Friends of the High Line - New York, NY

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Friends of the High Line (FHL) is the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s non-profit partner working to ensure the park on the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations, and public programming for the High Line, Friends of the High Line is currently working to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Job Description

The Engineer is a full-time, year-round employee of Friends of the High Line. The Engineer is expected to oversee the day-to-day maintenance, repair, and efficient operation of all building systems and equipment of the High Line’s newly-constructed operations headquarters, a 4-story, 20,000sf, LEED silver-certified building which houses FHL’s administrative and operations offices, public community spaces, a restaurant tenant, and a wide range of High Line operational functions, including locker rooms, storage rooms, horticulture and maintenance workshop spaces, and kitchen.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct building inspections and perform routine maintenance and repairs of all electrical, HVAC, heating, plumbing, elevators, security, lighting, telephone/data, and energy systems;
  • Act as on-call, main point-of-contact to resolve emergency maintenance issues including shared maintenance responsibilities for the restaurant tenant;
  • Develop, implement, and oversee preventive/predictive maintenance program;
  • Coordinate and complete all requests for work, delegate to appropriate contractor (if required), and follow-up on completion;
  • Develop work order system, input system information and verify that work orders are satisfactorily completed;
  • Utilize Building Management System (BMS) to control and monitor all mechanical and electrical equipment, ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems;
  • Develop Requests for Proposals (RFP), competitively bid, and negotiate service contracts to assure high quality and cost effective services;
  • Oversee activities of outside contractors and service providers engaged in operational and/or maintenance support functions;
  • Develop benchmarks to maintain or improve overall operational efficiency; demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes;
  • Prepare budget estimates, make recommendations to management;
  • Make purchases, control expenditures, maintain all inventories of tools, equipment, parts, and supplies, including off-site storage of “attic stock” equipment and materials;
  • Ensure that the building operations are safe and comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Implement and monitor OSHA and other regulatory requirements;
  • Maintain administrative files and records relevant to building operations and restaurant tenant;
  • Prepare written reports as required by operating procedures and other correspondence pertinent to building operations;
  • Maintain active building certifications (elevator, fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems (wet, dry, and deluge sprinkler systems), NYC Department of Buildings Certificate of Occupancy, etc), as needed;
  • Maintain library of pertinent data relating to operating equipment, fixtures, drawings and plans, and contract services;
  • Maintain updated file of Material Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals used at the property;
  • Track equipment and installation warranties and service agreements, and develop recommendations/plan to supplement/continue/replace warranties following the first year of building occupancy;
  • Coordinate with vendors and contractors regarding closeout of any open construction punch-list items or trainings;
  • Assist in developing emergency procedures for the building, train staff on those procedures;
  • Assist with special projects including public and private events set-ups
  • Conduct orientation, training, and ongoing education programs for appropriate personnel;
  • Ensure that the FHL’s standards, policies, and procedures are implemented, met, and maintained consistently;
  • Communicate regularly with COO, Vice President(s), and Manager of HLHQ Administration regarding all significant operating, financial, and administrative issues
  • Develop and maintain a climate of achievement which fosters a high level of employee motivation and commitment to the overall facility and FHL’s goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree, with technical/vocational degree/certification;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in commercial building operations and maintenance, repair, or equipment servicing;
  • General knowledge of construction trade types (carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, mechanical, etc.);
  • Ability and desire to work in a start-up facility, developing best practices for efficient operations of the building;
  • Hands-on ability to maintain building mechanical systems, equipment, HVAC and fire systems;
  • Experience in conducting building inspections, correcting deficiencies and follow-up;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities with efficiency and accuracy with a commitment to maintaining high building standards;
  • Ability to read schematic drawings and comprehend specifications;
  • Experience utilizing Building Management Systems (BMS and CMMS);
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Office, and Excel;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience in budgeting, financial, and asset management;
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed;
  • Physical ability to squat, stoop, kneel, climb, work in confined spaces, in varying weather conditions, and lift items weighing up to 60 lbs;
  • Valid driver’s license.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Friends of the High Line is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally-protected status.

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