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Dining Service Assistant

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 22, 2023

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Dining Service Assistant

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Dining Services Assistant. The Dining Services Assistant is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $20.16 per hour. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Dining Services Assistant supports the efforts of Amherst College Dining Services in providing the diverse campus community with excellent service and production of our menus. This position assists the culinary team with the production and implementation of menu items. This individual takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

The Dining Services Assistant supports the efforts of Dining Services to provide the campus community with excellent quality and customer service. The assistant maintains safe, clean, orderly, and sanitary conditions, as well as assisting with the execution of food and beverage service within the Dining Commons throughout the year.

The work schedule is variable. The Dining Services Assistant position is part of essential services and should report to work, or remain on duty, even when the college is closed.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and maintain the stations within the servery
  • Maintain the dish room and ensure that all supplies including the necessary chemicals are available and properly stored in the dish room
  • Maintain the interior and exterior of the dish machine and conveyor belts, floors, and walls, as well as, all tray, silverware, dish, and glass carts
  • Provide support for the Servers when necessary
  • Effectively collaborates with a diverse group of colleagues and students

  • Ensure dining rooms and servery are fully ready to open for meal service
  • Maintain a high level of sanitation
  • Monitor and maintain an adequate supply of products

  • Oversee a diverse group of student and casual employees
  • Report attendance to a supervisor
  • Provide initial training to new employees

  • Assist with large College events, such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Commencement, and Reunion Weekend

Communication and Workday
  • Regularly checking your email is required to stay up to date on college-wide and departmental communications
    • This includes communication by email, message boards and The Daily Mammouth
    • Important information is shared through these communications that affect your job and help you stay up to date on departmental specific updates, upcoming meetings and events
  • Learning and using Workday to manage clocking in and out for shifts, time off requests and all other functions required to manage your personal information


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • A valid driver's license and successful credentialing in order to operate college vehicles
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, and a friendly welcoming personality
  • Strong time-management skills including the ability to multi-task and function efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills including the ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including working occasional evening shifts and overtime including during days off
  • Basic math and computer skills
  • Ability to work with any and all ingredients used
  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community
  • Successful completion of pre-employment physical and lift test

  • Food service experience

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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