Lutheran Social Services of the South Housekeeper in Brenham, Texas

Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit

The Housekeeper is responsible for performing housekeeping duties throughout the facility/building in order to create a clean, properly sanitized, and safe environment for the children and staff. The overall goal is to maintain and create an inviting environment for children, families, and staff.

Essential duties

  • Perform general housekeeping duties, such as cleaning and sanitizing common areas, restrooms, windows, walls, carpet, mopping, vacuuming, emptying trash receptacles, dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures, and sweeping per the assigned cleaning schedule

  • Spot clean and maintain resident and common areas, as needed

  • Dust furniture, baseboards, equipment, and other items in safe manner at all times

  • Provide the general cleaning for occupied and unoccupied residential living areas

  • Clean and properly store cleaning supplies and equipment at the end of the shift

  • Regularly inspect work to ensure cleanliness and proper sanitization is accordance to department standards

  • Work closely with Facilities Manager to maintain appropriate inventory of housekeeping supplies

  • Work closely with the Facilities Manager to examine resident living areas, halls, common area, and lobbies to determine repair or replacement of furniture, lights, or equipment

  • Report all accidents and incidents to the Facilities Manager in a timely manner; notify thee Facilities Manager regarding the need for major facility/building issues in a timely manner

  • Ensure the environment is free of hazardous chemicals or cleaning products at all times; maintain the environment in a manner that is safe for residents and staff

  • Perform all cleaning duties using the proper supplies, equipment, and chemicals; seek assistance from Facilities when needed

  • Assist Facilities Manager with the evacuation of residents and staff during emergency situations

  • Provide on-call assistance when needed

  • Other duties as assigned

Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with management, the Facilities Management team, facility staff, vendors, contractors, sub-trade contractors, and volunteers to ensure housekeeping duties are being executed to meet expectations and are completed on time.

  • Work closely with the Facilities Manager and the Facilities Management team to ensure department operations are working effectively and efficiently and department goals and objectives are being met.

  • Work as a team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices.

Minimum qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • 6 months demonstrated housekeeping or janitorial experience

  • Ability to handle emergencies with or without supervision

  • Ability to prioritize and complete assigned tasks and unplanned requests during shift

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions concerning mixing of cleaning and disinfecting solutions

  • Service oriented with the ability to work with diverse groups of people in a respectful and courteous manner

  • Ability to complete assigned tasks with limited or no supervision during shift

  • Ability to see the differences in colors, shades, and brightness; ability to see objects in very bright or dim light

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (based on service population and area)

  • 1 year demonstrated housekeeping or janitorial experience

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. This position will require constant bending, kneeling, twisting, stretching, and reaching, climbing up and down ladders, frequent walking, occasional sitting, and standing for long periods of time. This position will require the moving, carrying, lifting, pushing, and pulling of heavy objects up to 100lbs.

The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.

ID: 2016-2433

Shift/Hours: 1st Shift