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Sous Chef

Position Title: Sous Chef

Supervisor: Executive Chef Manager

Department: Facilities

Grade: 56, exempt, non-union

Hours: Full-time onsite 40 hours per week, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday



This position will be responsible for assisting the Executive Chef Manager collaborating and working with the Dumbarton Oaks community to provide daily dining services for lunch in the Refectory and special events.

The Refectory at Dumbarton Oaks is special to the community and fosters a unique, collegial environment for staff and scholars to exchange. In addition to serving in the Refectory, the Sous Chef will partner with the refectory team, facilities, and events staff to provide a world-class dining experience for global distinguished guests who are invited to guest lectures, concert dinners, symposia, and other events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the preparation and presentation of high-quality food in accordance with the established menu while meeting target meal costs. Assist behind the food line (when needed)
  • Implement and monitor inventory management system, complete weekly inventory audits and assist in weekly ordering
  • In collaboration with the Executive Chef Manager, develop menus and recipes, including menus for special event dinners
  • Plan and execute simple to complex catered indoor and outdoor events including, but not limited to, house events, campus-wide events and symposium, colloquium events.
  • Ensure kitchen equipment and related physical space are sanitized, organized, operational, and in good repair. Submits requests for repair if necessary. Work dishwasher station (when needed)
  • Assist in basic computer and salesforce related data entry and reservation system management
  • Assist the Executive Chef Manager in forecasting and budget preparation
  • Develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with students and fellows. Provide outstanding customer service and ensure diets and other nutritional needs are met
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Occasional supervision and leading staff at functions and events in the absence of the Executive Chef Manager.



  • High School diploma or equivalent specialized training in Culinary arts
  • Minimum of two years progressive culinary management experience in developing quality food program in a college, residential, restaurant, or non-profit setting.
  • The National Food Safety manager certificate.


  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel).
  • Operational knowledge of industrial kitchen equipment (dishwasher, oven, ventilation systems, etc.).
  • Operational experience with a variety of foodservice applications and computerized menu management systems. Ability to learn and adapt to new systems and applications as needed.
  • Strong communication (verbal, written, interpersonal) skills and an ability to communicate effectively with a diverse constituency.

Licenses and Certificates:

The National Food Safety manager certificate.

Physical Demands

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

Working Conditions

Consistent with the new federal guidance, all Harvard employees must be fully vaccinated. Individuals may submit a request for exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exemptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Dumbarton Oaks offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: A variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Free parking or metro transportation benefits to our full-time employees
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.

To Apply

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

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.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).