Anticipated Openings for Kitchen Assistants

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Food Services Management
Employment Type
Full Time

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Job Description

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 planning production.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


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 inventories.

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 accommodations.

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 access responsibly.

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 environment.



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 backgrounds.


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.

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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.

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