General Maintenance Director – Hampshire Place, Cleo, Virgil Square

Company Details

Equity Residential


Our General Maintenance Directors are a key part of each community’s success, responsible for overseeing our most challenging, complex assets: often our top NOI drivers, mixed-use, and/or multi-site. They are our facilities leaders who provide the technical know-how behind each apartment community and provide guidance and training to the maintenance team. From HVAC to plumbing to a fresh coat of paint, General Maintenance Directors have a hand in every apartment and every resident’s satisfaction. As General Maintenance Director, your superior organizational skills and attention to detail will be utilized to attend to residents’ needs and manage service requests and apartment turnovers to ensure the work is performed timely – all while leading by example by modeling Equity’s standards and managing the budget. Your strong technical skills will be utilized to identify and diagnose problems and perform a variety of service requests.

At Equity, being a manager is much more than sitting behind a desk directing others; we believe in leading by example and walking in the shoes of the people you manage. Each day, you will spend your days out and about with your team, implementing scheduled maintenance, responding to service requests, managing vendors, and communicating and building rapport with residents. As a General Maintenance Director, you will be among our most senior property leaders. You will be an expert on your community, working along with and directing a team of maintenance professionals to ensure it is in excellent condition for our residents.


  • A Leader.Not only are you at the top of your game when it comes to all things technical, but you enjoy teaching new skills to your team and are committed to coaching and developing them every day.

  • Technically Savvy. You have a solid understanding of general maintenance and technology and are quick to learn new skills.

  • A Strong Communicator. Your writing and speaking skills are clear and effective, helping you connect well with others.

  • A Team Player. You are united with teammates in delivering the best experience to residents.

  • Proactive. You act like an owner, performing regular maintenance to avoid emergencies.

  • Personable.You are respectful, pleasant to be around, and enjoy engaging with others.

  • Levelheaded. You keep your cool during maintenance emergencies and quickly find solutions.

  • Motivated. You invest extra energy to reach your goals.

  • Solution-Oriented. You follow through on commitments, letting teammates and residents know they matter.

  • Confident and Decisive.You take initiative, trust your gut, and are not afraid to make a decision or deliver a difficult message.

  • Organized and Accountable.You have exceptional time management abilities and are able to juggle the needs of changing priorities at the community while accomplishing objectives through training and motivating a high-performing team.


  • Lead, train, and motivate a high-performing team.Communicate job expectations, coach service team, and monitor your team’s performance against company goals. Provide feedback for improvement and guidance in defining career paths and professional development plans.

  • Manage service requests.You’ll use our mobile technology to assign all incoming service requests to your team, taking into account each individual’s skills, workload, and learning opportunities. You’ll also work alongside your team, performing both routine and complex repairs.

  • Repair and enhance your community.You’ll be responsible for repairing or maintaining allplumbing, electrical, HVAC, appliance, carpentry, and painting needs at the community, providing training to other team members as needed.

  • Implement and manage a scheduled maintenance program. Monitor the maintenance and up-keep of all mechanical equipment on the community including water heaters, HVAC units, elevator systems and centralized boiler systems.

  • Create and maintain a make-ready schedule.You’ll monitor apartment vacancies daily and initiate the turnover process with painting, cleaning and repairing.

  • Build rapport with residents.You’ll make positive connections with residents by offering a smile and a greeting when you see them and chatting as you make repairs in their homes.

  • Notice the details.Complete daily property walks and regular community inspections to proactively recommend necessary repairs or replacement of any interior or exterior areas on the property.

  • Partner with the Community/General Manager in preparing annual budgets. Monitor expenditures in accordance with the established guidelines.

  • Manage all service contracts and vendors. Assist in the selection of various vendors in regards to value and budget.

  • Focus on performance metricsranging from your community’s Customer Loyalty Score to apartment turnover efficiency – and everything in between.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of hands-on general maintenance experience

  • 3-5 years of prior supervisory experience required; apartment industry supervisory experience preferred

  • Adaptability, multi-tasking and sound decision making abilities are required and essential to the success of this role

  • Availability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and rotating on-call responsibility for after-hours emergencies

  • Reliable and consistent form of daily transportation to and from work, including after hours for emergencies

  • Computer proficiency and frequent daily use of / proficiency with a Smartphone with updated software (either a personally owned or company-issued device)

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  • Trade school and/or military training or industry designation (CAMT or CAMT II)

  • HVAC experience and EPA Certification (Type I & II or Universal), if applicable for region/community

  • High school diploma or equivalent


Working for Equity Residential (EQR), a leading multi-family real estate investment trust (REIT), means living our purpose: creating communities where people thrive. It means striving to provide the best in apartment living, speaking boldly about new ideas for innovation, and inspiring creativity in the ways we work together.

Our portfolio of high-quality properties in urban growth markets – New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, and Denver – provides homes where people most want to live, work and play. We’ve got the best people in the business, as evidenced by our employee engagement scores and customer loyalty ratings. That’s why our employees say they are proud to work at Equity, a company that gives our residents a place where they can Live Remarkably, and offers a culture where our employees have the opportunity to thrive.

Equity Rewards

When you join Equity Residential, you won’t be treated as simply another employee – you will be considered a partner in our shared success. As such, we are committed to investing in your personal success through a benefits program that supports your Total Wellbeing.

We recognize that everyone has different needs outside of work. That’s why, in addition to a competitive benefits package (medical, dental, vision and paid time off), we offer many unique benefits options to employees, like a comprehensive wellness program, pet insurance, new parent benefits, and paid time off for community service projects. In addition to your next job, you can also find your next home with us! Rent discounts on Equity Residential apartment homes are available to our benefits-eligible employees. The amount of the discount offered is determined based on the market, ranging upwards from 20%. Learn more about our Total Wellbeing program

Equity Values

At Equity Residential, like our residents, our employees come from everywhere. A richly diverse work environment captures top talent, cultivates the best ideas, and creates the widest possible platform for success. By focusing on inclusion, these differences are harnessed to create value – in ideas, business practices, relationships, and employee engagement. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment where our employees can thrive.

All aspects of the employment process are merit-based. Every Equity employee is expected to maintain a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Equity Residential does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, sexual/gender identity/expression, age, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation or related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, national origin, citizenship status, military (including uniformed service member or protected veteran) status, marital status, genetic characteristic or information, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law. Equity Residential also prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment or discrimination, or participate in investigations into such conduct.


Located in Chicago and in corporate offices throughout the country, Property Management is responsible for the day-to-day operations at our communities. This includes not only onsite interactions, but also implementing and using property-based systems, such as MRI and LRO. Additionally, we help shape Equity’s portfolio in conjunction with the Development and Transactions departments.

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