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Our Institution: Founded in 1860, Bard College is an international network of highly innovative and admired educational institutions grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. A division of Bard located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the U.S. specifically designed for motivated adolescents to fully realize their academic potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. BA and AA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Simon’s Rock attracts a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA2S+.

For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has practiced the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18, an idea that launched the Early College movement in the United States and beyond. In 2015, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, a two-year high school program for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the 10th grade. In doing so, Simon’s Rock has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. In 2019, Simon’s Rock established the Early College Research Institute (ECRI), a locus for research into “what’s next” in Early College.

The Role: Reporting to the Physical Plant’s Maintenance Supervisor, the Housekeeper performs daily cleaning tasks in campus buildings and assists with minor maintenance duties. Reporting any building or safety concerns, the Housekeeper ensures the cleanliness and functionality of campus facilities. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform general cleaning tasks in assigned areas, including sweeping, vacuuming, mopping floors, emptying waste receptacles, and cleaning bathrooms.
  • Shampoo carpets, wax floors, and perform other regular building maintenance tasks.
  • Communicate building and safety concerns, and report needed repairs or services.
  • Attend training opportunities to enhance housekeeping knowledge.
  • Contribute to the success of the Physical Plant Department by performing assigned duties.
  • Maintain cleaning supplies and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with building occupants, staff, and vendors.
  • Assist with inclement weather safety responsibilities, campus events setup, and rental group services.
  • Provide housekeeping services during emergencies.
  • Ensure proper handling of building keys.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: None required
  • Experience: Demonstrated experience in housekeeping or custodial services, using common tools and equipment.
  • Licenses/Certifications: A valid driver’s license is required.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Experience in customer service.
  • Required Skills: Ability to follow directions accurately, proficiency in English, moderate computer literacy, familiarity with housekeeping tools and equipment.
  • Moderate physical exertion, including standing, climbing, bending, and lifting objects over 30 pounds.
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, and weather changes.
  • Ability to work indoors and occasionally outdoors.
  • Full range of physical motion, including repetitive tasks and proper safety equipment usage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

This position is a full-time hourly position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socioeconomic levels as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission.

To apply: Please send a résumé and cover letter by email to Chris Swindlehurst, Maintenance Supervisor ( with “Housekeeper” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. You can call 413-528-7367 for more information.