and that the unit(s) are properly staffed. Menu items prepared on site will utilize approved recipes and proper timing of production to assure that products are fresh and that waste is minimized. The incumbent will interact with customers to promote sales and is responsible for accurate cash handling and customer service.

The hourly rate will be between $15.00-20.00 per hour; Individual candidates’ experience, education and qualifications will determine the appropriate starting rate at the time of hire.



The University of Wisconsin (UW) System offers a comprehensive benefits package to meet the diverse needs of our community. The University contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. Employees also receive a vacation package starting at 104 hours during first year(prorated to start date), sick leave (with no expiration), personal holiday (36hrs each year), and paid legal holidays.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience working in a fast-paced commercial kitchen or equivalent
  • Supervisory/lead worker experience in a retail environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • ServSafe Food Handler or similar certification
  • Experience leading and/or training staff
  • Experience with food production and proper handling procedures
  • Experience with electronic food ordering/inventory systems
  • Cash handling experience in a customer service environment

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a resume with work history related to the minimum and preferred qualifications as listed above. A cover letter specifically addressing candidates’ experience related to the minimum and preferred qualifications is highly recommended, but not required. Professional references are optional at this time. The search committee will consider resumes and/or cover letters that fail to address the qualifications, or where explanations are unclear, as the applicant not possessing the qualification.

This is a continuous recruitment. Screening begins on May 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after May 15, 2022 may not receive consideration.

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