Job Description

Ref No.:19-02709
Location: Warren, New Jersey

Duration: 6 months to 1 yr. If they find any candidate for permanent role, then they will let us know at least 1 month in advance
Shift: Part Time, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (25 hrs./week) (may be adjusted with manager approval).
Interview:
In- Person interview
Location: Warrenbrook Senior Center, Warren, NJ
Start Date: Tentative Monday, March 25th

Responsibilities:
  • Position covers essential senior center tasks to ensure client safety and ensure the safe operation/cleanliness of the senior center or as assigned.
  • Responds to senior center client emergencies/illnesses in all areas of the senior center according to policy; assists with any ill or incontinent clients.
  • Performs food service duties as assigned, i.e., cleaning food service equipment/supplies; maintaining storage areas, logging food and equipment temperatures, cooking/reheating selected food items served to center clients.

Daily tasks: sweeping, washing, wiping and vacuuming floors, check garbage disposal area for cleanliness daily and cleans if needed; empties trash/recycling, maintains kitchen grease traps as needed; wipes tables and chairs, cleans glass doors, cleans rest rooms (thoroughly) and spot checks during day to ensure cleanliness (refills paper supplies as needed). Loads and unloads food and supply deliveries needed or directed.

Bi-Weekly: Cleans and dusts all furniture in offices and common areas; vacuums upholstered furniture.
Monthly: cleans windows and window treatments; polishes senior center equipment & furnishings; cleans and/or organizes the maintenance storage area/shed and dumpster monthly.

Twice yearly: cleans oven minimally.

Quarterly: cleans refrigerator/freezer minimally.

As needed: moves furnishings to accommodate changes in center activities as needed, moves furnishings to thoroughly clean once per year. Climbs ladder to clean items (i.e., light fixtures), change light bulbs or to store/retrieve items. Repairs minor damage to walls, ceilings, windows and doors as needed. Reports need for building repairs to the Nutrition Program Office. Keeps inventory of cleaning and de-icing supplies and re-orders supplies as needed.

More Information below:
  • The Maintenance Worker is employed at a multipurpose senior center that provides activities and meals to people age 60 +.
  • The incumbent functions as part of a team to provide services that emphasize client wellness and safety.
  • The incumbent provides building and grounds maintenance and as assigned, performs food service duties, ensuring that the food, food handling practices and building cleanliness meet health, food safety and program policy standards. The incumbent completes paperwork, assists in the day-to-day maintenance of the senior center and responds to client and food service emergencies.
  • Work hours for this position are flexible and may be daytime or evening as needed.
  • The employee promotes a positive senior center environment by treating fellow workers, volunteers, senior center guests and all work related contacts with respect and courtesy.

Essential functions
Under the direction of the Senior Center Manager, the incumbent is accountable for the tasks listed below: These tasks must meet a standard of cleanliness/safety set by the health department and the Nutrition & Wellness Program Administrator:
* Sweeps/washes/wipes floors daily
* Vacuums floors daily
* Checks garbage disposal area for cleanliness daily and cleans as needed; empties trash/recycles at least once daily; checks grease trap and cleans as needed
* Cleans oven minimally twice per year
* Wipes tables and chairs daily
* Cleans glass doors daily
* Cleans rest rooms daily (thoroughly) and spot checks during day to ensure cleanliness (refills paper supplies as needed)
* Cleans and dusts all furniture in offices and common areas twice weekly
* Vacuums upholstered furniture twice monthly
* Cleans windows and window treatments monthly
* Cleans refrigerator/freezer minimally four times per year
* Polishes senior center equipment/furnishings monthly
* Moves furnishings to accommodate changes in center activities as needed
* Moves furnishings to thoroughly clean once per year
* Climbs ladder to clean items (i.e., light fixtures), change light bulbs or to store/retrieve items
* Repairs minor damage to walls, ceilings, windows and doors as needed
* Reports need for building repairs to the Nutrition Office
* Loads and unloads food and supply deliveries needed or directed
* Maintains entryways/walkways of the Visiting Nurse Association and Somerset Senior Wellness Center Buildings clear of debris using gasoline power snow blower, shovels, brooms, and ice picks to insure safety (must be free of, snow/ice and salted/sanded as needed)
* Keeps catch basins clear
* Maintains inventory of cleaning and de-icing supplies and re-orders supplies as needed
* Cleans/organizes the maintenance storage area/shed and dumpster monthly
o Provides information to clients as requested; follows policy on whom to inform about senior center clients possibly needing referral to Eldercare Specialist/Care Manager
* Interacts with senior center clients, co-workers, volunteers and all work related contacts courteously, professionally, sensitively and tactfully (verbally and in writing) being sure to handle all difficult situations in a private setting. (Please see Interpersonal Skills section).
* Responds to senior center client emergencies/illnesses in all areas of the senior center according to policy; assists with any ill or incontinent clients
* Participates in meetings and training sessions
· Covers essential senior center tasks to ensure client safety and insure the safe operation/cleanliness of the senior center during staff absences/vacancies (or as assigned) Note: Work hours may vary in such cases to equal employee's regular workday.
* Works on special projects as assigned and makes recommendations to supervisor of special projects.

