Lead Rail Facilities Custodian

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on June 14, 2022
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*** This position is open to both  King County Employees and the general public***
Metro Transit's Rail Division is seeking to fill one Career Service
 Rail Facility Custodian Lead position!

This is a working lead position where you'll help maintain the cleanliness of the interior and exterior of Light Rail Operating Facilities while taking on additional lead duties that support the Rail Facilities Custodians in their daily work. Lead duties include identifying, scheduling, coordinating, planning, assigning, training, overseeing, and evaluating the work of a small group of custodial crew members. This may also involve (but is not limited to) assigning overtime, approving leave, training personnel,  and the performance of additional administrative duties.   Our ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in advancing their career, a wide range of leadership skills,  the ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with a diverse workforce (verbally and in writing), and have attention to detail in both cleaning and administrative activities.

An Employer To Be Proud of
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment, and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this nation’s public transportation industry.

Who may apply:
This Career Service position is open to current King County Metro employees and the general public. This recruitment will fill 1 Career Service vacancy in the Rail Division and may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future Career Service vacancies or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT)/ Special Duty Assignment (SDA) that may occur over the next twelve months.  We encourage all who are interested in the Lead Rail Facility Custodian position to apply if they have custodial experience, regardless of their years of experience.


Required Application Materials
1.  An online King County application that is updated with all work history that is relevant to this job, going back at least 10 years. Be sure to include your current employer, and list each position for each employer separately with accurate dates of employment. Job duties and reasons for leaving should be explained clearly.  
2. Respond to all supplemental questions (within the online application)
Please do not add any attachments (such as resumes, cover letters, and certifications) -- they will not be reviewed.

Need some help with your application materials? 
Go here for tips, examples, and checklists on how to make your application more competitive: Career Support Services page 
If you have specific question regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Emily Clark, Talent Advisor for Metro Transit      emclark@kingcounty.gov

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As the Lead Rail Facility Custodian, you will also:

  • Prioritize, schedule, and assign work for facility custodians, as well as oversee and evaluate their work
  • Work may include assigning overtime for employees, approving leave, training personnel,  and the performing additional administrative duties as assigned.
  • Monitor the work-in-progress for Rail Facilities Custodians
  • Clean, sanitize and stock lunchrooms, restrooms, including tables, toilets, showers, sinks, and walls
  • Load and unload small equipment, debris, and trash
  • Mix and use cleaning chemicals and solutions
  • Empty trash and recycle bins
  • Operate and maintain task specific equipment, such as vacuums, carpet cleaners, shop vacs, floor sweepers, scrubbers, and steamers
  • Clean, stock, and sanitize restrooms and elevators.
  • Dust, wash, and vacuum surfaces; clean glass windows, including graffiti; clean surfaces up to 10 feet high
  • Set up and arrange furniture for meetings and other events.
  • Operate company-assigned vehicles
  • Request and stock various supplies
  • Clean glass and surface areas; remove graffiti

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who possess these MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The ability to perform the essential functions of this position through any combination of work experience and/or training.
  • Two years of professional cleaning/janitorial experience
  • One year of professional lead experience
  • Familiarity and the ability to navigate and communicate effectively using Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word, or other basic computer programs
  • Skill in providing leadership and direction to others
  • Ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and use initiative to solve common problems
  • Skill in planning and coordinating work
  • Knowledge of basic safety rules and applicable OSHA laws
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others
  • Knowledge and skill of basic janitorial cleaning techniques
  • Knowledge and skill in the use and care of cleaning equipment
  • Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance
  •  Knowledge of basic cleaning chemicals and safe handling requirements
  • Basic oral and written communication skills including the ability to understand, communicate,  and follow directions in English.
  • The ability to adapt own communication style to support the language needs of teammates
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds; ability to interact appropriately with others
  • Ability to work any shift (day, swing, graveyard) 
  • Ability to work indoors, outdoors, and in inclement (or adverse) weather  
Our most competitive candidates will possess these DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Custodial or janitorial experience within rail or transit facilities 
  • Knowledge of Metro’s operational policies and procedures
  • The ability to listen carefully to others with an open mind, and give/receive feedback
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record. A five-year complete driving abstract will be evaluated at the time of offer.
  • First-Aid/CPR certifications must be acquired within 90 days of hire date (training will be provided by employer).
  • Non-standard work hours including evenings, weekends and holidays may be required.
Physical Requirements
Must be able to constantly lift, carry and move objects up to 25 pounds and may be required to move heavier objects.  Assistance is available when lifting over 50 pounds.

Supplemental Information

Classification and Pay: Rail Facilities Custodian Lead / Grade 174
Per the union contract, shift differential is paid to those working second and third shifts. Shift pay is +5%($1.55) for second shift and +7.5% ($2.32) for third shift, on top of the hourly base pay of $30.94.

