Employment Opportunities


Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term. Our programs include shelter for homeless families with children, housing placement and retention services, homeless prevention services, and life skills training to help families learn skills they can use to keep their housing and get jobs.  

PHFS has been recognized as one of Oregon’s’ Top 100 Nonprofits to Work for every year since 2011.  We work with a very diverse group of families and staff – 60% of our program participants are people of color and a third of our staff are people of color.

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Organization: Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Job Title: Custodian 
Reports to: Facilities & Maintenance Manager
Job Specifics: Part-time; 20 to 30 hrs/wk
Compensation: $15/hr with 2-weeks PTO
Close date: Open until filled

PHFS values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. Every dimension of diversity is a value-add at our organization.


PHFS is a rapidly expanding social service agency, and we are looking for a collaborative partner to maintain our brand-new campus in Lents that will shelter 26 families at a time in individual rooms, be the home of our housing & prevention programs, and provide offices for all of our staff. 

Specific Job Duties:
The Custodian will maintain all common areas of the multi-family property. The Custodian will have daily contact with participants, staff, or other personnel and therefore is a key player on our team.  A great custodian will be reliable and responsible for helping maintain and care for our facilities. We take great pride in the external and internal appearance of our facility and see it as a reflection of our organization. We are looking for someone who sees it the same way. The ideal candidate would be someone who is careful and thorough in their work, cleaning and tidying the premises with great care and an eye for detail.

 The goal is to ensure the company facilities are well-cared for and adequate to support the company’s business operations.  The main functions of the position include:

  • Work with the Facilities & Maintenance Manager in scheduling maintenance-related activities within the assigned properties.

  • Follow all health and safety regulations

  • Perform daily custodial duties to all common areas

  • Bring a thoroughness and commitment to ensuring spaces are ready for the day’s activities, including taking out trash, tidying, rearranging furniture, and wiping surfaces as needed

  • Sweeping and mopping of floors, as well as vacuuming carpets

  • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of all bathroom facilities, including toilets, sinks, and showers

  • Restock necessary items (e.g. soap, paper products)

  • Clean mirrors and windows regularly

  • Perform general outdoor services and maintenance, such as watering plants, mowing lawn, sweeping entry areas, cleaning glass doors at entrances

  • The ability to perform basic maintenance work and minor repairs is a plus (replacing broken switches, repairing door handles, replacing lightbulbs etc.)

  • Report any and all damages to Facilities & Maintenance Manager and be willing to oversee repairs, if asked to do so

  • Undertake occasional seasonal tasks (e.g. shoveling snow from the sidewalk)

Requirements and Qualifications Desired:

  • High school diploma is preferred, but not required

  • Work experience as custodian, janitor, or a similar role

  • Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets

  • Ability to work well with limited supervision

  • Solid working knowledge of industrial cleaning equipment and appliances and how to maintain them

  • Be able to build relationships and interact respectfully with individuals and groups of people with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. Builds strong, collaborative teams to create maximum impact

  • Understand or be willing to learn the effects of oppression and discrimination against communities of color, people with disabilities, the LGTBQ community, and seniors; understand how systemic inequities can lead to families from marginalized groups experiencing homelessness at a disproportionately higher rate than dominant groups.

  • Ability to regularly bend over and lift up to 25 lbs.

  • A background check is required.

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter that clearly states how your background and skills/abilities make you well suited for the position.  Email your application materials to: ben@pdxhfs.org.  Please send application materials in .pdf format only.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as possible.