Food Service Worker III, Catering Houseperson

California, United States
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. R&DE comprises 800+ staff in the following divisions: Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost, Student Housing Operations, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of four R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration including Information Technology, Human Resources, Strategic Communications, and Maintenance Operations & Capital Projects. R&DE houses 13,000+ students and their dependents while serving over 6.5 million meals annually to students, conference, catering, retail, and concession guests.


Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, a division within R&DE at Stanford University is committed to excellence and the highest level of customer service. It is recognized nationally for operating at “the cutting edge” of the industry receiving exceptional service ratings and numerous awards, including the Restaurant & Institutions Magazine Ivy Award for excellence in food service and hospitality. The Ivy Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious and coveted awards, given to those operations that meet the highest standards of food, hospitality and service. With R&DE’s vision “to be the best in the business” Stanford Hospitality and Auxiliaries is a Certified Green Business practicing sustainability in its purchasing and using equipment and processes that reduce solid waste and preserve natural resources. The highest Acterra Sustainability Award was received in 2006, in recognition of these initiatives.

I. Summary of Position

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced catering support to join the Stanford team and contribute to the Redwood City campus experience. The Banquet Houseman is primarily responsible for assisting in serving, setting –up, break down and clean-up of all Catering functions. Moves tables, chairs and other equipment to specific locations according to specifications of scheduled banquet functions. Maintains banquet storage area to ensure cleanliness and organization. Performs tear down and storage upon completion of banquet function. The Banquet Houseman will consistently offer professional, friendly and warm hospitality to all guests. As with all staff who join the team, the Houseman is expected to adhere to customer service relations standards, work rules, departmental policies and procedures and performance standards.

II. Essential Job Functions

  • Delivers food and catering equipment for Catering events, performs setting –up, break down and clean-up of all Catering functions
  • Provides an excellent dining experience for guests, using interpersonal skills and conflict resolution, and anticipates guest needs
  • Sets up and break down large function dinner services and elaborate themed dinner programs, complete with food and beverage settings and linen, both on- and off-site
  • Assists customers with specific dietary restrictions, and answer questions regarding food ingredients
  • Complies with workplace safety, safe food handling and sanitation standards
  • Follows RDE work rules, policies, procedures, and core values
  • Maintains supplies neat and organized to department standards
  • Projects a professional image at all times through appearance and dress
  • Demonstrate respectful and professional behavior by maintaining a positive work environment and interactions with co-workers, management, customers and visitors
  • Supports other Hospitality and Auxiliaries and Cardinal Café units as requested
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Anticipated Shift:

The anticipated shifts are based on the operational needs and can change at any time with notice.

III. Qualifications

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs and requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • Must be willing to work a flexible and varied schedule as assigned
  • Has outstanding listening and communication skills with guests, peers and management
  • Committed to providing excellent customer service to all customers
  • Able to plan ahead, prioritizing tasks and customer service needs
  • Proven track record of punctuality
  • A Banquet Houseman must be able to provide own uniform items of black slacks, black shoes with black socks.  Uniform Shirts will be provided
  • Demonstrates helpfulness, and respectfulness, is approachable and team oriented, builds strong working relationships, diplomatic, and a positive work environment, is responsible, honest, resolves conflicts appropriately, and is flexible
  • Follows work directions as assigned by supervisors and managers
  • Subject to wet floors, temperature extremes, excessive noises, and large commercial equipment.  As an essential job function, worker is required to use cleaning and sanitizing chemicals.

IV. Physical Requirements


Ability to stand for prolonged periods, reach, lift, bend, kneel, stoop, climb, push and pull items. Physical agility critical to perform essential job functions. Lift up to 50 lbs pounds, and must have manual dexterity. Ability to work around hot equipment (stoves, grills, ovens).

Working Conditions and Frequency of Occurrence

Extreme temperature changes 0-5%
Walking 30-60%
Standing 50-80%
Sitting 10-20%
Bending 10-50%
Squatting 10-20%
Hand and Finger Dexterity 10-40%
Reaching 10-50%
Climbing 10-20%
Noise 10-30%

Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, Pulling 

Up to 10 pounds 30-60%
Up to 25 pounds 20-50%
Up to 50 pounds 10-20%
Over 50 pounds 10-20%

VI. English Proficiency Requirements

Must be able to understand and communicate in English with adequate proficiency to follow directions from supervisor, read and understand safety guidelines and directions to prevent accidents or injuries from occurring, and communicate effectively with customers (staff, visitors, students) by listening and speaking clearly to them.

"Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job." 

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 7287
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A62