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North Smithfield School Department
North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Job Details
Job ID: 3090612 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 30, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
North Smithfield School Department
Position Title: Custodian
Reports to:
Facilities Manager, Building Administrator
Approved by: Superintendent of Schools
Revised: July 2011; April 2014
Provides students with a safe, clean, healthy and functional school building environment and grounds in which to learn and develop.
  1. Assumes responsibility and/or management as assigned for the above.
  2. Provide these services in a confidential and responsible nature.
SALARY & WORK SCHEDULE: Per NSASSP Contract. Twelve month position.

QUALIFICATIONS: (See also “Qualification Requirements”)
  1. Certification of good health signed by a licensed physician certifying that the person can meet the physical demands of the position.
  2. A willingness to assist supervisors in attaining the goals for cleanliness of a building.
  3. Demonstrated aptitude for successful fulfillment of assigned performance responsibilities.
  4. Such addition or modification to the above as the Superintendent may deem important.
  • Facilities Manager
  • Building Principal
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full time per NSASSP Contract.

  1. Perform custodial functions - keep building and premises, including sidewalks, driveways, and play areas - neat and clean at all times as assigned by the Head Custodian and/or Facilities Manager and/or Principal.
    • Items for cleaning include the following, although not all inclusive: windows, chairs, desks, tables, chalkboards, walls, signs, building face, radiators, waste containers, floors, paper dispensers, sinks, toilets, urinals, corridors, classroom floors and fixtures, drinking fountains, counters, light fixtures, mirrors, rugs, doors, furniture, and equipment - according to the schedule provided and as necessary.
  2. Perform any and all activities related to the cleaning of the buildings.
    • Activities include sweeping, dusting, mopping, washing, vacuuming, treating, spraying, removing, collecting, applying, and such other activities as necessary to maintain the building in a clean and enhanced appearance according to the schedule provided and as necessary.
  3. Move furniture or equipment within buildings as required for various activities and as directed by the Principal or Facilities Manager.
  4. Perform grounds keeping chores, as necessary, to maintain the school grounds in a safe and attractive condition.
    • Activities include sweeping, raking, lawn mowing, washing, removing, collecting, and such other activities as necessary to maintain the grounds in a clean and enhanced appearance according to the schedule provided and as necessary.
  5. Assume responsibility for the general security of the building: the opening and closing of the building each school day and determine, before leaving, that all doors and windows are secure, and all lights, except those left on for safety reasons, are turned off. Check daily to insure that all exit doors are open and all panic bolts are working properly. Check doors during the course of the day or shift to insure they are closed at all times.
  6. Assist in checking the general fire safety of the building. Know the alarm system and help conduct an annual check of the fire equipment.
  7. Maintain awareness of all water shut offs in the building in case of emergency.
  8. Maintain awareness of all electrical panels in the building in case of an emergency.
  9. Perform snow removal tasks: shovel, plow if trained and requested and/or sands walkways, driveways, parking areas and steps, as appropriate. Operate snow removal equipment as trained (walk-behind snow blowers, snow removal sweeper, tractor with or without bucket, and sit-on snow blower.)
  10. Report immediately to the Principal and/or Facilities Manager major repairs needed or any damage to school property. Note any significant occurrence or maintenance items regarding repairs required in the building in the school’s SchoolDude system.
  11. Respond to emergency situations in school buildings.
  12. Remain on the school premises during school hours and during non-school hours when the use of the building has been authorized and attendance is required by the Principal and/or the custodial supervisor.
  13. Keep an inventory of custodial supplies, equipment, and fuel on hand, and order needed replacements far enough in advance so that they may be delivered in such time as will not hinder the operation of the schools.
  14. Maintains an inventory of school supplies if requested.
  15. Comply with local laws and procedures for the storage and disposal of trash, rubbish, and waste.
  16. Provide input to budget, both short- and long-term, as requested.
  17. Perform other custodial functions as assigned or needed.
  18. In addition to the above requirements, any other qualifications and/or assignments by the Facilities Manager, Building Principal, and Superintendent which they may find appropriate.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, sill, and/or ability required.
  • Job Knowledge: The extent to which the employee has the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Judgment: The approach used in making decisions. Ability to think and act in a logical and calm manner.
  • Initiative: Willingness to approach new and difficult tasks. Ability to find new ways of accomplishing goals.
  • Quality/Quantity of Work: Accuracy, thoroughness, quantity, and time in which responsibilities and assignments are being carried out.
  • Organization and Time Management: The ability to plan and organize own work.
  • Communication: The ability to communicate with others effectively in written and/or oral communications.
  • Neatness in appearance and work: Ability to maintain appropriate neatness in dress.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain complete confidentiality of student, employee information and observations from the work dat. Ability not to spread gossip and rumors of any kind.
  • Reliability: The responsibility assumed by the employee for his or her actions.
  • Work Relations: Attitude towards work, co-workers, and the organization. Willingness and ability to work with and for others. Success in dealing with students, parents, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of Policies and Procedures: The knowledge of school and department organization policies.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility: The resourcefulness in handling assignments and solving problems, in areas other than primary responsibility. Versatile application of knowledge and skills. Flexible.
  • Attendance: The absence, arrival time, departure time, and other unscheduled time away from the job. Regular and consistent attendance is essential for this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environmental conditions are a means of describing the physical surroundings of a worker in a specific job. Occasional exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather. Noise – Level 3 – Moderate level of intensity.

