School Custodian & Maintenance (Full-Time)

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School | Newark, NJ


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Posted Date 8/27/2021
Expiration Date1/03/2022


The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city of Newark. Our mission is to prepare Newark’s students for success in college and beyond. Currently, the historical college matriculation rate for GOLCS is 79% - nearly twice the national average for economically underrepresented students.

Our model is based on the following guiding principles that guide our work daily:

  1. Creating a COMMUNITY that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships.
  2. Being surgical in our approach to DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT of ALL students and team members.
  3. Setting and exceeding HIGH EXPECTATIONS for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Cultivating an environment where all students and staff are known and valued and are provided the support and compassion they need to be successful.
  • Delivering individualized academic support to our students daily, through tutoring provided by AmeriCorps Education Fellowship program.
  • Pairing rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support and high academic expectations for students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate high school. Our alumni receive intensive support from our college counseling team, while in college.


The School Custodian is responsible for the maintenance, cleanliness, safety, and aesthetic quality of the entire school facility, including all internal spaces and the school grounds and exterior. This is achieved through a combination of completing tasks as outlined below and requested by leadership


    1. Cleans floors of classrooms, offices, special rooms, corridors, stairs, entrances, lobbies and cafeteria, as assigned.
    2. Removes debris on sidewalks leading to building, or as assigned.
    3. Sweeps, dry mops, wet mops, vacuums, shampoos, strips, seals, and waxes floors, as assigned.
    4. Cleans and disinfects daily the drinking fountains, bathroom floors, bowls, seats, and urinals in restrooms, as assigned.
    5. Fills paper and soap dispensers in assigned areas, as needed.
    6. Cleans univents and filters as needed and in accordance with preventative maintenance procedures.
    7. Oils and services all motors and mechanical equipment in areas assigned in accordance with preventative maintenance procedures.
    8. Performs preventative maintenance in accordance with established district procedures.
    9. Opens classroom doors and entrance doors prior to the start of the school day or closes doors and windows and secures lights prior to leaving post daily in accordance with established schedule.
    10. Moves furniture and equipment within the building as directed by the principal or head custodian.
    11. Stores supplies and delivers supplies to teachers as directed.
    12. Cleans glass of lobby and entrance doors as required.
    13. Sets up, breaks down, and cleans the cafeteria/all ­purpose room as scheduled.
    14. Shovels, plows and/or sands walks, driveways, parking areas and steps as directed.
    15. Remains on the school premises during work hours and unless otherwise authorized.
    16. Obeys all fire and environmental laws and regulations relating to the plant operation.
    17. Removes trash and other materials from school grounds in accordance with established schedule.



The School Custodian reports directly to the School Operations Manager.


  1. Strongly prefer candidates with Black Seal Certification for Low Pressure Boilers.
  2. Has 3+ years’ previous experience as a building custodian.
  3. Is in good health and able to meet the demands of the position including, but not limited to being able to lift a minimum of 75 pounds.
  4. Successfully completes required criminal history proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident status.
  5. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and/or acceptable.


Our students arrive, on average, significantly behind grade level. Many live in poverty – a higher percentage than most schools in the country. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college. 


  1. Employees take responsibility to reverse negative outcomes of failing students, to make every effort to work proactively to engage each and every student, such that each is legitimately prepared to succeed in college.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very, very hard. All staff acknowledge that we will do more than just work hard; we each seek – through formal and informal feedback – to dramatically improve. At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is not considered remedial, it is essential and ongoing for all staff.



GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college. 

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.


Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


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