Maintenance Technician

Job Type

Full Time




United States


ABOUT THE POSITION: The Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing, or arranging for, the repair and maintenance of the physical assets (property and equipment) for Compass Housing Alliance, a multi-facility housing agency with 20+ buildings in the Seattle-King County Metropolitan area. This is a unionized position, represented by Local 8 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region. We envision a world in which every person lives in a safe and caring community. We recognize the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to the organization. To learn more about the agency visit

LOCATION: Compass on Dexter building in South Lake Union (home office, regular daily work occurs at various locations)

REPORTS TO: Interim Facilities Manager


SCHEDULE: Saturday-Wednesday 7am-3:30pm; with staff meetings monthly

SALARY RANGE: $19.21 per hour


Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. The employee in this position must be able to read, write, and understand English.

Maintenance Duties

o  Perform responsive repairs and preventative maintenance on building interiors and exteriors, within established timelines.

o  Respond to regular repair and emergency situations using good judgment and best practices that are consistent with safety procedures and agency standards.

o  Perform functions including basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, dry wall, security systems, and painting projects.

o  Prepare and respond to scheduled inspections and site visits from various funding agencies.

o  Work in a safe manner and recognize unsafe situations. Take appropriate action to ensure safety of self and others in and around our buildings.

o  Assist with unit and office transitions, as needed.

o  Identify and report defective materials or questionable unit conditions to the department supervisor.

o  Maintain the work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition and follow prescribed safety regulations.

o  Report client/resident behavior to program staff that might present maintenance or repair concerns.


o  Maintain necessary paperwork including, but not limited to, work orders, maintenance logs, receipts, and invoices. 

o  Purchase supplies and track inventory in coordination with the Facilities Administrator.

o  Pull requests, access records, and document within the facilities software system. 


o  Maintain a favorable working relationship with all other company employees to foster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate.

o  Project a favorable image of the organization to promote its aims and objectives and foster and enhance public recognition and acceptance of all its areas of endeavor.

o  Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner in accordance with established company policies to achieve the overall objectives of this position.


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·        Demonstrated knowledge of facilities responsive repairs and planned preventative maintenance as well as basic equipment and appliance troubleshooting skills.

·        Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, dry wall, security and painting.

·        Ability to set and maintain boundaries in a professional manner.

·        Promote a team environment that values, encourages and supports differences.

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team particularly to be able to exercise sound decision making in the absence of supervision, with strong collaboration skills.

·        Sensitive to and able to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse economic circumstances, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, physical and mental abilities, and sexual orientation.

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate effectively about technical problems and solutions.

·        Strong problem solving, time and project management skills are required to be successful in this role.

·        Ability and aptitude with technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in business environment including various databases, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., and Internet technology.

·        Valid WA driver’s license, and a driving record that meets Compass standards, required.


·        High School Diploma/GED is required, Associate degree preferred.

·        A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a maintenance capacity or related field.

·        Technical school or maintenance-related certification, a plus.

·        Or any equivalent combination of relevant education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

·        Familiarity with issues of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, sexual assault, and/or domestic violence, desired.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

o  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.

o  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, type, and reach with hands and arms; and requires the ability to occasionally push, pull, lift and/or carry supplies up to 50 pounds.

o  Must be able to kneel, crawl, and crouch. Some work may occur in confined spaces.

o  Work takes place in office, housing, and shelter environments where long periods of standing, sitting, working on a computer, walking to various work areas, and going up and down stairs are required.

o  Travel to program sites and meetings outside the office and around the county are necessary.

Mental efforts like attention to detail, interacting with others in-person and through email, using critical thinking skills to strategize, develop and implement business plans, create and edit documents, listen and participate verbally at meetings. 

In compliance with the ADA Amendment Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 206-474-1100 or via e-mail at


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is normal. Compass programs are housed within a human services environment in the Greater Seattle area. Our diverse tenant community includes many single, formerly homeless adults who lack any family support system. Compounding the constraints of poverty, our client community includes the physically and mentally disabled, persons living with AIDS, those who struggle with chemical dependencies, veterans, and vulnerable, elderly adults. Working at Compass will mean that you will be in close proximity to the people we serve. This position is not eligible for remote work, it requires onsite work only.


Compass Housing Alliance is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and treats all employees and applicants equally without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political ideology, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, use of section 8 certificate, use of service animal, and all other groups protected by law, and promotes diversity in its workforce. Compass Housing Alliance takes affirmative action to implement programs and maintain practices and policies that eliminate barriers to equal employment opportunity. Our program is available for review by employees and applicants for employment in the Human Resources Office during regular office hours.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement