Housekeeper Temporary #T00836

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Working Title:

Housekeeper Temporary #T00836


Facilities Management

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Posting Information:

Employees at WCU may be required to submit to campus based COVID 19 vaccination or testing requirements.

This position is on site at our Cullowhee (or Biltmore) campus.

Primary duties are physically demanding housekeeping cleaning and disinfecting duties in large academic, administrative and athletic buildings. Areas cleaned may include athletic venues, auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories, clinics, offices, hallways, restrooms and stairways. Duties performed include but are not limited to: operating heavy cleaning equipment, cleaning, disinfecting, moving furniture, carrying trash and recyclables, dusting, changing light bulbs, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms, locker rooms, classrooms, clinics, offices, labs, walls, light fixtures, etc.
Currently hiring for temporary Housekeeper positions for 4:00pm-12:30am shift, Monday through Friday including weekend work. This schedule will be flexible and may change to include working other shift hours or days depending on workloads and the needs of the Department and University. Schedule adjustments, weekend and holiday work, responding to after-hours, weekend and holiday emergencies as needed. The hourly rate for this position is $15.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

-Must be reliable, dependable and be able to work consistently through the entire shift.

-Must have some knowledge of cleaning and disinfecting methods, materials and equipment.

-Ability to perform medium to heavy physically demanding work, lift a minimum of 50 pounds, stand for long periods of time while working, lift, sweep, mop, dust, climb steps and ladders, etc. and operate a variety of commercial Housekeeping equipment. This may require standing and performing medium to heavy physical work for the entire eight-hour shift. Equipment may include large buffing machines, floor scrubbers/buffers, vacuum cleaners, carpet shampooers, pressure washers, 6ft ladders, etc.

-Position requires close attention to details, the ability to recognize and correct cleaning/work problems and work in a fast-paced environment. Also requires alertness to safety and security conditions.

-Ability to read and comprehend labels and instructions regarding cleaning and disinfecting matters and equipment; and have the ability to safely operate cleaning equipment and how to mix chemicals for cleaning.

-Work requires the use of cleaning/disinfecting chemicals, equipment and visual attention to detail. Assignments are not building-specific and may or may not be in an environment with heating or air conditioning.

-This position has exposure to outside elements when performing some job duties such as building unlocking/locking, moving, setting up special events, waste disposal or cleaning entrance ways and walks of trash, dirt, ice or snow, etc.

-Ability to provide coverage for other housekeeping staff and perform other duties as assigned.

-Must have reliable transportation and be able to report to work during a variety of weather conditions including rain, snow and ice. This position is designated as “Mandatory” during adverse/severe weather conditions and emergency situations and is expected to work according to University and Departmental guidelines.

-Must be able to develop and maintain effective relationships with others in order to encourage and support communication, teamwork and facilitate work.

- Must be able to work independently or on a team, with or without close supervision and deal effectively with various groups, clients, or individuals being served.

-Must be able to communicate effectively with customers, employees, supervisors/managers and the general public.

-Must be able to understand and follow both oral and written instructions, directions and other communications regarding work assignments and other matters.

- Ability to turn in maintenance requests and perform computer functions including but not limited to sending and receiving emails, performing on-line training, checking building schedules, completing an on-line timesheet, etc.

-Respond to radio calls and emergency situations as needed.

-Assist with Building unlocking/locking and raising/lowering flags at HFR as needed. Report any door that cannot be unlocked/locked to immediate supervisor. Lock windows as directed.

-Must have a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.

-The above description is representative of the duties and responsibilities required of this position. It is not to be considered inclusive. Other duties may be assigned to meet the mission of the Department and University.

Minimum Qualifications:

Some knowledge of cleaning procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants with a high school education and diploma or General Education Diplomas (GED). Previous knowledge of large building cleaning practices and use of industrial type cleaning equipment is also preferred.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online and include a complete employment history and four (4) WORK/BUSINESS references. An optional resume and/or cover letter may be submitted.


Work experience or education that is NOT included on the application will NOT be considered when screening your application. Please include ALL work experience and education on the application to ensure that you receive the appropriate credit toward qualification for this position.

A valid Driver’s License is required.

Please note: Temporary employees are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and do not receive benefits.

Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Department directly if selected for an interview.

If no applicants apply who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants.
*Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12-month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.


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About Us

Western Carolina University offers a collaborative community of faculty and staff eager to partner together to support the success of our students and our institution. We attract employees who are inspired to work in higher education because of the difference we can make together in the lives of the more than 10,000 students who study at WCU. For a few other reasons WCU is a great place to work:

Do you like being involved in the local community? So do we. We have robust service learning and community outreach efforts that invite students, faculty and staff to serve our local community in an ever-growing number of ways.

Western Carolina University has been named the Top Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Our main campus in Cullowhee is situated 15 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have a biking and hiking trail on campus and many more in the area.

We attract students who are eager to excel. WCU has the oldest and largest Honors College in the UNC system and is consistently among the Top 5 institutions nationally for undergraduate research projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

We are a cultural hub for the region. Our College of Fine and Performing Arts produces professional-quality theater under the direction of Broadway star Terrance Mann, and our music programs are recognized as some of the best in the state. Our Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been invited to the Macy's parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our healthcare programs are some of the most competitive in the southeast and are housed in an incredible LEED-certified facility complete with some of the best technology in teaching along with community clinics for applied learning.

For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University (WCU) has been honored in multiple areas demonstrating our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and our community.  Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O’Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards – to name a few.  WCU has been named a Top Green College by Princeton Review, is among the Top 5 for Undergraduate Research in the nation, and has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best College Value.  Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has named WCU the Number 1 Outdoor Adventure College for three years running.  The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy recipient, having led the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade.  WCU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 12 Best Online Programs for the Military as well as #27 among institutions in the South for Best Colleges for Veterans.

Faculty and Staff are honored annually with a broad range of Teaching, Scholarship and service honors.  For more information, please visit our website at


Western Carolina University offers a wide array of high quality benefit plans from which to choose. These include comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, a choice between two retirement programs, both of which provide a valuable retirement benefit, as well as optional retirement savings opportunities. Employees also benefit from a generous leave program. For more information please visit our benefits page at UNC Benefits

Diversity and Inclusion

Western Carolina University has a commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse employees who bring to our campus varied perspective and cultural understanding. Our Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs aspires to strengthen diversity as an integral component of excellence at WCU. Among public universities, our institution leads the region in student body diversity, and our diversity metrics are growing.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission (who we are):

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities. 

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles (what guides and inspires us):

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning

Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities

Free and Open Interchange of Ideas

Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness

Organizational and Environmental Sustainability

Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision Statement (who we want to be):

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

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