Custodian (Multiple Positions)

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Job Category:


Position Title:

Custodian (Multiple Positions)

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time


Finance and Administration


Facilities - Custodial Services

Department Statement:

It is the mission of the Facilities Department at Colgate University to create the safest, cleanest, and most comfortable environment that further distinguishes Colgate University as a world-class educational institution. We work hard as part of a unified team, to make everyone who arrives on campus feel welcomed. It is our vision to be an exceptionally run facilities department that is dedicated to exemplary service, environmental stewardship, operational efficiency, teamwork, and fiscal responsibility.

“One team, one mission”


•Responsible for cleaning in assigned area(s) to meet established standards and maintain safe conditions.
•Conducts detail-oriented cleaning tasks such as dusting surfaces, cleaning walls, and polishing fixtures and furniture.
•Maintains floor care through processes such as vacuuming, shampooing carpets, spot removal, burnishing, and stripping and waxing.
•Responsible for maintaining the cleanliness in restrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms through detail-oriented cleaning and disinfection practices.
•Removes garbage and recycling from assigned areas and assists with garbage removal around the exterior perimeter of assigned building(s).
•Responsible for following all safety protocols while carrying out assigned duties including properly wearing all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and keeping up-to-date will all required safety training.
•Responsible for reporting maintenance and safety concerns to the Facilities main office.
•Assists with moves, deliveries, setups for special events and coverage for athletics events.
•Maintains all custodial areas (offices, closets, storage areas) in an orderly and clean state.
•Manages inventory of cleaning supplies within assigned areas.
•Works with Custodial Forepersons for day-to-day needs.
•Works well with colleagues within the Facilities department as well as across campus.
•Responsible for maintaining professionalism and a positive attitude when working with colleagues across campus.
•Upholds Department mission and values by continuously providing exceptional customer service to students, staff and campus visitors.
•Maintains flexibility to handle diverse job assignments.
•Other duties as assigned.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

•Must be capable of working in a setting with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on a daily basis.
•Must be available for work in excess of normal schedule as needed, and reachable by phone for emergencies.
•Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
•Must have good communication skills.
•Must have customer service skills.
•Must have the ability to interact with students on a daily basis, responding to them in a positive, professional and friendly manner.
•Must have basic computer skills and the ability to use / learn Gmail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, FAMIS work order / time card management system.
•Must be able to wear personal protective equipment as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Previous custodial experience in an educational setting.
•Knowledge of standard cleaning methods and procedures.
•Experience using cleaning equipment, chemicals and tools.


A high school diploma or GED is preferred.


A current, valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy may be required for certain work opportunities.

Physical Requirements:

•Must be able to perform all of the job duties required of a custodial position including the ability to stoop, bend, stand for long periods of time as well as lifting, carrying up to a maximum of 50 pounds on a daily basis in order to perform work-related responsibilities.
•Must be able to conduct manual snow removal when applicable.
•Must be able to handle heavy equipment, such as industrial vacuum cleaners, shampooers, buffers as well as containers, such as trash bags and cans.
•Responsible for following all procedures to conduct work activities in a safe manner including but not limited to wearing PPE required for specific duties and safe handling of chemicals as outlined by University policies and/or the supervisor. Responsible for immediately reporting any unsafe conditions to the supervisor and/or Environmental Health and Safety.

Other Information:

Bargaining unit employees must apply by April 23, 2021 to be considered.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

Shifts are based on the needs of the University. Typical shifts include the following:

•Mon – Fri 5:00 am – 1:30 pm
•Tues – Sat 5:00 am – 1:30 pm
•Sun – Thurs 5:00 am – 1:30 pm
•Mon – Fri 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
•Tues – Sat 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
•Sun – Thurs 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
•Mon – Fri 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm
•Tues – Sat 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm
•Sun – Thurs 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:




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Job No:
Posted: 4/17/2021
Application Due: 7/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time