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Lead Carpenter

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 6 - Teamsters Local 2010, Probationary, Full Time, Trades, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

Under general supervision, the Lead Carpenter will perform the full range of skilled journey-level carpentry and related work as outlined in the series overview. Incumbents in this classification also may provide instruction and lead direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.

Under general supervision, the Lead Carpenter works with and is in charge of a small group or crew of skilled Carpenters and semi-skilled assistants involved in completing the work outlined in the series overview. The work of the Lead Carpenter is distinguished from the Carpenter by the additional responsibilities of providing lead work direction to several journey-level crafts workers and semi-skilled assistants, laying out and coordinating the workflow for jobs, and preparing materials lists and ordering supplies for jobs. Unlike the Supervising Carpenter, the Lead Carpenter spends the majority of time working as a skilled carpenter but has ancillary lead work and project planning responsibilities.

Incumbents typically lay out, direct and assist with the full range of skilled carpentry work as outlined in the series overview; supervise, instruct and work with a small group or crew of Carpenters and assistants; instruct others in safety rules and ensure that rules are observed; select and prepare lists of materials for jobs; maintain stock materials in the warehouse; inspect carpentry work to ensure it meets quality requirements and specifications; maintain manual and/or computerized work records and maintenance management systems; prepare manual and/or computerized reports; and may supervise the maintenance of a carpentry shop. On specific projects, may coordinate the work of other skilled crafts workers.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

SDSU Facilities services is a customer service-based organization providing facility maintenance activities through a transparent and deliberate process. It is responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, renovation, remodel, and alteration activities in support of the academic and research mission of the university. As part of the BFA division, we aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment, so all are valued and empowered to thrive.

For more information regarding the Facilities Department, click here.

Education and Experience

Knowledge: The Lead Carpenter must possess a working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques.

Abilities: The Lead Carpenter must be able to lead, instruct and coordinate the work of a small group or crew of skilled and semi-skilled workers; accurately estimate costs, supplies and materials needed for jobs; prepare lists of materials; ensure work is performed in sequence; maintain records; and prepare more complex reports.

Experience: The abilities of a Lead Carpenter normally would be acquired through one to two years of experience as a journey-level carpenter that included work coordination responsibilities.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Valid California Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain one within 10 days of hire.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the latest methods, materials and equipment used in the carpenter trade and thorough knowledge of the proper use and care of the tools and equipment used in that work.
  • Knowledge of current applicable state and federal regulations, including the Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety for the State of California and California State Building Codes, and appropriate references of CalOSHA and Federal OSHA.
  • Working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques and must demonstrate initiative and sound problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to perform skilled carpentry work (building, installing, and repairing structural woodwork, flooring, ceilings, and cabinetry); operate and maintain hand and power carpentry tools.
  • Ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations and to recognize, secure and report unsafe conditions immediately.
  • Knowledge of safe working techniques and safety equipment and must be aware of the typical hazards of the workplace as well as the special hazards that may be encountered (biohazards, chemicals, asbestos/lead containing materials).

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $6,570 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,151 - $7,942 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on February 23, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by February 22, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

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