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Facilities Technician

Richmond, California

About the Eames Institute

We aim to equip everyone with the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames, so that anyone can use design to solve problems. With infinite curiosity for the world around them, Ray and Charles approached their work as an ongoing series of discoveries that– if applied correctly–could help develop solutions to any given problem. We aspire to make their process accessible to everyone. With our unrivaled collections, the Eames Ranch, and an extensive program of communications and events, we seek to inspire people to use design to make a positive impact on society.

About the Role

The Eames Institute is seeking a Facilities Technician with proven experience at upholding excellent standards of building maintenance. Reporting to and receiving guidance from the Facilities Manager, the Facilities Technician is responsible for executing a range of responsibilities to ensure the overall safety, security, maintenance, grounds, and cleanliness of the Eames Institute’s property in Richmond, CA. This property includes a newly-renovated building featuring a workspace for the Eames Institute Staff, as well as a warehouse for the Eames Collection of archival materials and 3D objects. The ideal candidate is self-driven and excited to provide daily maintenance and operation of the Eames Institute campus. 

As the Facilities Technician, you will:

Maintain Facilities, Grounds, & Equipment

  • Unlock and open main building at beginning of daily shift.
  • Serve as point person for all Richmond facilities-related contractors and vendors, coordinating with the Facilities Manager on scheduling and overseeing services provided.
  • Tend to overall maintenance of the property, which includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R), electrical, plumbing, carpentry, custodial, and grounds activities, adhering to maintenance schedules for equipment.
  • Ensure excellent standard of cleanliness throughout the buildings, executing on routine janitorial cleaning duties and other cleaning tasks as they arise.
  • Complete inventory and supply orders in accordance with the Facilities Manager.
  • Provide trash management, including staging trash containers for pick-up.
  • Secure and lock the buildings at end of daily shift.

Provide Facilities Support to Onsite Staff

  • Ensure smooth daily operation of property and respond to staff needs and requests with thorough execution.
  • Assist the Collections team with the moving and arranging of Collections pallets and items.
  • Serve as point person for shipping and receiving, including communication and proper storage for incoming objects.
  • Be available for infrequent after-hours emergencies.
  • Occasionally respond to requests of two low-maintenance tenants, escalating to the Facilities Manager as needed.

Contribute to Organization & Team Culture

  • Participate in and add to the Institute’s culture of curiosity and learning.
  • Contribute and share technical knowledge, resources, and enthusiasm to the organization as a whole.
  • Build and share knowledge, appreciation, and curiosity of the history, contributions, and legacy of Ray and Charles Eames.
  • Serve as a foremost in-house advocate and knowledgeable resource pertaining to the operations of the Richmond campus. 
  • Help cultivate and nurture relationships across teams.

The ideal candidate has:

Required skills, abilities, competencies

  • 3-5 years of experience in building maintenance, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) experience is preferable
  • Ability to closely follow safety regulations and meet company policies
  • Basic understanding of access control for alarm and camera systems
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse group of people, able to use tech-based platform for facilities request (Slack)

Education & Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in building maintenance, GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) experience is preferable
  • Forklift certification
  • Ability to operate equipment such as scissor lifts, pallet jackets, booms, etc.

Other duties:

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.

Work hours, working styles, and additional benefits:

  • This role requires the individual to be onsite Monday through Friday, ideally during the house of 11:00am - 7:00pm

What you can expect:

  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 6% 401k match, commuting benefits, and parental leave
  • Base salary: $65,000 - $80,000
  • Wellness benefit of $600 per year to spend on anything that contributes to your mental and physical wellness
  • Professional development benefit up to $600 per year to support your continued learning and career development
  • $500 match for charitable giving, for every year of service up to five years
  • Unlimited paid time off policy in addition to fifteen paid holidays
  • Sabbatical leave after five years of employment

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The Eames Institute values diversity, inclusion & belonging for all, and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We strive to create a workplace that empowers people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to feel respected, valued and able to contribute at the highest level. If you’re excited by this role but your professional experience doesn’t perfectly align with the qualifications listed, we still encourage you to apply.