Kitchen Assistant

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 35   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Day, nights, holidays and weekends 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

● Any assigned duties related to cleaning, including dishes, pots, dining rooms, floor cleaning, work tables, equipment and utensils. Any assignments as directed such as stock distribution, rotation, assistance with inventories, vegetable preparation, putting away stock and groceries, produce and dairy orders.
● This position reports directly to the Executive Chef. In addition, reports to the Assistant Executive Chef, Director, Assistant Directors and Catering Manager.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Operates and maintains dish machine according to proper procedures.
  • Works in Pot sink cleaning pots and Pans.
  • Responsible for recording and accuracy of Time & Temp logs along with proper PH balance of sanitizers in pot sinks and dish machine.
  • Washes all pots, pans and utensils, cleans up the dish return area, dining rooms and service areas following proper health and sanitation practices.
  • Wipes down and washes all tables and chairs as needed, mops floors between meal periods or as needed, empties trash and compost in proper receptacles.
  • Must be able to work with others, including students, as well as work alone without supervision. Assists in supervision and training of student workers.
  • Responsible for emptying grease trap catch screens and keeping them clean.
  • Keeps all work areas clean, free of debris and sanitized at all times.
  • Maintains the flow of dishes, silverware, pots, pans so they don’t get backed up causing a pile up.
  • At times, will provide direction to student staff and needs to maintain a high level of professionalism.
  • Delivers clean dishes, pots and pans back to their designated areas.
  • Assists in putting away food orders and deliveries as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


● Must have good communication skills, both written and orally, with a sound understanding of the English language.
● Must have general knowledge of food and operation of kitchen/dish room equipment.
● Must be able to pass a physical examination without restrictions.
● Must be able to lift/move an average of 60 pounds without restrictions.
● Willingness to participate in a ServSafe class to obtain Food Protection Manager Certification is required.
● Customer Service: Maintains an extraordinarily positive attitude in dealing with students and the public.
● Must be cooperative and willing to work with others.
● Must be able to give direction and instruct others.
● Must be neat in appearance and work habits, and must comply with safety and sanitation regulations as prescribed by law.
● Must comply with proper dress code as designated by the Department.

Preferred Qualifications:


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands:

● Routinely lifts/moves an average of 30 pounds. May occasionally lift 50 pounds.
● Lifting: 30 %– 50 % of time at work (could require bending and twisting).
● Pans of product, replenishing / storing product, preparing recipes (requires lifting cases of product).
● Ability to carry product a distance.
● Setting up, replenishing serving lines requires lots of walking/carrying to storage areas/retrieving product in refrigerated or dry storage areas, the distance of approximately 25 feet or more. Many shifts span 2 meal periods.
● Overhead lifting: 10 % or more.
● Storing or removing product or equipment from shelves.
● Routinely on your feet throughout an 8-hour shift (could also be working alone during part of shift).

Working Conditions: 

● Floor surface is quarry tile and is non-giving.
● Walking up and down stairs when retrieving product from storerooms and entering and exiting the building.
● Works around slippery surfaces due to spills, dropped foods, trips to dish room and pot sink to get equipment cleaned.
● Potentially hazardous areas of concern and exposure to equipment – uses or works near all of the following to prepare and serve food:
o Fryolators
o Grills
o Ovens
o Steamers
o Woks
o Induction
o Knives
o Slicing equipment
o Heavy and large pots, pans
o Sharp edges from open cans
o Works around tables with corners  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
professional references. 

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

  • academic excellence in a global learning environment
  • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
  • a worldwide network of alumnae
  • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



  • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
  • Option to design your own major
  • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
  • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9 to 1

After College
Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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