Position title
Dietary Utility - Part-Time & Full-Time Vacancies

The Dietary Utility Worker performs a variety of assigned duties related to the sanitation of dishes, carts, equipment, etc., transportation of trays and coffee urns to the patient areas, and also performs some duties related to the preparation of meals.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will be disqualified from consideration.  Candidates will be contacted directly by a Hiring Manager at Gracedale Nursing Home in order to schedule an interview.

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.


Job Description

The Dietary Utility Worker performs a variety of assigned duties related to the sanitation of supplies and equipment, as well as transportation of meal trays, and may assist with preparation of meals.

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.


Washes pots, pans, utensils and other cooking equipment, using pot washer and/or dish machine.

Washes and sanitizes food trucks, carts and lowerators using cart washer or by hand, if necessary.

Distributes and collects food carts, meal trays, coffee and hot water, splash program, juice, dairy products and other items to floors as required.

Assists in keeping storage areas in order and floors swept; removes products from boxes onto shelves and moves milk crates from coolers to the outside.

Mops floors for spills as needed.

Uses and cleans compactors and disposal systems.

Assists cooks as needed; works on tray line and dish machine as needed.

Removes trash, cardboard and recyclables to appropriate areas.

Cleans and sanitizes congregate hot boxes and coolers, draining and cleaning the fryer, cleaning tables and shelving/storage units.

*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 sanitation practices for raw and cooked product safety.

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

Skill in the operation of cooking 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, and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

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.
Additional Information

Brooms, mops, and other cleaning equipment. Pot washer, cart washer, dish machine, garbage disposal units and other similar equipment. Coffee and hot water cambros.  Hair restraints are required. Gloves required when handling food or working in food preparation area, working on dish machine/pot washer, 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 seventy-five (75) pounds, including pushing heavy carts and racks frequently.

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.

PAY GRADE:            GU-01

Employment Type
Full-time, Part-time
Job Location
2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064-9213, USA
Base Salary
$13.38 Per hour
Date posted
March 8, 2022
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