Job Description

Custodian III 

Location: Desert Shadows Elementary School

10 months, 8 hours/day

Grade 13, $15.14/hour

Non-Interim Position

Start Date: 7/9/2024

Purpose Statement

The job of Custodian III is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the educational process with specific responsibilities for custodial services at an assigned elementary school; ensuring an attractive, sanitary and safe environment for students, staff and visitors; performing a variety of special cleaning operations; overseeing the preparation of facilities for classroom activities and campus events; scheduling assigned contracted custodians; and ensuring that assignments were completed properly.

This job reports to Building Administrator and Supervisor of Custodial and Grounds

Essential Functions

Attends unit meetings, in-service training, workshops, etc. for the purpose of gathering information required to perform job functions.

Cleans assigned facilities and/or grounds (e.g. classrooms, offices, gym, restrooms, multipurpose rooms, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a sanitary, safe and attractive environment.

Consults with administrative personnel for the purpose of planning, prioritizing and scheduling custodial activities and achieving site maintenance objectives.

Coordinate facility preparation with contracted custodial services for extra curricular and community activities (e.g. setting up rooms, opening doors, preparing the multipurpose room, etc.) for the purpose of delivering services in an efficient and timely manner.

Delivers a variety of items (e.g. supplies, mail, packages, furniture, etc.) for the purpose of distributing materials to the appropriate parties within site.

Inspects facilities for the purpose of ensuring that the site is suitable for safe operations, maintained in an attractive and clean condition, identifying necessary repairs to facilities and/or equipment, etc.

Maintains a variety of documents, files and records (e.g. custodial schedules, inventory records, calendar of events, etc.) for the purpose of providing an up to date reference.

Maintains supplies and equipment (e.g. cleaning solutions, paper products, vacuums, mops, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of custodial items required to properly maintain facilities.

Monitors students and staff in and around work areas (e.g. halls, multipurpose rooms, lunch room, restrooms, grounds, etc.) for the purpose of preventing injuries and ensuring site safety.

Orders equipment, supplies and materials for the purpose of maintaining availability of required items and completing jobs efficiently and maintaining a budget.

Performs minor maintenance repairs and tasks (e.g. changing lights and adjusting timers, moving furniture, replacing ballasts, unclogging toilets, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and sanitary school environment.

Prepares site for daily operations (e.g. opening gates, raising flags, sweeping walkway, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring facilities are operational and hazard free.

Prepares written materials (e.g. supply requisitions, safety inspections, work orders, inventory records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and/or relating activities to administration for action.

Responds to inquiries from staff, students, parents, and/or visitors for the purpose of providing information, taking appropriate action and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.

Responds to immediate safety and/or operational concerns (e.g. facility damage, vandalism, alarms, etc.) for the purpose of taking appropriate action or notifying appropriate personnel for resolution.

Schedules facility maintenance activities and assigned contracted services personnel for the purpose of directing services in an efficient and timely manner.

Supports other site maintenance staff (e.g. grounds, trades, etc.) for the purpose of completing site custodial activities.

Supports a variety of campus work projects (e.g. Community Education, PTA, PTO, contractors, etc.) for the purpose of completing activities and/or delivering services in a timely fashion.

Trains assigned personnel (e.g. handling of equipment, use of chemicals, etc.) for the purpose of developing professional trade and safety awareness skills and ensuring work goals are achieved.

Transports a variety of tools, equipment, supplies, etc. for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site.

Other Functions

Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: monitoring electrical and mechanical systems including fire and security alarms; operating equipment and materials used in industrial maintenance; assembling and/or repairing office and classroom equipment; operating a computer and pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or ratios; understand written procedures, write routine documents, and speak clearly; and understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: guidelines regarding the storage and use of chemicals; methods of industrial cleaning including floor and carpet; basic tools for minor repairs; and general maintenance tasks - plumbing, electrical and painting; safety practices and procedures.

ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather and/or collate data; and consider a number of factors when using equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing specific, defined processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals; work with a variety of data; and utilize a variety of types of job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to identify issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data may require independent interpretation; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; meeting deadlines and schedules; maintaining a good rapport with students, staff and community.


Responsibilities include: working under direct supervision using standardized procedures; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; utilization of some resources from other work units may be required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to have some impact on the organization’s services.

Work Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some climbing and balancing, significant stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 10% sitting, 80% walking, and 10% standing. The job is performed under temperature extremes and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Experience:  Job related experience is desired.

Education:   High school diploma or equivalent.


Required Testing                                   Certificates and Licenses       

Online Driver Training Certification            Driver's License & Evidence of Insurability                                                                                       


Continuing Educ./Training                    


Criminal Background Clearance

FLSA Status - Non Exempt

Paradise Valley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or Title II of the Genetic Information NonDiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Primary Location: Desert Shadows ES

Shift Type: 1.0 FTE

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Monday, May 13, 2024 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

Application Instructions

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