Building Environmental Systems Head Custodian – FE Madill Secondary School in Wingham

Avon Maitland District School Board Published on October 13, 2021 (4 days ago)
Seaforth, ON
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The Avon Maitland District School Board is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0) Building Environmental Systems Head Custodian position at FE Madill Secondary School in Wingham, Ontario effective immediately.


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The Avon Maitland District School Board is a full service, public, English school district in southwestern Ontario, bordering Lake Huron and covering the counties of Huron and Perth. Nestled in the heart of Southwest Ontario, Huron and Perth Counties include rural farmland and backcountry roads along with areas of historic architecture, arts, culture, and the newest culinary trends. 


In the geographical center of this thriving region is Avon Maitland’s Education Centre in Seaforth. The Board’s Administrative Offices are located here, and they contain the central support for 31 elementary and 8 secondary schools, approximately 1600 teachers and 900 support staff.  Additional information regarding the Board is available on the Board’s website at


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Facilities Department, the Building Environmental Systems Head Custodian oversees and monitors all aspects of facility performance related to energy, safety, and environment pertaining to building envelope and systems.  The BES Head Custodian focuses on the functioning of all systems including their interconnectedness, sustainability and efficient operation.  This position also directs and coordinates the activities of custodians engaged in keeping areas in the school and other buildings on the school grounds in clean and orderly condition.

 The general overall function has responsibility for:

· maintaining school systems, buildings and surrounding property;

· planning, directing the work of Lead Hand, Basic Custodians and Casual Custodians, and any other appropriate custodial personnel;

· performing work to meet maintenance requirements in accordance with board guidelines;

· communicating effectively with school staff, board office staff and community; and

· appropriately operating all equipment and machinery as required; and, reacting to change productively and handling other tasks as assigned.


Job Specifications & Requirements:

Education and Experience:

A secondary school diploma is required.  Post secondary certification in the Building Environmental Systems (BES) and Building Environmental Systems Facility Manager (minimum “B” grade) or equivalent programs are required in addition to 5 years experience in corporate building maintenance/repair and effective leadership skills; or, Provincial certificate of qualification as a Plumber or Electrician and 5 years experience in the trades and corporate building maintenance/repair and effective leadership skills.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


·      Advanced ability to detect and anticipate problems requiring repair and to coordinate the necessary resources required to remediate the problem, offering support and technical advice as needed;

·      Advanced technical aptitude with respect to all mechanical and electrical applications, including building control systems, water and sewage, including the operations and maintenance of HVAC systems, as well as plumbing and electrical maintenance;

·      Excellent computer literacy skills and ability to effectively utilize facilities management software suite, Board email and other applicable software packages (i.e. SmartFind Express);

·      Experience in safe cleaning methods, materials and equipment;

·      Ability to use and repair/maintenance of hand tools, small power tools, gardening tools;

·      Ability to use and repair/maintenance of cleaning equipment (snow plow, lawn mower, buffers, auto scrubbers, carpet extractors, etc.); and,

·      Ability to safely use various types of pipe, wire, lumber, building materials, cleaning supplies, ladders and scaffolds.


Regulation and Compliance

·      Good knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WHMIS and related regulations, Asbestos Management System, Ontario Fire Code as it relates to the position;

·      Advanced ability to comprehend manuals, safety guidelines and other materials to determine their applicability to the working environment and to monitor compliance with guidelines;

·      Ability to learn new systems and processes, either through documentation, demonstration or other direction and to apply those systems in the worksite; and

·      Strong ability to understand the requirement for privacy, to respect confidentiality of information and to practice tact and diplomacy.


Communication and Personal

·      Advanced ability to communicate effectively, written and oral, with public, visitors, contractors, staff, students, supervisor, co-workers and administration;

·      Advanced ability to effectively manage changing conditions and continuous improvements; be adaptable and receptive to new ideas and change and acting as a positive change agent within the worksite;

·      Strong demonstrated record of taking the initiative to identify, solve or prevent problems and capitalize on opportunities through effective communication, teamwork and other appropriate approaches; and

·      Advanced ability to work well with a variety of people and respond constructively to special needs and requests.


Organization, Management and Leadership

·      Advanced ability to organize both priorities and people in changing environment;

·      Advanced ability to organize and lead site-based implementation of system initiatives involving multiple people and new systems or processes;

·      Advanced ability to motivate and organize custodians by instruction, demonstration or example;

·      Strong leadership skills, including ability to coordinate, organize, delegate responsibilities and communicate effectively within a large team; and

·      Strong ability to effectively resolve and reduce conflict amongst peers.


Hours of Work:   40 hours per week.  Permanent 12-month position.  Shift work maybe involved.

Rate of Pay:        Wage range in accordance with the BES Head Custodian, Group E grid. 

Effective Date:    Immediately

Interested applicants are requested to send a letter of application along with a resume providing a complete summary of the candidate’s qualifications and experience, as well as the name, address, phone number and e-mail of three work-related references, by e-mail to the address below prior to noon on Thursday, October 20, 2021.    We thank candidates who submit an application and advise that only candidates who are chosen for an interview will receive a reply.


FE Madill SS BES Head Custodian Job Competition

Avon Maitland District School Board



AMDSB is committed to equity in employment and equitable hiring practices that allow us to engage qualified staff who reflect diversity.  We will make any reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, to support candidates to participate in the hiring process. 


Note:  A satisfactory criminal background check will be part of the recruitment process.



Dr. Lisa Walsh                                                                                                          Robert Hunking

Director of Education Chair                                                                                   Chair of the Board

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