Oak View Group

Food & Beverage Director - Sports Performance Center at Penn State University

Location US-PA-University Park
Job ID
Location Name
Penn State University Athletics
Event Management / Sales
Regular Full-Time

Oak View Group

Oak View Group is the global leader in venue development, management, and premium hospitality services for the live event industry.  Offering an unmatched, 360-degree solution set for a collection of world-class owned venues and a client roster that includes the most influential, highest attended arenas, convention centers, music festivals, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions on the planet.


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We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Food & Beverage Director to lead the operations at our premier Sports Performance Center at Penn State University. The Director will play a critical role in developing and executing a world-class food and beverage program that enhances the overall experience for athletes, coaches, and visitors. This position requires a visionary leader with a passion for culinary innovation, exceptional organizational skills, and a commitment to delivering top-notch service.


This role will pay a salary of $90,000 to $100,000.


For FT roles: Benefits: Health, Dental and Vision insurance, 401(k) savings plan, 401(k) matching, and paid time off (vacation days, sick days, and 11 holidays).

job expires 7/31/2024

About the Venue

Penn State University Athletic Performance Center


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Menu Development:
    • Collaborate with nutritionist and executive chef to develop performance-focused menus that support athlete training and recovery goals.
  2. Operational Excellence:
    • Oversee all aspects of food and beverage operations, including procurement, inventory management, and quality control.
    • Develop and implement standard operating procedures to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.
    • Maintain compliance with health, safety, and sanitation standards.
  3. Team Leadership and Development:
    • Recruit, train, and supervise a team of culinary and service staff.
    • Foster a culture of excellence, teamwork, and continuous improvement.
    • Provide ongoing training and development opportunities to enhance staff skills and knowledge.
  4. Customer Experience and Engagement:
    • Ensure exceptional customer service and satisfaction by delivering high-quality food and beverage offerings with a focus on performance nutrition.
    • Solicit feedback from athletes, coaches, and nutritional staff to identify areas for improvement and innovation.
    • Implement strategies to enhance athlete engagement and loyalty.
  5. Financial Management:
    • Develop and manage budgets, forecasts, and financial reports.
    • Monitor food and beverage costs, analyze variances, and implement cost-saving initiatives.
    • Identify revenue-generating opportunities and optimize profitability



  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, Culinary Arts, or related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in food and beverage management, in a high-performance sports environment.
  • Strong culinary skills and knowledge of nutrition principles.
  • Proven leadership ability with excellent communication and people skills.
  • Proficiency in budgeting, financial analysis, and inventory management.
  • SERV Safe certification or equivalent food safety certification.

Strengthened by our Differences. United to Make a Difference.

At OVG, we understand that to continue positively disrupting the sports and live entertainment industry, we need a diverse team to help us do it. We also believe that inclusivity drives innovation, strengthens our people, improves our service, and raises our excellence. Our success is rooted in creating environments that reflect and celebrate the diverse communities in which we operate and serve, and this is the reason we are committed to amplifying voices from all different backgrounds.


Oak View Group is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.



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