Position title
Dietary Housekeeper
Northampton County will require all newly hired employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning employment with the County. This policy applies to all new hires who receive an offer of employment on or after December 1, 2021.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume.

Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the Minimum Requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application. Applicants who do not meet the Minimum Requirements will not be considered for the position.

After the Application Review, qualified, eligible applicants will move on to the next step, either a Written Exam or an Education and Experience Review.

There is not a Written Exam for this position; instead, we will conduct an Education and Experience Review, in which we assign points to each applicant's education and relevant work experience as depicted on their application. We encourage all applicants to provide a comprehensive, concise history of their education, certification, licensing, and employment on their employment application so that we are able to accurately assess their experience.  Eligible candidates will be ranked on an Eligibility List based on their total score on the Education and Experience Review.

Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

For questions regarding this posting, please contact Sherry Christman, Human Resources Analyst, at schristman@northamptoncounty.org or 610-829-6382.

The Dietary Housekeeper performs a variety of assigned duties related to the deep cleaning and sanitation of the dietary department.

This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Dining Services, Executive Chef and/or Chef Manager.

This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees or functions.


Receives instructions as to area and specific work assignments, assembles necessary cleaning supplies and equipment for transporting to the designated area. Follow work flow of assigned area.

Sweeps and mops all areas of the kitchen, dish room floor, storage rooms and walk-in coolers, in both upstairs and downstairs areas.

Cleans ceiling tiles, vents and hoods. Removes all hood filters and cleans.

Cleans all walls, including the wall between steamer equipment.

Move the grill and the fryer and clean walls and moldings behind them.

Pressure wash and de-lime dish machine. De-lime and scrub outside of steam jacketed kettles.

Presser wash floors and cleans drains.

Clean trash cans and all recyclable containers.

Clean all window ledges, walls and corner moldings.

Clean ovens and warming units. This includes doors, inside racks, handles and tops of units.

Cleans the shelving in the walk-in coolers and freezers.

Clean and polish inside and outside of blast chiller.

Clean and sanitize all cabinets, drawers, shelving and table legs.

Must complete and maintain all applicable sanitation logs.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.



EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE - Completion of a high school, or general equivalency, diploma.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and present valid proof of vaccinated status, in order to be eligible for hire at Gracedale Nursing Home. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing. Employees may also be periodically tested for COVID-19 as required or recommended. In addition, Gracedale Nursing Home will follow The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements with regard to booster(s) needed for workers in health care settings.

Knowledge of various cleaning methods, materials and equipment used in housekeeping work.

Knowledge of proper disposal of waste and of chemical product safety.

Skill in the operation of cleaning equipment.

Ability to remain standing for long periods of time

Ability to follow both verbal and written instructions.

Ability to do continuous moderate to heavy lifting and be able to work in a warm, noisy environment with close contact with other people.

Ability to work in very cold temperatures, i.e. walk-in coolers and freezers.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, residents, and the public.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

Brooms, mops, pressure washers, and other cleaning equipment. Various cleaners and chemicals used for cleaning and sanitizing. Hair restraints are required. Personal protective equipment required when working with chemicals and cleansers, etc.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand and talk or hear.

The employee must frequently lift and transport items ranging between ten (10) and fifty (50) pounds.

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.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, may be exposed to wet or humid conditions and chemicals used for cleaning and sanitizing. The employee is also exposed to cooler temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud in the dietary department.

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Job Benefits
Full-time employees of the County of Northampton are afforded a package of benefits which includes the following:
Medical Insurance
Vision and Prescription
Life Insurance
I. Medical Insurance
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents.  Cost to the employee to participate in the plans varies by the coverage selection and number of dependents; and may be subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. The employee may also elect to opt out of the County's medical insurance if proof of coverage through the spouse's employer is provided. Under this arrangement, the employee is provided with an annual $1,500.00 opt out payment.
II. Vision and Prescription
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member. Coverage under the vision plan varies and depends upon the employee's choice of doctor and frame selection.
III. Dental Coverage
Coverage begins for the employee the first of the month following full-time employment for employees and their eligible dependents. Copayments may vary, subject to collective bargaining, if a union member.
IV. Life Insurance
A life insurance policy is afforded to full-time employees beginning on the first day of employment, unless specified differently in a collective bargaining agreement. It remains in effect as long as the employee is actively employed and terminates upon resignation or retirement. $20,000 is afforded to all eligible employees.
V. Retirement
All full-time employees and part-time employees working more than 1000 hours per year qualify for County of Northampton retirement benefits, in which employees must contribute 5% of their earnings, and employees may choose to add additional voluntary contributions, not to exceed an additional 10%.   Additionally, employees may participate in an optional deferred compensation plan [457(b)] which may provide present tax advantages and future retirement savings. Such arrangements are made directly with the providers and the County will administer payroll deductions only.
Employment Type
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213
Base Salary
$13.78 Per hour
Date posted
May 2, 2022
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