Utility Worker, Catering (November 2018)

Job description

Performs a variety of food service related duties within Catering including washing dishes, cleaning and organizing kitchen, and receiving and stocking. Responsible for setups for a multitude of catering events in the hall and across campus.

STATUS: Full-Time, 12 month, With Benefits
WORK HOURS: Varied: evenings, weekends and occasional holidays. Mandatory Overtime Required During busy times of the year.
FLSA:  Non-Exempt
MINIMUM PAY:  $15.64


  • Washes and stocks service wares before, during, and after meal periods. Ensures finished wares are clean and sanitized. 
  • Performs daily cleaning assignments and routine maintenance on equipment. 
  • Performs food preparation according to departmental standards. Follows “Serve Safe guidelines” in regards to food preparation and service. Adheres to uniform dress code. 
  • Follows inventory and stocking system; ensures that supplies are properly stored and organized in work station areas; product to be prepared and rotated FIFO. Assists cooks in receiving and stocking of product deliveries.   
  • Participates in set up, service and breakdown of assigned work areas and catered events.
  • Regularly moves & sets up tables & chairs along with staging & other items weighing as much as 80 lbs. in catering hall for a multitude of catering events in the hall.
  • Assists the chef/cooks with culinary duties if necessary. Assists with catering service when necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Plan and Coordinate - Complies with attendance and work hour standards. Makes an effort to communicate scheduled absences and late arrivals to supervisors in advance. Makes an effort to learn and observe quality/safety/cleanliness standards when handling the University resources (e.g., workspace, equipment, tools, etc.).
  • Technical Skills - Performs simple and routine work requiring basic skills and functionality, in a timely, thorough and accurate manner. Readily learns new information, practices and selects correct processes from clearly prescribed rules, standards or instruction. Makes an effort to seek advice and clear non-routine problems with senior work group member and/or supervisors.
  • Results Focused - Able to change work habits and approach to a particular task. Presents a positive outlook and is willing to devote the time and effort necessary to get the job done well. Able to quickly identify what needs to be done and takes action before being asked or required to do so.
  • Communication and Relations - Able to speak and write clearly (within role requirements) to convey messages effectively. Makes an effort to act on all requests independently and recognizes when to escalate issues/ problems to supervisors. Courteous and prompt when listening and responding to requests and requirements.
  • Teamwork - Participates willingly towards accomplishing work group goals. Listens carefully and attentively, encourages and accepts other points of view. Demonstrates respect and concerns for thoughts, feelings and rights of others.


High school diploma or GED preferred. Experience in a commercial kitchen environment is preferred. ServSafe certification or willingness to acquire within six months of employment date is required. Ability to multitask in a fast paced work environment. Must be committed to following departmental standards and guidelines to ensure the safety of self and others particularly in regards to lifting heavy items weighing up to 80 pounds.

Weekend and evening hours are sometimes required, as Catering functions occur on an irregular schedule.


  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another. 
  • Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles. 
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. 
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. 
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles. 

Types of Work:

Heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

Working Conditions:

  • The worker is subject to vibration: Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body. 
  • The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals. 
  • The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation. 
  • The worker is subject to oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

EEO Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 




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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 11/20/2018
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