The City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a uniquely vibrant and historic community on the central New England coast and is a celebrated destination for businesses, artists, musicians and tourists from all over the world. But despite Portsmouth’s high profile as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States, many of the more than 1,000 residents of the Portsmouth Housing Authority continue to experience chronic poverty and the complex social and economic challenges that are a result of this.

People from all walks of life call PHA neighborhoods home. Our 600 apartment units are spread across eleven different properties throughout the city house a diverse mix of people with deep and complex needs who rely on other social services. This is why the PHA has developed a first class Resident Services Coordination program to help our residents become successful and navigate around poverty traps that persist in our communities.

One way our Resident Services Program does this is by recruiting, training and retaining outstanding volunteers to help us meet these ends. The Resident Services FIT VISTA will be an instrumental part to building the capacity of this volunteer program so that we may be able to connect the wealth of talent and time in our community to help all of our residents succeed.

To apply, please following this link: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=75162


Job Summary

The Maintenance Mechanic is responsible for general and preventative maintenance, using advanced skills or certifications to maintain The Portsmouth Housing Authority’s buildings and grounds year round under various internal and external conditions. Self-disciplined, Independent thinking, scheduling, and goal setting is required. The Maintenance Mechanic is also responsible for maintaining the highest standards of property conditions and safety in our neighborhoods and building positive relationships with maintenance staff/ team members, residents, and the wider Portsmouth community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Responds to work orders entered into the system by responding and completing work orders assigned in a timely manner.
  • Practices safety precautions and be safety conscious at all times and reports to immediate supervisor any items requiring maintenance as well as any unusual or unsafe conditions.
  • Vacant unit preparations by following the PHA maintenance standards.
  • Operates and maintain powered grounds-care equipment such as tractor mowers, riding mowers, edger’s, trimmers, vacuums, blowers, sprayers, spreaders, and chain saws following all safety requirements.
  • Uses and maintains non-powered grounds care equipment such as shovels, axes, loppers, and shears.
  • Performs planned preventative repair maintenance tasks related to electrical, mechanical, and plumbing equipment, systems, or other functions.
  • Performs landscaping, carpentry, painting, masonry, plaster, and installing/repairing drywall, snow plowing and removal, and some custodial work may be required if needed.
  • Performs such mechanical tasks as repairing and or replacing space temperature and HVAC equipment controls.
  • Install electrical appliances as needed.
  • Communicates appropriately and is to act courteous to residents, other employees, and the general public at all times.
  • Troubleshoots maintenance problems. Informs Facilities Director of conditions needing maintenance attention.
  • Operates and makes all installations and repairs according to local, state, national and HUD codes and standards.   
  • Participates in weekend, emergency and on-call maintenance coverage (Year Round).   
  • Maintains confidentiality as to resident and Authority matters.
  • Perform other duties as directed by Facilities Director, consistent with maintaining high standards of property conditions, safety, compliance and rules enforcement in our neighborhoods.

 Support of the Mission Statement

The mission of the Portsmouth Housing Authority is to be the leader in making quality affordable housing available for low and moderate income members of the community and to accomplish this mission by a fiscally responsible, creative organization committed to excellence.  In pursuit of this mission, it is our intention to:

  • Demonstrate excellence in leadership and management by working together as a team of residents, commissioners, staff, government and community;
  • Ensure the efficient and effective maintenance and management of our properties;
  • Foster a high performance staff with strong leadership, quality professional development opportunities, data-driven evaluation and teamwork in an environment full of pride, enthusiasm and respect;
  • Demand and exemplify a commitment to integrity, professionalism and total honesty in a judgement free environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma (vocational education preferred) and a minimum of 5 (five) years’ experience as a maintenance mechanic in a housing field preferred.
  • Proven experience comparable to certified journeyman-level craftsman in one or more building trades or a vocational technical graduate with a journeyman rating and certified in one or more trades classifications (electrical, painting, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, plastering, or utility services) or and equivalent combination of training and experience to meet the required knowledge, skills, or abilities.
  • Ability to perform a wide range of maintenance related activities outside primary area of assignment or certification.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, equipment, tools, and materials used in one or more building trades (electrical, painting, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, plastering, or utility services).
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety procedures of the trade.
  • Ability to establish an effective working relationship with supervisor, team members and residents.
  • Ability to gain experience through training (whenever possible) to analyze and assist with the repair of any major system of the Portsmouth Housing Authority.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check as well as be insured by the Portsmouth Housing Authority fleet insurance carrier.
  • Computer skills working with databases, Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel is also required.

Language Skills: Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to communicate back in both oral and written procedures. Ability to communicate effectively to common inquiries or complaints.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Work Environment:  Ability to perform tasks requiring moderately heavy manual work.  Ability to climb to high places and utilize ladders.  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.  Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move an object.  Work involves walking, standing and driving for brief periods of time.  Work involves exposure to unusual elements, such as weather conditions whenever needed.

Contact Michael Gingras at mgingras@nh-pha.com or call 603-436-4310