Counter Worker (Dining Services)

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College strives to provide a high quality dining experience to students, faculty, staff and guests of the College. The Dining Services team works collaboratively in their efforts to provide the highest level of customer service possible. The College invites applications for a Food Handler #3/Counter Worker.  The position works full-time (40 hours/week) and the work schedule is Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Food Handler #3/Counter Worker assists with the coordination and operation of daily activities within the dining rooms including the setup and breakdown, cleaning, and stocking of  dining stations.  This position must comply with applicable sanitation, health and safety guidelines and assist with meeting the overall objectives of the dining services department.

General Responsibilities

  1. Maintain cleanliness and sanitary condition of pantry area.

  2. If necessary, stock and monitor/maintain continuous supply of napkins, trays, salt/pepper shakers, utensils, and related items for assigned meal.

  3. Maintain adequate stock of all counter dry and refrigerated goods; advise manager of shortages.

  4. Monitor coffee, beverage stations, fruit, dessert and cereal stations for adequate supply and cleanliness/sanitary conditions. Restock areas as required during assigned meal; advise manager of shortages.

  5. Monitor front of the house salad room refrigerators, and counter and beverage refrigeration. Insure refrigerators are clean and maintaining the proper temperature. Record temperatures in daily log. Monitor contents for freshness, discard outdated items. Notify management of discrepancies.

  6. Monitor temperature of all refrigerated beverage units. Record temperatures in daily log. Monitor contents for freshness, discard outdated items. Notify management of discrepancies.

  7. Assist with setting dining rooms for special functions.

  8. Water plants on a daily basis, or less frequently if necessary.

  9. Assist with/participate in the cleaning of the general work area.

  10. Assist with retrieval/stocking of food products from/to kitchen storage areas.

  11. Operate assigned vehicles as required to assist with transport of goods/personnel to designated areas and/or to facilitate execution of job functions. Report any mechanical defects in vehicle to supervisor.

  12. Deliver, set up and pick-up of special parties as required. Assist in the proper set up and service of small functions.

  13. Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with. Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.

  14. Maintain proper care of equipment. Report necessary equipment repair and maintenance to supervisor in a timely manner.

  15. Adhere to proper dress code requirements, as determined by season and function.

  16. Comply with established sanitation standards and health standards for kitchen and kitchen storage areas. Observe proper food preparation, handling and storage techniques.

  17. Follow established safety rules and regulations including using appropriate guards and safety devices on all equipment. Maintain a safe and clean work environment. Keep informed of all material safety data sheets. Attend and successfully complete/pass College-sponsored safety classes and seminars.

  18. Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with. Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.

  19. Use proper judgment in work assignments on a daily basis and recommend improvements in work efficiency. Effectively manage own time.

  20. Perform additional related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  1. High School graduate and/or GED equivalent required; previous experience preferred.

  2. Successful completion of annual Hazardous Communication Training Program, and Food Sanitation (ServSafe) course as required. Ability to understand proper use of chemicals used in the performance of position duties and maintain familiarity with the chemical’s material safety data sheets. Required attendance and successful completion/passing of College-sponsored classes and seminars determined by employer.

  3. Valid/current driver’s license preferred, good personal cleanliness and hygiene.

  4. Exceptional customer service skills; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships with internal customers. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, and complete work orders in a timely manner.

  5. Language Skills: Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions, procedures, correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence. Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.

  6. Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure and inventory, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals to solve problems.

  7. Reasoning Ability: Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and discussing ideas with supervisor. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Good organizational skills.

 Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

This position primarily works within a fast-paced, general dining services area including kitchen, dining hall, snack bar area, and dish room. Some of these work locations may have extreme/high heat/cold, varying temperatures. This position may also work within and outside of regular office buildings and academic/campus facilities for special functions.

This position requires routine medium physical exertion; typically involves lifting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and climbing stairs to coordinate work; heavy physical exertion required when moving equipment/supplies. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.