Custodian - Lead (A6 : SEIU L925-DES (FMD))

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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The Building Operations Section in the Facilities Management Division (FMD) is seeking a reliable and dependable leader for the custodial team. The custodian team is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of interiors and exteriors of various office and industrial facilities.
The purpose of this recruitment is to fill one immediate full time benefited position and to create a list of competitive candidates to fill future vacant positions as they become available throughout the year including special duty opportunities; however the list may be expired at any time 

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As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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Job Duties

The successful candidate at a minimum will demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Prioritize, schedule, assign, and oversee the work of custodians and floor care staff; oversee and evaluate their work; monitor their work in progress.
  • Train custodians and floor care crew, and perform administrative duties.
  • Follow-up with Supervisor on the work performed by custodians and floor care to evaluate performance and resolve issues.
  • Prioritize emergency tasks in the absence of on-site supervision; respond to emergency calls as necessary.
  • Review, assign and follow-up on maintenance work orders; including timesheet review and completion of other necessary paperwork.
  • Provide input to supervisors in preparing performance feedback and in coaching custodians and floor care staff for improved performance; may investigate and address performance and conduct issues in a timely and appropriate manner and may participate in discussions regarding disciplinary actions with higher level supervisors.
  • Perform duties of custodian and custodian floor care classifications as assigned including:
    • Mix and use cleaning chemicals and solutions.
    • Sweep and mop various types of floors, such as wood, linoleum, concrete and marble.
    • Vacuum and extract dirt from carpet.
    • Clean, stock and sanitize restrooms.
    • Dust, wipe, wash and vacuum surfaces.
    • Empty trash and recycle bins.
    • Load and unload debris and trash.
    • Request and stock various supplies.
    • Clean glass and surface area.
    • Proper use and care of all custodial and floor care equipment.
      • Washing floors with specialized floor equipment.*
      • Stripping and waxing floors with specialized floor equipment.
      • Shampooing carpets with specialized floor equipment.
  • Safely operate equipment and County-owned vehicles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Possess three years of experience performing the work of a custodian or floor care, and are able to work independently and with the team.
  • Have demonstrated skills in a leadership role and at least one year experience.
  • Skills in using a computer, specifically Maximo and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Have predictable and reliable attendance.
  • Planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Expressing and conveying ideas effectively with the public and tenants, this includes internal and external to King County.
  • Providing training to others.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Practicing and administering basic safety rules.
  • Proper use and care of all custodial equipment.

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION PROCESS: This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. A King County application is required; first consideration will be given to current King County career service employees.
ADDITIONAL POSITION INFORMATION: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The standard workweek is 40 hours. This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 925.
Please direct questions about this recruitment to Elvie Valasote by email at or by phone at (206) 477-9449. 

NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner. Final appointment is contingent upon acceptable driving history and successfully passing the fingerprint based criminal history check and a pre-employment physical examination. 

*These are the possible locations: King Street Center (Seattle), Maleng
Regional Justice Center (Kent), Downtown Seattle including the King County Correctional Facility.*

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Guided by our "
True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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Auburn, WA