Director of Food & Beverage and Special Events 
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are currently accepting applicants for their Director of Food & Beverage and Special Events position. Founded in 2010, the Rafters are members of the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate league played in the Midwest and host 36 home games from the end of May through mid-August. Witter Field, the home of the Rafters, has also become a destination for non-baseball events, holding a total of 18 event dates in a Covid-19 shortened year. In 2020, the Rafters were capped at holding 650 fans per game across 25 home games. In total the Rafters attracted 20,000 plus fans with zero Covid-19 cases traced back to the ballpark. This is a seasonal position, which begins April 1, 2021 and ends October 1, 2021, with potential for year-round employment within ownership.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manages Food and Beverage sales projections and budgets for facility events
  • Designs creative menus, analyzes recipes, and determines proper prices for items to be sold at
  • Maintains quality standard when preparing and serving food for 1,400 plus fans per game
  • Develops event work plans, including scheduling and ordering, and assigns appropriate duties to subordinates
  • Conducts safety, sanitation, and maintenance in kitchen
  • Observes staff while they prepare for events and maintains portion size and proper handling of food
  • Hires, schedules, and supervises kitchen staff
  • Assures effective orientation and training for new and returning staff
  • Greets guests and oversees Food and Beverage operations during events to ensure client satisfaction
  • Maintains cost and quality control standards
  • Monitors purchasing and receiving procedures for products and supplies to ensure proper quantity, quality, and price for all purchases
  • Analyzes information concerning facility operation such as daily food sales, patron attendance, and labor costs to maintain cost control of facility operations
  • Inspects and tastes prepared foods to maintain quality standards and sanitation regulations
  • Ability to work under limited supervision
Education and/or Experience    
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Food & Beverage Management, or Certificate and/or degree from accredited culinary school, college, or technical school or related field experience required.
  • Prior experience in a leadership Food and Beverage management level position that included financial management.
  • Experience with the control & achievement of financial results for food & beverage operation.
  • Catering management experience is preferred.
  • Proven track record of exceeding customer service and quality standards.
  • Performs all employee management functions such as interviewing, hiring, training, etc.
  • Serv-Safe Food Manager Certification or similar preferred.
  • Experience in a multi-purpose entertainment facility preferred.
  • Experience in cocktail creation/mixology for high end bars and/or restaurants preferred.
  • Familiarity with bar food and biergarten food & menus.
  • Diverse background in food and beverage industry, primarily in large banquet facility.
  • Ability to lift 100lbs.
  • Requires flexible hours including nights and weekend that vary based on events
 Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to motivate and foster a high level, well-executed food & beverage operation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff, including management
  • Ability to work irregular hours as dictated by the event schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Creative and ability to create unique dining experiences
  • Crisis management skills

Compensation discussed upon interview.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.