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Interim Sous Chef

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 20, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
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Full Time
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
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 Interim Sous Chef position. The Interim Sous Chef is a full-time, 6-month term position Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Interim Sous Chef - supports the efforts of Amherst College Dining Services by providing the campus community with excellent service through the production of our menus offered across campus in our Dining Hall, Grab-n-Go operation, and our revenue-generating centers. The position assists the Executive Chef in leading and developing the culinary teams in all Dining Locations. The position works in support of the Executive Chef ensuring our standards of service are consistently achieved. This individual creates, manages, and serves seasonal, fresh menus from exceptional ingredients. The candidate must possess the technical abilities and knowledge required of its subordinate staff and be well versed in food, its history, and trends in a global forum. 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 Interim Sous Chef is expected to have a presence across all meal periods and to interact with staff, both culinary and service to provide instruction and support during day-to-day operations. The work schedule varies but is generally from mid-morning into the early evening, Tuesday through Saturday, with varied schedule times corresponding to programmatic needs. This position will assist with evening coverage in student dining or assist with catering and campus-wide events. Our work is central to student life and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and as such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times is required. In addition, the position is designated as providing essential services and may be required to report to work, or remain on duty even when the College is closed.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage, instruct and supervise culinary staff, coordinate assistance, and oversee daily production.
  • Assist with the professional development of the culinary team through training, coaching, and reinforcing of standards
  • Communicate proactively operational needs, concerns, and issues
  • Assist with performance evaluation and developmental plans
  • Supervise and develop service staff on food storage, menu portioning, and handling of menu items; details of ingredients; information about special meal needs and student diets; new menu items; par levels and production overages and shortages; menu changes
  • Perform Inspections of Stations and Service areas in support of established standards
  • Maintain the accuracy of production schedules and usage reports
  • Manage inventory and the organization of Production Storage Areas, assist with purchasing of needed product
  • Monitor food safety practices and provide correction and training as needed
  • Perform routine equipment inspection informing management of repair and replacement needs
  • Provide and maintain the tools, resources, and information necessary to ensure the team's success
  • Manage resources effectively to reduce and prevent waste and loss

Preparation and Execution
  • Prepare menu items to established standard as an individual and leading the teams work
  • Purchase, store, and inventory ingredients
  • Maintain operational standards and Health Department regulations
  • Ensure all areas are maintained in an orderly, clean, and sanitary manner, as well as oversee the complete breakdown and cleaning of all equipment
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and execution of small and large catered events

  • Collaborate with the Chef on menu development and implementation
  • Ensure recipes are followed, uniform production standards are met, and all items are of the highest possible quality and produced in an efficient and consistent manner
  • Complete and ensure the accuracy of the production sheets at the conclusion of each meal period


  • High School Diploma or equivalent plus specialized culinary training
  • Current ServSafe Manager Certification
  • Allergen Awareness as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Driver's License and successful credentialing in order to operate College vehicles
  • 5+ years of leadership in a collegiate or institutional kitchen
  • Technically proficient in Volume Hot and Cold Food Production and Culinary fundamentals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel with experience in menu management software systems
  • Ability to mathematically reduce and expand measurements required by recipe
  • Ability to taste and work with any and all ingredients used
  • Strong verbal and written communication, customer service, organizational, and time management skills
  • Attention to detail and adaptability
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community
  • Interpersonal skills and conflict management
  • Creative problem solving

  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts

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

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

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 itmeets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interestedcandidates 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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