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Job Req ID:  87779

Catering Attendant

The Catering Attendant prepares and serves food at scheduled functions under the supervision of the Catering Chef and Catering Director. This position is primarily responsible for set up, service, break down, and clean-up of multiple functions or areas on campus.


Position Objectives:
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers, and suppliers.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.


Major Duties/Functions/Tasks

  • Ensures all events are prepared following contracted event orders to ensure accuracy of menu items, guest count, timing and other special comments for the event.
  • Prepares items for catering event to include but not limited to hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, deli plates/platters, and salads.
  • Organizes all items for events per contracted event orders.
  • Assembles and delivers all food and supplies for catered events to the scheduled locations.
  • Takes temperature of food at designated times throughout the shift and documents the temperature in log books.
  • Represents company in a courteous, efficient, and friendly manner in all customer and employee interactions.
  • Set buffet tables as well as food, beverage, and service items according to pre-established catering standards.
  • Ensures that all necessary food items have identifiers and menus are displayed in a clean and consistent manner.
  • Greets customers courteously and interacts with customers in a manner to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Interact with customers and resolves customer complaints in a friendly and service-oriented manner.
  • Serves customer food and beverage orders efficiently, in proper portions, and with a courteous demeanor.
  • Demonstrates a complete understanding of menu items and can accurately explain them to customers.
  • Relays relevant comments from customers directly to supervisors.
  • Consistently exhibits the ability to keep up with catering delivery schedules and does so calmly, accurately, and efficiently.
  • Cleans and packs unused food dishes, utensils, and equipment for removal to appropriate locations, handles trash and waste properly per unit standards.
  • Keeps display equipment, buffets, and tables clean and free of debris during meal service as assigned.
  • Cleans tables and chairs, as assigned, before, during, and after meal service.
  •  Assures compliance with all HACCP, ServSafe, Department of Health and JHU sanitation and safety requirements.

       Note: Job duties are subject to change as needed.


Food and Safety Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring proper presentation, portion control, and maintenance of proper serving temperatures – follows HACCP standards.
  • Maintains sanitation and orderliness of all equipment, supplies, and utensils within work area.
  • Handles foods items appropriately during preparation, delivery, set up and during the event.
  • Cleans workstation thoroughly before leaving the area for other assignments.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to interact with diverse and high-volume customer base in a friendly and efficient manner.
  • Ability to use the time clock system properly, and record worked hours for processing.
  • Strong passion and motivation to create great food and great events.
  • Assures compliance with all HACCP, ServSafe, Department of Health, sanitation and safety requirements during preparation, delivery and during the event.
  • Ability to work, at times, with minimal supervision, and accomplish tasks without direct instruction, and problem solve for the best solution.
  • Ability to answer basic questions regarding unit operations and direct other questions to appropriate parties.
  • Possess the ability to meet specific uniform standards for this position.
  • Utilize all Personal Protective Equipment’s per guidelines.
  • Wear a cut resistance glove whenever using a sharp or potentially sharp tool or instrument.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • ServSafe certification preferred.


Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, control, and/or feel; reach with hands and arms; and bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crouch, squat.
  • Regularly talk or hear.
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to reach at, below, and above shoulder level. 
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Language Skills:

  • Ability to speak, read, and follows simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos in English.
  • Ability to write simple correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Achieving Leadership in the Foodservice Industry:

  • JHU Dining is a diversity growth-oriented organization. Our goal is to improve the quality of work life by using fair and consistent treatment and providing equal growth opportunities for ALL associates. EOE & AA Employer M/F/D/V.



  • This position does not directly supervise anyone but is responsible for working in a team and completing task in a group setting.


This is a Bargaining Unit position. All newly hired employees in Bargaining Unit positions shall be considered “probationary” employees until completion of 90 calendar days of employment. These employees shall become members of the Bargaining Unit if this employment continues beyond four months. The university will notify the employees’ union. Bargaining Unit employees shall become eligible for benefits upon completion of their probationary period.


Classified Title: Catering Attendant
Starting Salary Range: $19.13 per hour
Employee group: Casual status with full-time schedule during 90-day probationary period. 40 hour work week from start date   
Schedule: Varies by Location 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department Name: Dining Programs 
Personnel area: University Student Services


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit


The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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