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Apply now Job no: 533494
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Trades, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of Associate Director for Facilities Operations, the Laborer primarily performs general unskilled manual labor, which includes a variety of general repair work and preventive maintenance that does not require journey-level skills, assisting with moving/relocation scheduled work requests, uses powered or non-powered cleaning and materials handling equipment and delivery trucks. Performs other tasks such as the collection, segregation and recycling of various materials, the set up and break down of tables, chairs and canopies, the movement of furniture within/to/from an office, assists with relocation needs due to repairs and the set up and break down for annual Admitted Spartan Day and Opening Days.  Performs all duties in their specific assigned work area and is responsible for performing duties in other work areas as needed. Work areas are located within the residential facilities and/or administrative offices and includes the Classics residence halls, the Campus Village residential facilities and/or the trash/recycling rooms.  These duties also involve general non-maintenance repair work.  This position independently performs a variety of semi-skilled facilities operations functions. Incumbents are responsible for maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of their work areas.  The Laborer is required to use safe, approved methods and frequencies, which have been approved by University Housing Services. This position will work an alternative work schedule.


Key Responsibilities

  • Performs general non-maintenance and repair work; may perform repairs independently.
  • Performs all functions involved in the repair and/or replacement of freestanding furniture, all stand-alone lamps, appliances, and vacuum cleaners and other misc. equipment.
  • Responds to daily service calls as assigned by Associate Director for Facilities Operations.
  • Provides moving of residential furniture for custodial staff during summer turnover cleaning periods.
  • Maintains all tools and working materials in a safe condition and in proper working order.
  • Performs yearly preventive maintenance on all residential appliances as needed.
  • Removes recycling from common areas as needed.
  • Maintains recycling reports. Retrieves data and prepares reports as requested and required using manual and/or computerized recording systems.
  • Completes material handling delivery with powered and non-powered equipment on a regular basis.
  • Utilizes wet vacuum to clean-flooded areas of assigned work area, pressure-washing equipment, walk behind scrubber, and riding scrubber as needed.
  • Ensures daily cleanliness and appearance of assigned work area, which may include shop area, residence hall, suites, apartment complex, and/or administrative areas.
  • Reports all damages encountered while maintaining assigned work area.
  • Submits maintenance requests for any needed repairs to equipment, fixtures, infrastructure, etc.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position.
  • Ability to exercise care and follow instructions when using motorized equipment as well as follow simple oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use proper equipment including manual and motorized pallet jack, various size hand and flat trucks, forklift, panel carts, electric carts, state vehicle with lift gate, etc.
  • Ability to perform strenuous manual labor.
  • Ability to safely move heavy items in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Ability to operate boom and scissor lift.
  • Ability to use pressure-washing equipment.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks involving independent judgment, accuracy and speed.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply policies and regulations in specific situations.
  • Ability to observe rules, regulations and expectations to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Ability to work alone as well as with other staff when assigned to do so.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, weekdays and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to handle a high degree of customer contact.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with employees and external agencies.
  • Must be able to work alternative work schedule including weekdays, weekends and some holidays
  • Ability to complete Defensive Drivers Training Program provided by State of California for CSU campuses.
  • Ability to complete and pass certification for Forklift Training.
  • Ability to be fingerprinted – must not have been convicted of a crime in which punishment could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison.


Required Qualifications

  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate for the duties of the position and follow verbal and written instructions to ensure safety; perform regular strenuous manual labor; and safely move heavy items in excess of 50 lbs. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.



A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years experience in appliance and furniture repair
  • 1 year experience as a mover
  • Experience in a University or Residential environment
  • Basic computer knowledge in a work environment



Classification: Laborer
Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,338/month - $3,400/month
CSU Salary Range: $3,338/month - $5,401/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: October 31, 2023 through November 27, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Campus Security Authority - In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, this position is subject to ongoing review for designation as a Campus Security Authority. Individuals that are designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution and complete Clery Act training as determined by the university Clery Director.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023