Work Schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The work week is normally 40 hours and is typically day shift, but is subject to other shifts as operational needs grow. This role is considered an essential position at Rail and is required to report to work during adverse weather and may need to work extended shifts with overtime during adverse weather or other emergent events. Work shift is subject to change and you may work a schedule of 5/8s or other schedules depending on a seniority-based pick system. Applicants should be willing to work 2nd (swing) or 3rd (graveyard) shifts if required.

Work Location: Work will typically be assigned to one of two Rail Facilities (or any future locations) : Operations and Maintenance Facility – Central: 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle

Union Membership: This position is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 587.

Selection Process:
Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications, and for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the application instructions above. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a skills assessment test. This recruitment is planning on at least one panel interview, and applicants must pass the skills test with a satisfactory score to be eligible to interview. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, reference checks, and a driving abstract review.
Testing Information:
There will be an office skills test for this position that will be completed in-person . Candidates will have 30 minutes to complete the test. This test will involve the use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and an internet browser.  Only applicants with satisfactory test scores will be considered to be eligible for an interview.

Great Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit) and a generous benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).
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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  •  submit proof of vaccination, or 
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.
Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant, diverse community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that embraces the traditions of many cultures. To learn more, please visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx. 

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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  • Contact the recruiter, Emily Clark (emclark@kingcounty.gov) if you need this information in a different language, would like to request accommodation in the assessment process, and for all questions related to this job posting.
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  • We highly encourage applicants to visit the Career Support Services page for tips, checklists, guidance, and examples of how to format your application materials most competitively for the recruitment processes at King County


King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

How many years of professional industrial cleaning/janitorial experience do you have? (i.e. Warehouses, retail stores, airports, mechanic shops, office buildings, etc. ).
  • Less than 1 year
  • Between 1 to 2 years
  • Between 2 to 4 years
  • More than 4 years
  • I have no experience in this area
Describe the type of work environment where you gained your industrial/ professional cleaning and janitorial experience (i.e. warehouses, retail stores, airports, mechanic shops, office buildings, etc.). If no experience, write N/A.
How many years of LEAD experience do you have?
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • 3 or more years
  • I have no professional experience as a lead
Indicate which of the tasks you have completed in your professional working experience. Check all that apply:
  • Mix and use cleaning chemicals and solutions
  • Disposal of cleaning solutions
  • Set up and arrange furniture for meetings and events
  • Operate pressure washers and blasters
  • Removal of graffiti
  • Litter and trash pick up
  • Assigning work assignments and overtime
  • Approving leave/time off requests
  • Training workers
  • Oversee and evaluate the work of others
  • coaching and mentoring workers on the quality of their work
  • Planning cleaning/maintenance schedules
  • Operate and maintain cleaning equipment, such as vacuums, carpet cleaners, shop vacs, floor sweepers, scrubbers, and steamers
  • Operate company-assigned vehicles
  • Work from high places in mechanical lift devices, indoor/outdoor, and in inclement weather
  • Pricing out and submitting requisitions (or formal requests) for supplies in a business setting
  • Operated forklift or aerial lift
  • None of the above
Which of the following choices most closely describes your skill level with Microsoft Outlook?
  • None, but willing to learn.
  • Very Limited. I have completed training, but have not used it much.
  • Beginner. I am able to send, forward and delete emails; set up and use contacts; schedule appointments; view calendars; sort emails; use the task function.
  • Intermediate. In addition to the beginner-level skills, I am also able to create and invite others to appointments; make recurring meetings; add delegates; reserve conference rooms; assign tasks; modify task columns; flag emails.
  • Advanced. In addition to the beginner and intermediate-level skills, I am also able to use Journal, Notes, customize Outlook; use the find feature; use the autopick meeting function; use the autodialer function.
Which of the following choices most closely describes your skill level with Microsoft Word ?
  • None, but willing to learn.
  • Very Limited. I have completed training, but have not used it much.
  • Beginner. I am able to create, open, save and print documents; cut, copy, paste and delete text; format text; set paper size and orientation.
  • Intermediate. In addition to the beginner-level skills, I am also able to create page breaks; adjust line spacing; insert page numbers; use auto text; create and edit templates; insert headers and footers; insert and edit tables; use search and replace.
  • Advanced. In addition to the beginner and intermediate-level skills, I am also able to set up data sources for mail merge; create macros; use track and review; protect documents; convert tables to text; create hyperlinks, create columns.
Briefly describe your knowledge of basic safety rules and applicable OSHA laws as they relate to this position. If you do not have any knowledge about these subjects, write "none" or "N/A".
Are you willing to work in the following conditions? Check all that apply to you:
  • Yes, I am willing and able to work indoors, outdoors, and in inclement weather
  • Yes, I am willing and able to work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays if necessary
  • Yes, I am willing and able to work as part of a unionized environment
  • NO-- I am not willing to work under any of the conditions listed above.
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement
  • I do not have a Driver's License
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you check the "YES" box, the human resources staff person coordinating this recruitment will send you a request asking for additional information. (This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation only).
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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