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Custodial Supervisor 1 (5187U), Facilities Services - 48015
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 17, 2023
Title Custodial Supervisor 1 (5187U), Facilities Services - 48015
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Custodial Supervisor 1 (5187U), Facilities Services - 48015

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community.

Custodial Services offers housekeeping services to public space, offices, labs and classrooms.

The Custodial unit provides a range of cleaning maintenance and event support across the UC Berkeley campus. It provides support for more than 11 million square feet of building space, as well as athletic and auxiliaries spaces.

Our team of professional employees supports the University's mission by providing quality services for and management of physical assets and the stewardship of resources in accordance with University policies, values, regulatory requirements, and best practice standards. The team provides service to all campus areas including classrooms, athletic facilities, wet and dry laboratories and public spaces.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 31, 2023


  • Supervises the daily activities of custodial employees.
  • Is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of services to his/her area.
  • Supervises a staff of approximately 26 - 34 people assigning and reviewing work, assuring that work quality and work-frequency standards are met.
  • Fosters positive relations with clients, assures that staff have the supplies and equipment needed to do their jobs, trains staff with respect to safe work practices and proper use of equipment and products, evaluates employee performance, and participates in the progressive discipline of staff.
  • Assigns work orders to appropriately trained staff.
  • Responds to complaints and requests from clients.
  • Meets with clients regularly to review service delivery and clients' concerns.
  • Keeps clients informed with respect to changes in staffing and service delivery.
  • Reports job related injuries and illnesses according to established procedures.
  • Develops and monitors modified assignments for injured or ill employees.
  • Assures that employees submit proper medical documentation when injured or ill.
  • Manages performance management.
  • Counsels employees concerning performance and other problems.
  • Documents problems and counseling sessions.
  • Keeps his/her supervisor informed of problems and recommends disciplinary action.
  • Helps manage discipline cases.
  • Evaluates performance of all of his/her staff annually.
  • Recommends merit increases and merit-bonus awards.
  • Maintains scheduling within prescribed budgetary guidelines.
  • Submits payroll information for all of his/her employees online.
  • Reports the time worked on jobs on-line.
  • Approves and schedules vacation leave for his/her subordinates.
  • Serves as a member of Custodial Services' management team.
  • Collects data, fills-in for subordinates in their absence, and performs other duties as needed.
  • Plans, organizes and directs routine custodial operations.
  • Assures that work is done on time and to departmental standards.
  • Works with crew leaders to resolve service-delivery problems.
  • Participates in the Quality Assurance Program by performing inspections according to a set schedule.
  • Trains and supervises the custodial staff to maintain an orderly, safe, and efficient cleaning operation.
  • Assures that employees are trained with respect to custodial methods that only authorized equipment and products are used and that they are used properly, and that employees observe safe work practices.
  • Assures that safety training is conducted monthly.
  • Submits training reports to his/her supervisor and Facilities Services safety officer.
  • Requires knowledge in the care and use of power equipment.
  • Tests new equipment and products.
  • Makes recommendations with respect to adding the same to the program.
  • Maintains proper inventory needs and purchase inventory.
  • Enforces safety, hazardous materials and custodial policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Maintains file of Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Reports safety hazards and vandalism.
  • Requests services from other Facilities Services units via the web server.
  • Enforces bio-hazardous materials and equipment and clean room policies and procedures.
  • Enforces proper handling and mixture of chemicals.
  • Works with the department Human Resources and custodial management involving discipline cases.
  • Supervisor assignments are fluid based on operational need.
  • Proper notification will be given if a change is needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Advance knowledge in custodial and housekeeping services.
  • Supervisor or Lead experience.
  • Motivating performance skills.
  • Knowledgeable in controlling resources.
  • Expert knowledge in diagnosing problems and designing solutions to complex social issues that are common in housekeeping.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and/or learn written custodial department policies and procedures, safety policies and procedures, and other University policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions related to maintenance and custodial operations, and the ability to train others in these areas.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language, active listening, flexibility, critical thinking, multi-task and time management.
  • Working knowledge of and ability for decision making, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, and perform operations analysis, and quality control analysis.
  • Working knowledge and skill in effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel.
  • Ability to effectively work with staff and students from diverse backgrounds and who speak multiple languages.
  • Basic computer skills with the ability to learn new programs and hardware.
  • Ability to attend shifts that may occur during the week, weekend, or holiday.
  • Ability to be on an on-call weekend custodial supervisor rotation.


  • High school diploma or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Bloodborne pathogen and sharps disposal training.
  • Experience/training to be considered in the subject matter of housekeeping.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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