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Custodian Lead

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: University Staff

Working Title: Lead Custodian
Official Title: Custodian Lead
Employment Class: University Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: 14.50
Terms of Employment: Full time, continuous.
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 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 4pm to 12am, every other 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, etc.

             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.

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.


Work experience with 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.


Customer service experience, 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.


Management experience.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Resume and 3 professional references.


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

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by November 14th 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.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
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.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO’s Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.


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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or