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Housekeeping Attendant

Application deadline: Open until filled

Full-time position based in Beacon, New York
$17.50 per hour

Based in New York, Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century; presents long-term, site-specific projects; executes new commissions; and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.

Position summary
The Housekeeping Attendant, part of Dia Beacon’s Operations Department, is supervised by the Buildings Manager, Manager of Visitor Services, and the Director of Operations. The position requires 40 hours per week and weekend availability. Hours may change to accommodate the needs of the Operations Department.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them
  • Operate floor-scrubbing machines, wet/dry vacuums, and standard carpet vacuums
  • Clean other areas as needed, including carpets, walls, offices, kitchens, public spaces, conference rooms, classrooms, corridors, entrances, exterior walkways, and building fixtures
  • Service and clean restrooms; replenish with soap, paper products, and other necessary supplies
  • Collect and dispose of trash and other waste
  • Collect, separate, and dispose of recyclable materials
  • Clean sidewalks and perform manual labor in connection with grounds maintenance
  • Spray insecticides to prevent insect and rodent infestation
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas using snow shovels and spread snow-melting chemicals
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment, and supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks, J bars, and dollies
  • Maintain equipment and clean after use
  • Set up, arrange, and remove tables, chairs, ladders, and scaffolding to prepare facilities for events such as banquets and meetings
  • Change incandescent and florescent lights
  • Receive and stock supplies in appropriate areas
  • Notify managers when restocking of supplies is needed, safety issues arise, and maintenance repairs are required
  • Work extra hours for special events and to help with covering the shifts of other housekeeping staff (e.g., vacations)
  • Perform housekeeping-related tasks as required or as requested by the supervisor

Education, certification, and experience 

  • Prior experience with the essential functions of the position is required 

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Must have the ability to read labels, follow instructions, and use cleaning equipment and products in the prescribed manner
  • Must be able to stay alert to potential safety and security problems
  • Must be able to work independently as well as with other team members
  • Must be able to work professionally and congenially among office staff as well as with the museum visitors

Working conditions and physical demands
The employee in this position is required to spend 100% of their work time walking and moving around the workplace to complete assigned duties. Physical activities include pushing power-cleaning equipment, using hand tools, and cleaning equipment, and require bending, stooping, climbing, reaching, and lifting on a frequent basis.

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among our employees, Dia requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, a religious belief, or pregnancy.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by completing the online job application, linked here, and attaching a resume and letter of interest.

Dia provides a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package with significant employer contributions towards the cost of healthcare premiums. The 401(k) plan provides 100% employer match up to 4% of the employee’s deferral and immediate vesting. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, 10 days of sick leave, 13 holidays, and a generous parental leave program. Work-related travel expenses are fully covered. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

This position is represented by the Technical, Office & Professional Union, Local 2110, UAW, AFL-CIO.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and supports an equitable, inclusive, and neurodiverse workplace.

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