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Lead Custodian

Apply now Job no: 496939
Work type: Full-time
Location: UW-Oshkosh
Categories: University Staff

Working Title: Lead Custodian
Official Title: Custodian Lead
Employment Class: University Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $14.50
Terms of Employment: Continuous, full time.
Position Summary:

The Custodian Lead reports to the Custodial Services Supervisor and is responsible for guiding custodial staff (permanent, temporary and student) in the performance of cleaning services, in addition to performing regular cleaning tasks.  The incumbent must have excellent communication, organizational and time management skills when working with students, custodians, staff and supervisors; be physically able to perform custodial duties according to department standards; have the ability to assign and review work; have the ability to operate custodial cleaning equipment according to instructions; and follow all safety rules and report safety violations to a supervisor.  The employee may come in contact with blood-borne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials. 


Must have or be able to obtain a valid WI driver’s license and be authorized by Risk Management to drive a University vehicle upon appointment; will drive a university fleet vehicle (van, passenger van or box truck) to deliver equipment and supplies;  must successfully complete a pre-work screen to ensure the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.


Hours of work are:

Monday-Friday: 7 AM-3 PM; Every 4th weekend.


70%    A.  Performance of Custodial Duties


             1.  Clean, disinfect and stock restrooms daily.

             2.  Remove waste materials.

             3.  Clean and disinfect drinking fountains daily.

             4.  Sweep, dust mop, mop and vacuum floors and stairs.

             5.  Clean windows and other bright work surfaces.

             6.  Clean and polish furniture.

             7.  Dust wall vents, grates, doorframes, louvers, ledges,


             8.  Replace light bulbs, tubes and lenses.

             9.  Deep clean and sanitize surfaces; scrub floors in restrooms.

            10. Spot clean walls, carpet, furniture, blinds and drapes.

            11. Extract carpet and upholstery.

            12. Maintain building security by unlocking and locking assigned areas.

            13. Maintain walks and entrances (sweep and clean, remove snow and ice).

            14. Fill in for absent custodians.


25%    B.  Performance of Custodial Lead work Duties


1.  Assign job tasks and determine work priorities for permanent, temporary and student employees, in the absence of a supervisor.

2.  Perform and assign room & event set ups; furniture moves, etc.

3.  Move furniture, office equipment to set up, relocate offices, apartments, etc. using all safety precautions.

4.  Lead group cleaning activities – plan, assign and review work for thoroughness and completeness; participate in cleaning projects.

5.  Plan product needs for special projects; request, store and deliver.

6.  Distribute supplies to buildings/custodians.

7.  Train permanent, temporary and student employees in all aspects of custodial cleaning, equipment operation, chemicals, department standards, etc.

8.  Assist supervisors in maintaining proper building coverage, including weekends.



5%      C.  Miscellaneous Duties


1.  Inspect custodial cleaning equipment for needed repairs; complete required Work Order form; pick up, deliver, distribute equipment.

2.  Clean and maintain custodial equipment; report problems to supervisor.

3.  Assist with hiring, training and evaluating student staff.

4.  Report needed building repairs; complete required forms.

5.  Assist in emergency clean ups.

6.  Other duties as assigned.


Must successfully complete a pre-work screening to ensure the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.


Must have or be able to obtain a valid WI driver’s license and be authorized by Risk Management to drive a University vehicle upon appointment.


Ability to push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop, squat, and kneel, perform repetitive motions, work overhead, and climb stairs and ladders.


Physical strength and stamina to perform required work, including the ability to routinely lift and carry up to 40 pounds and shovel snow,  and the ability to be on your feet for an entire 8-hour shift.


Must pass a criminal background check.


Knowledge of institutional or commercial custodial procedures, methods, techniques, cleaning agents / chemicals and equipment used in a large scale custodial operation and the ability to train others to properly do their job.


Knowledge of occupational hazards, safety precautions (including heavy lifting) and procedures related to housekeeping operations, techniques to reduce injuries and ensure safety, the safe and proper use of chemicals and equipment and the ability to train others in this area.


Strong customer service and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing to interact with a diverse campus community to assign, inspect and instruct employees, gather and disseminate information, promote teamwork and cooperation.


Ability to work independently in a self-directed fashion and collaboratively as part of a team.


Strong organizational and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload, in the absence of a supervisor.


Basic lead work skills to prioritize and assess workloads, train employees and improve work methods, and develop and enforce of safety standards.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Resume, 3 professional references.


UWO is committed to building a culturally diverse employee workforce and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 16th, 2019  are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.


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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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