Anticipated Opening for Evening Event Custodian

Anticipated Opening for Evening Event Custodian

locationNorthampton, MA 01063, USA
PublishedPublished: 3/6/2024
Full Time

If you have any questions about the position or our application process, reach out to us at recruiting-u@smith.edu.

Job Description

Anticipated Openings  for Custodial Positions

Smith College invites applications for anticipated openings for various custodial positions within the facilities management department. We are looking to fill positions for all shifts, which include 5:00-1:00pm, 7:00-3:00pm, and 3:30-11:30pm. Please indicate you in your cover letter if you have a shift preference. Pay rates starting at $20.33 an hour.

Job Summary

Provide a safe and sanitary environment with other necessary support for routine and special activities required of Facilities Management building services. Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Cleaning and Custodial Support (90%)

  • Clean rest rooms: toilets, urinals, mirrors, sinks, windows and glass, walls, floors, fixtures, restock paper goods, soap, etc.
  • Dry mop, wet mop, buff, strip and refinish floors.
  • Clean all spaces within assigned areas (i.e., offices, classrooms, labs, storage areas, corridors, custodial closets, etc.)
  • Vacuum carpets, walk-off mats and runners in all assigned areas.
  • Shampoo upholstered furniture, carpets, walk-off mats and runners in all assigned areas.
  • Remove leaves, snow and debris from all entrances of assigned areas.
  • Perform emergency clean-up of floods, spills and breakage within the building, excluding hazardous materials.
  • Perform non-technical tasks as assigned to include, but not limited to changing light bulbs, filling/cleaning humidifiers, cleaning drinking fountains, emptying dehumidifiers, changing screens, opening and closing buildings.
  • Check and clean eye wash stations, emergency showers and fire extinguishers according to the maintenance schedule.
  • Report all necessary maintenance and repair items to the coordinator, supervisor or designee.
  • Conduct daily building inspections for possible safety hazards and report findings to the supervisor.
  • Maintain positive public relations with all members of the college community.
  • Perform tasks for scheduled and unscheduled academic, community events and other activities as required.
  • Clean, sweep and mop all stairwells, including assigned floor and one flight up, unless otherwise noted.
  • Clean and maintain all equipment and tools used by custodial services.
  • Remove trash, recycling and other materials from buildings. Comply with all recycling practices.
  • Must comply with cleaning frequency requirements as scheduled for assigned areas.

Provide assistance to others (10%)

  • Provide backup and assistance to other facilities management staff as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

  • A driver’s license is not required for this position, however, if the employee accepts driving duties, they must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements, which includes a Division of Motor Vehicles background check.
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds. Must be able to bend, walk, stand, climb stairs and ladders and safely operate loaded hand trucks and dollies.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in accessing the internet, using the Smith College email, finance, payroll and calendar systems as well as the work order system.
  • High school/vocational diploma, GED equivalent or combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of 1 year (preferred) custodial/housekeeping experience in a service related industry.


  • Ability to use good judgment to take appropriate, independent action to carry out the primary functions of the job.  
  • Must possess the ability to carry out oral and written (electronic) instructions.
  • Must possess general knowledge of custodial practices and be committed to maintaining high standards of maintenance.
  • Ability to develop and follow a designated cleaning schedule and continually look for ways to improve on that schedule.
  • Know the cleaning schedule for all assigned areas and look for ways to improve on that schedule.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of cleaning chemicals, including but not limited to reading and understanding Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Must have knowledge of OSHA regulations for the safety of the college employees, its users and property.
  • Must have a clear understanding of the union contract and all college policies.
  • Ability to safely move, deliver and arrange heavy items such as equipment, furniture, fixtures and materials within and between buildings for students, faculty, staff and guests of the college.
  • Ability to remove ice and snow from entrances, walkways, ramps, fire escapes, porches and emergency exits attached or leading to buildings, which includes shoveling, scraping and sanding.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment. 

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

As set forth in our mission and values, Smith College is committed to promoting a culture of  equity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty.  The College will not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other classification protected by law. Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination.