Employment opportunities

Position description

Position title: Custodian

Reports to: Director of facilities and maintenance

Position summary

Custodial shifts may fluctuate in order to fulfill the needs of the university as determined by the supervisor. Shift work (nights, weekends, etc.) may be required. Custodians will keep their assigned university buildings in clean, orderly condition. Additional duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, aiding in set up and take down for campus events and clean up after such events. This position is considered as essential personnel.

Mission and strategic plan

The custodial team members provide the grass roots effort to supporting the sixth imperative of “Achieve a High Standard of Excellence”. Their daily efforts ensure expectations of the community for a clean and safe environment. An excellent learning environment is a key building block and has a direction connection to an excellent learning experience

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

Direct Supervision: The employee is given specific instruction regarding how assignments are to be completed and the sequence of work steps to be employed. Completed work projects are reviewed for accuracy, adequacy and adherence to instructions and established procedures.

Responsibilities and essential functions

Area Cleaning

  • Dust, sweep, vacuum, clean chalkboards and chalk trays, empty garbage cans, clean and align desks, tables and chairs, and conduct routine cleaning of areas as assigned on a daily basis.
  • Shampoo carpets, wax floors, and conduct other heavier cleaning tasks on a rotating schedule as assigned by supervisor.
  • Wipe down coffee tables with a damp cloth and citral.
  • Clean and stock the restrooms; mop the restrooms, and mop and clean the shower room and stalls, as applicable.
  • Clean entryway glass, and wipe off any finger prints, spots etc. from the windowpanes.
  • Washes walls, windows, mirrors, etc., using sponge, squeegee and appropriate cleaning solutions.
  • Check and replenish the supplies in all custodial closets and storage areas, as necessary.

Area Maintenance

  • Perform routine light maintenance in assigned areas such as filling paper towel holders and changing light bulbs.
  • Operate power driven or gas powered machinery such as a vacuum sweeper, buffer leaf blower, or other similarly sized equipment.
  • Pick up all garbage/trash.
  • Sweep sidewalks and entryway pavement; cleans area using broom, mop or other appropriate tool.
  • Sets up or removes folding tables, chairs, barricades, or similar objects.
  • Pick up any cigarette butts and other existing trash; clean out cigarette butts etc. from the ashtrays.
  • Make sure all drains around the building are clean of debris, etc.
  • Check for burned out light bulbs, and replace them.
  • Do a walk-through of the building to check for any of the above mentioned duties possibly overlooked.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the assigned Supervisor.


  • Custodians will at all times handle in a professional manner any university property, confidential material or information, which is encountered in the scope of their jobs as, defined by the University Handbook under basic employee responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of best use and interaction of materials such as cleaning fluids, chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, paints, cleaning agents or similar solutions using only normal protective equipment.
  • Judgment in choosing appropriate materials to clean equipment.
  • Ability to take the initiative and perform required duties without constant supervision.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with supervisors, staff, faculty and students.
  • Strong communication skills needed in order to work effectively with co-workers.
  • Must be able to report to work on time according to a schedule.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons from diverse educational, economic and cultural backgrounds, as well as persons with disabilities and disadvantages.
  • Must be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.

Minimum qualifications

  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position.
  • Two years’ experience in janitorial or related custodial work, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.

Physical demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to pass an on-site physical assessment showing the ability to do heavy work, which is an integral part of this job.
  • Ability to read and understand MSDS (material safety data sheet) and directions regarding the use of janitorial products employed by the university.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work with minimal supervision and direction in accomplishing work goals.
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Lifts arm above shoulder level.
  • Makes continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Bends, kneel or stoops repeatedly or continually over time.
  • Works in small, cramped areas.
  • Climbs ladders or steps to reach objects.
  • Moves light objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Moves heavy objects (40 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet of less).

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.