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Chief Engineer 

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Job Title: Chief Engineer

Job Classification: 32BJ Union Employee - Full Time Hourly Non-Exempt

Manages: Engineers

Reports To: Director of Facilities & Capital Planning

Scheduling: Tuesday – Saturday, some nights and weekends as required, on-call 24/7


Job Overview: The Chief Engineer is responsible for the daily upkeep of the physical plant in partnership with the Facilities Department. The Chief Engineer will support the repair and maintenance of all building systems. The Chief Engineer is expected to serve as an ambassador for all employees, tenants, and visitors of City Center while upholding the mission of the organization and our commitment to anti-racism.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the operations of the Engineering Department, including all related personnel. Supervise and assign personnel; identify and communicate departmental/individual job goals, schedules, and work projects.

  • Operation of HVAC equipment and related pumps and motors, including (2) 360 Ton Centrifugal Chillers, 100 Ton Smardt Chiller, 60 Ton Reciprocating Chiller, Heat Exchanger, numerous Fan Coil and Air Handler Units, Cooling Tower, and multiple small and medium-sized package AC units.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with Building Controls Systems.

  • Preventive Maintenance; identify and execute a proactive PM program.

  • Knowledge of a Computerized Maintenance System. Generate work orders daily and update work order statuses, tasks, and projects. Update and add asset information as needed.

  • Hands-on work of HVAC systems, miscellaneous pumps, motors, fans, plumbing and fire life safety systems.

  • Perform minor carpentry, plumbing, painting, and electrical repairs.

  • Meet weekly with the Director of Facilities and Capital Planning to review schedule of events, PM, and general facility conditions.

  • Contractor/Project assistance?as directed?by the Director of Facilities and Capital Planning. Oversee working engineers on projects and tasks as directed.

  • Prechecks of all theater and lobby spaces for all performances.

  • Answer unscheduled maintenance calls.

  • Daily competition of Work Orders/Tasks/Projects as assigned.


Position Requirements

To be successful in this role, This Role Requires:

  • 5+ years of experience in a similar role within a Performing Arts, Theatrical, or Multi-Use Venue.

  • Certificates – current or must obtain within 6 months from hire date:

  • Q01 Refrigeration, Sprinkler, Standpipes, Air Compressors, FLSD

  • Experience in low and medium pressure steam systems.

  • Able to work rotating shifts, nights, and weekends as scheduled.

  • Thorough knowledge of HVAC systems and understanding of the refrigeration cycles and Sequence of Operations for Chilled Water Systems.

  • Mechanical ability and basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, painting, and electrics. Higher level skill in at least one of these areas is preferable. Other special projects as assigned.

  • Proficient knowledge of NYC building and fire codes, HAZMAT, and OSHA regulations.

  • Working knowledge of HVAC, fire alarm systems, electrical, and plumbing.

  • Computer skills and ability to perform functions of Microsoft Office beyond the basics.

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and stay on your feet for most of the workday.

  • After a 60-day probationary period, this position requires that the employee join Local #32 B/J of the Theater, Amusement, & Cultural Service Employees Union of the SEIU.



As a valued member of the City Center team, you will receive:

  • Hourly Non-Exempt Salary of $45.74/hr. as per 32BJ Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Comprehensive insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability)

  • Generous paid time off

  • Pre-tax flexible & dependent care savings accounts

  • Pre-tax transit savings

  • Access to various dress rehearsals, performances, educational events, and professional development opportunities


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Various Shifts  
Rate of Pay Hourly Non-Exempt Salary of $45.74/hr. as per 32BJ Collective Bargaining Agreement  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 11/7/2023  
About the Organization New York City Center has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943-making the best in the music, theater, and dance accessible to all audiences. Championed by a staff of passionate arts lovers, this commitment continues through celebrated dance and musical theater series including the Fall for Dance Festival, the Tony-honored Encores!, and the newest series Artists at the Center and City Center Dance Festival. The distinctive neo-Moorish theater in midtown Manhattan welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors to experience internationally acclaimed artists on the same stage that legends like George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Cook, Martha Graham, and Paul Robeson made their mark. Home to a roster of renowned companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center's dynamic programming, art exhibitions, studio events, and master classes, are complemented by education and community engagement programs that bring the performing arts to over 11,000 New York City students, teachers, and families each year.  

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