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This is administrative work involving management and direction of custodial and linen services at institution housing facilities.
Work involves supervising and directing a group of domestic and custodial workers engaged in a variety of cleaning and laundry tasks. This employee is responsible for the training, assignment, direction, and supervision of a housekeeping and custodial force and for scheduling work in such a manner as to meet normal housekeeping requirements. Work assignments and job orders are received by conferences, memoranda, or requests. An employee in this class must use considerable independent judgment based on experience in planning and assigning housekeeping work. All work is performed under general administrative direction and is reviewed by conferences, discussion of work problems, occasional inspection, and observation of results obtained.


Plans, lays out, schedules, and assigns the work of a group of housekeepers and custodial workers performing a variety of custodial and miscellaneous housekeeping services such as cleaning, scrubbing, mopping and washing rooms, toilets, hallways, and other areas.

Conducts training which familiarizes custodial workers with particular problems involved in housekeeping and custodial services in a housing facility.

Holds conferences with assistants and superiors; makes frequent inspections of the building, including room, toilets, storage spaces, hallways, fixtures, and equipment to observe the results of work of the staff.

Requisitions linen and supplies; supervises laundry service, window washing, and trash disposal.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school and considerable experience in responsible supervisory positions in housekeeping work, including some administrative experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of materials, implements, and devices used in building cleaning operations.

Thorough knowledge of effective supervisory methods and techniques.

Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and inspect the work of a large group of subordinate personnel.

Ability to instruct new employees in custodial techniques.

Ability to work from written and oral instructions, to make changes in the work program, and to meet frequent changes in service needs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and heads of the various departments.



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