Senior General Mechanic

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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 been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

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. 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. With a career at RWJF, you will make a difference.

As with staff at all levels of the Foundation, senior general mechanics are expected to demonstrate a passionate commitment to the Foundation’s mission of improving health and health care for all people in America.  

Reporting to the assistant manager, Facilities Management, the senior general mechanic performs a variety of advanced-skill facility maintenance functions spanning the trades, including but not limited to electrical, mechanical, painting, plumbing, and carpentry.

Reporting Relationship(s)

  • The senior general mechanic reports directly to the assistant manager, Facilities Management.
  • The position works collaboratively with other Facilities Management staff.

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.
  • Serve as fire marshal and 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, etc.
  • Perform advanced 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.
  • Provide oversight, training, and guidance to mechanics in the proper methods to perform maintenance assignments, as needed by the management staff.
  • Comply with all company regulations governing safety and environmental compliance.
  • Perform other tasks as required, including moving furniture, trash receptacles, general cleanup, minor painting, and cleaning grease traps, etc.

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to the Foundation's mission and vision, and alignment with our values is required.
  • 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.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) 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 are required.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the building maintenance trades.
  • Able to train and guide junior maintenance staff.
  • Computer skills are required. Understanding of building automation and building access control (security) systems.
  • Exhibit reliable, 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 pounds 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  

Work is normally performed 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.

How to Apply

Submit your resume and letter of interest.

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: Closed

(Post Date: April 26, 2021)

This position is located in Princeton, N.J. If hired, you would be required to work from our Princeton office when our facilities re-open.


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