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Linen and Clothing Specialist

Z30

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family perform tasks involving laundry work, sewing, alterations, and mending at a state institution, school or facility.  This includes sorting, washing and maintaining clothing, linens, and draperies.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Operates washers, dryers, mangles, pressers and irons.
  • Sews by hand or machine, mends, alters and repairs clothing and linen articles; constructs, maintains and hangs draperies.
  • Places clothes on hangers, wraps bundles in paper with identifying tickets, and prepares for delivery.
  • Performs minor machine maintenance and repair; cleans and oils machines; and maintains cleanliness of work area.
  • Maintains adequate level of sewing materials, clothing and linens for an assigned area; collects, weighs and counts laundry.

Level Descriptors

The Linen and Clothing Specialist job family has five levels which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I                                    Code:  Z30A                                         Salary Band:  C

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibility for performing routine entry level work in a training status to build their skills in washing clothing and linen, operating laundry and sewing equipment, and sewing, altering, mending, repairing and maintaining clothing, linen, draperies and miscellaneous items.  In this role they will load and operate washers, dryers and other laundry equipment, sort clothing to be cleaned, fold items after washing or repairing, and prepare items for delivery.  They will also sew by hand or machine, following patterns, cutting garments, and altering and repairing clothing and other items.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of sewing techniques and skill to operate a sewing machine; to fit and alter clothing; and to operate various laundry equipment.  Ability is required to follow written and oral instructions and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience  None required.

Level II                                   Code:  Z30B                                         Salary Band:  D

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibility for performing a full range of duties involving laundry and sewing activities.  This includes preparing solutions used in the cleaning of items, making patterns, cutting material to patterns, taking measurements and fitting clothing to patients, residents and others, maintaining simple records, and making reports.  Some positions may be assigned occasional functional supervision of a section of the laundry or sewing services, including assuming the duties of the supervisor in the supervisor’s absence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus additional knowledge of simple pattern making and of textiles and their reaction to soaps, bleaches, bluing, alkalines, water temperature and detergents plus additional ability to follow sewing patterns; and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of six months of experience in a commercial or institutional laundry, or commercial experience in the operation of a sewing machine, pattern making, or mending garments.

Level III                                  Code:  Z30C                                         Salary Band:  D

At this level employees are assigned responsibility for performing advanced level work which may include lead worker duties or similar responsibility for assisting in the direction of the operations of a laundry or sewing department at a state facility or institution. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus ability to provide direction to other linen and clothing specialist.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus six additional months of qualifying experience.

Level IV                                  Code:  Z30D                                         Salary Band:  F

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibility for planning and supervising the operation and activities of a laundry or sewing department of limited or moderate size and scope at a state facility or institution.  This includes providing supervision to assigned staff, which may include employees, inmates and others performing laundry or sewing duties, estimating amounts of clothing and linen to be used, requisitioning supplies and materials, keeping production, inventory, time, supply and cost records, and teaching students, patients, inmates or residents as part of a vocational, therapeutic or rehabilitation program for the agency.  Supervisory responsibilities will include assigning and reviewing work, providing training, and insuring completion of required tasks.  Positions also provide direct supervision with responsibilities for employee development, evaluation of performance, approving leave and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing related administrative functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus additional knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions relating to laundry and sewing operations; of basic mathematics; and of supervisory principles and practices. Ability is required to supervise and monitor the work of others, including inmates.  Additional ability is required to plan and schedule production; and to prepare written reports.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus an additional two years of qualifying experience or for positions assigned to the Department of Corrections or the Office of Juvenile Affairs one year of direct and routine contact with juvenile or adult offenders may be substituted for each year of the required experience with a maximum substitution of two years and six months.

Level V                                   Code:  Z30E                                          Salary Band:  H

At this level employees are responsible for directing the operations of a laundry department which is large in size and scope at a state facility or institution.  This includes supervision of lower level supervisors who are assigned responsibility for individual units or shifts within the department, as well as oversight of all operations and activities of the department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of administrative principles and practices.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level IV plus one year of qualifying experience in a supervisory capacity.

Special Requirements

Upon a conditional offer of employment, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services applicants must submit to a physical examination and shall meet the physical examination requirements of lifting/carrying 40 pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently and able to push and pull a maximum force of 30 pounds.