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Facility Operations Assistant 1 (Utilities)

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Local Title: Facility Operations Assistant 1 (Utilities)
Budget Title: Facility Operations Assistant 1 (Utilities)
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management and Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Facility Operations Assistant 1 (Utilities).

Facility Operations Assistants perform a variety of routine unskilled and semiskilled manual tasks related to the operation and maintenance of State-owned buildings and facilities, the surrounding grounds, and the vehicles and equipment used in maintaining these sites. 

Illustrative Tasks

  • Provides visitors with information regarding tourist attractions, office locations and the facility's rules and regulations. 
  • Inspects, checks and patrols areas to detect vandalism or non-adherence to safety procedures; reports defects, possible hazards or potentially dangerous conditions in the building and adjacent areas. 
  • Sets up chairs, podiums and related equipment for conferences, seminars and special events, and loads, unloads and assembles furniture and equipment as assigned.
  • Assists higher level staff in performing routine and unskilled work such as carrying supplies and equipment, erecting ladders and scaffolding, cleaning, flushing and repairing gutters and drains, removing materials from construction sites, preparing surfaces and spreading paint, digging ditches, loading and unloading trucks, carrying bricks and mortar, performing rough carpentry and masonry work, and cleaning the work site after repair work is completed. 
  • Operates self-propelled and motorized equipment, such as lawn mowers, pumps, compressors, vehicles, small trucks, light construction equipment, electric pallet jacks and forklifts.
  • Assists higher level staff in performing routine and unskilled tasks in the repair and maintenance of automotive equipment and other machinery such as mounting and dismounting snowplows, salt spreaders, engines, transmissions and differentials, performing minor engine tune-ups, changing oil, tires, and batteries and cleaning and polishing vehicles.
  • Cleans buildings and facilities, which includes but is not limited to: vacuuming, mopping, and waxing floors; emptying trash receptacles; washing lavatories and fixtures within; dusting and polishing wood and metal fixtures.
  • Performs a variety of routine building maintenance tasks such as unclogging toilets and sinks and changing light bulbs and tubes.
  • Collects fees and tickets for parking and special events and prepares reports of revenue and tickets collected and issued.
  • Directs patrons to designated parking areas and/or specific parking spots or locations; directs persons or vehicles not authorized to use the parking facilities to alternate locations; inspects vehicles for current and correct parking permits; assures that cars are parked in the correct area and not in reserved or handicapped spaces; and keeps records of vehicles for which parking privileges have been suspended or revoked and controls access to parking areas accordingly. 
  • Responds to patron complaints from people denied access by explaining parking requirements and suggesting alternate parking areas. 
  • May lead volunteers, students, and inmates assigned to work crews by making assignments, distributing and accounting for equipment and supplies, demonstrating the proper methods of completing work, and supervising the onsite performance of activities and tasks.
  • May travel to other offices within the State or facility to pick-up or move equipment, supplies or persons.
  • Moves heavy supplies, furniture, and equipment. Loads and unloads heavy equipment, supplies, and furniture by physically lifting items or operating a hand truck, forklift or pallet jack.
    • Moves items to and from storerooms and/or warehouses; maintains storage areas; tracks and records package movement within a facility.
    • Assists truck drivers and motor vehicle operators in picking up and delivering items. May drive delivery vehicles.
    • Moves heavy furniture, office equipment, and records.
    • Sets up and removes furniture, partitions, and equipment for office moves, conferences, meetings, and special events.
    • Delivers forms and supplies to various offices; assists in the receiving and shipping of various office materials.
  • May perform office-related activities such as filing, alphabetizing, photocopying, sorting and delivering mail, inventorying and storing records or supplies on shelves, bins and/or on the floor; documents work performed and labor and materials used.
  • Performs general grounds maintenance tasks such as clearing sites, raking or tilling soil, mowing lawns, applying fertilizers and pesticides, cutting brush and wood, trimming and removing trees and shrubs, maintaining roads and sidewalks, and removing snow, trash and other obstructions from the building and surrounding areas. Loads trucks with debris, dirt and other materials. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Labor Class: There are no education or experience qualifications for this class.
    • Applicants must be physically able to perform the tasks of the position and be able to understand and carry out written or oral instructions.
    • When required to operate motor vehicles, incumbents must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle being operated.

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours (Full-Time)

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines

  • $34,152 Base Salary plus $3,087 Location Pay

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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