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Custodian 2

at Highline Community College

Posted: 10/1/2019
Job Reference #: 2215799

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Summary

Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 20 minutes south of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 70% students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion, and social justice, with core goals of Student Attainment, Diversity, Community Engagement, and Sustainability. Highline received a distinguished Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014, as well as the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award in 2013 and 2014.  The college was also named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Best Colleges to Work For in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Positions in this level perform various, custodial, and maintenance related tasks to ensure and maintain proper cleanliness of facilities. Positions may repair and replace items, including but not limited to, light fixtures, switches, doors, hardware, windows, locks, etc., Custodians may be directed by public safety personnel to secure windows and doors, unlock doors, and ensure that building alarms are activated. Custodians may be required to drive to satellite locations. Custodians will assist with event set ups/take downs.  Alternate work shift.

This position is a classified full-time position and eligible for overtime.

SALARY INFORMATION:  The above salary reflects the starting step (Step C) for this classified position.  As a new employed classified employee, based on annual increments, it will take 5 years to reach Step L on the salary schedule. This does not reflect any contractual changes, legislative mandated salary increases or Cost of Living Increases (COLA's) that may be approved in the future.

Essential Tasks

Directly under the supervision of the Custodial Manager, this position will:

  • Clean buildings, offices, rooms, institutional and non-institutional facilities;
  • Apply health, safety and cleaning standards for cleaning and sanitizing showers, restrooms, and toilet facilities;
  • Maintain supplies and materials such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap, for restrooms, showers and toilet facilities;
  • Clean chalkboards and erasers, dust and wipe furniture, sweep, mop, vacuum floors, empty wastebaskets, trash and recycle containers, empty and clean ash trays and cigarette urns,
  • Sweep, mop, scrub, wax and polish floors, walls and woodwork; dust furniture and equipment; empty wastebaskets; polish furniture and metal fixture; wash window; vacuums rugs, curtains and furniture;
  • Set up and take down equipment and furnishing;
  • Repair or replace doors, hardware, windows, locks, gutters, benches, tables, desks, chairs, cabinets;
  • Repair and maintain electric powered janitorial tools and electric or gas powered lawn equipment such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, floor scrubbers, hand mowers, riding lawn mowers, and edging tools;
  • Make rounds, locking doors, closing windows, turning off lights and replacing burned out light bulbs, turning air conditioning and other equipment on and off;
  • Repair or replace fixture, furnishings, and any other miscellaneous objects;
  • Paint small offices, latrines, kitchens, classrooms;
  • Move furniture and equipment; arrange tables and chairs for special events; collect and disposes of garbage and trash; shovel snow and sweep and clean sidewalks on an emergency basis;
  • Perform occasional yard and garden chores such as mowing, weeding or raking leaves and debris;
  • Orders custodial supplies and equipment and issue supplies to employees;
  • May supervise lower level staff.

Ability to:
  • Identify and resolve minor maintenance problems;
  • Inspect areas and ensure that departmental/facility cleanliness standards are met;
  • Perform minor maintenance and repair work, such as unskilled painting, cleaning furnace flues, oiling furnace motors, sharpening tools and replacing faucet washers or toilet tank floats;
  • Ability to fluently speak, write and read the English language, for receiving and reading instructions for cleaning and chemical handling, and radio and emergency communications;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.

Knowledge of:
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Safety Standards
  • Cleaning Standards


  • HS Diploma or GED equivalent; AND
  • One year experience in custodial, general or building maintenance, grounds keeping, or semi-skilled carpentry, electrical and/or plumbing repair work.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Two years experience in general or building maintenance.

Supplemental Information

  • Current Resume;
  • Letter of Interest (Cover Letter) describing how your skills and abilities relate to this position;
  • A one page Diversity Response. (found in the Supplemental Questions)

  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's license and clean driving record.
  • A National Criminal Background Check may be required;
  • Physical ability to handle heavy equipment and materials weighing 35 to 50 pounds daily, 50 to 75 pounds occasionally, and over 75 pounds in some instances, where assistance may be required;
  • Willingness and ability to perform work indoors or outdoors in all seasons, all types of weather and with high noise levels from tools and equipment; and
  • Willingness and ability to work established work schedule, and accept shift and overtime scheduling to meet college needs;
  • This position is covered under the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA) bargaining agreement.

Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled.

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