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Lead Custodian (2 Positions)

Humboldt State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Lead Custodian (2 Positions)

Humboldt State University

Lead Custodian (2 Positions)

Facilities Management

Job #21-115

Close Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

(Job #21-115) Lead Custodian, $3,128 - $5,138. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, non-exempt, 12-month pay plan, permanent position with a one-year probationary period in Facilities Management. This position comes with an extensive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, CalPERS retirement, Fee Waiver eligibility (reduced tuition on most CSU system classes), life insurance, and voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts. Additional benefits information can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Position Summary:
Under general supervision of the Custodial Services Manager with direction provided by the Custodial Services Supervisor where appropriate, Lead Custodians provide lead work direction for one or more custodians and also perform a wide range of daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual general care, custodial cleaning and support for assigned campus buildings, facilities, structures and adjacent areas and/or portions thereof, which may include but are not limited to: residence halls, campus offices, classrooms, science laboratories, art rooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, locker rooms, health and child care centers, patios, entryways and walkways, and workshops.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides Lead Work Direction for Custodial Staff including but not limited to:
    o Assigns, reviews and inspects the work of assigned custodial staff. Shares observations with custodial
    staff and reports such to the Custodial Supervisor and/or Custodial & Logistics Manager for further review. o Ensures implementation of custodial services per the adopted building custodial plan. Provides input for
    revision of said plans as well as for revision of custodial manuals and procedures
    o Trains and instructs others in the performance of their duties including appropriate custodial practices and techniques and the safe use of equipment and materials.
    o Completes inspection forms, inventory forms, maintenance work requests and other forms required per operating practices and procedures.
    o Assists in ensuring custodial staff time records are filed appropriately in the Facilities Management work management system and University time and absence reporting system
    o Provides input for employee evaluations
    o Identifies and reports equipment, supply and repair needs o Identifies and orders the necessary supplies and materials o Coordinates custodial support for campus events.

  • Provides General Care, Custodial Cleaning and Support to Assigned Areas/Buildings including but not limited to: o Cleans and maintains assigned areas including such activities as dusting and cleaning all surfaces; removing trash and recyclables; cleaning and disinfecting restrooms and replenishing supplies; cleaning glass doors, windows, and blinds; cleaning off graffiti; cleaning furniture and upholstery; cleaning light fixtures and exposed ducts/conduits and other building fixtures; polishing woodwork and metal surfaces;
    cleaning stairwells, walkways and elevators; and performing general housekeeping
    o Clean and maintain campus floors, including sweeping, dry and/or wet mopping, stripping, sealing, waxing and polishing; vacuuming; spot and full cleaning of carpets; and use and care for powered floor cleaning
    o Provide custodial support, including activities such as responding to custodial/cleaning emergencies;
    gathering and delivering trash and recyclables to areas of central aggregation; replacing lamps in light fixtures; safeguarding assigned areas from unauthorized use and access by locking and unlocking doors and windows; arranging and setting up furniture, equipment, and related items; and making minor repairs and adjustments to equipment and furniture, such as oiling doors, tightening screws and replacing foots on chairs and tables
    o Provide general campus support by reporting facility repair needs identified during custodial rounds; checking fire extinguishers to ensure they are full; serving as a special event custodian; and participating in campus event set-up and clean-up, including moving bleachers
    o Identify and organize necessary work materials and equipment which may include loading and unloading cleaning supplies and materials
    o Report maintenance issues for completion by other Department personnel
    o Assist with building security by locking doors, windows, setting alarms, notifying campus police of
    suspicious activity and reporting vandalism. To include opening/locking doors based on building schedules
    or as requested by supervisor.

  • Participate in University-required Trainings/Meetings, Mobilize/Demobilization & Record-keeping/Timekeeping Tasks
  • Other Duties as Assigned
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of methods, materials, chemicals, and equipment used in custodial work and of the safety and sanitation practices and measures required.
  • Working knowledge of effective lead/supervisory practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the safe use, storage and transport of cleaning chemicals. Ability to understand the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and interpret Safety Data Sheets as appropriate
  • Ability to provide lead work direction including training others in proper work methods and safety and providing feedback on work performance.
  • Ability to lead and train others in the performance of custodial duties typical to an institutional environment.
  • Ability to follow and implement department guidelines regarding tasks and task frequencies or as needed to
    ensure the highest level of quality and client satisfaction.
  • Ability to work independently with general supervision to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to read and write English at a level appropriate for the duties of the position.
  • Ability to operate and care of custodial equipment and supplies applicable to the position.
  • Ability to use computers, including maintenance management and work reporting systems such as those used to track work orders and obtain warehouse supplies.
  • Ability to observe safety requirements and safe work practices and methods as required including the use of
    personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative,
    productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population.
  • Ability to analyze situations and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet short and long term deadlines/goals; and
    complete routine tasks despite intermittent interruptions. This includes managing multiple tasks and working
    proactively to avoid crisis and backlog.
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts into all aspects of job duties.
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of related custodial experience which has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.
  • Experience providing on the job training and leadership to others.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Equivalent of three or more years of experience providing oversight and supervision of staff in a custodial services environment.
  • Possession of an appropriate driving record which is interpreted according to UCAM 6562 which requires certification that incumbent has not been issued more than three moving violations or been responsible for more than three accidents (or any combination of more than three thereof) during the past 12 months.

    Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials via Interfolio (link below):
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • HSU Employment History Form (HSU Employment History Form:; NOTE: Download the HSU Employment History Form and save it as a PDF file prior to filling it out. If the form is completed in an online browser, content WILL NOT be saved).

    Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022.
    Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or HSU's Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

    Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). HSU was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.
    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

    A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

    Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

    New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

    If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or

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