Head Caretaker/Building Operator

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
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About YWCA Toronto - Housing Support Program, Church Street

YWCA Toronto Church Street facility includes 120 units of permanent housing. The integrated model creates a safe, inclusive and supportive community for tenants and is designated for women and gender diverse people who are: chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness; women and gender diverse people following transitions from provincially -funded institutions and service systems such as hospitals or prisons; and homeless Indigenous women/two-spirit people. As part of Housing Support program at the YWCA, the program goals include housing stabilization, harm reduction, health promotion and increased access to primary health care and acute mental health services.


  • Uses information from the Building Automation System to troubleshoot building issues and address where appropriate or refer to Manager
  • Conducts inspections of all site mechanical, electrical & HVAC systems and related equipment on a daily/weekly basis and completes appropriate record logs in order to ensure equipment is maintained in good working order
  • Implements preventive maintenance procedures for the building and building equipment as scheduled in the computerized management software (CMMS) and at other times, as needed
  • Responsible for general upkeep and repairs to all areas of the building and building equipment including minor carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and painting
  • Performs minor plumbing work: change washers, clear blockages, change taps, flushometers and cartridges
  • Knowledgeable about locations of mechanical systems in the building including shut-off valves, fuse boxes, thermostats, gas and water meters, fire alarm systems, boilers and hot water heaters
  • Performs or arranges for cleaning, painting and repair of vacant apartment units including removal of garbage, vacuums unit, washes floors, cleans windows and coverings, cleans interior and exterior of cupboards, cleans bathrooms including all components, cleans appliances, cleans all vents


  • Community College Diploma with technical training in electrical, plumbing or building maintenance
  • 3-5 years’ experience in the field in general maintenance and minor repairs such as plumbing and carpentry
  • 3-5 years’ experience in physical plant operations, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire alarms and other related equipment and systems
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical/electrical blueprints
  • Proficiency with computers including email, Internet, Word and Excel and ability to operate computerized building automation systems
  • Experience using a computerized maintenance management software
  • Ability to lift 25 kilograms; physically capable of extended periods of physical exertion, including frequent periods of standing, bending or lifting
  • Knowledge of cleaning products and their safe use
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience operating buffers, steam cleaners, power washing machinery, wet and dry vacuums, floor strippers and other equipment such as snow blowers, garbage machinery
  • WHMIS Certificate
  • Experience working in a residential setting
  • Ability to interact in a respectful and professional manner with a diverse community of women and young women within a housing environment

Full-Time, Permanent
Work Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, Rotating on-call duties (including evenings and weekends)
Salary: $47,878 annually, plus comprehensive benefits
Location: 389 Church Street Toronto, Ontario M5B 2E5

How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and résumé to:

Susan Aharan, Facility Manager

Email: propertyjobs@ywcatoronto.org

Please quote JOB ID number PROP0346 and your name in the subject line.

Please note: A vulnerable sector police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring.

YWCA Toronto is a unionized workplace. Staff are represented by CUPE Local 2189. This position is within the Bargaining Unit. Please indicate on your cover letter, if you are an internal candidate. For internal applicants, this position is secondable.

YWCA Toronto promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women and gender diverse people of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

YWCA Toronto provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted, please advise us if you require any accommodation. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.