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2708 Custodian (As-Needed/Seasonal Work) - Custodial Services

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Who We Are



The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person

We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity and are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers, and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning. Under supervision, The 2708 Substitute Custodian will be “as needed” in the event of a custodial absence. They will report to an assigned facility if called and perform routine manual cleaning tasks in public buildings, schools, other facilities, and surrounding areas; and perform related duties as required.

Substitute Custodians must be able to report, with same-day notification, for the morning, night, or weekend shifts and are not guaranteed minimum working hours. Employees in this class are responsible for following established methods and procedures in the application of simple manual skills and the use of cleaning tools, equipment, and supplies to clean interiors of buildings, other facilities, and surrounding areas. Nature of work requires sustained physical effort involving continuous light work and occasional heavy work in moving or lifting furniture and equipment, with some exposure to accident and injury hazards and disagreeable elements.

Job Duties:
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Sweeps, scrubs, mops, and waxes floors; vacuums and cleans rugs and carpets.
  • Cleans, dust, and polishes surfaces; empties and cleans waste receptacles.
  • Cleans stairways and hallways; cleans and disinfects restrooms and replenishes supplies; may perform minor duties in unclogging sinks and toilets; cleans offices and lobbies; cleans ceilings, walls, window shades, light fixtures, and Venetian blinds.
  • Assists in moving and arranging furniture and equipment.
  • Unlocks doors, opens windows, and turns on lights; secures doors and windows, turns out lights.
  • Operates scrubbers, buffers, waxers, and related electrical appliances and equipment; may tend simple, low-pressure heating and ventilating systems; may check water levels in gauges and periodically perform routine servicing to boilers and pumps.
  • Cleans auditoriums, gymnasiums, clubhouses, and locker rooms; picks up papers and rubbish in play areas; hangs flags and decorations; reports evidence of vandalism, broken plumbing, windows, doors, locks, etc.
  • Washes interior glass partitions and interior and exterior windows which can be easily reached from floor or ground level.
  • Performs minor duties in repairing chairs, desks, and toys.
  • Performs other related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Requires good working knowledge of the methods, materials, chemicals, disinfectants, safety practices, and equipment used in janitorial work.
  • Requires ability and skill to use and care for janitorial equipment and supplies; read and write, follow written and verbal directions.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience,special skills, and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additionalqualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job

1. Six (6) months (1040 hours) verifiable paid full-time custodial or janitorial experience at a commercial building
(such as an office building, warehouse, retail or wholesale store, or non-profit agency or a commercial facility(such
as a university, hospital stadium, auditorium, hotel/motel, etc.);
2. Certificate of completion of a Custodial Training Program equivalent to those certified by the City and County of
San Francisco Human Services Agency;
3. Verification of current enrollment in a custodial training course equivalent to those certified by the City and
County of San Francisco Human Services Agency at the time of application. Candidates who are enrolled in a
custodial training course at the time of application must submit verification of having completed the course (e.g., a
copy of their certificate), prior to appointment. Candidates will remain under waiver until such time that
verification is provided.

Desired Qualifications

The Strongest Candidate Will Have:

  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools and a passionate belief in SFUSD’s commitment to instructional leadership as a lever toward delivering on the SFUSD Graduate Profile
  • A strong record of managing organizational change and initiating key innovations
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles within a complex organization
  • A proven record of effectively planning, organizing, and using resources to take action and achieve goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with senior-level district staff and colleagues
  • Experience and success with effective written and verbal communication, facilitation, and presentations to large groups and a variety of audiences (e.g., staff meetings, executive briefings, public board meetings, memos)
  • Ability to work effectively in difficult situations that involve confidential and sensitive matters
  • Knowledge of computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to report for an eight-hour shift anytime between 6:00 AM and 11:30 PM seven days a week
  • California Class C Driver’s license preferred

What We Offer

SFUSD offers $23.13 an hour for the 2708 As-needed Custodian position. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

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  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

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San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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