Head custodians are responsible for providing janitorial services and supervising janitorial staff in a variety of facilities, such as schools, hospitals, and large businesses.
Head custodians must oversee their staff, which may include training, hiring, and firing, and they are often responsible for scheduling employees' work hours, maintaining time cards, and referring time cards to the appropriate personnel. They may create plans for staff to clean each room thoroughly within the time allotted, as well as order necessary materials for their job while staying within a budget. Head custodians also perform standard janitorial work, such as cleaning the interior, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, and waxing floors, as well as maintaining the building's exterior by mowing the lawn and trimming other plants. They may also perform minor repairs and standard maintenance, such as changing HVAC filters or light bulbs and replenishing necessary supplies.
When a head custodian is not qualified to conduct a repair, they must contact the appropriate licensed professional to do so, and their overall job is to ensure a safe, attractive, and clean work environment at all times. Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though prior experience is highly beneficial and may be required by employers.
Head Custodian Tasks
Meet with management to analyze costs of various facility needs and establish maintenance priorities.
Train new employees to ensure safety, cleanliness and efficiency.
Oversee all tasks within the custodial department, including cleaning, services, supplies and equipment maintenance.