Facilities Specialist/Building Maintenance Worker

Apr 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life, of thought and exploration, infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey, one of the great minds in education, established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees, people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.

Unit Job Summary: Facilities Specialist/Building Maintenance Worker VII: Responsible for maintaining the efficient and smooth operation of assigned facilities at the Laboratory Schools. The Laboratory Schools currently has approximately 600,000 square feet of facilities space, including Historic Campus, Earl Shapiro Hall and Gordon Parks Arts Hall. Will work closely with the Director and Associate Directors to deliver on facilities activities, including maintenance of the work order system and the completion of work orders in a timely manner; purchasing supplies and equipment; assisting in developing facilities-related policies and procedures; prioritizing and scheduling work requests, inspecting work, and providing guidance and assistance to staff, students, visitors, parents and faculty. Act as liaison with University Facilities Services. May assist with on-going construction projects. Responsible for driving a shuttle bus between the Historic Main Campus and Earl Shapiro Hall. This position will require the incumbent be able to continually inspect and evaluate the needs of the facility. The majority of the workday will be spent in areas in and around the buildings.

Unit Education: High School Diploma, GED, or ability to obtain a GED within six (6) months of hire date required Ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) within 60 days of hire date required. Associate's degree engineering, business, or another relevant field or a certificate from a college or technical school preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years relevant work experience required. Lead experience preferred. Previous experience working in a facilities support role preferred. Previous experience working in a K-12 educational setting preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to work with a diverse group of staff, students, parents, faculty required. Ability to read and interpret documents such as blue prints, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals required. Decision-making skills required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Customer service skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Proficiency with computers required. Knowledge of relevant building systems and maintenance techniques preferred. Knowledge of A/V equipment preferred. Working Conditions: Office environment Works with power/hand tools

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