Lead Custodian

  • Full-time
  • Type of employment: Regular full-time
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly)
  • Job Classification: Staff
  • Department: Custodial Services

Company Description

Augsburg University has maintained a strong academic reputation defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies since 1869. A safe and welcoming campus in the heart of Minneapolis, Augsburg offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to nearly 3,200 diverse students.

Augsburg’s mission is to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

Augsburg invites individuals who share our mission and commitment to intentional diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to join our community.  In particular, Augsburg invites BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, women, veterans and those from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Job Description

Shifts available: 

Day Lead Custodian -- Wednesday - Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Night Lead Custodian -- Thursday - Monday, 3:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

The Lead Custodian will provide direction and support for custodial workers. They will assist supervisors in training crew members. They will provide direction in the absence of the supervisors and assist the supervisors in finding and reporting projects that need to be completed.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Monitors the day shift sick call line and delegates work order assignments as needed.
  • Meets with crew members at the start of the shift in order to answer questions, give out special assignments, and distribute work orders.
  • Completes regular inspections of assigned areas.
  • Provides custodial staff work direction throughout the shift as needed.
  • Assists in the training of crew members in new procedures, chemicals, and equipment.
  • Assists in the training and orientation of new crew members.
  • Works on projects as assigned by supervisor.
  • Fills in for absent workers.
  • Performs light repair of custodial equipment.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Assist co-workers with supply and equipment needs and disburse the delivery to supply cage.
  • Prepares reports on activities performed on weekends and when the supervisor is absent.
  • Summer and school break apartment turn cleaning to include; window washing, carpet extraction, kivacing restrooms, and waxing floors.
  • Biohazard cleanup.
  • Assist with event cleanup.
  • Snow shoveling for assigned entryway areas.
  • Clean outside entryways, up to 15 feet from the door, and keep them free of debris, cigarette butts, etc.
  • Tag equipment for major repairs and advise the manager or supervisor.
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor(s).

Work environment and physical demands:

  • Frequent balancing, hearing, seeing, smelling, walking.
  • Frequent standing, sitting, stooping, walking.
  • Regular grasping, repetitive motions (twisting).
  • Occasional balancing, climbing, kneeling, pulling, reaching, talking
  • Occasional carrying up to 50 pounds and lifting up to 75 pounds.
  • Occasional talking.
  • Infrequent crawling, feeling, fingering, sitting.
  • Exposure to irritating substances: cleaning chemicals.
  • Exposure to long or irregular hours: may work nights and weekends.
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, mold, dampness and odors.


Minimum qualifications: 

  • High School graduate or GED required.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience on operating various types of equipment used for floor care maintenance such as automatic scrubbers, floor machines, wet/dry vacuums, burnishers, vacuums, floor sweepers, Kivacs and carpet extractors.
  • Basic computer skills--word processing, Excel, email.
  • Basic equipment repair and preventative maintenance.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment.
  • Ability to be attentive to details, be accurate, be precise.
  • Ability to lead/teach.
  • Ability to work in a team environment or independently with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to assign and delegate work to peers.
  • Ability to show initiative; multi-task and organize workflow; manage one or more multiple projects; and handle frequent interruptions preferred.
  • Ability to reason/analyze preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate patience, understanding preferred.

Additional Information

All applicants must attach the following for consideration: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Benefits at Augsburg

Augsburg University offers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards program including: 

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage

  • A generous 403(b) matching program with an employer contributions of up to 8% upon eligibility

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses and dependents, and participation in the Tuition Exchange program with colleges and universities throughout the US

  • Generous paid time-off, including 14 paid holidays, 12 sick days, 2 community service days, and vacation of up to 22 days per year immediately upon hire

  • Employer-paid STD, LTD and life insurance

  • Enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all employees

Augsburg’s Statement regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

For the safety of our students, employees and the community in which we live and work, Augsburg requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  For individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to religious or medical reasons,  Augsburg offers exemptions and accommodations.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.  

Augsburg University is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, familial status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or public assistance status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete our application process, please contact our Human Resources Department at phone number: 612-330-1058 or email: [email protected]

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