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Head Custodian

Oakton College
Des Plaines, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Facilities
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Apr 11, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 161016

About Oakton College :

For 50 years, Oakton College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform routine and non-routine custodial tasks. Assist supervisor in the planning of the housekeeping shift operation.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in supervision of custodial staff.
  • Work with project tasks as directed by supervisor such as carpet cleaning using variety of methods, scrub/strip and seal/ recoat floors, power wash/sanitize restrooms and buff floors.
  • Perform general custodial tasks in a specific work area including trash removal, vacuuming, cleaning white/chalk boards, dry/wet mopping, cleaning mirrors, furniture, tiles, walls and windows, dusting vertical and horizontal surfaces.
  • Operate custodial equipment such as vacuum, extractor, buffer, scrubber, floor machines, rider/extractor, and sanitizer.
  • Act as a working group leader on certain projects, such as moving and setup of furniture or equipment.
  • Assume responsibility for housekeeping shift operations in the absence of the supervisor.
  • Perform inspection of completed work assignments and provide feedback to the employee and the Housekeeping Supervisor.
  • Provide training and retraining to custodians on routine work assignments and the use of equipment and supplies as directed by supervisor.
  • Report safety, sanitary and fire hazards to appropriate supervisor and manager; report need for maintenance repairs; respond to emergency custodial requests as needed.
  • Perform snow removal and perform special work assignments or clean ups as directed.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:

Functional supervision is received from the Housekeeping Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision may exercise over custodians as needed.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • High School education or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is required.
  • Two to three years of experience in custodial work is required.
  • Two years of supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge and ability to use custodial equipment /tools properly and safely.
  • Knowledge of floor care and cleaning processes for a variety of surfaces is required.
  • Knowledge of carpet cleaning methods and techniques such as extraction, bonneting, shampooing, encapsulation is required.

Physical Working Conditions:

Position will require employees to have:

The ability to stand, walk and move for extended periods of time (Often - 75% - 100%).

The ability to detect dirt, dust, stains and marks. (Often 75% to 100%).

The ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, pull, and reach in all directions (Often - 75% - 100%).

The ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. (Often 75% - 100%).

The ability to perform moderate to strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time. (Often 75% - 100%).

The ability to set up and operate mechanical cleaning equipment.

(often 75% to 100%).

The ability to work at heights and the ability to ascend/descend ladders.

(Occasional - 50% - 75%).

Some shifts will require the use of radio communication. Employees on these shifts, using these devices, will be required to have the ability to exchange information clearly.

Job duties may be performed in hot, dusty, dirty environments. Employees may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Functional supervision is received from the Housekeeping Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:

Functional supervision is exercised over approximately eleven (11) custodians.

Hours: Monday - Friday - 10:30 pm - 7:00 am

Salary: $43,498

Preemployment Physical and Background Check required

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



Working at Oakton

Inspiring and supporting the growth and education of students is a lifelong commitment. Oakton’s commitment to its students starts with a dedicated team of skilled and passionate professionals like you. A team of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints can help unlock a student’s passion in life, giving them the tools to think critically and support their community.

From faculty and staff to service and maintenance roles, we have many positions available at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses so you can share your skills and passion in an inclusive community that inspires generations of students.

As you support generations of students, Oakton offers generous benefits including medical, dental and employer-provided life insurance. In addition, you will enjoy an accommodating work schedule that allows you to balance an engaging career with a fulfilling home and personal life.


Company info
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines / Skokie
United States

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