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General Maintenance Worker

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewFacilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds. Job duties for this position include moving, delivery, and set-up of a variety of items throughout the campus, trash removal, fire extinguishers, and furniture repair. Job duties also include assisting skilled tradespersons from other shops as needed. Work involves performance of manual tasks of more than ordinary difficulty, requiring special knowledge acquired through on-the-job training or experience. This position requires the operation of work issued vehicles.

If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career look no farther than the University of Kansas. KU offers great benefits to employees with 176 hours paid vacation a year & 8 hours of sick leave a month, 9+ paid holidays a year, a great retirement program, medical & dental insurance as well as life insurance. KU also offers educational opportunities for employees. KU is a great place to work!

Work Schedule is 7:30am-4pm Monday to Friday Job Description70% - Moving/Set up: Loads and unloads trucks, moves equipment and furniture. Sets up and tears down tables, chairs, and heavy risers and moves percussion equipment and other band instruments for the University bands for special events approved through the University Events Committee. Complete stage set ups for commencement, spring, summer, and fall enrollments and other academic events. Delivers, sets up and picks up table arm chairs for classrooms or for repair.Transports materials, supplies, and equipment to work sites. Moving of pianos, lab equipment, Geni Lift and scaffolding. Works from diagrams, job specifications or blue prints.

10% - Skilled Trades Assistance: Assists HVAC Technicians in performing seasonal maintenance on large chillers, rodding machines and changing end belts, using various hand tools, drills. Assists the Instrumentation Technicians, performing monthly fire alarm checks, documenting the information and reporting back to the Supervisor. Removes bulletin boards, chalkboards, and whiteboards.

10% - Equipment & Furniture Repair/Maintenance: Performs maintenance on equipment such as two wheelers, four wheelers, pallet jacks and lifts on the moving truck. Removes broken or obsolete furniture or equipment such as computers, desks, chairs, etc. Installs, repairs, and other maintains large tables, tablet arm chairs, table tops and desks. Repairs/assembles, office equipment and furniture such as file cabinets, desks, Herman Miller and other wall partitions, chairs and computer work stations, using hand/power tools. Delivery of janitorial supplies to all residence and scholarship halls. Delivery of filters, such as High Efficiency, to various buildings throughout campus, using preset maintenance schedule.
Work involves operation of light trucks, 17’ diesel crew cab box trucks and fork lifts.

5% - Miscellaneous Duties: Removes trash/recyclables from campus by collecting from trash receptacles. Repairs trash receptacles using and power tools. Removes snow and ice as well as surface treatment at assigned areas across campus. Cleans work sites and tools. Completes necessary paperwork associated with assigned projects.

5% - Perform other related work as assigned. Position Requirements
  • Reach, grasp, lift, carry and place moderately heavy loads frequently and heavy loads occasionally (75 lbs) with or without accommodation.
  • Perform work above normal heights, in confined spaces, and in extreme temperatures – both hot and cold, inside and outdoors.
  • Operate vehicles in transporting self and materials to job sites.
  • Work overtime and respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  • Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  • Must digitally enter work order information and perform other electronic communications as required.
  • Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Six months of experience in any trades area OR an associate's degree or vocational school certificate.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license by time of hire and maintain the license throughout employment.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in any or all of the following trades: HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Paint, Carpentry, and Masonry.
  • Experience working on a relocation or event set up team.
  • Experience working in a university, college or other multi-building campus environment.
  • Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application will include your current contact information including email, phone number and your previous work experience including dates of employment.

    Review of applications will begin Thursday, June 24 , 2021 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. Contact Information to ApplicantsLaura Sellers, [email protected], 785-864-4980 Advertised Salary Rangestarting $30,534.40 Work ScheduleWork Schedule is 7:30am-4pm Monday to Friday Application Review Begins24-Jun-2021 Anticipated Start Date25-Oct-2021


    Working at the University of Kansas 

    Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

    The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

    The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

    KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

    The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

    We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


    KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


    The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


    The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

    International Dimension 

    KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


    The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

    Our City and State 

    KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

    Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

    Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

    Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

    Making KU Your Home 

    Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

    At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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