Facilities Assistant – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC)’s School of Architecture seeks an experienced Facilities Assistant to join our Facilities Operations and Woodshop teams. As a part of our team, you will play a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of the Woodshop, maintenance of the School of Architecture facilities, and provide support to the Woodshop and Facilities manager. This position involves hands-on work with light hand tools, facilities equipment, moving of shop and facilities equipment, collaboration with faculty and staff, and fostering a safe and productive environment for staff and students.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC has a large number of international students and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit www.usc.edu.


  • Move and/or assemble furniture and facilities equipment.
  • Prep and paint walls including sanding, patching, taping, etc.
  • Operate and maintain light hand and power tools for a variety of tasks, ensuring proper functionality and use.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on projects as needed.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and troubleshoot technical issues with facilities equipment.
  • Routine inspections of the facilities and reporting of any issues to the Facility Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with safety protocols and university regulations.
  • Maintain an organized inventory of materials, equipment, and supplies.
  • Supervise safe operation of tools and equipment in the Wood Shop.


  • Experience working in a professional environment.
  • Proficiency in operating hand tools to build furniture and other equipment.
  • Experience identifying and reporting facilities-related issues as appropriate.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess ability to safely perform the physical work required of all duties, including manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination.
  • Occasionally: sit, crouch/squat, climb, power grasping, heaving pushing/pulling
  • Must be able to work occasional weekdays/weeknights, holidays as needed beyond regularly scheduled hours (up to 30 hours) per week.
  • Frequently: stand, walk, bend, reach above shoulder level, use of keyboard/mouse, light lifting (up to 25 lbs.), hand dexterity, hand twisting, simple grasping, light pushing / pulling; moderate assisted/unassisted lifting: moderate pushing / pulling; moving of machinery, exposure to outdoor work environments
  • Deliver excellent customer service and maintain clarity and composure when faced with difficult situations.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
  • Knowledge of architectural model making and processes
  • Experience in a makerspace or woodshop environments.
  • Experience as part of a facilities operations team.  
  • Excellent skills in communication, organization, collaboration, and time-management
  • Ability to work successfully within a team of staff and faculty.
  • Understanding of higher education operations and environments.

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) Resume (including telephone and e-mail address).

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

The hourly rate range for this position is $16.04 – $24.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.



Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Knowledge of architectural model making and processes
Experience in a makerspace or woodshop environments.

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