Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time

Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .

The Custodian performs cleaning duties primarily in residential building, but may include academic/administrative facilities. Technical knowledge of the operation and minor maintenance of cleaning equipment is necessary. This person also cleans with a team of custodians when required.

1. Properly uses power equipment and hand tools such as broom, mop, squeegee, carpet extractors, floor machines and vacuum to clean and maintain floors, walls, carpets and
furniture in residence halls.
2. Routinely cleans and sanitizes rest rooms and showers, replacing tissue and other restroom supplies when needed.
3. Empties wastebaskets and trash containers, replaces liners, and then places refuse in proper pick-up locations.
4. Launders such items as bath mats and cleaning rags; cleans laundry room.
5. Reports damages and maintenance repairs.
6. Utilizes the Facilities work order or enterprise system.
7. Washes windows of building according to a regular schedule.
8. Replaces light bulbs when necessary.
9. Cleans entire building during the summer months when student rooms are vacant.
10. Maintains inventory of chemicals, supplies and needs for residence halls.
11. Observes safety precautions and procedures at all times, being alert for unsafe conditions and reports them to supervisor.
12. Completes other duties as assigned (e.g. inclement weather, moving, furniture set-up).
13. Serves as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential to the operations of the College and requires that the position report to campus for work even during full or partial closures,
emergencies, inclement weather, etc.

Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills and
abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job described above with or without
reasonable accommodation:
1. Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty, students and staff.
2. Ability to orally communicate effectively with others.
3. Ability to comprehend written and oral work orders.
4. Ability to:
  • operate all custodial equipment, including vacuums, floor machines, extractors, etc.;
  • move supplies, equipment, furniture including desks, beds, wardrobes, couches, chairs, etc. weighing up to 50 pounds;
  • climb up and down stairs, ladders
  • and meet normal physical requirements for performing custodial duties.
    5. Ability to use technical custodial procedures and chemicals.
    6. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures.
    7. Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
    8. Ability to be reliable and capable of working independently on the assigned shift.

    High school diploma or equivalent and minimum six months of custodian experience required.

    Past experience in standard custodial practices and procedures in an organization with extended hours of operation and multiple high-traffic areas is required.

    Work environment is primarily inside Whitman facilities and sometimes outside, both of which
    may include working in high places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust and cleaning
    solutions. Work may require periodic use of personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves,
    respirators). Physical skill and sustained physical effort may be required for some of the
    custodial responsibilities. Job requires moderate strength and agility and typically requires
    balancing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling,
    lifting, grasping and repetitive motions. Lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 pounds
    occurs with varied frequency.


    Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


    At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


    Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


    Application review will begin on July 15 and continue until the position is filled.


    August 2022

    For full application instructions and position description, visit


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