General Mechanic, 2nd Shift

Facilities Management

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; the Foundation), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have focused on developing and promoting innovations in health and healthcare to improve the lives of millions. In partnership with others, we are working toward a nation that is rooted in equity, compassion, and respect. A nation that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. This requires addressing many harmful obstacles to well-being, including poverty, powerlessness, and discrimination.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. The Foundation offers a collaborative, collegial, and creative work environment. With a career at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you will make a difference.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the assistant manager, Facilities Management, the general mechanic performs a variety of facility maintenance functions spanning the trades, including but not limited to: electrical, mechanical, painting, plumbing, and carpentry. The general mechanic will have a 40-hour workweek, with a regular schedule of 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As with staff at all levels of the Foundation, general mechanics are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to equity and to the Foundation's mission and Guiding Principles.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Perform a variety of skilled work in several trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, mechanical, painting, and HVAC.
  • Conduct scheduled facility preventative maintenance tasks, unscheduled and scheduled repairs, and project support.
  • Diagnose and correct system malfunctions.
  • Perform scheduled inspections and safety tests necessary to maintain code requirements.
  • Perform rounds on the boilers as required by New Jersey compliance code. Take manual readings of all boilers for pressure, combustion, flue gases, water flow and level, and all safety devices.
  • Participate in fire drills as scheduled for occupant safety.
  • Assist with building automation and building access control (security) systems.
  • Maintain records and logs of system checks for compliance purposes.
  • Establish relationships with staff, vendors, contractors, and others.
  • Perform construction, installation, and maintenance activities. Install and dissemble modular furniture components, including related wiring. Complete custom projects including fabrication of cabinetry, countertops, and wall coverings.
  • Perform locksmith work on doors, workstations, and file units.
  • Comply with all company regulations governing safety and environmental compliance.
  • Oversee evening cleaning staff consultants.
  • Perform other tasks as required, including moving furniture, trash receptacles, general cleanup, minor painting, cleaning grease traps, and other tasks.

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.
  • Experience working effectively in and fostering an inclusive environment as part of a multidisciplinary team with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Has earned a high school or trade school diploma or equivalent. Certification of trade expertise in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, or HVAC repairs, Building Automation Systems or Preventative Maintenance Programs, and/or completion of related Apprenticeship Program, is desired.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years plus of experience as maintenance mechanic and/or three (3) years construction experience.
  • New Jersey Black Seal Low-Pressure License and a valid driver's license. If a candidate does not have an active New Jersey Black Seal Low-Pressure Boiler License, candidates will be required to obtain the license in accordance with New Jersey state guidelines as a condition of continued employment.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the building maintenance trades.
  • Computer skills are required. Understanding of building automation and building access control (security) systems.
  • Reliability, good judgement; able to make decisions and justify recommendations.
  • Use interpersonal skills; collegial, energetic; able to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.
  • Exhibit strong communications skills (written and verbal).
  • Able to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Is flexible, able to manage frequent changes in task focus. Able to complete assignments through to completion, meeting deadlines.
  • Requires manual dexterity of both hands and feet to perform activities such as lifting overhead, twisting and bending while lifting, climbing ladders and stairs while wearing protective equipment, and working in confined spaces.
  • Standing and/or walking is required for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Able to lift heavy loads up to 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Able to work in emergency situations, such as handling equipment failures, and in inclement weather conditions.
  • May be required to work overtime.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

The general mechanic will work in a business office environment. Duties involve moderate physical activity that requires lifting, pushing, or pulling average weight objects up to 50 pounds, or standing and/or walking for more than (4) hours per day. Tasks are generally carried out with some exposure to physical risk, which require following safety precautions. Work involves either no exposure or very limited exposure to environmental demands. Work requires the operation of tools required to perform essential job responsibilities. Occasional overtime for weekend/evening work may be required.


The starting salary range for the general mechanic is $55,000 to $60,000 annually.

Why Work at RWJF? Learn more about the benefits of working at RWJF.

How to Apply

Submit your resume and letter of interest.

Application Deadline: July 24, 2022


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.

How to Apply

Submit your resume and letter of interest.

Application Deadline: 
July 24, 2022

The general mechanic will have a 40-hour workweek, with a regular schedule of 2:00 p.m. to10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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