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San Antonio, TX

Order: 32273

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The position duties and responsibilities listed below describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be required and assigned, as needed. These essential functions require presence in the workplace on a regular basis and regular attendance must be maintained. 

  • Operates electric buffer, vacuum cleaners and other similar equipment in order to clean floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, waxing, buffing floors along with shampooing and vacuuming carpets.

  • Dusts and polishes furniture, woodwork and shelving, and empties and cleans wastebaskets, ashtrays and windows to enhance housing quality standards.

  • Cleans/disinfects commodes, sinks, bathtubs, walls, rest rooms, water fountains and replenish rest room supplies to enhance sanitary conditions.

  • Maintains grounds by picking up litter and pet waste, watering grass and plants, sweeping sidewalks and parking lots, raking leaves and cultivating plants.  Also breaks down large items so they will fit in dumpster.

  • Operates gasoline-powered lawnmowers, gas or electric blowers, pressure washers, weed eaters and the like to mow and edge grass, and trim trees.

  • Checks and changes as needed light bulbs, fuses and A/C filters.

  • Picks up and delivers messages and/or supplies.

  • Reads and follows warning labels on chemicals and various cleaning agents used in the work place.

  • Follows detailed and specific oral and written instructions.

  • Determines if a supervisor or designated maintenance technician needs to be consulted for guidance on specific tasks.

  • Performs moderately to considerably strenuous physical activity.

  • Follows simple diagrams for arranging tables and chairs.

  • Performs a limited number of related tasks that are routine in nature and require some judgment or decision-making.

  • Operates various building and grounds maintenance tools and equipment (mowers, hedgers, augers, buffers, and climbing ladders).

  • Drives manual shift vehicles, electric and/or gas powered carts.

  • Follows safety requirements in the using of different chemicals for cleaning

  • Follows the methods, materials and equipment used in maintaining buildings and the grounds in and surrounding the complex.

  • Performs surface preparation and painting of exterior walls.

  • Follows sanitary procedures in dealing with litter and pet waste.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Behavioral Competencies 

This position requires the incumbent to exhibit the following behavioral skills:

Commitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; and persists despite obstacles and opposition. 

Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands monitors and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind; and recognizes working colleagues as customers. 

Effective Communication: Ensures important information is passed to those who need to know; conveys necessary information clearly and effectively orally or in writing; demonstrates attention to, and conveys understanding of, the comments and questions of others; and listens effectively.  Demonstrates the ability to develop audiovisual presentations to both internal and external audiences.

Responsiveness and Accountability: Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds oneself personally responsible for one's own work; and does fair share of work. 

Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; attends, supports, and participates in all team building exercises and events.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Seeks the continuous improvement of technological business processes and services; explores out-of-the-box methods and is open to experimenting with new ideas; uses data, knowledge, and strategic decision-making to generate new and innovative solutions. 



Typical Qualifications


Education and Experience    

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

  • 6 months experience in maintenance of grounds and janitorial duties.

  • Texas Class "C" driver's license at the time of placement and be insurable by the Housing Authority's liability and fleet insurance carrier.

License and Certifications: 

Must have the ability to earn certifications as required by assigned tasks.

Technical Skills

To perform this job successfully, the employee should have:

  • Knowledge of the standards, practices, and cleaning processes of the Janitorial trade.

  • Knowledge of proper safety procedures for handling chemicals related to the Janitorial trade.

  • Basic knowledge of fire safety.

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to work harmoniously and respectfully with staff, residents, and the public.

  • Ability to safely perform the sustained physical requirements of the Janitorial trade, including work on ladders and platforms. 

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 25 pounds.

  • Visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment.

  • Subject to sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting, and kneeling to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment.

  • Power equipment including scrubbing machines, vacuum cleaners and other tools.

  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

  • Seeing to read a variety of materials.

  • Sustained physical requirements of the trade, including work on ladders.

  • Working with chemicals.

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Office environment:    
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
High level of interaction with external/internal clients.
May be required to work at different properties or sites for interim periods to support business needs.          

Outside environment:    
Subject to environmental elements when conducting visits to various sites or participating in outside events.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, SAWS will make reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified applicant or employee to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities, if it would not impose an "undue hardship" on the operation of the employer's business.


As a public agency, SAWS is committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards. Applicants selected for employment are expected to perform work responsibilities with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and honesty, to merit the respect of our co-workers, clients, partners, vendors and the general public. Applicants selected for employment are also expected to serve the public with dedication, concern, courtesy and responsiveness.


EEO Statement


Employees of Labor on Demand Inc. are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and other laws designed to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other non-merit-based factor. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs.


Employees of Labor on Demand Inc. are also protected against retaliation. Consistent with federal laws, acts of retaliation against an employee who engages in a protected activity whistle blowing, or the exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law will not be tolerated. Managers and supervisors of Labor on Demand Inc. are also reminded of their responsibility to prevent, document, and promptly correct harassing conduct in the workplace.