Vanderbilt University Nashville , TN 37201

Posted 2 months ago

The Custodian is part of the Plant Operations Building Services department at Vanderbilt University and is an individual contributor responsible for performing general housekeeping and cleaning duties in various buildings across the Vanderbilt University campus. Without this team, our university would not look or feel as it does today. In this role, you will help ensure the campus is pristine and presentable to all students, staff, and visitors. This position reports directly to the Housekeeping Supervisor.

Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.

Facilities' annual budget exceeds $100 million in operating expenses and includes over 400 employees. Facilities manages major capital project expenditures totaling ~$125 million annually and facility renewal, replacement and large maintenance project expenditures totaling ~$20 million annually.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform general cleaning duties; empty trash buckets; dust and polish furniture; wash windows and walls; clean restroom fixtures, sinks and commodes; replenish restroom supplies such as towels, tissues and soap.

  • Inspect areas for cleanliness, mechanical failures, and other inappropriate conditions.

  • Notify supervisor when maintenance repairs are needed

  • Maintain individual custodial closet supplies inventory and request supplies and equipment as needed

  • Turn on and off lights, and assigned equipment

  • Sweep, mop, wash, and vacuum floors. Spray, buff, and burnish tile floors.

  • Move furniture as necessary for cleaning.

  • Clean light fixtures.

  • Clean appliances (when requested)

  • Clean plumbing fixtures

  • Clean & service waterless urinals

  • Dispense cleaning chemicals from J-fill station

  • Pick-up and deliver supplies to various areas at the University.

  • Perform trash removal functions and recyclables.

  • Snow removal from entrances of assigned building

  • Perform custodial duties in support of events

  • Respond to custodial emergency calls if on call

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED is necessary.

  • Valid Driver License is preferred, but not required.

  • Previous custodial, housekeeping experience is preferred, but not required.

  • Previous experience in higher education is preferred

  • Customer Service driven attitude is necessary

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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