County of Alameda

Lead Janitor, Detention Facilities (#7418)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$30.02-$36.51 Hourly / $2,251.50-$2,738.25 BiWeekly /
$4,878.25-$5,932.88 Monthly / $58,539.00-$71,194.50 Yearly


Under direction, leads, directs, prioritizes, coordinates, and reviews the work of a group of Janitors, Detention Facilities and/or Janitor Floor Specialists, Detention Facilities; and, performs janitorial work in a secure, 24/7 detention facility (Juvenile Justice Center and Santa Rita Jail); and, performs related work as required.    


The classification of Lead Janitor, Detention Facilities is located in the General Services Agency working in a county detention facility and reporting to a Janitor Supervisor II. The class of Lead Janitor, Detention Facilities is distinguished from Lead Janitor in that the former reports to a supervisor who oversees a secure, 24/7 detention facility and may be assigned to that type of detention facility. This class is further distinguished from the class of Janitor Supervisor II in that the latter represents the first level of full supervision over janitorial staff while Lead Janitors, Detention Facilities are solely responsible for providing lead functions over a janitorial staff.


NOTE:  The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Gives on-the-job instruction and direction to a group of Janitors, Detention Facilities and Janitor Floor Specialists, Detention Facilities.
  2. Maintains standards of work performance and reviews the work of janitorial staff within secure, 24/7 detention facilities.
  3. Requisitions and maintains a stock of janitorial supplies, keeping necessary records.
  4. Reports to supervisory staff on building conditions, especially those requiring other than janitorial attention.
  5. Performs all duties typical of the Janitor, Detention Facilities class in personally cleaning an assigned area of limited size.
  6. Acts as the main point of contact with client departments in buildings which require special support or are remote from the Janitor Supervisor (e.g., the East County Hall of Justice, the Office of Emergency Services, Property and Salvage).
  7. Coordinates special services for operating departments, including, but not limited to, setting up conference rooms and special cleaning details.




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the class of Janitor or Janitor, Detention Facilities or in an equivalent or higher-level janitorial classification in the Alameda County classified service.   



The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time janitorial experience in offices or an institution.    



A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.  

Special Requirement:  

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.  

May be assigned to work day, evening, night and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.  


NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to the duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:

  • Modern janitorial methods, safety practices, materials and equipment, including the safe use of power-driven waxing and buffing machines, detergents, soaps, waxes and cleaning compounds.
  • Safety measures necessary in a secured facility.

Ability to:

  • Lead the work of others and instruct janitors in janitorial methods and safe practices.
  • Keep required records.
  • Communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Perform repetitive tasks with limited or no on-site supervision.
  • Prioritize.
  • Work effectively and safely with a wide variety of people in a high security environment, which may or may not include the presence of inmates.
  • Correctly and safely use janitorial materials, products and equipment.
  • Lift and move items up to 50 pounds.
  • Learn basic computer skills.

NewSpec 7418
TG:sa 05/08/2020
CSC Date: 09/09/2020


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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