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Employment with Cornell Dining

Professional Opportunities

Cornell Dining is actively hiring for the fall semester which starts in August 2021. As of early June 2021 we're seeking 75 new team members! Please join us as we open two new eateries and continue our team-oriented mindset. We offer training, professional development, and opportunities for career growth.

Les Love describes his promotions, [video 3:38] and we congratulate him on his most recent promotion to Lead Cook!

Go directly to the links below to see position details. You can also view all open positions at Cornell University, and type "dining" into the search field. Apply online.

Dish Machine Operator
Under regular supervision, the Dish Machine Operator is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and sanitization of assigned dining units and their associated dishware through manual and machine cleaning methods. 

Cook (SO04)
Under general supervision, the Cook (SO04) independently prepares and serves a variety of hot and cold foods for our customers through a variety of stations and service methods.

Cook (SO06)
With the support of a Chef, the Cook (SO06) prepares a variety of standard and complex hot and cold food items including culinary specialties as assigned by management, for service in Meal Plan Operations, House Dining, cash, catering, and special events.

Food Service Worker
Under close supervision, the Food Service Worker, prepares and serves a variety of cold food items and beverages for our customers through a variety of stations and service methods. 

Lead Food Service Worker
Under general supervision, the Lead Food Service Worker will serve as a role model for the team by assisting with the preparation, delivery, and presentation of food items as well as coordinates work assignments, monitors food productions, and assists with operating the register in a variety of Dining unit(s).

The Chef works in direct support of the area Operations or General Manager overseeing culinary operations for their assigned unit(s), which may include retail, all-you-care-to-eat, or catering business.

Part-Time/Casual Dining Workers
All immediate positions are part-time casual (19 hours per week or less), non-benefits eligible. Hours and schedules are flexible and can include nights and weekends.


Cornell Dining includes more than 30 on-campus eateries, including multiple all-access dining rooms, cafés, coffee shops, food courts, retail convenience stores, concessions stands, a restaurant and catering services. As we open a new café and dining room, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with new hire start dates around August 2, 2021. See a short video with interior views of the new café and dining room construction [3:12]From crafting holiday-themed meals to chef surprises and dining room special events, the Cornell Dining team of more than 400 skilled culinarians and front-line associates, and 600 student employees work hard every day to offer a variety of fresh and healthy food from all over the world.  Cornell Dining’s mission is a commitment to Nourishing the Future: both for our guests and for our team.

Cornell Catering

As a division of Cornell Dining, Cornell Catering is the preferred catering service for Cornell University events and is uniquely qualified to serve the entire Cornell community and beyond. We are proud to work for Cornell and place a strong emphasis on Cornell Pride; our focus on students is one of the many concepts that differentiate Cornell Catering from other caterers. With its team of experienced professional staff, Cornell Catering is a full-service caterer that provides incredible food and beverages to guests at formal banquets for thousands, elegant weddings for hundreds, or intimate dinners for a few. Over the past thirty-five years, Cornell Catering has worked with clients to create customized events that meet specific objectives and budgets.

Part-time/Casual Staff - Cornell Catering, Concessions, and Moakley House
Cornell Catering is currently hiring servers and bartenders to fill immediate needs! We are looking for highly motivated, outgoing, polite, engaged, service-minded individuals who care about where they work and the reputation it develops. All positions are 19 hours per week or less.   

Sales Manager, Cornell Catering
The Sales Manager supports the catering sales process and client support for university social events, student organizations, conferences, and wedding events in a catering operation that exceeds $1 Million in sales revenue. This position serves as the first point of contact for events ranging from 50 to 500 guests and is critical in ensuring that client business is retained. Additionally, this role will support the development of new business in assigned markets through regular sales activity. The Sales Manager helps to ensure that all client expectations are consistently met by working closely with the catering team and attending large and complex events and to ensure successful execution. 

Senior Sales Manager, Cornell Catering
The Senior Sales Manager leads and manages all sales operations and development activities for a catering operation that exceeds $1 Million in sales revenue. This position plays a critical role in managing and retaining high-profile VIP client accounts as well as developing creative sales strategies for cultivating new business that’s focused on consumer satisfaction and overall revenue generation for Cornell Catering through the management and support of a sales team. This Senior Sales Manager ensures that all client expectations are consistently met through developing sales standards and efficiencies and working closely with the Catering team on food cost, pricing, menu development, and overall execution including assisting with events as appropriate.


Employee Referral Program

Cornell Dining's Employee Referral Program is a great way to increase the pool of talented staff members and to reward current staff members for helping to grow the pool.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We're an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Student jobs

Join the Cornell Dining student staff team! Great pay, free meals, flexible scheduling. No experience necessary.

You're also welcome to contact our student managers with any questions. Write to the

email addresses of the student managers for specific eateries you're interested in.