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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs


Position Title Roofer
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Facilities Management Department supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The FM Roofer performs journeyman-level roofing work in the construction, maintenance, and renovation of University facilities. This position requires a self-motivated individual who is willing to work in all kinds of weather conditions. They must be able to work alone and at times directly unsupervised. Responsibilities of the Roofer include:

  • Perform preventive maintenance services to roof systems. This includes but is not limited to roof system inspections, cleaning of gutters, sweeping roofs, cleaning and repairing roof drains, patching damaged roofs, emergency repairs, and parapets
  • Operate all roofer-related tools and equipment to include but not limited to: torches, rollers, pressure washers, ladders & lifts, and all associated roofers hand tools. 
  • Install/repair all roof materials. This includes but is not limited to cant strips, curbing, furring strips, insulation, built-up roofing (torch down), metal roof, mission tile, 3 tab and Hypalon, TPO, EPDM (or willing to be certified for EPDM), flashing materials, drain basins, tile, spray coatings and metal roofing.
  • Tear off existing roof material. This may include flashing, asphalt, insulation, aggregate and composition, drain basins, metal and tile.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of roofing materials in stock. Load and unload a variety of roofing materials.
Required Qualifications
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Completion of a recognized apprenticeship or full journey level status in a union in the roofing trade or four years demonstrated applicable work experience in a commercial or industrial environment
  • Mechanically proficient and have demonstrated ability to work independently in all aspects of the given trade
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work
  • Skilled at a journey-level product application and in the use of specialized equipment used in this trade
  • Have a basic knowledge of carpentry, and sheet metal skills, as they would pertain to journey-level roofing work
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Effectively read and understand written information and instructions
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills that strengthen and provide a positive image, and a friendly and cooperative manner with students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the organization and in contacts with the public
  • Ability to work from blueprints plans and sketches to estimate material and time required for job completion
  • Manage time well and work under pressure situations with tight schedules and deadlines to complete projects
  • Ability to work alone safely yet plan ahead, giving supervisor notice when an additional person will be required to perform assigned duties
  • Ability to maintain and use hand and power tools safely as required for the trade
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience with the following roofing types: Built-up roofing (torch down), Bituminous, 3 tab, TPO, EPDM, Hypalon, and Metal roofing
  • Good working knowledge of several related-skill fields including: carpentry, welding, sheet metal, insulating, and/or painting obtained in a commercial or industrial environment
  • A strong knowledge of applicable Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regulations, and local building codes
  • A strong knowledge of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) rules and regulations, standard job safety rules, and proper use of a face respirator.
Salary Salary Range 42G: New Hires typically start at $3,792/month with an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit B and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Washington Federation of State Employees.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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