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Assistant Director of Physical Plant (4985)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2022
Title Assistant Director of Physical Plant (4985)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Physical Plant
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Facilities Operations
The Assistant Director, under the guidance of the Director, provides administrative support to the Physical Plant. This position supervises the work of assigned personnel, which includes assigning and approving work for assigned craft shops and augmenting contractors of the Physical Plant and determining their priorities. This position is also responsible for providing leadership to other administrative functions and support staff as assigned to ensure the effective and efficient operations, as well as serving as the liaison to the campus in matters concerning the programs, policies, and financial matters related to the Physical Plant.

1. Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, accounting, business administration, or other related fields

2. Five (5) years (60 months) of work experience directly related to facilities administration and/or management such as of a physical plant; three (3) years (36 months) of which were in a supervisory or administrative capacity


1. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
2. Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems
3. Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, and costs
4. Knowledge of practical application of engineering science and technology
5. Critical Thinking Skills: using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
6. Time Management Skills: managing one’s own time and the time of others
7. Written Expression – the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
8. Oral Expression – the ability to communicate information and ideas verbally so others will understand
9. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work – developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work
10. Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

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