Temperaments for the purpose of collecting occupational data are defined as personal traits required by a worker by specific job-worker situations. The temperaments required for this position include:
  • Attaining tolerances – Adaptability to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances, or standards
  • Performing a Variety of Duties – Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure.
Physical demands are a way of describing the physical activities that a job requires.
Rating Key:
  • Occasionally – up to 1/3 of the time
  • Frequently – from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time
  • Constantly – 2/3 of the time or more.
  1. Strength – Medium – Lift 75 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  2. Standing – (C)
  3. Walking – (C)
  4. Sitting – (O)
  5. Lifting – (C)
  6. Pushing – (C) Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves away from the force.
  7. Pulling – (C) Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves toward the force.
  8. Climbing – (O) To ascend or descend ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces.
  9. Stooping – (C) Bending the body downward and forward to bending the spine at the waist.
  10. Crouching – (C) Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.
  11. Reaching – (F) Extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  12. Handling – (C) Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand(s).
  13. Talking – (F) Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  14. Hearing – (O) Perceiving the nature of sounds by the air.GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT:
    General educational development embraces those aspects of education (formal and informal) which contribute to the worker’s reasoning development and ability to follow instructions. This is education of a general nature. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in elementary school, high school, or college. However, it derives also from experience and self-study. Ratings are based on a low of “1” and a high of “6”.

    Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. Deal with problems involving several concrete variables in or from standardized situations.

    Add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure. Perform the four operations with like common and decimal fractions. Compute ratio, rate, and percent. Draw and interpret bar graphs. Perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.

    Read a variety of novels, magazines, and encyclopedias. Read safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and methods and procedures in mechanical drawing and layout work. WRITING: Write reports and essays with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. SPEAKING: Speak before an audience with poise, voice control, and confidence, using correct English and well-modulated voice.

    For the purpose of rating jobs, training time is defined as the amount of general education development and specific vocational preparation needed for average performance on a job. Ratings are based on a low of “1” and a high of “9”. Level 3 is required for this position, which is over 30 days up to and including 3 months.

    Specific capacities/abilities of an individual in order to learn or perform adequately in a task or job duty. Ratings are based on a low of “5” and a high of “1”.
    • Intelligence: General learning ability – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Verbal: Ability to understand meanings of words and ideas associated with them, and to use them effectively – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Numerical: Ability to perform arithmetic operations quickly and accurately – Level 4 – Below average ability required.
    • Spatial Perception: Ability to comprehend forms in space and understand relationships of plane and solid objects – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Form Perception: Ability to perceive pertinent detail in objects or in pictorial or graphic material – Level 4 – Below average ability required.
    • Clerical Perception: Ability to perceive pertinent detail in verbal or tabular matter – Level 4 – Below average ability required.
    • Motor Coordination: Ability to coordinate eyes and hands or fingers rapidly and accurately in making precise movements – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Finger Dexterity: Ability to move the fingers and manipulate small objects with the fingers rapidly and accurately – Level 4 – Below average ability required.
    • Manual Dexterity: Ability to move the hands easily and skillfully – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination: Ability to move the hand and foot coordinately with each other in accordance with visual stimuli – Level 3 – Average ability required.
    • Color Discrimination: Ability to perceive or recognize similarities or differences in colors or in shades or other values of the same color or to identify a particular color – Level 4 – Below average ability required.
    Note: The above description has been developed based on the guidelines as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).
    1. Essential functions, tasks and activities were identified through on-site analysis from the employer.
    2. This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be.
    3. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.
    The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

    Position Type: Part-time
    Positions Available: 3

Equal Opportunity Employer
North Smithfield School Department is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
Please apply through School Spring. Hard copies of applications are not accepted unless requested.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Vivian Olson, Facilities Department
    412 Greenville Road
    North Smithfield, Rhode Island 02896
    Phone: 401-766-2500 X3325
    Fax: 401-765-8629



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