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Dining Hall Services Director

Camp Marshall

Job Type

Seasonal Full Time / Position Filled

About the Position

Job Title: Dining Hall Services Director
Department: Camp Marshall

Immediate Supervisor: Executive Director or His/her designee

Exempt Status: FLSA Exempt
Position Status: Seasonal Full Time Employee

Salary Range: $350 - $500 DOE

Dates of Employment:
June 5 – August 18th, 2023

Job Description Summary:
The Dining Hall Services Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of food service at Camp Marshall for groups ranging from 25 – 85 persons. Ensures that all guests enjoy meals high in variety, aesthetics, nutrition and rich in flavor. Supervises the activities and training of the food service staff, including sanitation, food preparation, serving and cleaning of the facility (inside and outside appearance).


Planning & Preparation:
1. Become familiar with the goals and objectives of Camp Marshall, the Camp Commission and program design. * This can be found on the website and in conversations with the Executive Director.
2. Become familiar with American Camp Association (ACA) standards as they pertain to food service at camp.
3. Become familiar with the summer program weeks and program design. Each week will be different, so it is important to understand the programs and the schedule and groups that will be served from week to week.
a. Plan a menu of nutritious meals for staff orientation and summer camp. This should be a two-week rotating menu.

Staff Training:
1. Arrive ahead of the regular staff training dates to prep for summer season. This can include, but not limited to:
a. Inventory what is in the freezers, pantry, and cooking supplies.
b. Become familiar with food orders/how to make them with our distributor.
c. Order any needed equipment to ensure efficiency with cooking and serving.
d. Set Menu for staff training and complete food orders so the kitchen is stocked and ready for
the first day of staff training.
2. Successful completion of staff training: This includes being certified in First Aid/CPR, AED card. (this can be obtained during staff training)
3. Inventory skills of other staff: Spend time with all of the staff and learn what cooking skills they have. It is quite possible there will be others on staff who have the skills to help out in the kitchen if needed.
4. Training Peers: During the second week of staff training teach counseling/program staff how the dining hall works. How staff are to work in the area to include, but not limited to: Cultivating conversations with campers around; trying new food, portion control, dining hall etiquette and how to clean up at the end of every meal.

Specific Responsibilities during program weeks:
1. Design menu, purchase food, and deliver all meals scheduled on time.
2. Plan and lead the kitchen staff to be sure all responsibilities of the dining hall are covered.
3. Check with the nurse or registrar for any special dietary needs before campers arrive. If you are unsure of a camper(s) needs; call the parents and visit with them about their camper(s).
4. Keep the dining hall clean and presentable at all times.
5. Oversee and evaluate staff that are assigned to you.

Minimum Skills:
1. Experience cooking for groups ranging from 25 – 85.
2. Effective at organizing and leading the kitchen staff for the duration of the summer season.
3. Experience with menu planning, purchasing and inventory.
a. Able to use recipes to construct shopping lists.
4. Experience with all aspects of expanding or reducing a recipe to feed groups of different sizes.
5. Familiar with special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, celiac diet, peanut allergies etc. Look at the menu you are developing and consider how to plan alternatives to meet special dietary needs.
6. Possesses good character, maturity, adaptability, and is teamwork oriented.
7. Possesses enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
8. Poses certification as a Servsafe food Manager.
9. Implement emergency procedures as needed and participate in mandatory drills.

1. Food Service
a. Implement the Camp Marshall philosophy and style; nutritious, homemade, and fresh, in cooking, preparation and serving.
i. Crucial to this point are cooking “from scratch” as much as feasible.
1. Serving freshly baked bread daily.
2. Offering vegetarian food options at all meals
3. Responding to guests’ dietary restrictions whenever possible,
4. Maximizing the amount of fresh, unprocessed, and organic ingredients used.
b. Develop menus with input from kitchen staff to ensure a variety of meals are appropriate for the
groups that are coming.
i. Menus will be completed two weeks in advance and presented at staff meetings when the two weeks out numbers are presented for each group served. The goal is to allow feedback from the Administrative Assistant, Nurse, Program Director provide feedback if they are aware of any specific group needs.
1. All items listed on the menu must have a specific recipe to follow.
2. Exception: soups and/or side dishes intended to utilize leftovers and perishable
ii. Sample menus for website (for specific group types) to show basic menu choices.
c. Order food and kitchen supplies as needed. Keep adequate stores of food staples, ensuring that excess food stuffs are utilized. Maintain an adequate supply of kitchen disposable plates, utensils, paper products, (in case the sanitizer breaks) cleaning supplies for dining hall and sanitizing chemicals.

2. Dining Hall
a. Lead kitchen staff in preparing, serving, and cleaning up from assigned meals.
b. Insure front and side porch and stairwell are swept or blown off daily.
c. Work with Program Director to assure there is a plan for chairs to be stacked at the end of dinner each day so the floor can be swept and mopped.
d. Dining hall will only be set up for the number of campers/guests at camp in addition to enough seating for staff.
e. Responsible to see Kitchen Staff will be responsible:
i. To sweep under tables and all facility set up. (salad bar, cereal bar, bathrooms, serving line.
ii. To spot mop around tables, salad, and beverage bar, return line for dishes and where
iii. To sweep and mop out every night; kitchen, and dry goods area.
iv. Keep dining hall and surrounding porch neat, clean and in orderly condition.
f. Report any maintenance issues to the Site Manager and Executive Director.

