Head Custodian

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Non-Instructional Support


Head Custodian 

Position Function:
Under the direct supervision of the Principal and Director of Facilities, performs general cleaning and maintenance in school buildings and grounds; maintains equipment in functional condition; and provides cleaning and custodial assistance to students, teachers, visitors and others as necessary. Performs related duties and general maintenance work as required.

Salary: $28,639.00-$44,220.00 (Commensurate with Experience)
Please visit the NCPS webite to determine salary specifics according to the current salalry scale: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Wq7ntI3DGWqNF0Aq0ysTNe0ziq2lUl-o

Essential Functions:
  • Conduct periodic inspections and assist custodians in improving their performance.
  • Organize an ongoing program of general maintenance, upkeep, and repair of the building and grounds.  Maintains a systematic schedule of activities.
  • Keep an inventory of supplies and equipment.  Requisition replacements far enough in advance so that they may be delivered before they are needed.
  • Regularly communicates with and works with the building administrator to address major and minor repair items, and other building and grounds concerns.
  • Report immediately to the principal any damage or vandalism to school property.
  • Regulate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to provide temperatures appropriate to the season and to ensure economical usage of fuel, water, and electricity in cooperation with the supervisor of maintenance.
  • Checks and secures building at beginning and end of shift for the purpose of ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the building.
  • Cleans rooms, hallways, cafeterias, restrooms, offices, stairways, and other areas of building according to school district standards.
  • Sweeps, mops, buffs, strips, and waxes floors.
  • Cleans rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and blinds.
  • Washes walls, ceilings, woodwork, windows, doors, and sills.
  • Removes graffiti, cleans glass areas.
  • Replaces light bulbs.
  • Sets up and breaks down chairs, tables and equipment in meeting rooms, and functional rooms.
  • Clears snow from entrances and walks, and spreads sand and ice melting chemicals.
  • Performs grounds-keeping duties, clears debris and maintains grounds.
  • Receives deliveries and assists in unloading trucks and storing supplies.
  • Delivers supplies and materials to classrooms, bathrooms and other areas of the building.
  • Empties wastebaskets; picks up and removes trash and assists in recycling program.
  • Keep building and premises, including sidewalks, driveways, and play areas neat and clean at all times; keeps grounds free of litter, leaves, and other debris.
  •  Assume responsibility for the opening and closing of the building each school day and for determining, before leaving, that all doors and windows are secured, and all lights, except those left on for safety reasons, are turned off.
  •  Remain on the school premises during school hours, and during non-school hours when the use of the building has been authorized and custodial presence is required by the principal.
  • Clean classrooms daily including vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting and washing.
  • Clean corridors after school each day, and during the day when their condition requires it; strip, wax, polish floors using mechanical equipment.
  • Wash and disinfect toilets, floors, sinks and drinking fountains daily.
  • Wash all windows on both the inside and outside at least twice each year, and more frequently if necessary.
  • Clean all chalkboards at least once a week.
  • Replace light bulbs, tubes, starters, towels, soap and other supplies; unload and deliver supplies.
  • Perform grounds duties such as grass cutting, tree trimming, and shrub pruning in order to maintain the school grounds in a safe and attractive condition; scrape and sand walks, driveways, parking areas and steps as weather requires.
  • Move furniture or equipment within buildings as required for various activities and as directed by the principal.
  • Make minor building repairs and submit forms for more extensive repairs by division maintenance staff.
  • Paint rooms and equipment; wash and repair furniture, lockers and other equipment.
  • Raise and lower the United States flag each day at the designated times of the school.
  • Comply with local laws and procedures for the storage and disposal of trash, rubbish, and wastes.
  • Take part in training on the use of equipment, cleaning procedures, and blood borne pathogens.
  • Report supply needs, areas in need of repair, and other problems promptly to the supervisor or building administrator.
  • Any additional duties as assigned by the building principal.
Additional Duties:              
  • Performs general cleaning, and repair work, particularly during school vacations.
  • Assists parents and other visitors to school buildings with special events and programs.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by supervisor.
      Note:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Uses hand tools of trade and related power equipment, including brooms, mops, floor cleaning and waxing machines, vacuum cleaners, snow blowers, shovels, power mower and hand tools.

Safety Requirements
Follows all applicable safety rules, procedures and regulations governing the proper use of tools and power equipment used in the performance of duties.
Wears appropriate safety gear, including masks.
Must comply with school district's chemical hygiene program and follow MSDS sheets.

Travel Requirements
Occasional travel between schools, or between schools and central office, may be required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to follow oral or written work orders from supervisor, and to coordinate work with principal and others.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently.
  • Ability to describe orally or in writing cleaning, maintenance or repair problems as needed.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, staff and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure.
  • Ability to work in poor weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, or snow.
  • Ability to work above ground from ladders and automatic lifts.
  • Ability to perform work according to standard procedures and schedule set forth by supervisor(s).
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
  • Works in standard office and school building environments.
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions.
  • Exposure to cleaning chemicals, solvents and contaminated trash, grasses, pollens, etc.
 The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public using the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls.
  • Frequent walking, standing, bending, grasping, repetitive motion, and reaching,
  • Occasional stooping, balancing, crouching, kneeling, and fingering.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements such as dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, extreme vibrations, hazards such as electric current, exposure to chemicals, moving mechanical parts, etc. and/or loud noises.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally and over 50 pounds rarely.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. Requires timely and regular adherence to established work schedules.

Qualifications Profile:
  • Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying.
Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
  • High School Diploma or completion of sufficient education to successfully perform the duties of the position or GED.
  • Previous experience in building and cleaning maintenance desirable.
  • Virginia Motor Vehicle Operator's license or ability to provide own transportation.
  • Certificate of health signed by a licensed physician indicating physical ability to perform custodial tasks
  • Demonstrated skills to perform assigned responsibilities
  • Must be able to do strenuous manual tasks for long periods of time and be able to lift and move heavy boxes and furniture
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable
FLSA Status:                       Non-exempt   12 month position

Posted By

Northampton County Public Schools

7207 Young Street , Machipongo, VA 23405

At the following locations

Kiptopeke Elementary School

24023 Fairview Rd. , Cape Charles, VA 23310