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Maintenance Technician

Hamilton Families
San Francisco, California
Closing date
Oct 1, 2021

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Our mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1985, Hamilton Families is San Francisco's leading service provider to homeless families, with strategically designed programs to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and stability, return families to permanent housing, and support the well-being of children experiencing homelessness. We currently operate these programs across six sites in San Francisco and Oakland. For more information, visit   


The Maintenance Technician performs a variety of semi-skilled preventative building, equipment and vehicle maintenance and repairs at the Hamilton Shelter Program to ensure safe and proper functioning, proactively monitors, anticipates, plans for and advises supervisors and program managers of maintenance needs. 


  • Monitor equipment and structures, and perform routine and emergency repairs as needed, including repairing doors and doorways, windows, locks, fencing, partitions, shelves, counters and furniture, and plumbing fixtures
  • Replace fuses, ballasts, sockets, cords and switches
  • Prepare vacant units for new residents, including but not limited to floor maintenance, painting, light wall and door repairs, unclogging of pipes, removal of debris, room and furniture set up, etc.
  • Assess and advise program managers of cost of damage to residential units when families exit transitional housing or shelter rooms; 
  • Substitute for absent custodial staff as assigned; sweep, mop, vacuum and wash building interiors and exteriors according to routine janitorial schedule, including hallways, stairways, bathrooms, offices, common areas, kitchens and dining areas, courtyard and parking areas, and areas immediately in front of and behind buildings; remove garbage and recycling, bring bins to curb and/or return bins to appropriate area according to schedule
  • Assist with special preparations for site inspections and tours
  • Operate agency and/or rental vehicles to pick up or deliver furniture, equipment or supplies; set up furniture for special events
  • Monitor elevators, emergency lighting, fire and security alarms, and fire extinguishers to ensure proper and safe functioning; coordinate, perform and/or order maintenance and repairs to these systems as needed
  • Alert program managers of safety concerns; participate in reviewing and developing safety programs and procedures for safe storage and use of tools and supplies
  • Use equipment, supplies and tools according to established safety guidelines and procedures 
  • Ensure that storage areas are safe, secure and orderly, and that tools and supplies are stored safely and securely
  • Maintain vigilance against pests and order pest control services as needed
  • Adhere to HFC mission and core values; interact respectfully while maintaining appropriate boundaries with diverse staff and families and individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Complete maintenance, inspection, and inventory reports as directed
  • Attend and participate in trainings, meetings and committees as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • One year’s general experience in construction, building and maintenance trades performing building maintenance duties similar to those listed above 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; able to use Microsoft Office and Adobe applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, etc.)
  • Self-directed; able to demonstrate initiative and to work successfully as a project leader or team member; able to effectively organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining composure under pressure
  • Sensitive to the needs of families experiencing homelessness; able and willing to work with diverse staff and program participants
  • Essential functions of the position may require use of a telephone, working at a standard computer terminal, and the ability to follow reasonable ergonomic recommendations, sit, kneel, stand, drive, or walk for long periods, reach, bend, lift, carry up to 40 pounds, and ability to climb stairs and ladders as needed
  • Criminal background check, fingerprint imaging, and tuberculosis (TB) clearance required post-offer
  •  Valid CADL and DMV report; able and willing to travel up to 50% of the time, as required - personal form of transportation is not required.
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