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Building Assistant

Rate of pay: $13.50/hour

Work location: Iowa Memorial

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such as time management, conflict resolution, balancing priorities, managing finances, interpersonal communication, customer service experience, and working with people from diverse backgrounds and working as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

Act as Manager on Duty (MOD) in place of Facility Coordinators and/or to assist with large scale events.  Functionally supervise set-up, crew leads and custodial crew to ensure daily building tasks are completed as assigned.


  • Unlock building, Danforth Chapel, meeting rooms and event spaces as scheduled dictates. Record usage and any irregularities on the building schedule. Post building schedule and change event signage as scheduled.
  • Assist in the coordination, direction and/or participate in the work of the set-up crew ensuring proper set up of all scheduled facilities, reporting problems or concerns to appropriate personnel.
  • Perform equipment checks on all AV equipment in the meeting and event spaces. Notify Facility Manager of any concerns.
  • Provide tours to prospective clients, answering questions, and referring to appropriate offices as needed.
  • Respond to requests made by the Iowa House in response to needs of guests or in responding to questions regarding authorization for key check out.
  • Facilitate emergency cash requests for all commercial outlets within the Union as needed.
  • Assist with maintaining the ITC’s by restocking paper and reporting repair needs and responding to operational requests as appropriate.
  • Respond to building emergencies, i.e., security alarms, building evacuation, personal injuries, etc. Assist with opening and closing the IMU and access to secured areas as needed within the established guidelines.
  • Prepare accurate shift reports to include operational and event activities, unusual/irregular concerns and maintenance and equipment repair needs.
  • Respond to building and mechanical concerns, as well as, performing equipment checks as assigned.
  • Maintain inventory lists for AV equipment, event equipment, and general building furniture/fixtures. Notify Facility Manager in reports of any concerns or shortages.
  • Prepare reports of building recommendations or improvements to facility or service guidelines.
  • Train set-up crew and crew leads as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Must be open to work a flexible schedule of days, nights and weekends with hours ranging from 6:00 AM in the morning to 3:00 AM at night.
  • Ability to work independently and follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Ability to climb ladders and operate powered lifts after proper training received.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and leadership skills are required.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills are necessary.
  • Six months of supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience putting into operation various pieces of audio visual equipment (PA systems, slide/overhead projects, LCD projectors, computers, TV/VCR/DVD players, etc.) is preferred.
  • One year commitment required.
  • Six months of IMU Event Services employment is required.

Training requirements

  • IMU Student Orientation
  • Emergency Response Staff
  • Cash Handling

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