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Cook-Kitchen Staff at Swarthmore College

Cook-Kitchen Staff

Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA (Onsite) Full-Time
Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425-acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Through Swarthmore College's referral program, new hires in Swarthmore Dining will receive a $500 bonus award after completing six months of employment, if they were referred by a current Swarthmore staff member. For more information on the employee referral program at Swarthmore College, please visit .

Swarthmore Dining is a self-operated dining program which consists of Residential Dining, Catering, and three Retail Locations. We are proud to offer our students, faculty, and staff a diverse menu made from high quality ingredients which are sourced locally whenever possible. We are a team of 110 individuals who come from various backgrounds and ethnicities. If you are passionate about food and have great customer service, this is the place you want to work! We pride ourselves in offering our team a work-life balance not typically found in the restaurant industry. We hope you will apply and be with us now that we moved into our state-of-the-art Dining Center in the Fall of 2022. Swarthmore Dining is open 7 days a week.

As a member of the Swarthmore Dining department, you will be working in an environment that requires outstanding customer service, interacting and effectively communicating with customers who vary between residential students, faculty, staff, co-workers, and supervisors. You will work effectively, both independently and as a team member of the Dining Center.

Working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, having a passion for food, enjoying being part of an energetic team and the opportunity to make a difference in the student's dining experience on Swarthmore's campus. We have multiple full-time openings to fill including both 9-month and 12-month opportunities*.

*Note: All 9-month positions are expected to work between the months of August and May.

Food & Service Associate

The Food & Service Associate will work in any of the following stations depending on the schedule or need of the department: Barista, Beverages, Pizza, Salad Bar, Runner, or Server.

Utility Associate

Provides timely and reliable cleaning and maintenance support for Swarthmore's Dining. Scrubs, sanitizes and rinses pots, pan and utensils throughout the day to ensure cooks have constant availability of cooking vessels, Ensures the availability of a clean and sanitary supply of dishes, glassware, trays, throughout each meal period. Maintains and sanitizes the dish machine & pot area.

Required Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1 year of experience in a high-volume food establishment
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple concurrent tasks
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Communicate clearly

Culinary Assistant

The Culinary Assistant will work in any of the following stations depending on the schedule or need of the department roles: Grill Cook, Grill Assistant, Salad Prep, Deli, Prep Cook. This person is able to prioritize and multitask. Prepare grilled food, deli meats, salad bar items and catering foods in accordance with the instructions, specifications and recipes provided. Prepare and provide food in a safe and timely manner. Required to have knowledge of cooking temperatures and knowledge of operating grill equipment and must keep the work area clean and sanitized at all times.

Culinary Associate

The Culinary Associate will work in any of the following stations depending on the schedule or need of the department roles: Cook, Pizza Cook, Commissary or Baker. Ensuring the timely meal production for a college dining program under the direction of the Executive Chef or Sous Chef. Preps ingredients and cooks or bakes menu items according to standard recipes. Ensures that food production meets the departmental standards of quality, taste, creativity, presentation, and variety. Responsibilities include assisting with execution of menu items, food safety and the proper sanitation of all kitchen equipment.

Required Qualifications:
  • 2 years grill experience in a high-volume food establishment
  • Associate degree in culinary with 1-2 years of experience
  • Excellent culinary knife skills
  • Experience recipe scaling for various batch sizes

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Culinary program certificate with 3-5 years of experience in high volume food establishment
  • Serv-safe certification
  • Food Allergen knowledge/certification
  • Valid PA driver's license

What You Will Get:

You'll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus and collaborative work environment. And you will join a team of passionate, creative, and supportive people who work hard and have fun supporting the College community.

Review the Swarthmore Benefits Guidebook , we offer benefit plans starting at $0 per month! Upon benefit eligibility, the College contributes 10% of an employee's salary to their retirement account. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts on the date participation begins.

Swarthmore Benefits Flyer

Paid Time Off (Staff)

Holiday Schedule


Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Advertised: Mar 01 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

Recommended Skills

  • Communication
  • Cooking
  • Creativity
  • Customer Service
  • Food Safety
  • Hardworking And Dedicated
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