Anticipated openings for Housekeeping Positions

Anticipated openings for Housekeeping Positions

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 Housekeeping Positions

Are you passionate about maintaining a clean and welcoming environment? Smith College is anticipating openings for Housekeeping positions within the Facilities Management Department, and we invite dedicated individuals to join our team. As a Housekeeper, you'll play a crucial role in providing a safe and sanitary living space for our college community.

Ready to make a positive impact at Smith College? Submit your resume and cover letter for positions starting at $21.33 per hour. Our positions are all 40 hours a week and  either 39-week academic year or 52-week full-year employment; specify your preference in your cover letter. Join us in shaping a positive community at Smith College!

Generous Benefits!

A career at Smith College offers multiple rewards—including access to our comprehensive and competitive benefits program. We offer something for  everyone, to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. Our employees can choose from four different medical plans available through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts - something for every need and budget.  We offer a choice of two dental plans through Delta Dental and a Vision Plan through EyeMed. From braces to glasses, we have your whole family covered. The Smith College Retirement Plan is a 403(b) Plan that allows you to defer a portion of your salary and choose from a broad menu of investment options. Even if you don’t make your own contributions, the college provides a significant contribution to your account each year—equal to 9% of your compensation!  You also get life insurance and long-term disability at no cost to you. That’s not all:  Smith offers generous paid time off -  vacation, personal and  sick time -  ID Theft protection, health and dependent care subsidies, auto & home insurance discounts, prescription copay assistance… The list goes on and on!

Job Summary:

As a Housekeeper at Smith College, you'll contribute to the creation of a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment by maintaining assigned college residential areas in accordance with established procedures. Your role will involve cleaning, organizing, and sanitizing various spaces to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.

Essential Functions:

  • Clean, organize, and sanitize restroom fixtures, including showers, toilets, bathtubs, sinks, utility sinks, sanicans, shower sheets, and mirrors.
  • Maintain cleanliness in common areas, including dusting, rearranging furniture, and high dusting of woodwork, pipes, and partitions.
  • Clean and sweep floors, dry and wet mop tile and wood floors, vacuum carpeted areas.
  • Sanitize kitchenettes and organize guest rooms, changing bed linen as necessary.
  • Dust and check fire extinguishers, empty waste baskets, and comply with college recycling practices.
  • Comply with cleaning frequency requirements for assigned areas.
  • Attend department meetings and read and comply with departmental notices.
  • Report maintenance and repair items and assist in documenting damages.
  • Maintain housekeeping tools and equipment, ensuring an adequate stock for storage areas.
  • Participate in cleaning teams, support other housekeeping areas as required, and assist with furniture moving and rearranging.
  • Train weekend student workers and provide guidance to students requesting cleaning supplies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school/vocational diploma, GED equivalent, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year (preferred) housekeeping/custodial experience in a service-related industry.
  • Compliance with state and federal guidelines applicable to custodial personnel in an institutional setting.
  • Successful completion of a background checks
  • Experience working with diverse backgrounds.


  • Proven track record of good attendance, punctuality, and good judgment.
  • Proficiency in accessing the internet, using the Smith email system, and the work order system.
  • Ability to work in various conditions, including hot, humid, or dusty environments.
  • Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and processes, chemical safety, and Materials Safety Data Sheets.
  • Ability to kneel, crouch, and bend repetitively for extended periods.
  • Safely lift, carry, and move materials up to thirty pounds, reach and work overhead regularly.
  • Safely climb step ladders, multiple flights of stairs, and stand and walk for extended periods.
  • Safely operate housekeeping tools and equipment.

Join us in creating a cleaner, safer, and more welcoming environment at Smith College!

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.