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Physical Plant Event Services Staff (Swing Shift) Thursday-Monday 11:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.
University Operations
Physical Plant
Technical Support T1
Full time

This position is responsible for providing support for University Events and maintaining the overall operations of a variety of University facilities. The primary area of responsibility is the Chiles Center and other Athletic facilities, although assignments may include the entire campus and off-campus events. Support for University events (NCAA athletic competitions, student orientation weekend, commencement, special events, etc.) may include moving furniture, major event set-ups and tear-downs, etc. The work is physical and often requires heavy lifting. Daily tasks will be performed based on the needs of the campus, assigned work orders, and designated projects. Overtime may be required and/or assigned to support University events as needed.

The work schedule for this position is Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday off).

This is a full-time, non-exempt, 12-month position (generally 40 hours per week and overtime over 40 hours will likely be required during certain work weeks based on operational needs) with benefits. Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, life insurance, sick time and vacation time consistent with University policies, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account benefits, tuition remission benefits generally starting after 90 days (employee) or 2 years (spouse and children) of employment, retirement contributions generally starting after 2 years of employment, and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program consistent with program requirements. (Benefits are subject to all relevant University policies, practices, contracts, and any other relevant materials.)

The full job description is available at:

If you would like any assistance applying for this position, please call 503-943-7306. We would be happy to meet with you and help you apply.
If you are hesistant to apply for this position without knowing the salary, please contact Human Resources at or 503-943-8484 and we can provide you with the information.

Perform set-up, teardown, and turnover at event locations based on timing of the event; this includes setting up tents, staging, chairs and tables, changing overall room layouts based on the purpose of the space, etc.

Move and set dorm room, office, and classroom furniture as needed to support University operations. May include performing minor furniture repairs.

Respond to floods or other leaks on campus, utilizing carpet extractors and wet/dry vacuum; may assist in cleaning and buffing a variety of floor surfaces as well as carpet cleaning on campus; may serve as back-up to other routes or facilities to assist with departmental coverage.

Respond to work orders as directed by supervisor and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or supervisor’s designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.

Education and Experience:

Preferred: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Prior events set-up and teardown experience.

Or equivalent education and/or experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Superior attention to detail.

Strong customer service orientation.

Professional demeanor and ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies and processes. Ability to work effectively with various constituencies including students, the general public, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other members of the UP community.

Competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty and staff.

Ability to read, understand, and carry out labels, directions and work orders.

Ability to read, write, and speak English sufficient to meet the requirements of the position.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions, generally in a sequence or with scheduled work activities occurring on a regular basis.

Ability to use and learn computers, technology, software and applications at the level of sophistication required for the duties of this position, including, without limitation, Microsoft Office and the internet.

Knowledge of OSHA/safety regulations and ability to become certified in various training.

Ability to operate basic tools and equipment, i.e. basic hand tools, forklift, high lift, pallet jack, power washer, etc.

Certificates and Licenses Required:

Required: Valid driver’s license

Preferred: Ability to drive manual vehicles

Physical Requirements:

Frequently: stand, walk, bend, use fingers and hands to handle materials and tools or equipment, and reach with hands and/or arms.

Occasionally: sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Frequently: lift and/or move up to 70 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the use of devices and/or equipment to assist in the lifting effort.

Frequently: ability to interact and communicate with members of the University and others as necessary.

Working Conditions:

Overtime hours may be required with little or no notice.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles or blood borne pathogens and toxic or caustic chemicals.

The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock and works with vibration causing tools or equipment.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

When lifting is required, employees are asked to use good judgment, make safety a top priority, and ask for assistance of others or of equipment as necessary.

Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.

Supplemental Questions

1. Why are you interested in applying for this position and working at the University of Portland?

2. Please describe your strongest work-related skills.

3. What are some work-related skills that you need to grow or improve?

4. Do you have any concerns about the work schedule for this position?

Cover Letter, References, Resume, Supplemental Questions

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: