Meal Service Assistant Job Description

The Meal Service Assistant is a part-time role that performs a host of duties, which focus on serving the retreatants who attend Jesus House Renewal Center while contributing to the overall Jesus House mission.  This includes functions necessary to provide a serene, safe and updated environment for spiritual growth for all guests. Coordination of the kitchen volunteers, lite cooking, and meal service are the top priority.   This person will use his/her people skills to interface directly with the retreatants who attend retreats, the kitchen staff, and volunteers who provide meal service.


  • Create a welcoming environment for guests and maintain standards for a high level of customer service.

  • Assist Meal Service Coordinator with menu planning.  Assist with meeting the needs of any special dietary requests for guests.

  • Grocery shopping for smaller items as needed.  

  • Oversee volunteers during meal service.

  • Oversee kitchen functions and equipment including cleaning, organizing, and storing of food and supplies during assigned meals.

  • Maintain organization of kitchen, supplies, and ingredients.

  • Promote procedures and policies for health and food safety in adherence to state and local regulations.

  • Work closely with the Office Manager and Board of Directors to communicate issues and needs.

  • Encourage and maintain a community atmosphere where the rights and responsibilities of staff, residents, and guests are held in high regard.  Maintain a positive and constructive attitude while solving problems.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Proven ability to get along well with various types of people and work well under pressure.

  • Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to multitask.

  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills.

  • Knowledge of purchasing, supplies, and working with contractors.

  • Food service experience preferred.

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel) preferred.

  • Food service experience preferred.   

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position assists with overseeing various contractors, cooking staff, and volunteers.

Physical Demands

  • 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.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the kitchen staff will be required to carry and lift chairs, tables, and boxes of supplies up to 50 pounds.

    • Regular bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head.


A part-time position who must be available to work 10 hours to 20  per week with some traditional business hours and some non-traditional evening and weekend hours.  The hours are flexible and may shift depending on the facility use and schedule.