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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 678K
Category: Inst. Food & Personal Services


Positions in this level lead and/or supervise assigned personnel performing various custodial and housekeeping duties.  Regularly assigns, instructs and checks the work of others.  Interviews and recommends selection of applicants, conducts training, assigns and schedules work, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action. 

Typical Work

Supervises, directs, and instructs employees, patients, residents or work release students in cleaning and housekeeping duties in a variety of different facilities;  

Schedules and assigns work to employees and resident or inmate work details; escorts students or patients to and from work details; inspects and reports areas cleaned;  

Coordinates schedule of assigned personnel;  

Instructs employees in proper cleaning techniques and safety practices; maintains compliance with applicable policies and procedures; 

Evaluates the performance of employees against established standards and counsels them on performance; takes or recommends corrective or disciplinary action when necessary;  

Interviews personnel being considered for employment; makes recommendations to supervisors;  

Identifies, reports, and takes corrective action to resolve maintenance problems; 

Orders custodial supplies and equipment and issues supplies to employees;  

Inspects assigned areas; ensures that departmental/facility cleanliness standards are met; 

Makes rounds, checks or inspects for security purposes or to determine condition of facility and equipment and takes necessary corrective action for deficiencies; 

Plans and recommends furnishings or decoration of quarters and buildings;  

Directs acquisition, allotment and storage of furniture, mattresses, linens, blankets, rugs, draperies, lamps and other household items;  

Keeps inventories of furnishings, supplies and equipment; prepares reports;  

Keeps records of location of residents, students, patients or inmates; assigns quarters to employees; keeps records of room charges and other fees; distributes keys and obtains key deposits; 

Performs the duties of a Custodian 2; 

Performs other duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require the physical ability to do required work and one to two years' experience in housekeeping, janitorial, general or building maintenance, or custodial work


One year experience as a Lead.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5021 Custodian Lead, 5023 Custodian Supervisor I, 5234 Maintenance Custodian Lead, 83210 Custodial Supervisor 1; effective January 1, 2006.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.