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Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a Custodial Associate Supervisor to manage the day-to-day custodial operations of a designated area within the Custodial & Grounds Services unit of Facilities and Operations. This position has direct responsibility for supervising 16-18 custodians in their area and to ensure the custodial staff are following the appropriate procedures.  

Serving the U-M community, Custodial & Grounds Services are the stewards of the buildings and grounds that make the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus unique. Our employees support the academic and hospital campuses and pride themselves in giving exceptional customer service while conserving, enhancing and maintaining more than 26 million square feet of property.

Our mission is to serve, with excellence, by providing custodial services, pest management, grounds maintenance, and landscape design services in the support of a safe, functional, and attractive campus environment.

NOTE: 1 Opening is Monday- Friday 3 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. and the other opening is Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m.- 2:30 a.m. Please specify which shift you are interested in 


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


The Custodial Associate Supervisor is responsible for managing the day-to-day custodial operations of a designated area within Custodial Services. This position has direct responsibility for supervising 16-18 full time regular and temporary custodians in their area and ensuring the custodial staff are delivering quality service to preserve campus health and safety. Duties include:

  • Manage and develop a cohesive, high-performing team of custodians that act in accordance with Facility and Operations’ guiding principles of being proactive, respectful, collaborative, and solutions-based.

  • Provide a work environment that brings a high level of energy, team building attitude, environmental awareness, fiscal responsibility, customer service, and safety to the team and department.

  • Plan work activities and establish work schedules and staffing requirements using departmental team cleaning standards.

  • Perform payroll functions including accurate record keeping, vacation scheduling, and overtime assignments. 

  • Perform administrative functions including monthly supply orders, inventories updated for stock, and equipment and laundry counts.

  • Monitor equipment to ensure it is clean and maintained to departmental  standards.

  • Train staff in compliance with current cleaning standards.

  • Ensure university and department policies and procedures are being followed correctly.

  • Conduct periodic performance evaluations to assess additional training needs.

  • Uphold the AFSCME contract. Proactively address issues as they arise. Manage labor relations issues and resolve employee complaints and grievances, including the first step grievance.

  • Initiate disciplinary process including recommendation for discharge.

  • Maintain safety standards to assure compliance with the University, State, and Federal codes and regulations.

  • Coordinate the flow of work or services between departments and assist in the resolution of inter-departmental operating issues.

  • Conduct Quality Assurance inspections on buildings and resolve issues.

  • Collaborate with our campus partners to ensure that we are providing the highest level of service via email, phone, video calls,and other communication resources. 

  • Partner with Pest Management to ensure preventive measures are being taken in buildings.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.