01.04.14 - Custodian Job Description

Custodian Job Description Policy Number and Last Update

Title: Custodian

Reports to: Director/Site Supervisor

Supervises: None

FLSA: Non-Exempt

General Summary

Under the general supervision of the Director or Site Supervisor, the Custodian has the primary responsibility for cleaning the center in such a way to promote health and safety while reducing the spread of infection. It is the role of the custodian to follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedules at the Migrant Head Start center including, but not limited to, the classrooms, kitchen, office areas, bathrooms, storage areas and entrances. The custodian follows the cleaning schedule when the children are not in the center so no interference with their care occurs. The custodian may also be responsible for performing additional duties not stipulated below. If so, these duties are specified as an addendum to this description. These additional duties may include general building and grounds maintenance, laundry, etc.

Essential Functions:

  1. Follows and completes the center's daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedule. These duties include:
    1. Collects and bags all garbage from the center, placing the tied bags in a closed dumpster.
    2. Disinfects and cleans garbage and trashcans, and changes bags daily.
    3. Washes and sanitizes bathrooms fixtures daily with germicidal solution.
    4. Using germicidal solution, wet mops all washable floors daily including kitchen, bathroom, office and classroom.
    5. Washes bathroom, kitchen, classroom and other windows (inside and outside) and walls using germicidal solution as scheduled or needed.
  2. Vacuums all carpeting daily.
  3. Sweeps and clears entrance spaces, daily.
  4. Dusts, washes and sanitizes other surfaces as specified in schedule.
  5. Performs other cleaning duties as specified in schedule.
  6. Refills paper towel, tissue, toilet paper and hand soap in all dispensers.
  7. Changes light bulbs, as needed.
  8. Reports the following to the Director, or designated staff person:
    1. Presence of animals, vermin or insects.
    2. Need for cleaning supplies or equipment repair in advance.
    3. Water leaks, and other maintenance needs.
    4. All other health and safety hazards noticed.
  9. Participates in emergency drills and environmental safety activities, as requested.
  10. Attends and participates in center pre-service and in-service trainings.
  11. Performs other duties as specified in job description addendum or as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Recommended Employment Qualifications


It is preferred that the Custodian have training in the custodial field.


 Experience in the custodial field desirable. Knowledge of proper cleaning methods required. Knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income and migrant families. Effective oral and written communication skills commensurate with the responsibilities of the position are required.

Additional Requirements:

Ability to pass a physical exam every two years and a TB test yearly. Must be able to comply with background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and/or Illinois Licensing Agency. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community. Visual acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed. Must be free of communicable diseases and breathing impairments. Manual dexterity sufficient to: manipulate cleaning supplies and equipment. Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills. Ability to learn and comprehend information from Procedures Manuals and other materials. Must be able to physically move through the center and classrooms. Ability to lift 55 pounds is required. Successful experience working as an effective member of a team desirable. Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff & clients also desirable. Regular access to a reliable vehicle, a valid Illinois driver's license and vehicle insurance is preferred. Must possess personal qualifications as required in Section 407.100 of the Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, including: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of Head Start, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.

Working Conditions:

Tasks that involve possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues. Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets and rural roads during business travel, including evenings and weekends. Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones and personal contacts are Category III tasks. Possible exposure to communicable diseases. This job involves standing for long periods as well as stooping, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and climbing. Able to work a flexible schedule. Must be able to travel, enter, and exit a vehicle without assistance and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions. Wearing of protective equipment, such as latex gloves, per OSHA regulations is required.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.