3. Administrative:
a. Maintain a safe and healthy food preparation environment, adhering to the basic standards outlined by Lake County Health Department, the American Camping Association, and other regulatory agencies.
b. Keep detailed logs of all equipment function, including temperature logs. Ensure that records a accurate, up-to-date, and immediately accessible.
c. Act as supervisor for all kitchen-related staff:
i. Create work schedules two weeks out and posted in kitchen.
ii. Insure there is a menu for staff to work from with supplies needed to cook what is on the
menu with access to recipes used to make the food order(s)
iii. Ensure that all food service staff maintain current Serve Safe Food Handlers Card.
1. This will include summer staff and volunteers who may be asked to help in the
iv. Staffing: The Dining Hall Services Director is considered the Head Cook with permission
to schedule staff when needed to complete the aforementioned duties.
1. Specifically, groups of 10 or less will be solely maintained by the Head Cook
2. Groups of 10 – 25; one additional staff person
3. Groups of 25 – 50; 2 additional staff persons
4. Groups of 50 – 75; 3 additional staff persons
5. Groups of 75 – 85; 4 additional staff persons
6. Any exception must be approved by the Executive Director.
4. Budget
a. Continuously strive for the responsible expenditure of monies
b. Look for food products in season; fresh and inexpensive and can be frozen for future use.
c. Expect vendors to disclose prices of products while making food orders.
d. Purchase food strategically to leverage the value of sale prices.
e. Keep excellent records of food purchased and stored.
i. Inventory control list maintained for frozen goods, dry goods, fresh produce, spices, and all
chemicals, paper/plastic products.
ii. Any purchases made off the camp must be verified into inventory by another member of
the kitchen staff against the original receipt. (not a family member)
f. Work closely with kitchen staff to assure production is within norms of group size and not cooking
extra for departure from camp.
g. Under no circumstance is the Dining Hall Services Director to order anything from a vendor or
store for a staff person.
5. Work with the executive Director to learn how the food service budget was crafted with an understanding of the expected cost per-meal. Communicate consistently with the Executive Director how expenses are aligned with budgeting goals.
6. Additional Duties:
a. Support and participate in summer camp staff meetings, special programs (birthday cakes, etc.) evening program requests such as s'mores.



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.


This includes but is not limited to; (See camp policies for complete list on the web page).

a. A complete job application with references.

b. Signed contract or “letter of agreement”

c. A complete criminal background sex offender registry check

d. Be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 prior to arriving at Camp.


1. Encourage spiritual development in people of all ages; lead staff and campers in forming a community of faith and worship especially with an eye on expression through the media of arts and or crafts.

2. Communicate professionally and effectively with guests, staff, and members of the diocese, orally and in writing.


1.  Minimum one year of college education or related work experience.

2.  Experience planning meals and cooking for large groups.

3. Ability to work with little or no supervision. Self-motivated.

4. Current certifications in Serve Safe (food manager) CPR, First Aid, AED,

5. Safe Church training or willingness to obtain during staff training.

6. Demonstrate maturity and experience with camp programming.

7.  Be over 21 years of age during the summer camp season for which you are applying.

      *May be 18 if graduating from a cooking program.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

1. Manage time and prioritize goals without regular supervision.

2. Ability to estimate quantities (servings per-person) and calculate / adjust menus to accommodate groups on camp.


Directly supervises two to eight staff who may be working in the kitchen at any time during the summer. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include working with the Executive Director, or his/her designee in training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. When needed, work with the Executive Director who is also the Personnel Officer to work through any kitchen staff issues.


1. The person hired for this position must be able to:

2. Receive commercial food / supply orders in original containers.

3. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering camp programs in a rustic facility, operate with daily exposure to varying weather conditions.

4. Physical aspects of the job: ability to lift and carry 50 pounds including food, supplies and equipment.

5. Visual and auditory ability to respond to hazards of the site and to camper/staff behavior.

6. Physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while standing for long periods of time.

7. Ability to provide first aid and to assist campers and staff in an emergency.


1. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, functions of this job. While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job, work schedule, and or to require that other different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workloads, equipment break downs, are a few examples).

2. The work area is confined to the kitchen and dining hall areas. Work areas are confined and shared with other staff working in the kitchen.

3. Staff are expected to work with vendors or food delivery.

4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to kitchen heat which may exceed temperatures by 10 – 20 degrees above outside temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud with exhaust fans.

5. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Camp Marshall

Mission of Camp Marshall:
We are a vital part of the body of Christ, a Church which is loving, growing, vibrant, relevant, and effective. We extend the love of Christ through the sacraments, relationships, and our communities.

Camp Marshall is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana. Reflecting the basic principles of the Christian Faith. Camp Marshall provides quality programs and facilities that promote positive character development. All people in the employ of the camp are expected to be familiar with and supportive of the basic polity and practice of The Episcopal Church. Further employment privileges and responsibilities are found in the policy and procedures manual provided each employee.

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