About Community Solutions:

Community Solutions is a non-profit organization that works to achieve a lasting end to homelessness that leaves no one behind. We envision a more equitable future where homelessness is never inevitable or a way of life for anyone. Since 2015, we have led Built for Zero, a movement of more than 70 cities and counties using data to change how they work radically and the impact they can achieve — and proving that it is possible to make homelessness rare and brief. Nearly half of those communities have reduced homelessness in their communities, and 13 of those communities have ended veteran or chronic homelessness. To help communities equitably and sustainably end homelessness, we are also working to identify solutions that can address housing gaps, disrupt inflow into homelessness, and produce more racially equitable systems.

Community Solutions seeks leaders at every level: extraordinary, mission-oriented people not satisfied with the status quo. We are a team of values driven innovators motivated by results. We eagerly seek and support diverse applicants. We provide generous benefits and opportunities for inspiring and transformational professional growth. We pride ourselves in developing an inclusive workplace culture that encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work every day.

Job Overview:

Swift is an 80,000 square foot 2.5 acre commercial and community campus in Hartford’s North End neighborhood. The campus was conceived and built by the community, for the community, and comprises commercial kitchens, a community business center, offices, a small K-1 school, an individual and family counseling facility, and much more. Learn more about the campus at www.swiftfactory.org.

The Custodian at Swift will work with the Community Solutions team to ensure the newly renovated Swift campus is presented in it’s very best light at all times, working to keep our building systems functioning, our spaces cleaned, our grounds and buildings maintained. We’re looking for someone who enjoys interacting with people and would be comfortable assisting and interacting with tenants. We’re looking for someone who can care for our campus with the same passion and pride they would have for their own home. You will be a part of a team for which our role as stewards of this community investment is much more than a job; it’s a mission for a new kind of inclusive development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs custodial and maintenance duties, including keeping all interior areas of the campus clean, performing routine maintenance, and keeping the grounds maintained, including but not limited to the responsibilities listed below.


  • Kitchens - cleans commercial kitchens and kitchen equipment daily in accordance with our SSOP.
  • Bathrooms - complete cleaning and sanitizing
  • Floors - mopping, vacuuming, buffing
  • Fixtures - clean and polish
  • Dusting, including high dusting
  • Detail cleaning
  • Removal of trash and recycling to approved areas
  • Window cleaning
  • Maintain inventory of cleaning supplies
  • Maintain cleaning equipment as needed

Routine Building Maintenance & Inspections

  • Performs and logs daily inspections of the campus
  • Light handyman services
  • Changing light bulbs, painting, changing filters, minor repairs
  • Perform routine, operator-level maintenance and inspections of primary building systems
  • Coordinate third-party maintenance of primary building systems

Grounds Maintenance

  • Mowing the lawn and weeding with provided equipment
  • Maintaining garden beds and mulching
  • Litter pick up
  • Perform weather-related grounds clean-up as needed, including but not limited to light snow removal with provided equipment

Event Setup/ Moving/ Shipping & Receiving

  • Tenant Move-in and Move Out
  • Function room set up and breakdown
  • Moving tables and chairs, furniture between buildings as needed and for events.
  • Meet with events coordinators for the planning and execution of special events.
  • Receive packages and supplies for operations and tenants

Tenant Interfacing

  • Positively engaging with tenants throughout the day, and fielding requests for service if necessary. Perform other related duties as required or assigned.

Supervision & Reporting:

This position works closely with and reports directly to Swift’s Director of Operations and Administrative Coordinator in managing all of the above mentioned responsibilities. Some weekends and on-call may be required, with overtime potential, but generally, this position is on-site Monday-Friday 8AM-5 PM.

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:

Good interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to operate cleaning and grounds maintenance equipment, handyman and light maintenance, use of maintenance tools and equipment used in daily work; some ability in simple record keeping.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Candidates must have adequate physical strength and stamina to lift, push and/or pull at least 50 lbs., must have visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties of this role. May occasionally be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals.

Preferred Experience & Qualifications::

  • Current or recent custodial, mechanical, handyman, construction, or cleaning experience is a must.
  • Food business experience a plus
  • ServeSafe certification a plus and will be required within 30 days of start date.
  • Landscaping and or food business experience a plus
  • Current resident of Hartford’s North End is preferred
  • Ability to function independently while operating effectively within a team environment.
  • Commitment to the mission of Swift & Community Solutions.
  • Professional, courteous demeanor and appearance; ability to engage positively and work professionally with tenants, youth, and staff members.
  • Non-traditional candidates are welcome. Community Solutions strives for representation and authentic inclusion of applicants and employees who have direct, first-hand experience with poverty, homelessness, and their root causes (including marginalization, discrimination, and inequity.
  • Formerly incarcerated applicants welcome.

Benefits and Compensation:

Community Solutions offers competitive salaries, health insurance, benefits packages, and paid time off. The salary for this position is $40,000