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Human Resources: University Employment
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Job Details
Custodian (Night Shift - 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.)
University Operations
Physical Plant
Full time
Full time hourly

Custodians are responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of a variety of University facilities, including academic spaces, administrative offices, athletic facilities, and student living and dining areas. Daily tasks will be performed based on the needs of the campus, assigned work orders, or designated projects. Custodians may be assigned to a specific building/route and assignments may be changed at the discretion of the University depending on the needs of the University. Some events related work, including set up for events, may be assigned as well.

Although the University will try its best to provide reasonable notice about necessary overtime or changes in work hours, custodians may be requested to work overtime with little to no notice based on unexpected or last-minute type situations. In addition, attendance at certain work-related events may be mandatory at the request of the University.

This is a full-time, non-exempt (hourly – generally 40 hours per week but overtime may be required at times), 12-month position with benefits. Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, life insurance, sick time and vacation time consistent with University policies, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account benefits, tuition remission benefits generally starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions generally starting after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Benefits are subject to all relevant University policies, practices, contracts, and any other relevant materials.)

The full job description is available at: www.bitly.com/upc27

If you are hesistant to apply for this position without knowing the salary, please contact Human Resources at hr@up.edu or 503-943-8484 and we can provide you with the information.

Supplemental Question

1. Why are you interested in this position as Custodian at the University of Portland?

Provide custodial care to assigned areas or as part of assigned projects. Assigned areas and projects may change at any time based on the needs and discretion of the University.

Perform a variety of tasks to meet cleanliness standards set by the University, including but not limited to: picking up waste, cleaning up messes, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning of windows, carpet extraction, etc.; thoroughly and effectively clean restrooms, including sinks, toilets, urinals, showers, counters, floors, mirrors, etc.

Depending on assigned route or projects, may clean specialty facilities and equipment on campus, such as athletic facilities, labs, kitchens, laundry rooms, showers, classrooms, study rooms, lobby areas, offices, and TV lounges.

Proactively identify areas for extra cleaning and takie necessary steps to resolve any discovered issues.

Proactively report any facility issues to the appropriate shop or supervisor through the work order system.

Respond to special or emergency circumstances such as spills or health safety related situations which may include cleaning biomedical waste such as blood or vomit.

Remove trash from common areas, dump trash cans, and preform campus trash runs if needed. May help with recycling duties as needed.

Perform special projects such as deep cleaning of areas and carpet/floor care.

Responds to work orders and completes assigned tasks in a timely manner.

Provides events and facilities support for assigned University sponsored events, both on and off campus.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or supervisor’s designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.


Education and Experience

Preferred: high school diploma.

Preferred: a minimum of two years of custodial or housekeeping related experience.

Or equivalent education and/or experience.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Preferred: valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Superior attention to detail.

Strong customer service orientation.

Excellent communication skills and ability to interact professionally with a variety of students, faculty, staff, and others.

Ability to speak, read, understand, and carry out labels, directions and work orders in English at level of proficiency required by the duties of this position.

Excellent commonsense and ability to use good judgment to carry out written or oral instructions, generally in a sequence or with scheduled work activities occurring on a regular basis.

Ability to operate cleaning equipment such as vacuums, ride-on vacuums, carpet extractors, and other cleaning equipment as necessary.

Knowledge of safety and health practices relating to custodial work, or ability to be trained in such areas.

Knowledge of cleaning procedures related to cleaning of institutions, as well as knowledge of cleaning supplies, or ability to be trained in such areas.

Ability to use and learn a computer, technology, software, and applications at the level of proficiency required for the duties of this position, including Microsoft Office, email, and search engines.

Ability to do minor vacuum and equipment repair is not required but preferred.

Ability to learn and apply applicable University and other applicable policies. Knowledge of FERPA and Title IX policies or ability to be trained in such area.

Ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a diversity of individuals, groups, policies, and processes.

Demonstrated competence and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Physical Requirements

Frequently: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, twist, bend, use fingers and hands to handle materials,tools, and/or equipment, and reach with hands and/or arms.

Frequently: the employee must lift, move, or use items or equipment ranging from ten to thirty pounds with or without assistance (such as garbage, vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies, water buckets, floor machines, etc.).

Occasionally: the employee is occasionally required to sit, climb,balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Occasionally: the employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the use of devices and/or equipment to assist in the lifting effort.

When lifting is required, employees are asked to use good judgment, make safety a top priority, and ask for assistance of others or relevant equipment as necessary.

Working Conditions

Hours: This position is assigned to various shifts including daytime hours, swing shift hours, overnight hours, and weekend hours. Although the University will try its best to provide reasonable notice about necessary overtime or changes in work hours, overtime hours or changes in work hours may be required with little or no notice based on urgent or last-minute type situations.

Environmental: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; fumes and airborne particles; bodily waste and blood borne pathogens; and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock and works with vibration causing tools or equipment.

Noise: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Please see full job description (link above) for information about work standards and statement about reasonable accommodations.


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