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Refectory Attendant

Position Title: Refectory Attendant 

Supervisor: Executive Chef Manager

Department: Facilities

Grade: 47, non-exempt, union          

Hours: Fulltime, union, 40-hour workweek



Perform a variety of food service line and cleaning duties for the Refectory dining and dish room areas.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist with set-up and manage food line during lunch
  • Make coffee and tea as needed and maintain supplies at beverage station(s)
  • Keep the food contact areas, beverage station, and dishware pick-up areas clean, regularly sanitized and polished
  • Clear meal/dish drop-off area regularly; wipe down as needed
  • Using dishwasher, wash dishware/flatware/glassware; dry/polish and return to proper storage areas
  • Run pots and pans through dishwasher as needed
  • Clean and sanitize dish room surfaces and maintain organization of space
  • Clean and sanitize all tables, tabletop items, and chairs at end of service
  • Reset dining tables and service areas as needed
  • Vacuum/sweep and mop dining area, food service areas, and dish room daily
  • Dust all areas within dining area, food service areas, and dish room as needed
  • Collect all garbage from the dining area, food service areas and dish room, and dispose of daily
  • Break down and de-lime dishwasher every Friday
  • Break down and de-lime coffee air pots/urns weekly
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent. 

Additional Qualifications

Conversational English speaking skills. Excellent interpersonal relationship skills required. References required upon request.

Certificates and Licenses

Food handler/service certification desired (ServSafe or similar). Ability to obtain certification necessary.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the duties of the position, including but not limited to the ability to move furniture, stand for up to 2 consecutive hours, kneel, bend, stoop, climb and push, pull, and lift 50 pounds.

Working Conditions

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster  Information. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

To Apply

The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below.


Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).