Department: Helen’s House
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full-Time

Organization Overview: Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side. As a multifaceted not-for-profit, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 18 locations throughout the Lower East Side. Building upon its legacy for innovation and effective programming, Henry Street has grown to offer more than 50 different programs, currently making it the most comprehensive settlement house in New York City, as well as one of the City’s largest social service agencies. Henry Street is governed by a 45-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

The building known as Helen’s House is named in honor of Helen Hall, who followed Lillian Wald as Head Worker of Henry Street Settlement in 1933. She directed the Settlement for over 30 years and was an author and activist concentrating on social reform in policies focusing on homelessness and municipal shelters. Today, Helen’s House provides emergency housing, case management services and onsite childcare for Single parents with children up to the age of eight.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Minimum of three (3) years demonstrated experience working in building maintenance
  • Must have F-80, F-01 Fire Guard license and the S-95 Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems License or obtain it within 60 days of employment
  • Prefer at least 2 years supervisory experience
  • Must be able to work weekends/holidays on a rotating basis
  • Basic knowledge of computer systems such as Microsoft Windows
  • Learn and utilize the shelter’s computer program (CARES)


  • Responsible for the general maintenance and up-keeping of facility including maintenance, repairs, and general janitorial work
  • Maintain physical upkeep of the facility including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler, fire alarm, and compactor systems.
  • Complete minor repairs as needed; this includes plastering, painting, electrical and plumbing repairs, lock changes/repairs, appliance repair/replacement
  • Replace lightbulbs in all common areas
  • Clean, sweep and wash down all exterior spaces
  • Clean common hallways, stairs, staff offices and bathrooms, laundry room, and main entry
  • Maintain all mechanical spaces in clean, code-compliant condition
  • Clean and prepare apartments for client move-in
  • Assist with family move-ins, record individual apartment inventories and maintain records of supplies to be given out
  • Maintain documentation of work orders, maintenance supply inventory and apartment inventory
  • Maintain all required FDNY logbooks
  • Conduct daily, weekly, and monthly inspections of facility
  • Assist with all building inspections by outside agencies and maintain contacts with all agencies
  • Conduct monthly training workshops for Resident Assistants in regards to simple repairs and building maintenance
  • Distribute cleaning assignments to Resident Assistants and oversee completion of assignments
  • Accept shipments of material and sidewalk deliveries
  • Attend staff meeting, workshops and training sessions as required
  • Provide assistance at other Henry Street Settlement sites as needed
  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor

To Apply: email Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@henrystreet.org. In the subject line, please indicate “Handyperson” AND the website where the position was found.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.

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