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The Director of Environmental Services is responsible for maintaining a safe and sanitary environment supporting Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS). Reviews productivity, quality control, and operating reports in effort to enhance workflow efficiency throughout CCHHS. Works with engineering and maintenance staff to develop preventable maintenance programs.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCH Personnel Rules.
General Administrative Responsibilities
Review applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consult with Labor Relations to generate management proposals
Participate in collective bargaining negotiations, caucus discussions and working meetings
Document, recommend and effectuate discipline at all levels
Work closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Initiate, authorize and complete disciplinary action pursuant to CCH system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Direct and effectuate CCH management policies and practices
Access and proficiently navigate CCH records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Contribute to the management of CCH staff and CCH' systemic development and success
Discuss and develop CCH system policy and procedure
Consistently use independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements
Work with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
Directs and manages the day-to-day performance of housekeeping and custodial staff in an effort to provide quality services and operational efficiency
Develops, implements, and enforces strategic plans and goals in an effort to continuously maintain a clean and sanitary environment
Ensures compliance with infection prevention, safety, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Joint Commission, and regulatory standards
Interviews, hires, and trains new staff members
Conducts employee performance evaluations and takes disciplinary action when needed in accordance to CCHHS policy and procedures
Reviews productivity, quality control, and operating reports
Works to plan, develop, and implement new methods and procedures designed to improve operations, minimize operating costs, and create more effective utilization of labor and materials
Maintains and implements sanitary, safety conditions, and training to adhere to auditing procedures and statutory regulations
Performs routine safety audits and inspections throughout various CCHHS locations
Conducts safety training and works with staff to ensure proper safety techniques are enforced on a daily basis
Communicates to staff any changes or updates to workplace processes and maintenance schedules; provides guidance on projects and other assigned tasks
Develops working relationships with external venders and consultants to support operational efficiency
Monitors and maintains inventory and supply levels to prevent shortages; authorizes purchases and distribution of materials as needed
Ensures compliance with all contract obligations
Prepares, monitors, and manages departmental budget to ensure the department operated in compliance with allocated funding
Complies with local, state, and federal legal requirements
Develops safety reports and advises management and staff of needed actions
Participates in Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Quality Improvement, and other committees
Conducts staff meetings with management and participates in department meetings to discuss operational goals
Reports to the Executive Director of Facilities
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Five (5) years of full-time work experience as a Director of Environmental Services in a healthcare system consisting of 400 beds or more
Prior full-time work experience utilizing Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidelines in prevention of safety and health hazards (i.e. clean-up a chemical spill using proper gloves and/or mask, using proper lifting methods and support)
Master's Degree in Management
Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP)
Completion of a Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP)
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Knowledge of OSHA, Hazmat, and Health Department regulations, including, but not limited to, local and state regulations, infection control, and safety codes
Knowledge of safety policies, procedures, and external regulations to handle accidents and/or emergencies
Practical knowledge of day-to-day cleaning in a long-term care facility or related healthcare facility
Excellent program development, management and leadership skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and a patient population composed of diverse cultures and age groups
Demonstrate analytical and organizational, problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict management/resolution skills
Demonstrate good team building and communication
Ability to train by presenting concepts and demonstrating tasks
Ability to prioritize, plan and organize projects and tasks
Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced and stressful environment
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and composure when challenged
Ability to function autonomously and as a team member in a multidisciplinary team
Physical and Environmental Demands
This position is functioning within a healthcare environment. The incumbent is responsible for adherence to all hospital and department specific safety requirements. This includes but is not limited to the following policies and procedures: complying with Personal Protective Equipment requirements, hand washing and sanitizing practices, complying with department specific engineering and work practice controls and any other work area safety precautions as specified by hospital wide policy and departmental procedures.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.
For purposes of the American with Disabilities Act, "Typical Duties" are essential job functions.
ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)
The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, ...collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER