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Head Kitchen Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Campus Dining Services (CDS) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Head Kitchen Assistant! This is a hands-on working position that provides oversight and leadership to front of house Dining Attendants. This position would, under the general supervision of the Shift Supervisor or Service Manager, assign and coordinate the activities of food service workers involved in set-up, food and drink service. Additionally, this role will ensure cleanliness and proper functionality of the following areas and associated staff: food service preparation, beverage, dish-washing, dish return, courtesy stands, dining room, and common areas. As a leadership position, the Head Kitchen Assistant is responsible for facilitating break schedules for the aforementioned areas based upon organizational needs and staff schedules, all while offering excellent customer service in a team driven and supported environment.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Campus Dining Services (CDS) exists to provide 3.3 million meals per year for the students, staff, faculty, and guests of the university. We are comprised of Residential Dining Halls, Catering and Retail outlets which operate year-round. Campus Dining leads the industry with outstanding quality food and exceptional dining experiences. We continue to expand our sustainability initiatives and reduce our carbon footprint in our daily operations, including efforts in resource recovery, conservation, and food sourcing. We are dedicated to providing options and information to all of our guests with dietary restrictions and allergens, including vegan, vegetarian, kosher and Halal choices, supported by a strong allergen awareness program called A9 ® Identified.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Kitchen Prep & Operation

  • Coordinate and assign food service tasks. Delegate and assist with the setup and breakdown of production and service areas.
  • Understand and use a variety of equipment and service standards as appropriate.
  • Follow and enforce set food safety protocol in all areas of oversight.
  • Ensure cleanliness and quality of all front of house service areas. Practice and ensure ServSafe principals are followed.

Customer Service

  • Provide excellent customer service and assistant with customer needs and inquires.
  • Lead by example both in general work ethic and positive and productive demeanor.
  • Display and demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Quality Assurance

  • Follow all ParTEch and A9 labeling procedures, request labels, and recognize allergen errors. Fully comprehend allergen labeling protocol, including avoidance of cross contact and report concerns to Shift Supervisor or Service Manager.
  • Serves of the food safety response team and responds to all food safety emergencies as appropriate to the work assignment. If a work cell phone is provided, a response call must be within an hour of the original call and/or message.


  • Train new staff members, both full time and student employees. Empower others to make decisions in areas within their span of control.
  • Make scheduling recommendations and alert management of holes in the personnel roster.
  • Hold other accountable, following progressive discipline process. Discuss staff issues with Shift Supervisor and Lead Service Manager

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position is eligible for our Student Affairs Employee Referral Program.
  • Positions with Campus Dining Services are considered Essential Services.
  • This position is 100% on campus.

What We Can Offer

  • The salary for this position is $35,360 annually. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • 3 years of experience related to the job assignment. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Servsafe certified and or certificate appropriate for the position level or the ability to obtain Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level within 6 months of hire. Must possess appropriate Servsafe certification or certificate appropriate to position level for the duration of employment with CDS.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work in a fast paced team driven environment, Strong interpersonal skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 1 year of food service experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position. 
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 14, 2022, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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