Aug 12, 2022

Building Attendant

  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont, CA, USA
Full-Time Facilities Other

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Building Attendant independently performs duties related to the housekeeping operations of the College. Performs routine and non-routine duties, participates in set-up and breakdown for special events and moves furniture. The Building Attendant is expected to safely use and maintain all related cleaning equipment and perform a variety of tasks requiring physical dexterity, safe work practices, and a knowledge of cleaning chemicals, methods, procedures, supplies and equipment.  Maintain facilities in a clean, orderly, and safe condition.


About Harvey Mudd College:

Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions.  According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”


Duties and Responsibilities:

·     Clean offices, classrooms, science facilities, lecture halls, athletic facilities, rest rooms and residential quarters; performs periodic and annual cleaning services/duties.

·    Clean toilets, urinals, windows, furnishings, and light fixtures; changes light bulbs, sweeps, and vacuums. Dusts and polishes a variety of surfaces and washes walls. Cleans and disinfects a variety of surfaces. Cleans writing surfaces and erasers.

·    Scrub and refinishes floors and carpets; refinishes hard, resilient, and wood floors; operates mechanical floor cleaners, polishers, and carpet cleaning equipment.

·    Dispose of trash and other debris.

·    Remove graffiti.

·    Perform furniture set-up and breakdown for meetings and special events; moves furniture, such as desks, chairs, mattresses, and other furniture.

·    Services dispensing machines; activates and deactivates electronic alarm systems, secures facilities.

·    Request’s cleaning supplies and materials. Maintains well-stocked and organized supply closets and carts. May perform minor repairs, including minor plumbing, mechanical or electrical repairs, which may include replacing washers in simple basin faucets, replace light bulbs, or tighten window or door hinges, knobs, locks.

·    Participate in emergency response activities. 

·    Respond to emergency situations, including turning off water and gas and other appropriate actions.

·    Perform other related duties.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·    Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of maintenance, use, safe operation and repair of cleaning supplies, tools, and equipment, knowledge of cleaning chemicals and safe working practices and procedures.

·    Ability to learn proper use of fire extinguishers.

·    Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, push, pull, stoop, twist, stretch, lift up to 50 pounds from floor to waist level without assistance, climb ladders up to 20 feet with assistance and up to 10 feet unassisted, and be able to work on feet for prolonged periods of time.

·    Ability to effectively and efficiently clean and maintain an assigned area within a predetermined time schedule.

·    Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions in English.

·    Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

·    Ability to work well without continuous supervision.

·    A willingness and ability to work overtime in emergency situations.

·    Demonstrated commitment to and proven skills in providing quality customer service.

·    Ability to maintain open channels of communication with student, faculty, staff, and off campus constituents.

·    Ability to respond promptly to customer inquiries.

·    Ability to handle and resolve customer complaints.

·    Ability to direct requests and unresolved issues to the appropriate resource for resolution.

·    Ability to learn internal processes and report details of inquiries, comments, complaints, and actions taken to the appropriate resource for resolution.

·    Ability to effectively work individually or in teams as well as with diverse groups.

·    Ability to take initiative and follow-up on matters as needed and as appropriate.

·    Ability to work effectively in a service-oriented environment subject to frequently changing priorities.

·    Ability to observe and practice safe working habits.


Required Qualifications:

Education/Experience:  Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and ability for the position.


Licenses/Certifications: May require a valid California Driver's License and possess and maintain a driving record acceptable to the Colleges' insurance carrier.


Grooming:  Harvey Mudd College seeks to always maintain a neat and professional image. A uniform is required and will be provided.  Use of personal protective equipment and other safety equipment will be provided when required by an assignment.


Uniform: Harvey Mudd College seeks to always maintain a neat and professional image. A uniform is required and will be provided.  Use of personal protective equipment and other safety equipment will be provided when required by an assignment.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience: At least one year of paid employment experience in custodial or building maintenance assignment(s).


Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit; stand use hands and fingers and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.                 



Friday through Tuesday, 7:00a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Assignments may include day shifts, swing shifts, and graveyard shifts and may be changed at any time. Hours may vary due to the needs of the department or College.  Must be able and willing to work weekends and holidays as assigned.



This is a non-exempt, full-time, benefits-eligible position.


Tests: A functional capacity test and background check is required.



Reports to the Custodial Services Manager


Application Process:

Application Procedures:

Please visit  to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information on how to submit an application.   Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at


Deadline to apply:

Position will remain open until filled.


Additional Information:

All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 vaccine booster and provide proof of vaccination and booster, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.


This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Regular employment at the College is for no specified period; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.


July 2022



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