County of Alameda

Laundry Supervisor, Santa Rita Jail (#7750)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$32.17-$38.73 Hourly / $2,412.75-$2,904.75 BiWeekly /
$5,227.63-$6,293.63 Monthly / $62,731.50-$75,523.50 Yearly

Under direction, to have charge of a complete laundry operation at the Santa Rita Jail; to assign and instruct inmates in the various laundry tasks; to perform the more important washing operations; to be responsible for keeping the laundry areas and equipment in a clean, orderly and well-maintained condition; and to do related work as required.


Although the quantity of laundry processed at Santa Rita is similar to the amount at Fairmont Hospital Laundry, most of the laundry work is performed by inmates under the supervision of the Laundry Supervisor. As there are no subordinate supervisors, his/her work is primarily characterized by the responsibility for inmate training and supervision without constant policing by the custodial staff.

The Laundry Supervisor reports to the Supply Sergeant at Santa Rita. Since the operation is largely routine, there is little direction except for repairs or replacement of machinery or for security and disciplinary problems.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, supervises and assists with the work performed in the laundry which includes supervision of a Laundry Equipment Operator and a Truck Driver.

2. Instructs and supervises inmates in the total laundry operation, including washing, tumbling, sorting, folding, packaging, and related work.

3. Oversees proper operation of automatic liquid feed system.

4. Inspects machinery, including washing machines, dryers presses, and air compressor for cleanliness and good working condition; lubricates and makes minor adjustments to machinery as required.

5. Discusses personnel problems with the Sergeant responsible for the custody of inmates assigned to the laundry.

6. Requisitions supplies, keeps records of laundry operations, and prepares reports as required.

Either I


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a lead person or manager operating a commercial or institutional laundry.



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience in a commercial or institutional laundry that included the operation of washers, extractors, tumblers, flatwork irons, and presses (of which one year shall have been in a lead or supervisory capacity).


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Class II.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Methods, supplies and equipment used in a laundry operation.
• Proper loading techniques, the preparation and use of soaps, bleaches, starches and disinfectants.
• Methods and agents used in removing stains from various materials.
• Proper sorting techniques.
• Sanitation and safety practices in the laundry.
• Security procedures.
• Basic principles of supervision.


• Working under minimal supervision.
• Planning and scheduling daily and weekly workloads.
• Lubricating, making minor adjustments to and maintaining laundry machinery.
• Supervising and instructing inmates in the performance of duties.
• Working in custodial environment.
• Following oral and written instructions in line with demands of position.
• Maintaining records.

Revised: 1/82
Retyped: 3/85
Revised: 10/87
Old document: 0732h
New document: Jobspecs/7750
CSC Date: 11/18/87


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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