Dining Room Coordinator

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

If you have any questions about the position or our application process, reach out to us at recruiting-u@smith.edu.

Job Description

Smith College Dining Services invites applications to apply for anticipated openings for Dining Room Coordinator positions. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews during July and August. These positions will start in late August, 2022.


Maintain and monitor assigned dining room and dish pantry area, working collaboratively with the Chef and the Area Manager. Work with student work coordinators to train and instruct all student workers. Ensure that the dining access system is maintained and that daily meal counts are taken, verify customer identification as needed. Strive to provide outstanding customer service within the framework of departmental policies. Strive to create a cordial and accommodating dining atmosphere for all students and guests.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.


Serve students and guests in dining facilities. Prepare dining area for meal service including setting up equipment, tableware in a logical manner, referring to menu as guide. Deliver food to service area in a sequential manner which ensures food to be served at the proper temperature. Set up all ancillary items and decorate for specialized/ theme dining. Monitor entire dining area during service time to ensure that adequate amounts of food and sanitary conditions prevail, along with ensuring that all customers are being checked in properly. Ensure proper storage of food items at the completion of the meal and prompt clean up and prepare service areas for the next meal. Participate in the preparation for and service of special dinners and functions.

Work with the student work coordinators to train, instruct and develop competent workers for all dining service duties as scheduled, verify the student payrolls. Demonstrate safe work habits and logical procedures, set pace and establish acceptable expectations for the quality of work. Responsible for a smooth running, safe, and efficient dining room/dish pantry operation.

Clean, organize and maintain all assigned dish pantry, storage, serving and dining areas. Perform all cleaning procedures within an established time frame or schedule, including but not limited to: dishwashing, cleaning and sanitizing equipment including toasters, juice machines and other dispensing machines, salad bars, shelving, drawers, and carts, vacuuming carpeted areas and properly maintaining vacuum equipment, dry mopping, sweeping, and mopping floors, and entryways.

Set up and maintain dining access system for all meals; welcomes guests and examine ID cards to verify customer identification. Collects guest meal money. Records meal counts accurately and review guest meal registers with Area Manager. Order, receive, and store linen and supplies correctly.

Inventory all china, silver, equipment and glassware as required. Submit work orders to the Chef or Area Manager. Follow all opening and closing procedures for public space and secures all equipment. Responsible for recycling and discarding waste appropriately.

Project a positive public image. Utilize computer to access accurate allergen information, as well as print labels required for food items presented in dining rooms. Communicate with all people accurately, professionally and in a discreet, timely manner. Work cooperatively and facilitates communication with other staff members, students, house leaders, guests, and Area Manager to ensure an orderly, efficient dining operation. Update information on the menu boards. Utilize e-mail and all college computer access responsibly. Review and implement department notices. Follow through with all Area Manager’s directions.

Attend training sessions, workshops, and meetings as assigned. Complete required payroll forms and scheduling forms within deadlines. Perform all other related or relevant tasks. Initiate teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation between co-workers.

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.



Completion of high school education or vocational school education and a minimum 2 years of combined educational and/or commercial experience in the hospitality industry.

Requirements of the position are consistent with the responsibilities and duties of persons within the food service profession in adherence with all state and federal guidelines. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and perform basic arithmetic functions. ServSafe Certification/Some culinary experience preferred. Banquet waitperson experience or front of the house experience in a fine dining establishment as well as experience in customer service positions.


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 clean and receive supplies while properly utilizing standard food service utensils and equipment. Must be able to safely lift and move 25 pounds, work from a step stool, walk and stand for prolonged periods of time, bend, reach, pull and push. Must be able to manipulate utensils and equipment repetitively for variable periods of time - up to 45% of an assigned shift. Must be mobile between work stations and other dining areas on campus. Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills. Must possess good vision with or without correction. Must practice good personal hygiene and wear clean uniforms in compliance with public health standards and consistent with college policy. Must obtain the following certifications within one year of hiring and stay current with Serv-Safe, Food Allergen, and Anti-Choke. Must adhere to the sustainability initiatives set by the department. Must possess basic computer skills including receiving and sending emails, ordering relevant supplies from purveyors, and sign making.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


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

Wage Rate - $ 19.85 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.

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

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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