Second Cook-Catering

Amherst College invites applications for the Second Shift-Catering position. The Second Shift-Catering is a full time, year round position, job group and level AO-3.
The Second Cook - Catering supports the efforts of Amherst College Dining Services by providing the campus community with excellent service through the production of our catering, staff dining and special event menus. This position ensures that the quantity and quality of our production are consistent with the standards of Dining Services and works with members of the team to limit discrepancies. This individual produces menu components from fresh and exceptional ingredients and is proficient in the technical skill and knowledge required to achieve this, being well versed in food, its history, and trends.
The work schedule varies and corresponds to the College's operational needs, specifically to our catering business volumes. This involves the coverage of catering and campus-wide events as well as assisting with coverage in our student dining program. As our work is central to student life, their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times is required. In addition, the position is designated as providing essential services and should report to work, or remain on duty even though the College is closed.
Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Key Responsibilities

  • Support the operational standards and Health Department regulations

  • Ensure all areas are maintained in an orderly, clean, and sanitary manner, as well as oversee the complete breakdown and cleaning of all equipment

  • Ensure production of menu items are to standard

  • Ensure recipes are followed, uniform production standards are met, and all items are of the highest possible quality


  • Provide operational supervision, both independently and in conjunction with the Banquet Chef, over the catering culinary operations while supporting the culinary team with the planning, production and implementation of menus and systems

  • Provide and maintain the tools, information, resources, and support necessary to enable the team's success

  • Supervise service staff on presentation, storage, portioning, and handling of menu items

  • Perform inspections of Stations and Service areas in support of established standards

  • Maintain the accuracy of production schedules and usage reports

  • Manage inventory and the organization of Production Storage Areas

  • Insure that the Culinary operation is secure, organized, safe and clean at open, during service and at the close of business

  • Maintain a commitment to the quality of our resources and work to prevent loss and eliminate waste

  • Promote our standards of quality and service and the safety of our work environment


  • Help create, manage, and serve seasonal, fresh menus from exceptional ingredients

  • Assist with product and process refinement

  • Assist with new product research and development

  • Corrects discrepancies in production sheets and recipes

Physical and Environmental Demands

  • Frequent exposure to extreme heat and cold, wet and humid environments, sharp tools, machinery, chemicals, grease laden vapors and fumes, and high noise levels

  • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 50 lbs. and occasionally lift, push, pull, and carry objects over 50 pounds with assistance

  • Constant/repetitive motions involving the range of full body use including fingers, arms, knees, hands and wrists

  • Bending, squatting and stooping, reaching outward and above head, constant walking and standing, and ascending/descending stairs

  • Manual dexterity including grasping and manipulating tools/equipment, and adjusting controls. Close visual concentration including the ability to perceive color, contrast, and depth

  • Ability to taste and work with any and all ingredients used


  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Current ServSafe Manager Certification or be able to achieve within (6) months of employment

  • Allergen Awareness as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • 2 - 5 years of food preparation experience including hot and cold food production, high volume catering/banquet production, buffet presentation, a'la carte cooking, baking, and pastry

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Strong verbal and written communication, customer service, organizational, and time management skills

  • Ability to taste and work with any and all ingredients used

  • Ability to mathematically reduce and expand measurements required by recipe

  • Attention to detail

  • Work flexible hours based upon departmental needs including extended shifts

  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community

  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test


  • Associate's degree or equivalent in Culinary Arts

  • Supervisory experience

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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