Maintenance Technician
Maine College of Art & Design

Portland, Maine

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info

Position Overview

Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) seeks a collaboratively minded individual to serve as a Maintenance Technician, joining our group of committed faculty and staff passionate about art, education, and community. The Maintenance Technician is responsible for maintaining the functionality and the cleanliness of an assigned student residence hall. In addition, this position will be the point person for all subcontractor visits and deliveries to the assigned residence hall and other campus buildings as needed. This involves coordinating with other MECA&D staff, students, and vendors to support the function of the facilities. Maine College of Art and Design recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity, and social responsibility. All employees are expected to actively support these values.

Position Details

  • General cleaning and maintenance in one of the residence halls. Provide maintenance as needed in other MECA&D residence halls;

    Supervise a crew of up to 4 student/temp workers or an outsourced vendor to ready the Residence Hall for BFA occupancy and support events housed in the residence hall from May through August each year. This includes but is not limited to scheduling and coordination with any applicable outside vendors;

    Provide cleaning and maintenance support in other MECA&D buildings;

    Perform maintenance tasks such as painting, drywall, and simple plumbing repairs, including toilet, sink, and shower repairs as reported or discovered. Troubleshoot all other building issues and make the repairs as they arise and/or contact the correct vendor or subcontractor to repair;

    Identify and solve and/or report safety hazards;

    Routinely handle hazardous and non-hazardous waste, as well as inspect and maintenance of several accumulation sites throughout Porteous and the facility at 380 Cumberland;

    Receiving and delivering shipments of up to 500 pounds or more.

Qualifications, Experience, Skills & Abilities


  • Associates degree or equivalent experience preferred;

    A valid and in good standing Maine driver's license is preferred.


  • 4+ years of related experience in maintenance and/or custodial work required;

    Must have mechanical aptitude and experience in minor plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repairs;

    Prior supervisory experience preferred;

    Knowledge of Google Suite products is preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Must possess excellent customer service skills;

    Organized and able to demonstrate strong time management skills;

    Ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally;

    Must be detail-oriented, with effective problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills;

    Must be able to lift 50 lbs or more;

    Must be self-motivated but also able to work collaboratively with others;

    Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.

The Institution

Maine College of Art & Design is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 550 students, the majority of whom are in the undergraduate program. About 1,000 students take classes through MECA&Dʼs Continuing Studies Program annually. MECA&Dʼs Joanne Waxman Library is an important resource of art and design oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA&D is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art. MECA&D is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature and the breadth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. Our goal at MECA&D is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Maine College of Art & Design is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Collegeʼs accreditation status with both agencies was renewed in 2016. Strategic Direction MECA&D's seven-year strategic (2020-2027) plan builds on our historic positioning in Portland's arts district, a shared strategic vision, and proven ability to embrace change.

Strategic Plan Priorities

1. Broaden Our Reach: Online and Distance Learning

Charge: MECA&D will develop a strategy to effectively enter the online and distance learning marketplace in order to expand our audience of learners and generate additional revenue streams.

2. Develop a Culture of Social Change, Racial Justice, and Equity

Charge: MECA&D's commitment to Social Change, Racial Justice, and Inclusion will inform all aspects of the College. We believe placing these values at the forefront of our work cultivates artists who are true agents of change and connects our community to the world in meaningful ways.

3. Academic Excellence

Charge: MECA&D will cultivate the highest standards in teaching and learning in art, design, and media, and will be recognized for its students' cultural contributions. The College will be known as an educational leader in the programs it offers, creating and continually improving a relevant, culturally inclusive, and distinctive curriculum that enables students to reach their potential in an ever-changing world.

Recognizing a rapidly evolving and increasingly challenging higher education landscape, the College will create additional programs and educational pathways to attract learners beyond its traditional region and age group: this includes professional, mid-career and continuing learners.

4. Create a Living and Learning Center

Charge: MECA&D will develop a new Living and Learning Center that reflects the College's mission to provide students with the resources and support necessary to pursue their education successfully. Building on MECA&D's historic role as the creative anchor of Portland, the new Center will expand MECA&D's footprint and identity within Portland and will provide a destination and hub for community activity and engagement.

5. Financial Sustainability

Charge: An essential principle of our Strategic Plan is to ensure MECA&D's long-term financial sustainability. As informed by data and other qualitative metrics, we will identify a financial framework and a series of revenue-focused strategic priorities in support of sustainable results and MECA&D's overall fiscal plan.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time position offering $20.00 per hour

A comprehensive benefits package includes health, dental, vacation, sick, and retirement benefits. Paid time off consists of 4 weeks of vacation, 12 sick days, 12 holidays, 5 days of Maine Earned Paid Leave, and more.

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until a hire is made. Application materials must be sent digitally in a single PDF, not to exceed a 25MB file size. Place "Maintenance Technician [Last Name, First Name]" in the subject line.

The PDF must include the following:

  1. An application/cover letter that describes how the candidate's experience, accomplishments, and qualifications intersect with the listed position description;

    A resumé/curriculum vitae;

    A diversity statement;

    A list of four references with contact information, one of which should be a prior supervisor and/or professor.

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