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Kitchen Runner

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

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Kitchen Runner

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 Kitchen Runner. The Kitchen Runner is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $18.97 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 Food Runner 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 care and cleaning of all utensils for the kitchen and the implementation of menu items.

The Food Runner supports the efforts of Dining Services to provide the campus community with excellent quality and customer service. The Food Runner maintains safe, clean, orderly, and sanitary conditions and assists with the execution of food and beverage service within the Dining Commons. The Runner 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 work schedule is generally Tuesday - Saturday, 6:00 am - 2:30 pm. The Food Runner position is part of essential services and should report to work or remain on duty, even when the college is closed. As our work is central to student life, their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times is required.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Support Culinary Team
  • Wash and sanitize equipment to support the kitchen
  • Maintain the appropriate quantities of pans, utensils and other equipment
  • Respond to calls to adequately support the needs of the business
  • Removes empty pans
  • Communicates clearly between the Kitchen and the Front of House Staff
  • Effectively collaborates with a diverse group of colleagues and students

Food Preparation
  • Support the culinary team with food preparation as needed
  • Maintain a high level of sanitation
  • Monitor and maintain an adequate supply of products

Cleaning, organizing, maintenance
  • Clean surfaces and other food contact areas
  • Organize food in warmers
  • Reports issues with equipment to appropriate supervisory staff

  • 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 Mammoth. Important information is shared through these communications that affect your job and help you stay up to date on specific departmental 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


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills including the ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Excellent customer service, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time-management skills including the ability to multi-task and function efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • 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 taste and 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
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • A valid driver's license and successful credentialing in order to operate college vehicles

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 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 Jobs Hub icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College

Amherst College prepares students to make a difference in the world. Our financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and our student body is among the most diverse. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.

Since our 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.

Offering competitive compensation packages and a multitude of programs and services for staff, Amherst works to enrich the working life and support the well-being of each and every employee.

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