General Maintenance Assistant

Aug 30 2023
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Full Time, $16.50 - $17.00 / hour
Job Description


Employment Status: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $16.50 to $17.00 per hour

Work Hours: 40 hours per week, 8:00am – 5:00pm.


Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the Facilities Manager and General Maintenance Supervisor, the General Maintenance Assistant performs the general maintenance and repair of assigned equipment and facilities, including basic carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, event support, and other building systems.


About HoMA, the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Originally established as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawai‘i’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day. Over the decades, the museum has become known for its strong tradition of art classes and community engagement, both inside the walls of the museum and beyond. In 2011 the Honolulu Academy of Arts merged with the dynamic and vibrant Contemporary Museum, reinvigorating the museum’s contemporary holdings and ushering in an opportunity for renewed commitment to the art of our time. The Honolulu Museum of Art was born.

With a dynamic global art collection and a dedication to innovative exhibitions and engagement with contemporary artists, HoMA strives to create a broad range of meaningful art experiences that are inclusive and accessible. Over the past century, the museum’s permanent collection has grown from 500 works to more than 55,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years. The Museum has one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, including an unrivaled collection by artists of Hawaiʻi. The collection also contains significant holdings in European and American paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century art; an extensive collection of works on paper, textiles, decorative arts; and traditional works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Other highlights include the Samuel H. Kress Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and the James A. Michener Collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Contemporary Art from around the world has an established and growing presence in the Museum’s permanent collection.

As HoMA approaches its centennial in 2027, it is poised to embark on a new chapter guided by a renewed vision and Strategic Plan that focuses on HoMA’s core purpose: to be a home for art and education that exists for the benefit of the entire community, presented in a setting that prioritizes beauty, harmony, and promotes learning, self-awareness and connection. With acknowledgment of HoMA’s history and purpose at the forefront, the Strategic Plan charts a course for HoMA’s next chapter in a rapidly changing world. It will transform HoMA into a relevant and sustainable 21st century museum where people of all ages and from all walks of life will be invited in and reinforce HoMA’s ability to bring the art of the world to Hawaiʻi and the art of Hawaiʻi to the world.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of one or more areas: carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and proper use of hand/power tools.
  • Understanding of basic HIOSH/OSHA requirements, safety, and first aid procedures.
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Strong focus on attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects/deadlines.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • Ability to work within and support a diverse community of visitors, artists, and employees.


Desired Qualifications:

  • 1 year of combined experience and/or formal training in facilities maintenance, construction, HVAC, mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing systems.
  • Certification or professional training in related fields: HVAC, mechanical repair, heavy equipment, etc.
  • Museum facility experience.
  • Understanding of Honolulu Museum of Art’s vision, mission, and values and a dedication to advancing the organization in a sustainable way for future generations to enjoy.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Essential Duties:

  • Completes minor repair work, which includes: repairing doors, locks, door frames and handles; replacing light bulbs, sockets, switches; and replacing window glass.
  • Performs basic plumbing tasks, which include unclogging drains as well as fixing leaking faucets and toilets.
  • Performs regular cleaning duties, which include sweeping, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming.
  • Assists Facilities Technicians with tasks such as HVAC repair, roofing maintenance, carpentry and installations, electrical work, and masonry.
  • Takes inventory of maintenance supplies and notifies the Supervisor of low or depleted supplies.
  • Assists in set-up for events and museum programming.
  • Promptly responds to requests for emergency repairs and clean-ups.
  • Ensures that all maintenance equipment is in good working order.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

Ability to climb stairs, walk on uneven and occasionally slippery surfaces. Ability to pull, push, lift and carry up to 50 pounds with occasionally heavier loads. Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, and crouch. Work areas can be dusty, humid, and have various kinds of chemicals, fumes and odors. Noise level is usually normal but may be loud when using power equipment.

This position works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required.

The employee must be able to fulfil all Essential Duties with or without a reasonable accommodation. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:

HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ community.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.