Perkins School of Theology: Lead Food Service Worker

Date Posted: 7/7/2022

Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX

Job Description

About SMU:

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About Perkins School of Theology:

Mission - The mission of Perkins School of Theology is to equip persons for faithful leadership and Christian ministry in a changing church and society; to educate those seeking a deeper understanding of the Christian faith; and to strengthen the church, academy, and world through service, scholarship, and advocacy.

Context - Perkins, a community devoted to theological education and research in the service of the church of Jesus Christ, is Wesleyan by tradition, United Methodist by affiliation, inclusive of diverse Christian expressions, and welcoming of all. The oldest graduate professional school at Southern Methodist University, the School of Theology embraces its setting in the southwestern United States while seeking to make theological education accessible, through in-person, hybrid, and distance learning, to students from the region, the nation, and around the world.

Student Life Mission Statement - The Office of Student Life and Community Engagement offers welcome, hospitality, and care for the diverse community of students, faculty, and staff of Perkins School of Theology.  We create opportunities designed to cultivate connections with one another, Southern Methodist University, and the greater community through common meals, social events, programming, and service. We provide experiences beyond the formal classroom setting, through which members of the community may participate in leadership development, vocational exploration, and community building. We listen, connect, support, and celebrate the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

About the Position:

The part-time Lead Food Service Worker is primarily responsible for menu planning, food ordering, community lunch/brunch preparation (Monday-Friday as needed), and dish/cookware/refectory cleaning after meal service for the 9-month academic year (25 hours per week).  The purpose of this job supports the mission of Perkins by creating community meal opportunities which allow current students, faculty, staff, and guests to engage in conversation and learning beyond the formal classroom setting.  This position supports the general functioning of the Office of Student Life during weeks when community lunch meals are not regularly served.  The Lead Food Service Worker works under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Student Life.

Hourly Salary Range: $18 per hour

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare lunches/brunches/snacks for the SMU/Perkins School of Theology community, clean dishes/kitchen surfaces/tables.  Coordinate all dept/student group sponsored meals/food service events under the direction of the Assist Dean.  Stock/organize Selecman Hall break room, Kirby kitchen, and Prothro refectory with coffee cups, coffee, condiments, paper plates, napkins and utensils.
  • Plan/publish weekly menus; place and receive food and kitchen supply orders.  Stock refrigerated/frozen foods and dry goods, maintain inventories of food and other kitchen supplies (cups, coffee, condiments). Monitor weekly reports of number of meals served as well as amount spent on food/supplies in order to stay within the established budget.
  • Administrative duties related to kitchen management and meal service as assigned (expense reports, invoices, maintaining State of Texas Food Service Management certification, University Park health permit, equipment maintenance reporting, monitor housekeeping).  Attend/participate in Student Life staff meetings.  Work cooperatively with student volunteers/workers and other Perkins staff.
  • Provide daily dish return area for soiled cups, plates, utensils used after hours or disposables as necessary.  Clean inside/outside of refrigerators, freezer, counter cabinets, pantry, ice maker/dispenser, ovens, stove, dish washer, hoods as needed.  Order and serve snacks during Welcome Week and Finals Week, or as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required; Associate’s degree is preferred.  
  • Study in food service management, hospitality, culinary, or restaurant management is preferred; diploma in those areas is also preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience in professional cooking and food service, including menu planning, preparation, and purchasing/inventory is required.
  • The Texas Food Service Management or ServSafe Food Protection Manager license must be obtained within 10 days after hire date.
  • Experience creating healthy menu planning and food preparation including vegetarian and meat entrees/salads/desserts as well as food allergies accommodations is essential.
  • Experienced using Microsoft Outlook is required.  Experience with Microsoft Word is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation.  
  • Must possess excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff.
  • Candidate must possess strong organizational and planning skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks.  Must be attentive to detail and appropriately handle procurement of supplies/financial responsibilities.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with others in a team environment.  
  • The position may require early morning responsibilities.  Local weekly travel to food vendors is required.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position must be able to:

  • Bend
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Carry/lift 25-50 lbs.
  • Squat
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Kneel
  • Stand
  • Push/Pull
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature/or humidity

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled. 

NOTE: For full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter in addition to the application.

To Apply: 

Please visit our website

to access the online application.  Please also submit a resume and cover letter. See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:  Lead Food Service Worker (PER00000047)

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected]


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

How to Apply

See instructions above.
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 214-768-1480


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