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Custodial Manager (Administrator I)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Custodial/Facilities, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

As a key leader within the Office of Housing Administration at SDSU, the Custodial Manager plays a crucial role in not just maintaining the cleanliness and safety of our on-campus residential facilities but also in fostering a community where respect, inclusivity, collaboration, and personal growth are at the forefront. This position is about much more than oversight and operations; it’s about being a compassionate and empathetic leader dedicated to the success and development of each team member and enhancing the overall student experience.

In close collaboration with the Executive Director, Senior Associate Director, Associate and Assistant Directors, other managers, staff, and students, the Custodial Manager helps to embody and promote the mission, vision, and values of the Office of Housing Administration. This role is central to creating a positive, supportive environment that encourages respect, inclusivity, and continuous learning among staff and contributes to a living environment that supports academic success and personal development for students.

The Custodial Manager’s responsibilities are diverse and impactful, including financial management, staff supervision and development, site inspections, and promoting a culture of safety. However, the heart of this role lies in the commitment to nurturing a team that is as invested in their own growth as they are in providing a clean, secure, and nurturing environment for our students. This position is pivotal in ensuring our residential facilities contribute positively to the quality of life and housing experience of our on-campus residents, thereby supporting the broader SDSU community in fostering conditions conducive to academic achievement and personal growth.

This role is an opportunity for someone who is not only adept in the operational aspects of custodial management but who also shines as a leader passionate about making a difference in the lives of their team and the students we serve. If you are someone who sees leadership as a chance to empower and uplift others, while contributing to a vital part of our students’ educational journey, we invite you to apply for the Custodial Manager position.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, at will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Office of Housing Administration (OHA) is a self-funded operation responsible for planning, providing, and administering housing operations, services, and facilities with over 100 employees and over 150 student assistants with an annual operating budget exceeding $136,000,000. OHA provides housing for over 8,500 students in 25 communities with over 2 million sq. ft. of residential facilities. The OHA manages the operation of residence halls, apartments, and conference and event spaces. The OHA supports the educational mission of the Residential Education Office (REO) while providing business operations for all housing-related functions in support of a quality environment to enhance the student educational experience.

For more information regarding the Office of Housing Administration, click here.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and five years of supervisory experience in a facilities operation environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and/or Certifications

  • Valid California Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain one within 10 days of hire.
  • LEED Accredited Professional (to be completed within 1 year of employment)
  • Certified Facilities Educational Planner (APPA) (to be completed within 1 year of employment)

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations and to recognize, secure and report unsafe conditions immediately.
  • Knowledge of safe working techniques and safety equipment and must be aware of the typical hazards of the workplace as well as the special hazards that may be encountered (biohazards, chemicals, asbestos/lead containing materials).
  • Ability to understand, interpret, apply and convey to others university and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Proficient in Excel and Word.
  • Experience providing leadership and supervision to a large group of employees.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.


Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.

Anticipated hiring range:  $90,000 - $100,000 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on March 4, 2024 To receive full consideration, apply by March 3, 2024.  The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

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