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working at chartwells
Feeding hungry minds can’t happen without the dedication and hard work of our talented people. If you’re looking for a challenging career with room for growth and incredible opportunities, explore some of our open positions.
We Treat Our People With Care and Concern
We are looking for people who:
- Are passionate about food and hospitality
- Want to feel like their jobs matter
- Love working with people
- Learning and development opportunities
- People-first culture
- Same-day pay
- Ability to grow your career
- Recognition and rewards
- Health benefits
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- Forbes Best Employer for Diversity
- Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Company
- Forbes Best Employers for New Grads
- Fortune Magazine’s Change the World List
- Food Management Top 50 Contract Management Companies
Forbes Names Compass Group 2021 Top Employer for Diversity
While we each have our own stories and our own strengths, we do share a single, common goal: to always be at our best. Whether we’re providing career training or offering advancement opportunities, we empower our associates to pursue careers that ignite their passions and encourage them to create their own stories. Because at Chartwells Higher Education, your passions are our passions, your story is our story, and we are at our best when you are at yours. In fact, in 2021, Forbes named Compass Group one of the top employers for diversity for the fourth year in a row.
don’t take our word for it
Here’s what our associates have to say about their careers at Chartwells Higher Education:
DIRECTOR OF CATERING
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
- What is the best part of being a Director of Catering for Chartwells Higher Ed?
Working with a dedicated team that strives to make each event memorable for each client and their guests. Developing associates and taking part in their natural abilities to show their creativity on events. Earning the respect and trust of new clients and maintaining a long and lasting relationship.
- What is the most exciting/rewarding project you have been a part of?
Pelotonia Cancer Fundraiser. Pelotonia is a two day bike ride to raise funds for cancer research. My team and I orchestrated a farm to table buffet for eight thousand participants and guests on opening night, two buffets for the riders on their 25 and 50 mile stop and another farm to table buffet for five thousand at the 100 mile stop to complete the first day. The second day we provided a farm to table lunch for the three thousand participants that completed the 150 mile ride. Pelotonia has been the most rewarding event I’ve been a part of thus far. The months of planning, organizing, and working side by side with creative Chef’s and a team of people that provided an outstanding menu and visual feast for a wonderful event that raised twenty-one million dollars.
- Why should someone want to work for Chartwells Higher Ed at UIC?
We have an amazing team of Chef’s, Directors, Managers and Associates that work seamlessly together to make each experience memorable. We truly enjoy each other’s company and make the work environment a place you want to be a part of. We have a fantastic relationship with the UIC (as a new manager for a new account said… “I can’t believe how nice everyone is to each other” when he shadowed recently) community. We enjoy what we do at UIC and appreciate the leader of our team and the people we work with.
SENIOR EXECUTIVE CHEF
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE
- How do you try to incorporate this idea of togetherness at Chartwells?
By caring about who I’m working with. I work at a very diverse campus – from our students to our managers – so for me, it’s important to take the time to be involved with their lives to learn more about them and their backgrounds.
- How do you try to pass down your legacy and your culture through food?
Most of what I learned about food, I learned from them – my great-grandma, dad, mom and grandmother. A lot of our family recipes weren’t written down, but I’ve taken the time to write them down, test them out and share them with my teams. It makes me proud to know that I can share that part of my family’s culture with my co-workers.
- What career opportunities has your role with Chartwells allowed you?
I’ve experienced a lot of growth in the three years that I’ve been at Compass. I got to open a few locations for the company, including cafés at the University of Northwestern and the University of Memphis, and I’ve been able to use my skills to support other universities.
DIRECTOR OF DINING SERVICES
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
- What is your favorite part about being a Resident District Manager for Chartwells Higher Ed?
While it’s difficult to pinpoint one thing as a favorite, I would have to say having the opportunity to impact college student’s lives through healthier dining, educational opportunities while building our programs on student feedback would be number one.
- What is the most exciting/rewarding project or event you have seen?
Growing our internship program from one marketing intern to 14 interns, including; wellness, management, marketing, sustainability, human resources and finance. To watch these students grow and learn has been amazing.
- What is a specific example of how University of Florida values sustainability and our planet?
Two years ago we brought a Leafy Green Machine (up-cycled shipping container) to campus to grow lettuce and arugula. We have sustainability interns manage the farm and have developed a made-to-order salad concept, “Where the Wild Greens AR” using the produce grown right here on campus. We’ve also been involved in a composting pilot project with the City of Fayetteville that takes disposed of food from our locations for rapid composting processes.
- Why should someone want to work for Chartwells Higher Ed at University of Florida?
We never stand still, we’re always looking for fresh ideas and new, more efficient ways of doing things. Our relationship with the campus is a true partnership and the opportunities to engage with students are endless. We have a diverse team of associates who have a voice in our daily business and most importantly, we focus on what “can be” not “what can’t”.
- Parting Words
From drop off continental breakfasts to high end catered meals for 1000, from convenient stores to National and Internal Brand Retail, residential dining and developing great people skills, there is no better place to learn the Higher Education Dining.
SENIOR MARKETING DIRECTOR
- What is the best part of being a Marketing Director & Guest Experience for Chartwells Higher Ed?
One of the best aspects of my role is the dynamic nature of the job. The marketing landscape has indeed evolved with the emergence of social media, the metaverse, and other technological advancements, but the enduring importance of storytelling remains a constant. This role allows me to combine my many interests and challenges me to see things from multiple perspectives simultaneously. Whether it’s creating a marketing narrative or developing edutainment content, the job offers a unique blend of creativity and strategy.
- What is the most exciting/rewarding project you have been a part of?
Our marketing campaign for the Starship’s autonomous delivery robots deployed on our campus. We introduced the late-night Niners ghost kitchen, catering to students’ late-night cravings from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., all powered by these innovative robots. We conducted thorough student survey research, created a menu tailored to their preferences, developed branding from scratch, and executed a strategic marketing plan with enticing incentives for the launch. This project was a unique fusion of technology and marketing, pushing the boundaries beyond traditional marketing and social media. It allowed us to pioneer unexplored territory in the marketing field, making it a highly satisfying and innovative experience.
- Why should someone want to work for Chartwells Higher Ed?
First and foremost, you’ll have the chance to work alongside some of the most forward-thinking thought leaders of our time. This exposure allows you to learn from the best, extract unique insights, and apply them to your work. Chartwells encourages a culture of knowledge sharing, where team members learn from one another and collectively grow.
Another reason to choose Chartwells is the emphasis on continuous learning and creativity. You’re encouraged to try new things and be creative in your approach. Even if an idea doesn’t pan out as expected, you’re supported in learning valuable lessons, getting back on your feet, and trying again. This environment fosters personal and professional growth, making it an exciting place to work.
- Parting Words
I’d like to emphasize that working in a dynamic company like Chartwells Higher Ed, is an opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and creativity. Embrace the evolution of marketing and technology, keep storytelling at the core, and enjoy the journey of creating unique and impactful experiences.