Anticipated Openings for “Kitchen Assistant”
Smith College Dining Services invites applications to apply for
anticipated openings for Kitchen Assistants positions. Qualified
applicants will be contacted for interviews during July and August.
These positions will start in late August, 2021.
Assists in the preparation and presentation of meals and all
related items during assigned shifts and in the cleaning of all
Dining Services areas and equipment. Works cooperatively in a safe
and sanitary manner with other staff members to ensure the
efficient and professional operation of the unit in accordance with
work rules and departmental policies. Supports the creation of a
dining atmosphere which is cordial and accommodating for all
students and college guests under the guidance of the cook on duty
and direction from the Manager. Reviews upcoming menus/ function
sheets and food orders and works cooperatively and accurately in
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists cooks in the preparation, garnishing, and service of menu
items including condiments. Prepares items for salad bar units
including preparation of salad mixtures and follows standard
recipes. Does initial vegetable and fruit preparation such as
washing and cutting, chopping or shredding prior to
cooking/service. Assists with other meal preparation as needed
including slicing, grilling and frying and baking. Responsible for
providing garnishes and works in tandem with Chef to serve family
style meals/ plated dinners, as well as assisting with display
cooking. Monitors, replenishes, or provides substitutions for salad
bar items during meal service. Performs primary duties of the
dining room coordinator including the use of the dining access
system when deemed necessary.
Cleans and sanitizes all Dining Service areas and equipment and
small wares including routine floor maintenance on each shift.
Supports and maintains proper sanitation and recycling procedures.
Responsible for the routine cleaning and organizing of the
refrigerator and freezer. Assists Chefs in taking
Receives food. Properly verifies and stores food and supplies.
Rotates food stored in a first in, first out system. Utilizes
leftover food properly to ensure safe product handling and
effective food cost control. Also responsible for accurately
labeling foods on salad bars and will assist in adjusting
preparation to accommodate special diets / dietary
Communicates with all people accurately, professionally, and in a
timely manner, including labeling and dating foods. Reports any
discrepancies with food deliveries or unacceptable quality issues
to Cook on duty. Collaborates with Chef to plan salad bar
presentation and communicates the amount of food returned to the
kitchen after meals in order to assist in food
purchasing/production efficiency. Responsible for accurately
labeling foods on salad bars. Works cooperatively with the Area
Manager, staff, and students to ensure an orderly and efficient
operation. Responsible for reviewing and understanding all
departmental notices. Utilizes e-mail and all college computer
Attends departmental meetings and training workshops as requested.
Participates in the preparation and service of special events, as
needed. Completes required payroll forms and scheduling forms
within stated or established deadlines. Performs all other related
or relevant tasks. Initiates teamwork, collaboration, and
cooperation between co-workers.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Completion of high school education or vocational school education
plus 1 year of combined educational and/or commercial experience in
quantity cookery; current state approved sanitation certificate is
required. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in
writing and perform basic arithmetic functions.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
Culinary Arts training.
Must be able to tolerate exposure to water and cleaning chemicals,
higher than normal noise levels, and heat and humidity consistent
with that produced by commercial kitchen equipment. Must
demonstrate adequate physical strength and coordination to
effectively prepare, clean and receive supplies while properly
utilizing standard food service utensils and equipment. Must be
able to safely lift and move 50 pounds, work from a step stool,
walk and stand for prolonged periods of time, bend, reach, pull and
push. Must also be able to manipulate utensils and equipment
repetitively for variable periods of time - up to 70% of an
assigned shift. Must be mobile between kitchen and dining areas and
other campus food service areas. Must possess good vision, the
sensory ability to taste/smell and must practice good personal
hygiene and wear clean uniforms in compliance with public health
standards and consistent with college policy.
Schedules will vary depending on the position. All Positions are 40
hours per week for 39 weeks per year (August-May). Typical
Schedules for these positions are 11:30 am– 7:30 pm, 12:30-8:30pm
or 6:00 am– 2:00 pm.
Wage Rate - $ 20.21 per hour.
When applying, submit a single PDF or Word document containing
all of the following: 1) a letter of interest/cover letter; 2) a
resume of applicable experiences, training and education; and 3) a
list of 2-3 references.
Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer
Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for
your application to be considered for this position.
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.