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

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Job Description


Job Title: Cook

Position Summary:

Work under the direction of the unit chef and Area manager to prepare and present meals and all related items during assigned shifts. Work cooperatively in a safe and sanitary manner with other staff members to ensure the efficient and professional operation of the unit in accordance with departmental policies. Review upcoming menus and food orders and work cooperatively and accurately in planning food production.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepare, cook, garnish, and present all menu items in a superior manner in accordance with Dining Services standards and recipes. These include, but are not limited to, breakfast items, soups, entrees including meats, sauces, vegetables, salads, dressings, breads, desserts, and meal alternatives as well as dietary accommodations. Assist in the preparation and service of any other meal when on duty. Contribute to the food production demands of other shifts including tea preparation. Check all food for proper temperature, flavor, and appearance before each meal. Monitor the food service area prior to and during service and replenish food items. Work cooperatively with Dining Room Coordinators to ensure that all food is being served in a safe and attractive manner.

Utilize and properly store leftover food to ensure safe product handling and effective food cost control. Plan usages of frozen items to ensure proper thawing under refrigeration. Communicate amounts of product used to the Chef. Understand and accurately use all available tools to control costs. Ensure that deliveries are checked in, inspected, weighed, and properly put away using first in, first out rules. Rotate other refrigerated food as needed, report any discrepancies of itemization or unacceptable quality to the Area Manager or Food Purchasing Office immediately. Assist with the ordering of food and other supplies as necessary.

Assist in the preparation and service of any other meal when on duty. Contribute to the food production demands of other shifts including tea preparation, and perform all other related or relevant tasks.

Clean and sanitize all Dining Services areas and equipment including routine floor maintenance on each shift. Support and maintain proper sanitation and recycling procedures.

Communicate with all people accurately, professionally, and in a timely manner, including proper labeling and dating all prepared foods. Work cooperatively with the area manager, staff, and students to ensure an orderly and efficient operation. Responsible for reviewing and understanding all departmental notices. Utilize e-mail and all college computer access responsibly.

Attend departmental meetings and training workshops as requested. Participate in the preparation and service of special events, as needed. Complete required payroll forms and scheduling forms within deadlines. Perform all other job related or relevant tasks. Initiate teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation between co-workers.


Education Required:

Completion of high school education or vocational school education.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and perform basic arithmetic functions.

Preferred: Culinary Arts Degree at a post secondary level.

Experience: At least two years of combined educational and/or commercial experience in quantity cookery that includes baking.


Ability to tolerate exposure to water and cleaning chemicals, higher than normal noise levels, and heat and humidity consistent with that produced by commercial kitchen equipment. Must demonstrate adequate physical strength and coordination to effectively cook, clean and receive supplies while properly utilizing standard food service utensils and equipment. Must be able to safely lift and move 50 pounds, work from a step stool, walk and stand for prolonged periods of time, bend, reach, pull and push. Must also be able to manipulate utensils and equipment repetitively for variable periods of time - up to 65% of an assigned shift. Must be mobile between kitchen and dining areas and other campus food service areas. Must possess the sensory ability to taste/smell. Must possess good vision with or without correction. Must practice good personal hygiene and wear clean uniforms in compliance with public health standard and consistent with college policy. Must adhere to the sustainability initiatives set by Dining Services.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer


Schedules will vary depending on the position. All Positions are 40 hours per week for 39 weeks per year. Typical Schedules for these positions are 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., 12:30-8:30pm or 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wage Rate - $ 22.52 per hour.

When applying, submit a single PDF or Word document containing all of the following: 1) a letter of interest/cover letter; 2) a resume of applicable experiences, training and education; and 3) a list of 2-3 references.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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