Custodians are responsible for providing safe and healthy facilities, which meet all local, state and federal regulations. This position provides cleaning, maintenance and repairs where professional licensure is not required. This position reports directly to the Center Director or Manager of Facilities. This position may be re-assigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.
As a front line representative of Save the Children, the custodian is required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that they encounter with and adhere to the agency’s values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, the position is expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. The position must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report, respond to any instance of child abuse and promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding obligations.
- Follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedules including, but not limited to, the classrooms, kitchen, office areas, bathrooms, storage areas, hallways and entrances.
- Ensure that buildings and outlying areas are hazard-free and report safety, sanitation and fire hazards to the supervisor or staff in charge.
- Perform regular safety checks of the facility and grounds to ensure a safe environment.
- Maintain precautions and prevent contamination to protect personal health and safety as well as the health and safety of children, families and staff.
- Replenish items needed in bathrooms and classrooms; sanitize required areas and empty trash containers.
- Maintain inventory of custodial supplies and other items as directed by the supervisor.
- Perform routine maintenance such as replacing light bulbs and maintaining equipment.
- Maintain supply inventory and MSDS record keeping.
- Collect information and participate in planning for upgrading and making minor repairs of facilities.
- Comply with federal, state and local safety and building code requirements related to Head Start/Early Head Start facilities, including OSHA, MSDS, chemical inventory and other pertinent guidance and training.
- May perform minor plumbing, painting, carpentry, some electrical repairs and general repair work in assigned facilities where a professional license is not required and it is appropriate and assigned.
- May preform or facilitate snow removal, sweeping, mowing raking, tree and shrub trimming and parking lot clearing as appropriate and assigned.
- Maintain confidentiality concerning children, families and staff in accordance with policies and procedures and positive cooperative relationships with co-workers, children, families and the public.
- Protect the safety of children by implementing active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.
- Must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
- Knowledge of basic operations, tools and terminology used in building maintenance and repair work.
- Ability to operate light trucks, equipment for minor construction and standard cleaning appliances, such as vacuum cleaners, rug shampoo machines, etc.
- Ability to follow oral and written directions and take initiative.