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Portland Public Schools

23/24 SY Applicant Pool - Part Time Custodian

Portland, OR

Posting Timeline

Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

Posting Timeline: 7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024

This job posting is for Custodians who work part-time (29 hours a week) in the evening, Monday to Friday. Your regular shift would start at a set time between the hours of 3:45pm to 5:00pm, depending on your school assignment. This is a year-round position with work through the summer, winter and spring breaks (260 work days). With the change of pace during the summer, winter, and spring breaks you'll coordinate with your supervisor to work a temporary day schedule.

Selection Process: Eligible candidates will be invited to interview as vacancies occur.

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Conditions of Employment: At the time of employment, new hires must successfully pass a criminal background check, provide proof of employment eligibility, and pass a physical exam in which they can safely perform job related responsibilities.

Position Details

Your mission as part of the Custodial Team is to enhance the learning environment of our students by providing facilities that are clean and well managed, resulting in every school receiving a high level of customer service and support. As a stand out Custodian you are professional, a natural problem solver, and a teamplayer. You may have previous custodial experience or are new to being a Custodian but have the teamplayer mindset and eagerness to learn in order to support the PPS Graduate Portrait.

What you will do
  • You'll collaborate with your team to ensure your building is clean. Tasks include being able to dust, sweep, mop, wax floors, wash windows, clean sumps, vacuum, clean carpets, empty waste baskets/garbage cans, etc.
  • You'll prioritize the cleaning of different types of rooms including restrooms, kitchens, cafeterias, gymnasiums, etc.
  • You'll ensure your building is well maintained and change lights, perform minor maintenance, or other general custodial duties.
  • You'll work with school staff to set up your building for after school activities, special events, and/or meetings.
  • You'll aid staff with special projects such as moving heavy, bulky items.
  • You'll be available to be on call for after hours emergency assistance to the building if needed.
  • You'll collaborate in building wide Equity initiatives that promote the PPS mission.
  • Eventually you'll know your building well and may be responsible for locking and securing the building at the end of your shift.
  • You may be assigned other reasonably related duties.

What you bring
  • You can speak, read, and write in English.
  • You can demonstrate your ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions, ask questions, and seek the direction or assistance of the head Custodian.
  • You are able to use good judgment and communicate successfully with the building Principal, students, teachers, staff and the general public during and after school hours.
  • You are able to work successfully with diverse employees and perform consistently with a customer service model.
  • You are able to learn and operate boilers, heating and ventilation and simple maintenance.
  • You are able to operate minor mechanical equipment such as waxers, polishers, scrubbers, edgers, power lawn mowers, wet/dry vacuums etc.
  • You have a working knowledge of district cleaning materials, methods, equipment and principles of sanitation.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment in general plant surveillance for building protection and occupant safety.
  • You are proficient with basic computer skills.
  • You are able to bend, stoop, twist, walk, carry and lift for eight hours per day.
  • You must possess a physical condition sufficient to maintain a rigorous work schedule requiring continuous physical exertion and heavy lifting; Ability to lift 0-50 lbs.
  • You are able to be on call, after hours, for emergency assistance to the building if needed.
  • You can review a comprehensive list of qualifications by clicking here.

Where you will be
  • Your school assignment will be within the Portland city limits
  • Your school is assigned based on what is available after you complete your training, so your flexibility is essential
  • As a current employee you will be eligible to transfer when other school assignments become available

What we offer
  • Pay: SEIU Bargaining Agreement Appendix B - $20.37 per hour
    • SEIU Contract is currently under review
    • Employees are paid on a monthly basis, on the last business day of each month
    • The pay periods begin on the 16th and ends on the 15th of the following month
  • Benefits:
  • *Effective the 2024-2025 school year* elegible for part-time medical and pharmacy benefits.
  • You have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers free counseling services financial services, will preparation kits, legal services and more
  • You are paid for on the job training and receive continued career support from leaders
  • You are paid on district holidays, accrue sick leave and other paid time off (PTO)

Does serving as a Custodian sound like a good fit? We would love to hear from you! To be considered for our Custodian opportunities please submit an application.

Benefits Information

Portland Public Schools (PPS) offers several competitive and comprehensive benefit packages to employees. Fringe benefits include medical, employee assistance program, 403(b) retirement savings plan and various leave and professional development programs. Depending on the insurance option selected by the employee, there may be an employee contribution toward insurance.

Portland Public Schools is a public employer and participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP). Eligible employees are required by statute to contribute 6% of salary on a pre-tax basis to OPSRP/IAP, after serving six months under a PERS employer.

For more information about additional benefits or compensation options by employee group, please visit our website at:


Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It is the policy of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status in any educational programs, activities or employment.

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, every employee, despite having different roles, is an educator. We hope to attract talented educators who model the core PPS Educator Essentials. With the District's focus on eliminating systemic racism and its adverse impact on student learning, we seek to hire individuals who bring to our district a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. To learn more about Portland Public Schools, please visit the District website: here

Client-provided location(s): Portland, OR, USA
Job ID: portland_public_schools-26500
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • Pension
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Latinx founded/led