The Facilities Maintenance Worker is a member of a Facilities team who is responsible for maintaining functional, operational, sanitary, safe, and attractive facilities for students, faculty, staff, and the public. This position is responsible for a wide range of basic repair and maintenance of equipment and systems inside and outside of the facilities to maintain the upkeep of the facilities as well as minimizing property damage, loss, and liability exposure to the school. The position also has some limited custodial, traffic control, snow removal, and landscaping responsibilities.
Essential Duties of the Job:
General handyman duties are required to address the daily maintenance and repair needs of the facilities.
Must have basic plumbing and small motor mechanical skills (address typical toilet and sink issues, repair and preventative maintenance of lawnmower, AC units, air purifiers, etc.).
Must possess some combination of basic electrical, carpentry, masonry, and painting skills. (ie. replace ballasts, light fixtures, etc.; repair desks, shelves, lockers, chairs, cabinets, etc.; address minor tuckpointing, concrete issues; install drywall, repair damaged walls, paint walls, etc.).
Basic understanding of boiler systems is a plus (ie. daily inspections, adjusting temperatures, addressing radiator issues, etc.).
Responds to immediate safety and/or operational concerns (ie. toilet issues, facility failure/damage, alarms, spills, etc.) to maintain a functioning and operational educational environment.
Continuously scans and monitors facilities for the purpose of identifying and ensuring that the site is suitable for safe, sanitary and attractive educational operations. Addresses these issues whenever possible.
Sets-up and takes-down furnishings and equipment in a timely manner for meetings, classroom activities, and events.
In the absence of primary custodial staff or during periods of intense cleaning, cleans assigned school facilities using various cleaning compounds (ie. classrooms, offices, common areas, restrooms, multipurpose rooms, grounds) for the purpose of maintaining a sanitary, safe, and attractive environment.
In addition to landscape and snow removal contractors, maintains exterior of the facilities, mowing, trimming bushes/trees, distributing wood chips, shoveling/snow blowing snow, distributing ice melt, window washing, power washing pavement and awning for the purpose of maintaining a safe, attractive facility for children, faculty, staff and the public to enter and exit.
Performs regular preventative maintenance of equipment and systems (ie. cleans ceiling/roof vents, maintenance of vent ceiling/vent motors, cleans/replaces filters in AC units, air purifiers, water tank of boiler system, maintenance of sliding door window tracks, etc.).
Performs various safety inspections (ie. playground, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, etc.).
Delivers various items to and from internal and remote facilities (ie. supplies, mail, packages) to ensure materials are in the proper place in a timely manner.
Traffic control duty for assigned, short periods of time each day for the safe drop-off and pick-up of students.
Responsible for securing the facility and the exterior grounds as trained to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff.
Attends in-service training for the purpose of receiving information on new and/or improved procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet/legs and hands/arms.
Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important as the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
Balancing. Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important as the amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
Kneeling. Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
Crawling. Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward.
Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
Lifting. Raising objects up to 40 lbs. from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm; ability to be flexible to cover for other Facilities members in their absence, events, and during school breaks.
Must understand working within a school environment where discretion and appropriate behavior is required at all times. Classrooms have limited time frames in which they can be accessed. Must learn to understand the traffic patterns within the school in order to find appropriate times to do work.
May be exposed to extreme cold or heat as the duties are often performed outside.
May be exposed to pesticides or cleaning compounds during the normal course of performing the essential duties of the job.
Collegial and able to get along with students, faculty, and staff.
Ability to work as a team member or individually.
Communication proficiency. Proficient English is required.
Ability to perform basic math, read and follow verbal and written instructions in English.
Ability to use industry-standard cleaning supplies and equipment.
Ability to follow a daily work assignment.
Ability to accomplish tasks successfully under limited supervision.
Ability to multitask.
Ability to problem-solve.
Ability to pass a thorough background check.
Preferred Education and Experience
High School Diploma
Experience working in a school environment
Experience with plumbing, small motors required
Some experience with electrical, carpentry, masonry, painting, and boiler system preferred
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.