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Custodial Supervisor

Job Description


Supervises and participates in the work of one or more custodial crews which provide custodial services necessary to maintain a college campus or facility in a clean and orderly condition for effective use by students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Typical Duties

Participates in, supervises, and reviews the work of a custodial crew.

Assures adherence to prescribed policies, procedures, work standards, and related requirements in assigned area.

Instructs subordinates in the safe use of ladders, cleaning solvents, custodial equipment, and cleaning techniques.

Responds to emergency and maintenance calls; assigns staff to perform cleanup and related custodial work.

Maintains time reports and other staff records.

Inspects the work of custodial staff.

Ensures that the work of the assigned staff meets prescribed performance standards and addresses performance deficiencies.

Cleans and/or dusts walls, windows, desks, furniture, cabinets, light and plumbing fixtures, window coverings, lockers, and related items.

Sweeps, dust mops, wet mops, scrubs, strips, seals, waxes, and polishes floors.

Gathers and disposes of rubbish, paper, and other debris; empties and washes refuse s from interior and exterior locations.

Moves, sets up, and adjusts chairs, tables, desks, furniture, and equipment as required for classroom and special activities.

Vacuums, shampoos, and spot treats carpeting.

Services soap dispensers, towel and tissue boxes, and similar fixtures.

Cleans chalkboards/whiteboards, trays, and erasers.

Sweeps and cleans walkways, lunch areas, parking lots, tennis courts, stadiums, and other paved areas using manual and power equipment.

Requisitions, receives, distributes, and keeps records of custodial supplies and equipment.

May supervise recycling activities.

May operate a trash compactor and other equipment such as sweepers, blowers, power washers, electric carts, scrubbing machines, and steam cleaning machines.

May operate college-owned vehicles on public streets.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Custodial Supervisor serves as an assistant shift supervisor for a group of Custodians which is sufficiently large to require intermediate levels of supervision to assure custodial assignments are completed in an effective, efficient, and timely manner; or may serve as a shift supervisor for a group of Custodians which is sufficiently small to allow personal and immediate supervision of all custodial activities on the shift; may perform a variety of custodial work.

A Senior Custodial Supervisor is responsible for all custodial activities on an assigned shift which has multiple custodial crews at a college campus.

A Custodian performs a wide variety of custodial duties to keep assigned areas of buildings and paved areas in a clean, safe, sanitary, and orderly condition.


General supervision is received from a Senior Custodial Supervisor or Operations Manager. Immediate supervision is exercised over Custodians.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Methods, materials, and equipment used in custodial work

Principles of supervision and training

Custodial sanitation and sterilization methods and techniques

Proper and safe use and storage of cleaning compounds

Proper and safe use of ladders

Common custodial tools and equipment

Safe lifting and moving techniques

Applicable fire and safety rules and regulations

Recordkeeping procedures

Basic features of computer equipment

Proper and safe use of equipment used for window washing

Skill in:

Operation of common custodial tools and equipment

Ability to:

Plan, coordinate, schedule, and supervise the work of a small custodial crew

Train and advise subordinates on the use of custodial methods and techniques

Train and advise subordinates on the use of custodial tools and equipment

Read and interpret labels on cleaning compounds and advise subordinates on proper use and potential hazards

Perform sustained physical work

Give clear and concise oral and written instructions

Safely lift and move moderately heavy furniture, equipment, and supplies

Work effectively and harmoniously around college students, faculty, staff, and community members

Maintain records of supplies and equipment

Learn rules, regulations, collective bargaining unit agreements, and procedures affecting custodial staff

Learn general and specialized computer applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid custodial experience. One year of the required experience must have been in a supervisory capacity. Successful completion of three college semester units in supervision or management OR 60 hours of coursework at an adult school in supervision or management may substitute for the required one year of experience in a supervisory capacity.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Physical Requirement:

Ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about their ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, they should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

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