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Culinary Assistant (full-time)

Company: College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

Culinary Assistant (full-time)


Restaurant / Food Service


Dining Services

Worcester, MA

May 27, 2022

Open Until Filled


Position ID:


About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Perform various culinary duties to provide meals and services to students and guests following exact menu and recipe specifications with established practices and procedures. Responsibilities include food preparation, cook-to-order line service, station set-up, stocking, rotating product and maintaining a clean safe area following sanitation and food allergy regulations and safety standards. Responsibilities also include the operation of various standard equipment; turbo vector, impinger, deck, rotisserie and convection ovens, slicers, mixers, choppers, flat-top and Panini grills, deep fryers, induction display cooking units, rice/pasta steamers. Other responsibilities include assisting in the set-up, execution and clean-up of catered events and performing other similar tasks as required or requested. Annual certification training required in both ServSafe Food Safety and Food Allergy Awareness.

Essential Functions:

  • Work from established food production, planning and control operating systems-FoodPro for pre-established practices for food preparation and service.

  • Communicates with guests in a friendly, efficient manner following outlined steps of service. Resolves any complaints in a friendly, service-oriented manner.

  • Assist customers with special orders when needed.

  • Oversees on-call staff, student captains/workers and temps with routine tasks.

  • Have the ability to work safely and effectively with various types of foods that may contain allergens such as wheat, eggs, nuts, tree nuts, dairy, fish, shellfish and soy.

  • Participate and practice in annual training classes involving sanitation, customer service, team building, food allergy awareness and other required training mandated by the Human Resource Department.

  • Have production/service unit set-up for established hours of operation.

  • Greet and receive orders from guests through verbal orders, FoodPro orders or mobile apps. Prepare orders following sanitation and food allergy established practices and procedures.

  • Communicate defective or unsafe equipment/products as well as unusual situations to managers and supervisors.

  • Follow standardized recipes, maintain food temperature logs and accurately complete daily service records for inventory.

  • Stock and maintain all other food and beverage items and units.

  • Assist in special functions as needed.

  • Accurately complete service records and inventory data for Food-Pro systems.

  • Ability to frequently lift up to 25 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50-100 pounds with assistance.

  • Comply with all safety and risk management practices, policies and procedures. Maintain work area in a neat and orderly manner.

  • Ability to succeed in a high-pressure environment.

  • Ability to communicate with guests, co-workers and other members of the college community with professionalism and respect.
  • Perform other similar or related duties as required or requested.

    Available Shifts

    • Ref #3239: Hogan Campus Center/Crossroads, Monday-Friday, 2:30pm-11pm. This position is 40 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (typically weeks that would not be scheduled would be during the summer and academic breaks).

    • Ref #2478: Hogan Campus Center/Crossroads, Monday-Friday, 11am-7:30pm. This position is 40 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (typically weeks that would not be scheduled would be during the summer and academic breaks).

    • Ref #2831: Hogan Campus Center/Crossroads, varying schedule dependent on departmental needs. This position is 40 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (typically weeks that would not be scheduled would be during the summer and academic breaks).

    • Ref #1462: Kimball Main, Sunday & Monday, 6am-2:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 8:30am-2:30pm. This position is 28 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, but is still eligible for full-time benefits (typically weeks that would not be scheduled would be during the summer and academic breaks).

    • Ref #1625: Kimball Main, varying schedule depending on department needs. This position is 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

    • Ref #1470: Kimball Main, Friday-Tuesday, 12pm-8:30pm. This position is 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

    • Ref #1429: Kimball Main, Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-8:30pm. This position is 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.


      To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

      • Up to two years related work experience preferred.
      • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
      • ServSafe Food Safety Certification or training is required. If training is not up-to-date, training/certification must be completed upon 3-6 months from date of hire.
      • Food allergy training is essential and prior experience in special food allergy meal preparation is preferred. If candidate does not have prior experience, the necessary training must be completed upon hiring. Initial training will include a review of information, departmental responsibilities and a recap of the Food Allergy Program.
      • Excellent customer service and appropriate communication skills are needed in order to provide a welcoming, professional and safe environment for students and guests. Upon hiring the following additional training must be completed on a yearly basis: Title IX Harassment Prevention training and Data Security Awareness training

        Additional Information:

        Dining Service employees can select a free meal during their shift. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

        • Pension plan
        • NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
        • Tuition benefits
        • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
        • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities
        • Generous paid time off

          to learn more.

          The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

          Application Instructions:

          Please attach resume and cover letter if possible, otherwise, please submit an online application.

          In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please provide examples of any past work that illuminate your commitments in these areas. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

          Should you be a candidate for further consideration after hiring manager review, you will be contacted by a human resources representative.

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