Supervisor of Environmental Services

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 07-13-2017
Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its more than 150 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.
Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire.  Howard matches up to 2% of what you invest. Both Howard’s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and more!
The purpose of this position is to provide supervision to the cleaning staff and demonstrate knowledge of hospital housekeeping methods and techniques.  Oversees and directs the shift operations of the Environmental Services Department, ensuring a clean, orderly and safe environment.
Reporting directly to this position are: Environmental Specialists.
Interacts with hospital staff to ensure that personnel are adhering to proper safety and health standards.
  • Prepares daily assignment schedules to include established routine duties.
  • Schedules personnel for proper coverage in the Hospital.
  • Prepares assignments and schedules for special areas to be cleaned and maintained adequately.
  • Observes staff cleaning techniques to determine if instructions and safety precautions are being followed.
  • Ensures that proper safety, sanitation and health standards are being used.
  • Enforces established housekeeping policies and procedures.
  • Keeps hallways and pathways clear of debris, cleaning equipment and tools.
  • Ensures Environmental Services closets remain locked at all times.
  • Maintains age-specific safety precautions, e.g., “pediatric—no small or sharp objects or tools that may injure pediatric patients or visitor will be left out.”  Ensures cleaning carts are not left unattended. 
  • Inspects areas of responsibility for continued planning and housekeeping upkeep, ensuring quality standards are met.
  • Takes cultures from surfaces and submits them for laboratory analysis.
  • Keeps records of personnel work schedules, absenteeism, evaluations, T&A, vacation schedules, etc.
  • Introduces and instructs personnel in the use of equipment, chemicals, supplies, and cleaning methods to ensure the most efficient and economical results in Hospital cleanliness.
  • Requests or requisitions supplies and equipment; also inventories these items.
  • Notes any maintenance repairs needed (plumbing, painting, carpentry, electrical, furniture, beds, etc.) and reports same to the Engineering and Facilities Department for repair.
  • Leads, guides, counsels and evaluates subordinate personnel.
  • Recommends personnel actions, commendations, disciplines and promotions.
  • Conducts orientation and ongoing training for Departmental Personnel.
  • Maintains records of orientation and in-service training programs.
  • Assists in development and implementation of Departmental Policies & Procedures and standard work.
  • Assists the Manager, Environmental Services in developing the Department’s Annual Budget.
  • Maintains proficiency in techniques and equipment used by the Manager, Environmental Services.
  • Ensures all equipment is tested regularly.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with other departments.
  • Investigates, documents and reports unusual occurrences to the Manager, Environmental Services.
  • Makes recommendations to the Environmental Services Manager for changes in supplies, equipment or procedures to improve safety and patient care or to reduce lost.
  • Supports and carries out Hospital Policies and Procedures.
  • Assists the Manager in meeting compliance with JCAHO, state and local regulations.
  • Participates in Information Management Performance Improvement and Infection Control Programs.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Science Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance training, including HIPAA Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of employee records.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
  • Ability to perform multiple and varied tasks on an independent basis.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) plus five (5) years of related work experience that includes three (3) years of supervisory experience. 
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift a minimum of 75 pounds, stoop, kneel, bend, pull, push, digging, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret, and organize for extended periods of time.
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