Hiring: Building Custodian

Assorted paint colors splattered on a metal rolling door

Building Custodian (Full-Time)                   

Reports To: Director of Operations

Who We Are Looking For

A service-oriented individual with attention to detail, who is comfortable working independently and takes pride in maintaining a clean, orderly, and safe working environment. 

Position Description Overview

The Building Custodian is responsible for assisting the Facilities Department in the ongoing maintenance, use, and readiness of Asian Arts Initiative’s multi-tenant arts facility and surrounding grounds to host a wide range of artistic, educational and community-oriented programs and programmatic content, as well as private rental events. The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure the building and property are clean, safe, and present in a welcoming manner. 


Key Responsibilities

Building Cleaning & Groundskeeping

  • Keeps building and property in clean and orderly condition.
  • Conducts regular walkthroughs and spot checks.
  • Reports any safety, sanitary, or fire hazards.
  • Performs heavy duty cleanings and COVID-compliant sanitations.
  • Maintains floors in a clean state by sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and waxing.
  • Empties and cleans trash receptacles and collects recycling. 
  • Scrubs, sanitizes, and supplies restroom facilities.
  • Dusts furniture, walls, and equipment.
  • Cleans windows, mirrors, and partitions with soap and other cleansers.
  • Cleans and polishes fixtures and furniture.
  • Manages inventory of cleaning supplies.
  • Waters common area plants.
  • Keeps the front and rear of the building clean and free of debris.
  • Removes snow and salts walkways as needed.
  • Addresses graffiti and other property defacements. 
  • Secures building areas against unauthorized access.


  • Performs basic maintenance and upkeep functions, including replacing light bulbs, painting walls, and assembling office furniture.
  • Identifies and reports the need for repairs or additions to building operating systems.
  • Works with the Facilities Department on external maintenance requests and coordinates with appropriate contractors. 

Event & Short-Term Rental Coordination

  • Sets up and breaks down events and rental spaces to specifications. 
  • Relocates amenities throughout the facilities as needed for events and rentals.
  • Cleans and sanitizes events and rental spaces between uses.


  • Assists with reconciliation of departmental budget.
  • Works with tenants to address minor facility-related needs and issues.
  • Positive attitude and willing participation in a small team dynamic. Willingness to work outside of main responsibilities and serve as an organizational ambassador.


  • Knowledge of standard cleaning methods and procedures.
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, climb ladders, and work at particular heights.
  • Ability to pass FBI and Child Abuse clearances due to proximity to youth.
  • Commitment to organizational values of social justice and equity.

*This position requires multiple tasks that involve light to moderate physical activity, and any individual who holds or desires the position must be able to perform these functions unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of occupational hazard safety rules.
  • Background in handling, mixing, and using cleaning chemicals.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance.
  • Experience with general hand and power tools.
  • Familiarity with google suite (gmail, g-calendar, etc).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to operate with diplomacy, tact, and empathy.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time permanent exempt salary position at approximately 40 hours/week. Evening and weekend hours may be required. The salary is $38,000 annually. 

The position is eligible for AAI’s medical and dental group plan, a commuter pass benefit, and a generous paid time off package.


How to Apply 

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter and resume should be sent to jobs@asianartsinitiative.org with the subject Your Name - Building Custodian.

AAI’s services and employment are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, ability and age. Asian Americans are encouraged to apply.


Organizational Overview

Asian Arts Initiative is a multi-disciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia that advances racial equity and understanding, activating artists, youth, and their communities through creative practice and dialogue grounded in the diverse Asian American experience. Through exhibitions, performances, and community projects, we provide an inclusive gathering place for conversation and exchange of ideas. Our community-based arts initiatives seek out and cultivate innovative models for artists to engage with local communities, with a particular emphasis on working in partnership with our immediate neighborhood. Our primary programs include: 1) Artist residencies, commissions, and presenting of performances and exhibitions for artists to develop professionally and to create socially relevant artwork reflecting community experiences; 2) Year-round out-of-school-time programming for middle school youth, offering creative development and a safe place; 3) Participatory curatorial practices and various community development initiatives in our immediate neighborhood of Chinatown North/Callowhill.