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Building Assistant

Position Title: Building Assistant

Supervisor: Facilities and Services Coordinator/Assistant Director of Facilities

Department: Facilities

Grade: 48, Non-exempt, Union

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Friday to Tuesday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm



The Building Assistant position performs a variety of duties which include custodial, housekeeping cleaning; event set-up, service, breakdown, and clean-up; and other related duties as assigned. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) and an essential employee position. The schedule requires weekend and from time to time after-hours work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs daily cleaning tasks in assigned areas. These include trash and recycling disposal, floor care, offices, bathrooms, kitchens, and other common areas cleaning.
  • Performs all aspects of housekeeping in the guest houses and other assigned areas such as changing bed linens, and towels, and washing all linens; cleaning and stocking bathrooms; vacuuming; dusting rooms, etc.
  • Reports required maintenance items to supervisor or through our work order system.
  • Damp, mop, dry mop, vacuum, or buff floors as directed.
  • Performs heavy cleaning as necessary in assigned areas or as directed by supervisor; may include washing windows, floor stripping, wax, and carpet cleaning.
  • Cleans and stocks restrooms.
  • Sets up and replaces furniture for symposia, colloquia, concerts, lectures, receptions, etc.
  • Will assist with distribution of mail.
  • Will assist with furniture relocation.
  • Will escort contractors such as pest control or others.
  • Will stock, clean, and maintain coffee stations in the break rooms.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Basic Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent and ability to read and speak English required.

 Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience in custodial, housekeeping work, in hospitality industry, cleaning, and catering services within a museum, library, or historic setting is highly preferred.
  • Must have a flexible schedule.
  • Must have the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • A valid Driver’s License is highly preferred.

Physical demands

Able to perform the physical duties of the position, including but not limited to the ability to move heavy furniture; work outside when needed, stand for up to 3 consecutive hours during service work at events or when it is necessary kneel, bend, stoop, climb, push, pull, climb a ladder, and lift up to 50 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Working Conditions

Consistent with the new federal guidance, all Harvard employees must be fully vaccinated. Individuals may submit a request for exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exemptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

To Apply

The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Dumbarton Oaks views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

 EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.