Custodian - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Facilities Department is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Custodian. Under general supervision, perform a variety of cleaning tasks in assigned building areas, move office equipment and fixtures as required.

Comprised of two colleges, West Valley College and Mission College, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate our two colleges for our friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of March 18, 2015. This is an evening/night shift position. Schedule may change to include some weekends, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Operations & Support Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

This position may be assigned to either Mission College or West Valley College, or re-assigned from one College to the other.

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education & Experience – Any combination of training and experience equivalent to one year in custodial work which demonstrates ability to perform custodial tasks;


2. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.


As part of the essential functions of this position, incumbents are required to:

  • Understand, follow and implement written, verbal or demonstrated instructions;
  • Perform simple addition and subtraction, copy figures, count and record numbers and write identifying information;
  • Request supplies verbally or in writing;
  • Perform heavy work; exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, exert up to 50 pounds of force frequently and exert up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects;
  • Have far, near and mid-range vision as well as depth perception, with or without corrective lenses; and
  • Be able to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions on a regular basis.

Desired Qualifications

Not Applicable

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Sweep, scrub, strip, vacuum, wax and polish floors, spot clean, shampoo and steam clean rugs and carpets.
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms including fixtures, floors and walls.
  • Clean and dust walls, furniture, woodwork and windows.
  • Perform work assigned to project teams during non-class (break) periods, or as a project worker, shampoo carpets, strip and wax floors, renovate restrooms, clean chalkboards and wash windows.
  • Replace light bulbs, may use up to a six (6) foot ladder. Order and restock janitorial and cleaning supplies.
  • Pick up refuse from facilities and on grounds.
  • Maintain equipment and tools use. May perform minor repairs on equipment.
  • Open and close classrooms and other facilities and arrange furniture and equipment for “set-ups” for college and community events.
  • Lock and unlock buildings and classrooms, as assigned.
  • Move and rearrange furniture and other equipment, as required.
  • Operate district vehicles, as needed.
  • Report sanitary and safety hazards and the need for repairs to the proper authorities.
  • May remove and/or replace pool cover, as needed.
  • Present to the supervisor matters requiring the supervisor’s decision. Act on the supervisor’s directives and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors within the area of responsibility.
  • Attend and participate in District and/or College provided training or information sessions. Incorporate new information or technology into existing job duties as directed by supervisor.
  • Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Demonstrated Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials and equipment used in custodial work.

Demonstrated Ability to:

  • Use cleaning materials and equipment with skill and efficiency;
  • Read and write at the level required for successful job performance;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with students, staff and the public;
  • Perform heavy physical labor; and
  • Effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,374–$3,669 monthly (WVMCEA Operations & Support Services Employee Unit Salary Schedule, Range 49, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $40 to $200 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 15 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 20 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (4) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Custodian
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Facilities Management
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume