Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

The Position

Virginia Tech seeks applicants for the Associate Director of Dining Services, an award winning, state-of-the-art dining program. This position serves on the Dining Services Leadership Team to develop and implement the strategic plan, annual goals, organizational policies, procedures, operations, and programs that meet the department vision and aspirations. Provides leadership and oversight of the Dining Services marketing department, sustainability department, dining centers and units, to include recruiting, staffing, ongoing training and development, managing budget performance and achieving fiscal goals, developing and enhancing programs, and successfully implementing food safety (ServSafe and HACCP). Supervises Assistant Directors who manage the dining centers and food processing center to assure high levels of quality and customer service. Provides oversight regarding facility management, equipment maintenance and replacement, building renovations and enhancements.


Bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management; hospitality; business; culinary arts; or related field and/or significant related managerial experience and training are required. Extensive experience managing institutional or commercial foodservice with demonstrated progressive advancement; providing direction to a successful multiple-unit dining program, project management including renovations, controlling costs, and managing annual budgets and facilities; renovations, and merchandising; marketing; social media platforms; personnel management; budget management; sustainability initiatives, and facilities management. Demonstrated success with forging collaborative partnerships with entities outside of Dining Services to accomplish goals such as effective marketing, programming, extension of services, etc. Demonstrated experience and ability in successfully controlling costs while managing significant annual budgets, i.e., exceeding $15 million. Experience and/or training in a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Program (HACCP); ServSafe certification, or equivalent.

Preference given for: Experience in high volume institutional or commercial food service, centralized food processing experience with FoodPro Inventory Management System or similar system; and Banner software. Experience in areas of sustainability initiatives, technology, social media, digital fluency, marketing, and renovation projects.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

Virginia Tech has a strong history of providing stellar service to students within its dining services. Known as one of the best self-operated dining programs in the country, Virginia Tech remains true to its high standards. These high standards have brought them a national reputation of prestige. This measure of excellence requires attention to detail and forward thinking. A strong interest in dining services and the ability to show interest in all aspects of a complex portfolio are needed for the candidate to be successful in this position. Virginia Tech is perpetually evaluating its offerings to students and expects a nimble approach to providing the best student experience. Some highlights of the awards they have received include, but are not limited to:

  • Number 3, Best Campus Food, “Best of 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition,” The Princeton Review
  • Best of Show – 2018 Best Concept Award, Food Management
  • Number 1, Best Campus Food, Niche

With this strong history of excellence, the new associate director will help to lead an innovative team. Many of the staff members have spent many years working within the department and feel a strong sense of loyalty and regard for the program. As with any position which has been vacant for some time, the staff members are anxious to have a new associate director on board. The successful candidate will need to work quickly to integrate into the team.

History of the Position

This position has been vacant for over a year. Virginia Tech conducted a search which did not produce a hire; subsequently, they made the decision to partner with Spelman Johnson. Ted Faulker, the director of dining services, has been serving in both positions until a hire is made.

Ted Faulkner, Director for Dining Services

Ted Faulkner is the director for Dining Services. He served as associate director for Virginia Tech Dining Services starting in 1998 and brings 35 years of experience in food service. Faulkner has been the directos since 2011. Faulkner has been involved in the redesign of four award-winning dining centers, the development of the new Turner Place dining center, initiatives to improve sustainability efforts, and the coordination of many customer service and employee development programs. He received an associate’s degree in social sciences from Jamestown Community College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management from Virginia Tech.

Organizational Structure of the Department

Institution & Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University officially opened on October 1, 1872, as Virginia’s white land-grant institution (Hampton Institute became the commonwealth’s first black land-grant school). During its existence, the university has operated under four different legal names. The founding name was Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Following a reorganization of the college in the 1890s, the state legislature changed the name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, effective March 5, 1896.

Faced with such an unwieldy name, people began calling it Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or simply VPI. On June 23, 1944, the legislature followed suit, officially changing the name to Virginia Polytechnic Institute. At the same time, the commonwealth moved most women’s programs from VPI to nearby Radford College, and that school’s official name became Radford College, Women’s Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The commonwealth dissolved the affiliation between the two colleges in 1964. The state legislature sanctioned university status for VPI and bestowed upon it the present legal name, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, effective June 26, 1970.

While some older alumni and other friends of the university continue to call it VPI, its most popular –and its official—nickname today is Virginia Tech.

Timothy D. Sands, President

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. He is also a scientist, educator, and inventor; he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As president, he has engaged the university community in a visionary plan to advance Virginia Tech’s role as a global land-grant institution, confronting the commonwealth’s, the country’s, and the world’s most challenging problems.

The initiative, called “Beyond Boundaries,” seeks to define Virginia Tech’s role a generation into the future and align the educational experience with the needs and opportunities that will be created by changing world economies and the evolving landscape of higher education.

In collaboration with the provost and academic leadership, he has championed the development of Destination Areas, thematic focus areas that leverage the university’s signature strengths to attract talent and generate creative energy that extends across the disciplines. The development of these areas involves reimagining Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg residential campus, catalyzing the economic development of the Blacksburg-Roanoke region with a growing health science and technology center of excellence, and developing the experiential learning and research potential in the National Capital Region. He has prioritized building new and enhancing existing partnerships and collaborations to use resources and expertise in a focused and efficient way across the country and the globe.

He also launched and led InclusiveVT, an initiative to provide leadership, collaboration, guidance, and resources to support and accelerate the implementation of inclusion and diversity goals throughout the university community.

InclusiveVT supports the imperative of inclusion and diversity as key components of a university ecosystem rich in opportunities for experiential learning, cross-disciplinary engagement, and the development of cultural awareness and empathy.

President Sands’ vision for Virginia Tech embraces the university’s heritage of service and community and its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech students will graduate with disciplinary mastery, technology literacy, cultural competency, resilience, empathy for others, and the passions and strengths needed for a life and career of impactful service to humanity.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, President Sands served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was acting president during the summer and fall of 2012, before Mitchell E. Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master’s degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to becoming provost, he served as the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

From 1993 to 2002, President Sands was a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and before that, he performed research and directed research groups at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career, he has participated in and led research teams and academic programs that have been characterized by open collaboration across a wide array of disciplines.

He has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 20 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. He holds faculty appointments in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, with research interests in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors.

President Sands is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Dr. Laura Sands, a professor of gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

All four of their children graduated from Purdue and are proud members of the Virginia Tech community.

Benefits Overview

From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a robust benefits program.

This full range of benefits, services, and perks is an integral part of the university’s total compensation package and just one of the many things that make Virginia Tech a great place to live, learn, and work.


Virginia Tech employees have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of health benefits to help meet their specific needs, as well as the needs of their family. This comprehensive coverage includes flexible spending accounts, medical and life insurance, and workers compensation.


To help promote work-life balance, Virginia Tech provides a generous leave program, which includes paid time off, holidays, and sick leave.

Retirement & Financial

It’s never too early or too late to invest in your future and the Department of Human Resources is here to help. The university’s retirement plans provide ample opportunities for employees to save for the future.

Hokie Perks

Working at Virginia Tech comes with many benefits, including a multitude of perks. Some of the many Hokie Perks employees enjoy include:

  • Discounts
  • Legal resources
  • Continuing education
  • Health and wellness programs

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.