Senior Custodian - Newark - Newark - job 745829


Date: 05/04/2021

City: Newark, New Jersey

Employment type: Full-time

Company Description

About KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students for success in college and in life. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to educate 7,035 students in grades K-12 across 15 schools in Newark and Camden. More than 90% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals. 

By 2025, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and five in Camden providing a world-class education to over 10,300 students. To learn more, visit

Job Description

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Daily cleaning of all school-used spaces and property in accordance to regional standards

  • Respond to student accidents, spills, and urgent needs

  • Daily inspection of buildings and grounds to note conditions and see that needed work is done in a timely fashion

  • Maintain working knowledge of problems, procedures, and operations involved in inspecting, analyzing, and planning building and ground maintenance and heating and ventilating work to be done

  • Manage lunchroom set up and clean-up for lunch periods and events as required

  • Maintain and update work order ticketing system daily

  • Manage special projects related to building maintenance and upkeep

  • Ability to proactively implement preventative maintenance plans and report any issues to DCO

Safety and Compliance

  • Schedule and execute all yearly inspections pertaining to facility systems including fire alarm, fire extinguishers, fire suppression, mechanical systems, etc.

  • Maintain the building’s Life Safety systems

Vendor Management

  • Manage all facility related vendors and report any issues to DSO

  • Monitor the quality of the work performed by the evening cleaning company every day

  • Create and manage schedules for small capital and preventative maintenance projects.

People Management

  • Mentor and supervise Junior Custodian in building.



  • Previous custodial experience in a school or professional setting

  • Highly capable and comfortable using power tools and facility related equipment

  • Current Black Seal License required

  • General carpentry and handyman skills

  • Experience using a work order system

  • In depth knowledge of building systems including HVAC, electrical, and plumbing

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Highly effective communication skills via phone, email, and in person

  • Must have valid driver's license

  • Must be available 24/7 to handle school related emergencies.


  • Ability to multitask, works collaboratively, and maintains focus in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to utilize various types of electronic and information systems used by the organization—cell phone, computer, email and job tracking system


  • Experienced in construction practices including site safety, communication

  • Knowledge of asbestos containing materials handling and management

  • Knowledge of life safety systems, safety drills procedures and best practices

  • Experience developing and maintaining project plans

  • Proficiency in Spanish

Physical Requirements

  • The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands:

  • Ability to lift, bend, and pull more than 50 pounds

Additional Information

Compensation & Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary, KIPP NJ offers a full comprehensive benefits plan, including health care, retirement, an optional subsidized wireless plan through Verizon, a school laptop and transportation benefits for TEAMmates commuting into New Jersey from the Philadelphia area. 

KIPP New Jersey | KIPP Miami is an equal opportunity employer.

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