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IDB Job Openings

Location: Des Moines, IA Salary Minimum: $31,532.80Job Type:  Full-timeAgency:  131 Iowa Department for the BlindJob Number: 24-02141Post Close Date:  January 8, 2024Point of Contact:  Sarah WillefordTo Apply:  All candidates are strongly encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to the application.

Job Description:


The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled within the Iowa Department for the Blind located in Des Moines, Iowa is seeking applicants for the position of Custodian.   Job Description

  • Sweeps, dusts, and wet mops floors and stairs; strips, waxes, buffs, and reseals floors, using brooms, dust mops, vacuums, wet mops, and floor machines, and routinely cleans equipment and changes belts, bags, and other replaceable parts before they damage surfaces or equipment. Performs deep cleaning as needed. 

  • Vacuums, shampoos, and spot cleans carpets and rugs, using a vacuum cleaner, rug shampooing machine, brush or cloth, and cleaning solutions.

  • Dusts, cleans, and polishes furniture, counters, shelving, window/door ledges and casings, using cloths and cleaning/polishing solutions. Dusts, wet mops and washes walls, ceilings, vents, cabinets and partitions, using wall brushes, wet mops, cloths, and cleaning solutions.

  • Cleans mirrors, lavatories, toilets, bath and locker facilities, using cleansers and sanitizing solutions safely and according to manufacturer instructions, brushes, cloths, and squeegees.

  • Deep cleans on a regular schedule and as needed. 

  • Disposes of waste paper and other discards; collects and places trash in an incinerator or trash pick-up area. 

  • Refills paper towels, toilet feminine container linings; refills soaps, sanitizers and disinfectants and wipes throughout the building.

  • Makes minor repairs to secure table legs; replace handles, knobs, fuses, light bulbs, and similar items; tightens screws, replaces nails, and performs related tasks. 

  • Transfers furniture, lamps, accessories, and equipment to clear areas for cleaning, set-up, and redecorating work by lifting and carrying light to heavy objects.

  • Demonstrates courtesy and a passion for cleanliness or creating a safe and hospitable environment for staff, visitors and students by working independently with initiative, effectively as a team member, noticing needs and cross-training to complete any custodial worker function as needed. 

  • Makes safety checks by doing building rounds, looking for any unauthorized personnel, and observing and checking locked doors, temperature readings for heating and air conditioning, and on/off switches for machines. 

  • Sweeps and removes snow from steps and sidewalks immediately adjacent to assigned buildings, using brooms, snow shovels, and powered snow removal equipment; occasionally rakes leaves.

  • Assists supervisor in overseeing the work done by contracted cleaning services.

  • Other duties as assigned, including using electronic means, including a computer to complete time cards, read and write emails; documents work digitally or with paper in handwriting or Braille as assigned. Communicate with other employees through email, cellular phone and text functions.

  Other Competencies

  • Customer and Personal Service –Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Oral Comprehension – Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Static Strength – Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

  • Trunk Strength – Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without ‘giving out’ or fatiguing.

  • Extent Flexibility – Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 

  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions

  • Monitoring – Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

What We Offer

  • Team-oriented, positive work environment

  • Excellent affordable benefit package

  • Paid holidays plus vacation and sick time

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS) retirement plan

  • Optional retirement savings 457 plan with employer contributions

  • Employee discount programs

 CompensationThe hiring salary range is $31,532.80 - $45,406.40 and starting pay is determined by meeting minimum qualifications. You begin at the lower range, with potential increases based on each year of related experience above the minimum qualifications. ScheduleMonday through Friday 3:00pm – 11:00pm (Second Shift) How to applyPlease apply online.Applicants are strongly encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to the online application.


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

1) Graduation from high school, GED, or equivalency.

2) One year of full-time work experience in commercial building maintenance or housekeeping.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader).


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