Food Service duties as assigned
* Wipes home delivery transport bags and coolers daily and thoroughly washes/sterilizes interior and exterior once per week
* Sanitizes sinks, stove and countertops daily
* Wipes steam table daily and thoroughly cleans weekly
* Cleans pots/pans/trays and sterilizes senior center utensils daily according to procedures described in Chapter 24 of the NJ State Sanitary code;
* Consistently maintains pantry and supply storage areas in an organized/clean fashion and cleans thoroughly twice per year
Records food temperatures of every pan of food immediately upon receipt of food from vendor; completes all equipment
* temperature reports according to policies and/or when requested by administration; participates in problem resolution process
* Reports all menu changes or food problems to manager, Nutrition Office and/or Vendor in manager's absence
* Completes Food Invoice Form daily (i.e., describes food acceptability in terms of appropriate food temperatures and food quality, corrects any errors in order quantities and orders supplies covered in vendor contract)
* Cooks/reheats selected food items for optimal food quality and nutrient retention
* Participates in determining emergency food plan for food service problem resolution
* Portions meals for senior center and Meals on Wheels clients; packs accurate number of home delivered meals that are ready to leave center between 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. (or at times mutually agreed upon between the Transportation and Nutrition & Wellness Program administrators) daily; serves lunch at 11:45 to senior center participants unless otherwise directed by Nutrition Administrator
* Dates back up food and stores according to established "first in, first out" procedures; maintains/stores inventory of back - up food, and other supplies needed to perform job functions; follows procedures to order supplies; obtains other supplies from Nutrition office on an as - needed basis
Implements appropriate follow - up procedures when Meals on Wheels clients have not responded during meal delivery; implements same when senior center clients scheduled for the day do not attend the senior center; documents each incident on client records; documents incidents involving senior center clients i.e., accidents/health emergencies (potential or otherwise, behavior issues, etc.) on center property

Qualification:
Essential Requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to read, write and communicate clearly in English; can communicate effectively with diverse clientele
  • High School Graduate or completion of GED
  • Basic math/clerical skills
  • Ability to use manual meal packaging equipment for Meals on Wheels program that necessitates lifting both hands simultaneously to a height of five feet above the floor, and lowering them to 40 inches above the floor, repeatedly at a rate of up to 6 cycles per minute for a period of up to 45 minutes per day; ability to load/unload commercial dishwasher (floor mounted) and ability to perform side to side and forward and back repetitive motion tasks
  • Ability to stand/walk/reach/bend/squat (bearing weight) for extended periods of time to complete tasks
  • Ability to lift/use/move food service items, trash, boxes of supplies, senior center furnishings, maintenance equipment up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass state, local food handlers' and other Office on Aging & Disability Services & Disability/Nutrition Program tests with a passing score of 80% or as designated by the testing authority
  • Valid NJ driver's license and ability to travel independently to various work locations as assigned; during staffing or other emergencies, travel may be required with little to no advance notice

Quantative Dimensions:
  • This position performs semi-complex maintenance of building and grounds, janitorial duties, general repairs of offices, furniture, and equipment and sidewalk entrance.
  • This position provides food service duties as requested.

Working environment/ demands:
Environment
The responsibilities of the Maintenance Worker are carried out indoors (90%) and outdoors (10%). Occasionally there are outside events or day trips to alternate locations. Exposure to extreme cold and /or heat may occur seasonally but for relatively short periods of time. Temperatures of work areas may be slightly higher than in the dining areas of the senior wellness center due to heat given off by the stove/oven and steam table. Duties are performed in a noisy environment caused by groups of center participants conversing. Work surfaces are primarily level, however at times are slippery due to such things as food spills, wet floors and/or outdoor weather conditions.
Work Demands
The responsibilities of the Maintenance Worker are performed in an informal setting with close supervision. Work is highly team oriented. Whereas most tasks are routine, the work pace and frequency at which those tasks are accomplished are highly dependent on the types of center activities scheduled, meal volume and/or the occurrence of unusual situations (i.e., late arrival of the caterer will result in less time to portion and package home delivered and senior center meals). There is a high amount of interaction with the public in this position.
NOTES:
Lunch is served at the senior center at 11:45 or as directed by supervisor. Any exceptions to this must be cleared with the Nutrition & Wellness Program Administrator and are dependent upon the availability of Transportation service.

The Nutrition & Wellness Program Administrator or Manager may adjust duties between staff.
Interpersonal Skills
The skills below relate to verbal and written interactions and communications with others (i.e., clients, co-workers, outside contacts, etc.):
  • Explore all sides of an issue before responding or reacting
  • Be aware of the impact of the tone of your voice and impact of your body language in personal communication
  • Avoid sharing personal, confidential or negative information about self or others
  • Avoid sharing your personal problems with clients
  • Communicate your feelings or needs about issues, problems, conflicts or differences directly and tactfully, avoiding such things as sarcasm, whining, blaming others, or explosive communications
  • Communicate professionally and tactfully and always avoid name-calling, inappropriate humor and/or statements having racial or sexual connotation or innuendo
  • Communicate in a way that helps others feel that their opinions or ideas are welcome, valued and respected
  • If you feel you have made a mistake, take responsibility for the error and communicate this to those it has affected
  • Attempt to understand people by considering possible reasons for their behavior and adjust your approach when communicating
  • Be aware of slang, idioms and figures of speech in your own culture and be careful to avoid these or use them only with appropriate explanation
  • Be tolerant of the different ways in which people from various cultures or personal backgrounds behave and speak
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with people
  • Be nonjudgmental when dealing with issues and people

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