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Custodian (Temporary Pool)
San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, California
Date Posted 06/30/2021
Salary $24.96 (hourly) to $30.94 (hourly) -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Custodian (Temporary Pool)


District Office


Facilities / Public Safety DIST (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$24.96 (hourly)

Max Salary

$30.94 (hourly)

Position Type

Classified, Temporary

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that is serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College District’s Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

This is manual labor work at the action level involved in a variety of assignments related to the cleaning and general maintenance of community college facilities. Under direct supervision, the Custodian performs moderate to heavy manual labor, which includes the cleaning of college facilities, moving of equipment and furniture, locking doors and other entrances and reporting unusual events to management and Public Safety personnel as appropriate. Public contact is moderate to extensive, primarily involving staff and students for the purpose of exchanging procedural information concerning cleaning needs and facility set-ups. A limited to moderate degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to perform routine cleaning and general maintenance assignments that are well prescribed. Consequences of errors in judgment could be costly in materials and employee time; however, supervisory controls limit the risk of serious consequences. A Custodian can be assigned individually or as part of a work team to various sites and can direct the work of student assistants or temporary staff as assigned.

The work schedule for this position is a swing shift: Monday – Friday, 4pm – 12:00am.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Exchanges information with management staff regarding job assignments, work sites, special set-ups, supplies, equipment needs, safety procedures, assignment priorities and timelines, other instructions and related matters; exchanges information with other staff regarding specific cleaning and general maintenance needs and timelines for completion

2. Sweeps, dusts, scrubs, waxes, vacuums, and polishes floor coverings, furniture, fixtures, rugs, carpets, and other surfaces; washes, scrubs, and disinfects restrooms, gymnasium facilities, and locker rooms; cleans light fixtures, windows, door frames and other elevated areas; climbs and performs work on ladders to reach elevated surfaces as needed; assists in campus evacuations, building lockdowns, flood and spill cleanups, and other emergency preparedness and response actions

3. Cleans, sweeps, vacuums, polishes offices, hallways, bathrooms, surrounding areas, including railings, bleachers, decking, sidewalks, and drinking fountains

4. Drives a motor vehicle in the performance of assigned tasks

5. Replaces lights; performs minor repair and assembly tasks involving hand tools, collects and disposes of trash; moves furniture and equipment for special facility set-ups according to specifications; stores cleaning equipment and supplies; reports supply quantity levels to supervisory staff; assists in the inventory of cleaning and related supplies by monitoring quantity and reporting supply amounts as required

6. Uses safety equipment, supplies, and procedures to perform job duties, as required; reports safety, fire, and sanitary hazards to supervisory staff

7. Performs other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

• A combination of training and experience equivalent to successful custodial experience that has included demonstrated skill in the use of safety procedures, cleaning equipment, solutions and supplies, including applicable chemicals

• Experience in the operation of common mechanical and electrical equipment related to building and facility cleaning and general maintenance

• Demonstrated skill in following oral and written instructions, and attention to detail

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to operate a motor vehicle is required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of and skill in using common cleaning solutions and techniques, tools, equipment, supplies, and procedures related to cleaning and general maintenance of a variety of surfaces and facilities

2. Knowledge of proper use of safety equipment, supplies, and procedures related to general cleaning, and use of cleaning solutions; ability to lift/move objects, bend/stoop, climb and perform other routines that are common to cleaning and general maintenance

3. Skill in the safe operation and handling of tools, equipment, and supplies, including driving a motor vehicle

4. Skill in reading, comprehending, and following oral and written instructions, including Material Safety Data Sheets

5. Skill in communicating effectively and working in teams with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

6. Skill in working cooperatively as part of a customer service team

7. Ability to perform moderate to heavy physical labor

8. Ability to perform routine repetitive tasks on a continuous basis

Physical Requirements

This classification requires indoor and outdoor work, with exposure to climate changes, chemicals, odors and fumes; bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing ladders and stairs; working on elevated platforms; pushing, pulling, moving moderate to heavy objects; visual comprehension; ability to operate electrical and mechanical equipment; walking and standing for long periods of time; and ability to operate a motor vehicle, in order to perform the essential functions.


Due to the temporary nature of this position, benefits are not included.

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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