Building Maintenance Engineer

Job Title: Building Maintenance Engineer (Full-time, Nonexempt)

Job Number:  17-16-1510R

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is actively seeking a Building Maintenance Engineer. We are looking for a qualified individual to join the Facilities team. The team contributes to the work of the Foundation by performing maintenance, repairs, and system monitoring of all facilities in support of the Foundation’s work. It is an opportunity to both learn and to contribute. The position is located in downtown Los Altos, CA.

We are a family foundation that is guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. Today, their children and grandchildren continue to help guide the work of the Foundation. Their approach to business and community participation has guided our philanthropy for more than 50 years.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Foundation) works on the issues our founders cared about most: improving the lives of children; enabling the creative pursuit of science; advancing reproductive health; conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems; and supporting and strengthening an array of local nonprofit organizations.

A staff of 125 conducts the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and a Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Foundation. David and Lucile Packard passed onto the Foundation the following core set of values: integrity, respect for all people, belief in individual leadership, commitment to effectiveness, and the capacity to think big.


The Facilities team is committed to providing exceptional service in support of the Foundation’s work and is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the work environment, including Foundation buildings, while pursuing energy efficiency and sustainability goals. This is an opportunity to learn about how a LEED platinum, net zero energy building is supported.

Building Maintenance Engineer

This role achieves Foundation objectives relating to building operation and maintenance through direct actions and/or by overseeing outsourced vendors for specialized work. The Building Maintenance Engineer, in support of Foundation business activities, performs maintenance, repair, and monitoring of all electrical, irrigation, lighting, plumbing, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the Foundation.

In addition to performing regularly scheduled maintenance, operational tests, and routine repairs, the Building Maintenance Engineer assists the Facilities Manager in identifying, developing, and managing special maintenance and capital improvement projects.

The Building Maintenance Engineer monitors the condition of all building systems and components. The position is responsible for troubleshooting problems, determining repair or replacement needs and means, developing options, and identifying activities which need to be outsourced. The position tracks, records, and communicates building performance to management, staff, and external groups to ensure maintenance and repair activities address their concerns and meet operational and scheduling needs.

This role is responsible for performing and scheduling maintenance and repair work that minimizes disruption to Foundation operations and to expedite completion of the work. This position reports to the Facilities Manager and will work as a part of a small team.

We seek a reliable, capable, and flexible Building Maintenance Engineer to:

  • Perform building related inspections, maintenance, and repairs
  • Perform preventative maintenance and maintain maintenance schedules
  • Respond to work orders in a timely manner
  • Perform electrical, plumbing, mechanical, painting, and carpentry repairs
  • Respond to facility emergencies on a 24/7 basis as needed
  • Monitor Building Management System (BMS) operation; perform troubleshooting and repairs
  • Install, test, repair and commission, control systems, components, and instrumentation
  • Identify energy and resource efficiency improvements
  • Secure the services of outside consultants and vendors when appropriate and manage their work
  • Procure, store, and organize necessary parts
  • Plan, manage, and complete projects and tasks on time and within budget
  • Assist Facilities Manager with budget planning
  • Work well and communicate with Facilities team, Foundation staff, vendors, and consultants
  • Work in an inclusive manner with integrity, sensitivity, and respect for others
  • Be flexible and accommodate other facility projects and work tasks as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven experience in the maintenance of building systems and components
  • Proficiency with hand and power tools
  • Ability to troubleshoot, repair and/or replace, motors, drives, actuators, switches, relays, circuit breakers, pumps, faucets, lights, ballasts, door closers, locksets, etc.
  • Knowledge and experience with mechanical HVAC and refrigeration systems – formal training desired
  • Familiarity with Building Automation Systems and software packages preferred
  • Experience in supervising and working with outside vendors
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Works well independently and on a team, manages time efficiently, handles and prioritizes multiple tasks, and meets timelines
  • Reliable, takes direction, and follows through – able to take initiative when necessary
  • Demonstrated excellent judgment skills
  • Enjoys continuous learning and keeping up to date with new equipment, building controls, systems, and skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, visual acuity, manual dexterity, and physical activity
  • Ability to read and follow complex instructions and document processes
  • General knowledge of OSHA/CAL-OSHA safety regulations
  • Must be able to drive, have a valid CA driver’s license and a clear driving record
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and SharePoint
  • Flexible to work overtime or on weekends when occasionally required

Physical Requirements

Candidate must have the ability to communicate via voice telephone, read and understand written communication, and generate written communication manually and using a computer. Candidate must also be able lift and move objects (not to exceed 25 lbs.) or up to 50 lbs. when working with another person, bend, kneel, crawl, and climb a ladder to perform work functions and have manual dexterity to use hand and power tools as well as work on appliances and equipment controls.

Education and Experience

High School graduate and a minimum of five years of related technical work experience. Formal technical education and training desired.

Benefits and Compensation

The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a salary that is commensurate with related work experience. The position is located in downtown Los Altos.

To Apply

Please email a one page cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how your skills and work experience fit the position and a resume referring to job number 17-16-1510R in the subject line to

No phone inquiries please.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

The Foundation uses an outside firm to check the accuracy of information supplied by applicants.

Principal applicants only.