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Laundry Supervisor I (2113)

Laundry Supervisor I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DG30
  • Class Code: 2113
  • Established: 09/07/1949
  • Revised: 01/19/1983
  • Title Changed: 05/07/1954


Under direction, either (1) in a small State institution, to plan, organize, supervise, and assist with the work performed in operating the laundry; or (2) in a large State institution, to assist a Laundry Supervisor II in planning, organizing, and supervising the operation of the laundry; to supervise the maintenance of laundry equipment and supplies; to instruct laundry workers; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or patient/resident workers; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Employees in this class in a small institution laundry serving less than 500 patients/residents and employees normally work under the general administrative direction of a business manager or superintendent and are in direct charge of all laundry workers. Employees in this class in a large institution laundry serving more than 500 patients/residents and employees normally work under the supervision of a Laundry Supervisor II assisting in general supervisory duties. Employees in the next higher class of Laundry Supervisor II are in direct charge of a large laundry staff serving a population of 500 or more patients/residents and employees. The next lower classes of Laundry Worker and Launderer perform journeyperson laundry work and instruct and work with employees and helpers from the patient/resident population.

Typical Tasks

In a small State institution: Assigns work, supervises, and gives instructions and training to employees and helpers from the patient/resident population, evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; supervises the receiving, marking, sorting, wrapping, and distributing of laundry; supervises the preparation and the use of soaps, starches, bluing and bleaching solutions, and approved washing formulas; supervises the operation of washers, starch cookers, extractors, wringers, dryers, flatwork ironers, presses, and sterilizers; as necessary, assists in the performance of the foregoing tasks; adjusts, oils, and makes minor repairs on laundry equipment and machinery; makes inspections and maintains approved laundry practices and standards of safety and sanitation; requisitions, receives, inspects, stores, and inventories supplies; keeps records and prepares reports.


In a large State institution: Acts as overall assistant to the Laundry Supervisor II in the above tasks, or as assigned, is responsible for a specific area of operation in the laundry; acts for the Laundry Supervisor II in their absence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Launderer or Laundry Worker.



Experience: Two years of laundry experience in a large commercial establishment in the operation of laundry equipment and machinery, one year of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. and


Education: Equivalent to completion of the ninth grade. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and equipment used in receiving, sorting, washing, ironing, finishing, and distributing laundry in large quantities; laundry sanitation and safety measures used in operating, cleaning, and care of equipment and machinery; preparation and use of bleaches, soaps, starches, and disinfectant compounds; methods of substances used to remove stains from various materials; maintenance and repair of laundry equipment and machinery; principles of effective supervision; use of purchase orders for equipment and machinery; the department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Keep inventories and make requisitions; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; demonstrate mechanical aptitude; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; keep records and make reports; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Understanding of and willingness to work with the patient/resident population of a State institution; supervisory ability; personal cleanliness; and freedom from communicable diseases.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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