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Ktchn/Chf Hlpr/PtWsr/Lndry/Com

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Food Services
Campus Services


Position Description

Kitchenperson/Chef's Helper:
  • Cleans and sanitizes physical space and equipment
  • Moves product into and out from production as required following HACCP procedures
  • Assists with food preparation duties
  • Cleans and sanitizes potwashing/dish area, walls, floors and counters
  • Fills, empties, operates and performs regular maintenance on pot washing machine or manually washes pots as required
  • Monitors and records temperatures and sanitizer concentration in manual wash sink and machines to insure safe operation
  • Returns all cleaned equipment and utensils to point of service
  • Launders, folds and distributes uniforms, towels, tablecloths and napkins
  • Maintains clean and organized laundry area
  • Operates washing machines and dryers according to instructions
  • Keeps laundry equipment clean and in good order
  • Leaves workstation clean and re-stocked
  • Recycles products per policy and procedure.
  • Accurately fills out sanitation and temperature logs and food service records as required. Informs person in charge when corrective action is needed
  • Follows sanitation standards in compliance with all regulatory agencies including Harvard Environmental Health and Safety regulations
  • Communicates effectively and works cooperatively and respectfully with a diverse set of staff, management team and guests
  • Complies with State of Massachusetts and Dining Services' "Food Employee Illness Policy".
  • Represents HUDS to students, faculty, staff and guests in a positive and professional manner.
  • Works to meet the mission and core values of Harvard University Dining Services with enthusiasm and a spirit of cooperation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have proficiency with the English language (speaking, reading and writing).
  • Must be able to follow directions.
  • Must be neat in appearance and comply with proper dress code as designated by HUDS.
  • Some proficiency with kitchen tools and equipment without restrictions.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and respectfully with a diverse set of staff, management and guests.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced diverse environment.
  • Must be customer service oriented.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Minimum of six months work experience.
  • ServSafe certification preferred.
  • Relevant knife skills.
  • Previous experience working in a University environment preferred.
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to routinely lift 50 lbs. without restrictions
  • Continuous: lifting, standing, manual dexterity, reaching, walking, handling, bending, and push/pull.
  • Occasional: climbing, squatting, and sitting.
Additional Information
Emergency Status Designation: Essential

Note: This job description may vary or change based on the needs of the business.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
Hospitality & Dining Services

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
230003 Ktchn/Chf Hlpr/PtWsr/Lndry/Com

Work Format

Dining Services

Salary Grade

Dining Services/ Adams House

21 - Hotel, Rest Emp Int Loc 26

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range
26.12 - 27.64

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Drug Testing, Employment, Identity

Sunday & Saturday 11:30am - 8:30pm
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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