Facilities & Janitorial Custodian, East Palo Alto

School Support East Palo Alto, California


Position Overview
The facilities custodian is responsible for maintaining a clean, sparkling, and safe environment to support teaching and learning. They are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of all school buildings and grounds; including supervision of other custodians and groundskeepers. They  are expected to maintain a high level of student confidentiality. This position reports to the Director of School Operations.

The vision of this position is that our facilities are a clean,  well-cared for and maintained learning and work environment.

Roles and Responsibilities  

Open facilities and maintain systems for school use

  • Unlock doors, disable alarm system, ensure that the air conditioning/heater turns on, turn on lights, open bathrooms, raise flag, prepare breakfast service
  • Lead breakfast service and supervision of students 
  • Make inspections of buildings and grounds to note significant conditions and sees that needed work is done.  Pick up trash and straighten up during the daily inspection.
  • Learn building systems and train others on fire alarm, burglar, and electrical breaker systems.
  • Restock paper across campus and fill each copier with paper at the end of each week.
  • Greet families and direct them to appropriate staff
  • Traffic set-up and control as needed

Perform general cleaning duties

  • Maintain facilities to the standards of local, statewide, and federal public health guidelines
  • Daily cleaning of all school spaces and grounds above and beyond what janitorial vendor. Due to Covid constant high touch  area cleaning will be required daily a couple times a day.
  • Disinfect classrooms, equipment using our electrostatic sprayer
  • provides; including exterior walkways, halls, common spaces, classrooms, and bathrooms
  • Cleaning duties include sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning windows, cleaning and restocking all student and faculty restrooms, cleaning drinking fountains and white boards, and removing trash if work is not performed by the cleaning crew.
  • Respond to staff requests for building repairs and cleanups.
  • Monitor cleaning service company's performance on a daily basis and report issues.
  • Serve as quality control and liaison to janitorial vendor.  

Set up cafeteria/classrooms

  • Set up and break down cafeteria tables before and after school meals and snack distribution.
  • Help set up classrooms, cafeteria, or other spaces for special events or other school use  by organizing the space as requested.
  • Provide order information; receive breakfast, lunch and snack deliveries; set up for each meal period
  • Remove breakfast and lunch garbage, recycling and compost  after each meal period 
  • Order and assemble basic furniture and supplies (book shelves, desks, chairs, etc.)
  • Order janitorial supplies for Janitorial crew
  • Coordinate the use of school facilities by outside groups 

Perform small handyman duties

  • Replace light bulbs, hang cork boards, paint, carpentry work, etc. 
  • Help receive deliveries and deliver large packages from the reception area to the appropriate faculty member. Restock paper in copiers every Friday evening and as needed.
  • Clean and maintain desks, chairs, rugs, lighting fixtures, windows, and other furniture and fixtures.
  • Coordinate and perform specific projects when school is not in session (winter, spring, and summer breaks).
  • Coordinate with district staff to arrange major maintenance or repair work orders.

Formally check-in weekly with supervisor

  • Inspect the service level from the evening cleaning crew on a daily basis; report issues to correct items that were not appropriately done.
  • Inform supervisor when supplies need to be ordered, keeping a small inventory stock to help prevent waste or careless use.
  • Inform the supervisor of facility issues and equipment failures.  
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned and requested by the Supervisor or School Leader 
  • Participate in training and team meetings 

Skills, Qualifications & Mindset

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Northern California Schools’ mission and values
  • 1-3 years of housekeeping/janitorial experience, preferably in a school setting
  • Strong focus on customer service
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to identify problems and proactively find solutions 
  • Knowledge of modern cleaning methods, tools, and equipment
  • English written and oral fluency; Spanish fluency is a plus
  • Ability to lift and carry 20-50 lbs

Salary & Benefits
We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.

This is a non-exempt, part-time position to start (30 hours/week). Approximate start time could be as early as 6:45 am. This position follows a school-based calendar.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands

Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves constant movement, bending, lifting. Ability to access and utilize technology to communicate with teammates and external partners. Moderate lifting/carrying of equipment 1-50 lbs.

Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.

Office environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Occasional classroom/school environment and travel. In emergency context (e.g., pandemic) work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). 

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are English language learners, and 10% have special needs.  We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. 

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.

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