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Facilities Maintenance Lead

Deadline to apply: Jan 05, 2018, 5PM

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Under limited supervision, the Maintenance Lead performs a variety of work in general maintenance and repair of buildings, facilities, and equipment for the Japanese American National Museum site which includes a 1925 Historic Building, which has been designated as a historic site (33,000 sq. ft), a 1999 Museum Pavilion (138,000 sq. ft.), and a 2005 Forum/auditorium addition (10,000 sq. ft.). The position is full time and will require some early mornings or evening and occasional weekend hours based upon vendor and contractor scheduling.


  • 1. Ensures that buildings and equipment are maintained in a safe, clean and orderly condition in accordance with city, county, state, and federal health and fire regulations.
  • 2. Performs electrical repair in wiring for switches, outlets, plugs, cables, power circuits and appliances; repairs and replaces lighting systems; inspects electrical systems for unsafe conditions; maintains and regularly tests working condition of safety equipment including fire alarm, emergency lighting, and key card access and analog phone systems.
  • 3. Identifies plumbing problems; repairs and maintains plumbing leaks or breaks above and below ground; replaces seals and other minor parts; maintains drinking fountains; repairs, replaces and maintains faucets and drain lines. Maintains plumbing equipment.
  • 4. Prepares and applies various surfaces for paint, enamel, lacquer, varnish or stain; removes or paints over graffiti; repairs wall coverings.
  • 5. Maintains grounds in clean and orderly manner including tree branches that create hazardous situations; maintains fire lanes around buildings and property; may clean debris from grounds, pathways, and parking lots; maintains blowers, power wash equipment, and other grounds equipment.
  • 6. Lays forms, mixes, pours, finishes and repairs concrete for sidewalks, pavers, ramps, and slabs.
  • 7. Responds to, reports, and removes any safety hazards; reports and repairs damage on museum property; respond to emergency clean up such as spills and clogged drains.
  • 8. Perform rough and finished carpentry work in the repair of facility structures such as walls, doors, office furniture and shelves.
  • 9. Meet with contractors to provide location and some support for building repairs.
  • 10. Assists Facilities/Security Manager with updating the maintenance schedule and coordination of museum asset repairs, such as copiers, fax machines, postal metering equipment and audio visual equipment (including related support supplies, i.e. toner, paper, janitorial supplies, office supplies etc…).
  • 11. Provides assistance with other Facilities unit administrative duties (phone calls, correspondence, payment requests, reconcile invoices/billing, misc. vendor liaison), and maintains mailroom, as time permits.
  • 12. Oversee coordination of Facilities Unit staffing and administrative office duties when Facilities/Security Manager is unavailable, includes but not limited to Security Guard Coverage, A/V Technician schedule, Custodial staff schedule modification for rentals, and coordination of contractors for regular routine repairs/maintenance.
  • 13. Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a) National Museum’s Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction- (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Family Day (January) or Natsumatsuri Family Festival (August) c) JANM Family Free Days – Free Admission Family Days held on select 2nd Saturdays of the month.

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: High School Diploma, Bachelors degree preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience/Knowledge: At least 3 years of lead maintenance experience. Willingness to learn and apply new skills. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Strong proofreading skills. Professional phone manner is essential. Ability to work in a fast paced team-environment, be a self-starter. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality service. Ability to adjust and provide appropriate action when unanticipated need arises. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture a plus.

Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.

Computer: Computer literate, Internet savvy, and experience with MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Gmail preferred, speed and accuracy are essential.

Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning: Act on own initiative. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reports to: Facilities/Security Manager
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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