Housekeeping Attendant, Dia Beacon

Application deadline: Open until filled

Full-time position based in Beacon, New York


Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 for the purpose of collecting, commissioning, and presenting major works of art made in the 1960s onward. Today it consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three changing exhibition spaces in New York State: Dia Chelsea in New York City, Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley, and Dia Bridgehampton on Long Island. Dia is taken from the Greek word for “through,” conveying the foundation’s role as a facilitator of meaningful artistic experiences that can be encountered in single and repeated visits. 

Position Summary

The Housekeeping Attendant is part of the Dia Beacon Operations Department and are responsible for the supervised by the Buildings Manager, Manager of Visitor Services, and the Director of Operations. The schedule is as follows: 32 hours per week, Friday – Monday, 9-5. Hours may change to accommodate the needs of the Department. 


Essential Job 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 required, including carpets, walls, equipment, offices, kitchens, public spaces, conference rooms, classrooms, corridors, entrances, exterior walkways and building fixtures 
  • Service and clean restrooms 
  • Provide restrooms with soap, paper products and other necessary supplies 
  • Collect and dispose of trash and other wastes 
  • 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 and snow shovels and spread snow melting chemicals 
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment and supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks, J bars and dollies 
  • 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 
  • Clean and maintain equipment after use 
  • Notify managers concerning the need for re-stocking supplies, safety issues and maintenance repairs 
  • Work extra hours for special events and covering the shift of others in the housekeeping staff (i.e. vacations) 
  • Perform related work as required or as requested by the supervisor 


Education, Certification, Experience: 

  • High school diploma or GED strongly preferred 
  • Prior experience with the essential functions of the position required 


Knowledge, Skills, Abilites:

  • 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 duties. 
  • Physical activities include pushing power-cleaning equipment, using hand tools and cleaning equipment, 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 among our employees, Dia Art Foundation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, 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, ten days of sick leave, thirteen 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. 

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 a neurodiverse workplace. 

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