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Custodian- Part Time

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThis is a part time position (20 hours per week) located at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, KS. Work schedule Monday - Friday 6:00- 10:00pm.

Hutchinson Campus Overview

The Hutchinson Campus, a part of the University of Kansas, is located near Hutchinson, Kansas. Reporting to KU through KU Lifelong &Professional Education, the Hutchinson Campus consists of 173 acres with fifteen buildings including two multi-story residential student dormitories.

The Hutchinson Campus is home to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). KLETC serves as the central agency for all law enforcement training in the State of Kansas. KLETC has currently 62 authorized FTE staff (augmented by more than 400 contract/adjunct staff annually), and trains nearly 10,000 students annually in residential, online, and outreach programs. KLETC serves 437 recognized law enforcement and police agencies in Kansas, providing basic training and continuing education programs throughout each fiscal year. Many KLETC basic training and continuing education programs are conducted in a high risk and high liability environment (firearms, use of force, emergency vehicle operations driver training, defense tactics, and search and seizure).

Programs developed on the Hutchinson Campus and the Hays Satellite Campus leverage the resources of KLETC and expand the training mission for the Kansas criminal justice community. This is a growing aspect of the Hutchinson Campus mission.

This position is a 50% time position. The custodian may perform a variety of duties including general cleaning and sanitation of residential bath areas; general floor care and cleaning, both carpeted and hard surface floors; operating and maintaining mechanical and electrical equipment used in floor maintenance; collecting and removing all trash from public, classroom, office, dorm room and service areas; moving furniture, appliances and supplies in and out of buildings and residence halls as directed; and setting-up equipment and furniture for special programs. Job Description20% - Restroom Facilities: Cleans/sanitizes bath fixtures including toilets, lavatories, floors, mirrors, counter tops, tile walls, partitions, showers, and hardware several times daily. Also empties waste cans, sanitary napkin receptacles, and replenishes consumable supplies before supplies are exhausted in the bath areas, up to several times daily. Cleans floor drains and adds water according to established schedule. Acid cleans urinals and toilets. Trash emptying and general cleaning in bath areas requires special care to avoid any blood-borne pathogen exposure (needle sticks, blood, vomit, excrement, etc.). A number of cleaning assignments require special training in avoiding bio-hazards and are followed with specialized chemical treatment of surfaces. All work is performed following standard procedures and safety precautions.

20% - Common Areas, Offices and Classrooms: Vacuums, bonnets, and extracts carpeted floors and upholstered chairs using semi-automatic equipment. Equipment varies in complexity and danger of operation and mixing chemicals as well as adjustments to manual and auto settings for proper and/or safe operation. Uses specialized tools and equipment to clean hard surface floors in common areas, student dorm rooms, offices, classrooms, etc., each requiring a range of knowledge of proper care on a variety of hard surfaces, using pail/chemical method and semi-automatic scrubbers that require skills and experience for proper and safe operation. Incumbent cleans public areas by dusting, polishing, and rearranging furniture to standard arrangements; cleans staff offices; cleaning, inspecting, and adjusting blinds as needed; washing walls, windows, and doors as assigned; cleaning water fountains and emptying non-toxic waste receptacles; emptying, cleaning and refilling portable humidifiers; and miscellaneous furniture moving and set-up; all following standard procedures and safety precautions. Cleans and sanitizes exercise equipment in fitness areas. Cleans and disinfects exercise mats in gymnasium; may assist in setting up and putting away exercise mats used in classes.

15% - Entrances, exteriors, elevators, etc.: On a variety of resilient surfaces, dust mops, scrubs, and burnishes with a variety of specialized equipment. Wet mops spots and stains on tiles areas and floor mats. Spot cleans walls, doors, carpets, jams and kickplates. Washes windows and rails. Dusts and polishes surfaces. Removes unauthorized postings. Cleans fire extinguisher and first aid cases and reports damaged and/or missing equipment to supervisor. Cleans display cases, telephones, drinking fountains, etc. Cleans exterior entranceways up to several times daily. Cleans the cigarette containers and mats at the entrances and maintains a clear clean path to enter and exit our facility. Cleans snow and ice. Checks and maintains exterior dock areas, handicap access ramps and equipment, elevator cabs and doors, etc.

30% - Private Living Areas: Prepares student rooms weekly and after each person vacates use to be ready for new occupants by cleaning and polishing furniture; washing walls, windows, and blinds; cleaning closets, drawers, cabinets, and light fixtures changing bulbs as needed; cleaning and maintaining floor surfaces. Cleans bathrooms. Sanitizes everything completely, including the shower, toilet, sink, floor and devices in each room. Replaces supplies as needed for the next use. Prepares beds with new linens and blankets, cleaning and replacing mattresses as directed. Moves and/or arranges furniture to the standard floor plan.

10% - Other assigned tasks: Locks and/or unlocks building doors-exterior and interior as directed and/or scheduled. Follows safety policies regarding use of supplies, tools and equipment. Performs other duties related to cleaning or maintenance as assigned. Works alone or as part of a crew to set up for special and/or routine events in all areas of the facility. Special projects as assigned. Moves furniture, appliances, and supplies in and out of halls as directed. Checks on a daily basis of maintenance needs and writes work orders for any requiring skilled tradespersons. Reports and turns-in lost items to appropriate persons. Reports any suspicious incident or persons to supervisor. Reports broken or missing items and unauthorized furniture discovered in student rooms to Supervisor. Participates in training sessions and in-service classes or workshops. Assists with snow removal and surface treatment. May be required to drive cars, trucks or other passenger vehicles as required. May be required to wash, vacuum and clean KLETC vehicles. Operates washer and dryer units and folds laundered items as needed; cleans washers, dryers and laundry rooms.

5% - Supplies, chemicals and equipment maintenance: Equipment used ranges from hand tools to more advanced (and potentially dangerous) high-speed and semi-automatic cleaning equipment. Performs daily required maintenance on a variety of tools and equipment. Maintains clean, organized, and stocked supply carts/closets, etc. Reports equipment repair and maintenance needs and supplies/concerns to supervisor. Cleans air filters. Mixes caustic and/or toxic chemicals to MSDS specifications to avoid improper use or exposure to self or others. Includes cleaning storage and operation areas used by residents or staff. Position Requirements
  1. Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds constantly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  2. Ability to work on ladders.
  3. Physical strength sufficient to stand the strain of working long hours at custodial tasks.
  4. Ability to work under a variety of extremes of temperature and weather, both inside and outdoors.
  5. Willingness and ability to work overtime as needed.
  6. Willingness and ability to respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  7. Willingness and ability to report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  8. Required to pass the Law Enforcement Training Center background check through the KBI prior to employment.
Required Qualifications
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment and must maintain license throughout employment.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and practices used in cleaning operations.
  • Custodial experience in large residential or commercial buildings.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the operation, use, and care of vacuum cleaners, floor scrubbing machines, polishing machines, and other janitorial equipment.
  • Advanced training in custodial and high-volume cleaning operations.
  • Experience interacting with customers and/or the public.
  • Additional Candidate InstructionsIf you need assistance with the application or have any questions please contact Barbara Harrison at 620-694-1505 or [email protected].

    Application review will begin September 1st, 2021.
    Contact Information to ApplicantsBarbara Harrison
    [email protected] Advertised Salary Range$13.50/hour + $0.40/hr shift differential Work ScheduleM-F 6-10pm Application Review Begins01-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date11-Oct-2021


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