• Building Engineer- Josephinum

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/2/2019 4:14 PM)
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  • Overview

    Catholic Housing Services believes everyone deserves the right to a safe, affordable place to call home.  Inspired by this vision, CHS develops, owns and manages affordable housing programs for low-income families and individuals; currently including 2,400 units of housing in 57 different buildings across Western Washington.   We provide supportive services for people who have experienced homelessness, low income seniors, farm worker families, and those who have special physical and mental needs.

    Following best practices in serving individuals with chronic histories of homelessness, CHS has developed several Permanent Supportive Housing Communities that follow a Housing First, Harm Reduction based model of services.  As CHS has continued to grow and expand, we have identified a need for leadership and vision for this expanding group of properties in King County. 



    The Josephinum is a 221 unit historic building in the Belltown neighborhood of Downtown Seattle. Josephinum provides studio and 1 bedroom apartment homes and supportive services to formerly homeless persons. The street level of the building is shared with Christ our Hope Catholic Church. There are several other social service programs occupying space in the building as well.


    A successful Building Engineer will have expertise in a wide range of disciplines and will oversee the functioning of all building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire safety, plumbing, and waste management. They will oversee unit turnover and service requests, building janitorial and preventative maintenance program while managing any unit renovation performed by outside contractors. They will provide direction and management of construction and relocation projects. They will be able to team effectively with staff and vendors to complete tasks.


    The Building Engineer role is hands-on; able to quickly change priorities to meet emergent needs.

    This role will perform routine inspections of facilities and manage the asset in coordination with the Director of Asset Management.


    Facilities Maintenance

    1. General maintenance support for the site, programs, and residential and commercial tenants.
    2. Keep Business Manager current about issues of maintenance, cleanliness, building security and safety issues. Troubleshoot problems and propose solutions including preventative and long term maintenance plans.
    3. Develop systems that insure regularly needed maintenance and janitorial supplies are always on site in quantities that are needed.
    4. Conduct annual/seasonal maintenance and security inspections. Ensure the completion of routine inspection reports performed by other maintenance staff and ensure the completion of actionable findings by engaging related staff and vendors to resolve issues in a timely manner.
    5. Perform and oversee a variety of maintenance tasks and ensure needed repairs, including, but not limited to: changing locks, minor plumbing issues, appliance and fixture repairs, interior painting, deep cleaning, and junk removal.
    6. Manage appropriate use of space and storage for maintenance and building supplies
    7. Monitor and track unit turnover, unit inspections and unit service for timeliness and positive property conditions.
    8. Ensure tracking and documentation of work performed onsite by staff and vendors.
    9. Direct maintenance and repairs for all building systems, including security, plumbing, HVAC, roof, appliances, copiers, fixtures and waste management.
    10. Ensure exterior of building and grounds are clean and well-maintained.
    11. Respond to emergencies in the building during hours of operation and after hours and perform or coordinate emergency repairs.
    12. Respond to after-hours calls and communicate alarm-related updates to key staff.
    13. Understand the functions of the fire control, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and security systems and maintain accurate maintenance records.
    14. Safeguard and manage building key card system. Supervise staff use/possession of keys and keycards.
    15. Ensure up to date disaster and emergency response plans, including annual plans for emergency drills.
    16. Monitor and control expenses within the constraints of the annual budget

    Project Management and Vendor Relations

    1. Direct and organize construction and renovation projects. Coordinate bids from independent contractors when appropriate, overseeing their work and delivery of services. Work closely with program leadership to coordinate project scheduling.
    2. Responsible for following the CHS’s procurement and contract process when engaging vendors, soliciting bids, negotiating pricing and overseeing the quality completion of vendor services.
    3. Maintain a master list for various vendors needed to maintain building such as landscaping, HVAC, elevators and security alarms. Maintain a schedule for periodic competitive bidding.


    1. The Building Engineer is responsible for the overall day-to-day maintenance of the building as a whole. The Building Engineer directs Maintenance Technician(s) and Custodial Staff.
    2. Use consistent, effective techniques and follow company guidelines to hire, on-board and train new personnel.
    3. Nurture effectiveness of staff through ongoing training, coaching, counseling and guidance.
    4. Complete daily/weekly maintenance checklists, schedules and assignments. Monitor progress of work assignments.
    5. Deal effectively, consistently and timely with performance issues. Document accurately and communicate with the Business Manager and Facilities Director any/all performance and/or personnel issues.
    6. Promote a healthy team-oriented work environment, focused on quality, job performance and exceptional customer service through support, effective leadership and positive reinforcement.
    7. Ensure staff compliance and consistency with regard to company policies and procedures, industry regulations, and safety practices.
    8. Attendance is an essential job function.
    9. Maintain a high degree of morale at all times and serve as a role model for team members.


    1. Five or more years managing facilities operations, construction lead, or management of maintenance staff in large building.
    2. Prior supervisory experience in high-volume, deadline-oriented work environment
    3. Strong customer service style with excellent listening skills and can-do attitude.
    4. Demonstrated facilities-related project management experience.
    5. Must have basic knowledge of carpentry, flooring, plumbing, electrical, painting, drywall installation and repair, and HVAC systems.
    6. Experience working independently, prioritizing work tasks, and following through with completion of tasks.
    7. Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    8. Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment
    9. Regular access to a vehicle and ability to meet the agency driving policy standards.
    10. Experience working with diverse populations in residential setting.
    11. Proficiency in computers and ability to learn management software.
    12. Ability to complete strenuous work for long periods of time.
    13. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
    14. Pass a criminal history background check prior to employment.
    15. Have reliable transportation and be able to meet all traveling requirements of the position.
    16. Possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License, the appropriate amount of automobile insurance, and a safe driving record, IF utilizing a personal or Company owned vehicle in the performance of job duties associated with this position.

    Desired Qualifications:

    1. Advanced carpentry
    2. Washington State 07b Electrician Certification (or equivalent certification)
    3. HVAC Certification
    4. Boiler Operator Certification
    5. Project management skills.


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