• Part Time
  • Anywhere

Website Lydia Place

POSITION TITLE: FACILITIES MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

MISSION: To disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations.

VISION: A compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive.

SUPPORTED BY: Facilities & Capital Projects Manager

SALARY RANGE: $19.00-$25.65/hour, 20 hours/week, non-exempt

Candidate offers consider experience, qualifications, and internal equity.
Entry salary typically in the first third of the range.

BENEFITS PACKAGE: 21 days of paid time off (PTO) per year (prorated for Regular PT employees based on FTE rate); 12 paid holidays; agency sponsored healthcare plan (for Regular employees working 30 or more hours per week); Employee Assistance Program (EAP); 3% employer contribution to 403(b) Retirement Plan after 1 year of employment; supportive work culture; family friendly and flexible scheduling.

POSITION SUMMARY:   This position is responsible for carrying out regular and emergency facility repairs and fulfilling maintenance requests under the direction of the Facilities and Capital Projects Manager.

LYDIA PLACE VALUES:

COMMUNITY
We believe strong healthy communities are the foundation to a better world.

EQUITY
We believe it is our responsibility to actively challenge systems of oppression. We recognize
a majority of those experiencing homelessness have been marginalized.

UPSTREAM IMPACT
We believe that the best way to eliminate homelessness is to look beyond short-term solutions and focus on breaking the generational cycle of poverty.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS
We value each other as humans first. We know that the best outcomes for our clients and our community are achieved when our team is healthy and thriving.

TO APPLY: Email resume and detailed cover letter outlining your interest, qualifications, experience, or information that may not be encompassed in your resume such as lived experience that as it relates to this position, in attached .doc or .pdf format to HR & Operations Manager, Haley White at haleyw@lydiaplace.org. You may also submit hard copy materials via PO BOX 28487 Bellingham, WA 98228. Position open until filled.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Lydia Place is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on the basis of race, sex/gender, religion/creed, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, national origin, genetic markers, military or veteran’s status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law

Real-world experience has value in the workplace. Individuals who identify with non-dominant groups, who have experienced poverty and had first-hand knowledge working with system resources, and who have relevant, lived experience equivalent to minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience providing maintenance services
  • Comfortable engaging with individuals from diverse economic, cultural, and social backgrounds including individuals experiencing mental health related symptoms
  • Attention to detail to ensure that all jobs are completed in an exemplar manner and any potential hazards or warning signs of problems are not overlooked
  • Physical stamina to handle a full shift of being active and working on facilities
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of maintenance tasks including but not limited to:
    • Indoor and outdoor painting and general household repair
    • Plumbing knowledge to address leaks, clogs, or other drainage problems
    • Electrical knowledge to trouble-shoot and repair switches & outlets, light fixtures, and appliances
    • Carpentry ability to handle basic repairs around the buildings
    • Groundskeeping capability; to include mowing, trimming, and snow removal
  • Must be able to work independently and manage multiple tasks
  • Working knowledge of hand tools and maintenance techniques
  • Must be able to problem solve and find solutions independently
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull 80 lbs on a regular basis and be ability to squat, kneel and climb
  • Must be comfortable on a ladder up to 12 feet
  • Prefer applicant to own basic tools
  • Must be willing to follow directions, work independently and as a team member
  • Proficiency with word processing, Microsoft Office programs, cloud-based internet software, and smart phones
  • Completion of background investigation that includes social security verification, professional reference checks, and a federal criminal background investigation.
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and proof of insurance required
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Sign Language preferred

Due to Washington State mandate, all Lydia Place employees and volunteers are required to have full COVID-19 vaccination and ability to furnish proof of such by first day of work for continued employment. Exceptions for individuals with a medical reason or bone fide religious belief will be reviewed and determined by Lydia Place Directors.

REQUIRED CORE COMPETENCIES:

Anti-Oppressive Lens
Must be able to adopt anti-oppression, anti-racist, and trauma-informed framework to navigate complex systems of racism, poverty, homelessness, violence against women and children and other systems of oppression.

Effective Communication
Must be able to read and interpret documents, write reports, correspond verbally and in writing with clarity, and must embody active listening skills. Must be able to ask for help when needed and offer help to others when appropriate as well as give and receive feedback. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.

Initiative
Ability to assess and identify actions to address issues independently while knowing when to ask for appropriate support.

Organization
Effectively able to manage time and develop and carry out complex timelines and action plans.  Able to follow policies and procedures.

Integrity
Responsible, reliable, and accountable for actions in all settings. Open and honest about own strengths, limitations, and boundaries.  Able to maintain confidentiality and commitments.

Emotional Intelligence
Must have an awareness of own emotions and be able to manage them while also being able to understand and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Effectively manage disagreements. Ability to manage frequent high stress situations.

Open-mindedness
Adept at holding space for opposing ideas and embrace diversity in all areas of the workplace.

Courage
Willingness to step outside of your comfort zone to address uncertainty, fear, discomfort, inequities.

Curiosity
Positive change and innovation requires that we ask questions. The why’s, why nots, and what-ifs are crucial to this work and we encourage and expect employees to ask questions. We look for curiosity about ourselves, our workplace, the people, and families we serve, and the larger community.

Flexibility
Able to adapt and pivot as situations arise that are unexpected and/or challenging. Embrace needed change and manage well when faced with ambiguity.

Creativity
Thinking outside the box, resourcefulness, trying new things, approaching things differently and moving beyond the status quo.

Collaboration
Embraces a team approach with colleagues, community partners, and can work both individually and part of a team when needed. Supports organizations goals and values.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the direction of the Facility & Capital Projects Manager, carry out maintenance requests included but not limited to:
    • Repair broken or leaking plumbing to avoid water damage and restore full use of water fixtures
    • Repair faulty outlets, switches, lighting fixtures, and troubleshoot miscellaneous electrical issues
    • Painting; touch up, full unit, interior, exterior
    • Perform unit flips at various stages of remodel.
    • Repair or install new fixtures and appliances
    • Repairing holes in walls, doors, and trim
    • Assemble furniture and hang items on walls
    • Applying preventative measures to the building to reduce risk of future problems
    • Maintains property in a neat and orderly fashion
    • Identify and fix safety hazards to avoid injuries
    • Weatherize properties at seasonal changes including pressuring washing, salting sidewalks, resident snow supplies, etc.
  • Support the Program teams in moving, storing, and delivering furniture to residents
  • Support the Community Engagement team in moving and storing event supplies and set up
  • Performs grounds maintenance work including lawn mowing, weeding, pruning, cleaning gutters, and general outdoor lawn and building upkeep
  • Availability to be on-call and respond during inclement weather and other emergencies outside normal work schedule
  • Drive own vehicle to and from various destinations to perform work
  • Perform other duties as assigned

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these job duties, the employee is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The employee is required to sit for extended periods of time. Employee also is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, or balance.

To apply for this job email your details to haleyw@lydiaplace.org