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Temporary Building Services Assistant

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Posted Job Title
Temporary Building Services Assistant

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
Serve as the liaison between business manager and outside vendors and contractors responsible for building operations. Troubleshoot problems, recommend and implement solutions to problems and emergencies. Work professionally and collaboratively with all service providers.

Job Description


The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is driven by the mission to deepen and broaden the understanding of Jewish history, texts, cultures, ideas, and experiences. The research it supports spans all periods of Jewish history, from distant antiquity through to the present day; it reaches into every part of the globe where Jews have lived, and it is grounded in a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Over the decades, after supporting hundreds of scholars and untold numbers of discoveries and publications, it has earned a reputation as the nation's preeminent research center in the study of Jewish history and culture.

It did not secure this status overnight. The Katz Center is heir to an intellectual legacy that is more than 110 years old, developing out of an earlier institution known as the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, founded in 1907 as the first secular institution to grant PhDs in Jewish studies. From Dropsie, the Katz Center has inherited some of the features that define its success such as the core of its Judaica library and the Jewish Quarterly Review, but in the quarter-century since it merged into the University of Pennsylvania, it has come to reflect Penn's strengths and has advanced its mission in key ways. Especially relevant is Penn's commitment to "integrated knowledge," its investment in bringing different disciplines and approaches together in ways that lead scholarship in new directions. The Katz Center is organized around this idea of integrated knowledge, using its fellowship program and other activities to bring scholars from different fields and disciplines together to pursue research in a collaborative setting.

As a scholarly institution striving for diversity and inclusivity, the Katz Center is committed to creating an intellectual space welcoming to all scholars regardless of nationality, religious orientation, racial or ethnic identity, gender identity and expression, professional rank, or institutional affiliation.


Provide support on building-related issues for the Business and Building Manager, including helping to identify and address maintenance related issues and responding to building-related emergencies. Will be the point of contact for all building needs. Working under the supervision of the Business/Building manager, sustain continuous monitoring of the building to ensure proper operation and maintain all building and safety' security-related systems in good working condition, both inside the building and on its exterior. Serve as a liaison between the building manager and contractors and vendors. Will assist the building manager in finding and researching vendors and contractors, and doing follow-up with vendors. Advises the building manager in long term building improvements and emergency planning. Perform minor routine repairs throughout the building. (changing door knobs, light bulbs, minor painting, etc.). Regularly assess the condition of offices and other spaces in the building by monitoring temperature control and ambiance of facilities to ensure proper housekeeping and upkeep. Assist with room set up for center-related activities. Maintain on-call status in case of utility shutdowns, emergencies, service requests, or investigations in the building. Perform additional duties as assigned.

High School degree with 1 to2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. 3-5 years of experience is preferred. Knowledge and experience with building systems and infrastructure, preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must have strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects at same time. Must possess adequate computer skills to effectively navigate email and electronic calendaring. Must possess a valid driver's license. Must have impeccable customer service skills.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$7.25 - $230.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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