Position Description

Housekeeping Assistant - UChicago Medicine
Location Chicago, IL
Job Code 1547
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The Housekeeping Assistant performs duties related to custodial care and maintenance of facilities and equipment in designated areas of the hospital. 


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Hiring Company: The University of Chicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, one of the nation's leading academic medical institutions, has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when it first opened to patients. Today, it comprises the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, a top 10 medical school in the country; the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division, a section committed to scientific discovery; and the University of Chicago Medical Center, consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Twelve Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine have been affiliated with the University of Chicago Medicine.

University of Chicago Medicine physicians are members of the University of Chicago Physicians Group, which includes more than 700 physicians and covers the full array of medical and surgical specialties. Our physicians are faculty members of the Pritzker School of Medicine.The University of Chicago Medicine has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when we opened our doors to the first patients. Located in historic Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, the medical campus includes the Center for Care and Discovery, Comer Children’s Hospital, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital for adult inpatient care, Chicago Lying-in Hospital, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.

Job Description: Housekeeping Assistant
The Housekeeping Assistant performs duties related to custodial care and maintenance of facilities and equipment in designated areas of the hospital. Housekeeping Assistants work various shifts for 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. There are typically 7-8 Housekeeping Assistants per floor during the day, with a smaller staff on the weekends. For in-patient rooms, they are responsible for cleaning 12 patient rooms per day, with an average of 48 minutes per room.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Routine cleaning duties: While moving between rooms or work areas, Housekeepers will simultaneously push or pull a cart with garbage containers (6lbs of p/p force with a 30” handle), and pull or push a cleaning cart (two types, one requiring 9lbs p/p force, 42” handle, and the other requiring 15lbs of p/p force with handle at 36”).
  • Cleaning, vacuuming, dusting: Performing 10 step general cleaning procedures.
  • Cleaning high touch surfaces: Areas to be wiped down include, but are not limited to doorknobs, light switches, electrical outlets, faucets and sinks.
  • Restocking Supplies: Restocking paper and plastic supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) and soap in restrooms.
  • Cleaning patient care items: Cleaning patient items as requested including, but not limited to IV poles, IV pumps, and blood pressure cuffs.
  • Cleaning refrigerators: Cleaning inside and outside of refrigerators and ice machines.
  • Trash disposal: Trash is collected two times per shift in patient rooms and common areas. Trash bags (<5lbs) are removed from garbage receptacles and placed into garbage containers on wheeled cart at 38” height. The garbage cart has two containers with handles at 30” height and requires a 6lb push/pull force.
  • Linens: Linens are removed from a linen hamper in patient bathrooms at 31” height. The linen bags weigh between 9lbs and 19lbs and are placed in a linen cart from 8” height to 47” height. The linen cart has a handle at 36” and requires a 16lb push/pull force to transport. The linen cart is transported (up to 100ft) to laundry chute at 23” to 48” height. The linen bags (up to 19lbs) are taken from the cart (from 8” to 47”) and loaded into chute.
  • Curtains/Blinds: Removing soiled cubicle curtains, blinds, etc. and hanging new ones.
  • Performing other duties assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, bend to floor and reach above head to perform duties requiring continuous physical effort.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks without direct supervision.


  • Starts as on-call employment. Hours will normally range between 25 to 40
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts available.
  • Schedule provided in advance.

Eligible for full benefits package once converted to permanent

Other requirements:
Must be able to successfully pass drug test and background check.

5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637, in Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

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