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Carpenter Foreman

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Highlights

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Loop Facility Operations, this is a multi-function position with the primary focus on supervision and leadership of the Loop Campus carpenters.


  • Overall supervision and leadership for all carpentry trade personnel to include fair and effective distribution of workload, equitable assignment of overtime privileges and special projects, ensuring that all staff are adequately trained to keep abreast of technological, safety and industry advancements, the ability to resolve minor disputes amongst others in the trade, ensuring that all University policies and guidelines are adhered to, and the ability to train a suitable assistant foreman who will be capable of assuming responsibility should the foreman ever be absent.
  • Scheduling, assigning and ensuring proper and timely completion of all incoming electronic work orders, estimates, inspection list items, and special projects assigned by the Assistant Director.
  • Management of all records necessary to successfully perform daily operations. Examples include: Purchase orders, time cards, purchase receipts, preventative maintenance sheets, inspection lists, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management, etc.
  • Attendance and active participation at all foreman meetings, safety meetings and training sessions. This also includes leading thorough emergency response and other procedure review sessions for the benefit of the other carpenters as required.
  • Oversight of various outside contractors as directed by the Assistant Director.
  • Develops, coordinates, establishes and executes a carpentry maintenance schedule to ensure service and or repair of the buildings on a frequency necessary to maintain it to building code.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Certifications/Licenses

  • Good Standing with Carpenter Union

Workplace Safety

  • Employees of Facility Operations are expected to follow all safety rules and regulations set forth by applicable governmental agencies and promulgated by the University Administration. This includes but is not limited to matters related to: Hazard Communications (SDS sheets), ladder safety, walking and working surfaces, slips, trips and falls, mechanical lift use, asbestos containing materials, confined spaces; electrical safety to include lock out/tag out; respirator fit and use; personal protective equipment; and the information contained in the University’s emergency and chemical hygiene plans.
  • Employees are expected to refer to the FO Employee Manual and the Environmental Health and Safety website for additional information related to safety programs, practices and expectations.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • It is expected that you will not only exhibit safe personal working habits but that you will instill and require safe working habits of your direct reports and for contractors and others placed under your supervision.
  • As a campus leader, you are expected to report any observed unsafe work practices or dangerous conditions (regardless of the parties involved) to your supervisor such that they may be followed up on in an effort to maintain an overall safe working and learning environment throughout the University.

Physical Requirements

  • Carpenters will be required to do their own laboring and lifting. This may involve heavy weight, considered manageable and safe. This includes unloading supply trucks and transporting all trade-related equipment and materials including tool carts which may weigh 400 pounds. Carpenters are required to clean up their job-sites and workshops as needed.
  • This position also requires that carpenters have the physical ability to work for extended periods of time while standing, stooping, bending, or kneeling and the ability to work safely from ladders, scaffolds, roofs and multi-platforms.
  • They must also be able to operate a scissor lift or any other lifts or equipment rented or owned by the University.

Other Skills & Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of Carpentry principles and their application of fabrication, maintenance, installation and repair.
  • Knowledge of residential, commercial, and heavy construction trade techniques such as but not limited to: concrete, framework, rough framing, exterior/interior work, and case or fixture work.
  • Skill in the use of power tools and equipment such as: saws, band saw, panel saw, metal cutting saw, concrete saw, miter saw, drills (cordless and high speed), carpentry hand tools, radial arm saw, grinders, table saw, sanders, jointers, pneumatic and propellant nail guns, lathe, and routers.
  • Skill in reading blueprints and shop drawings.
  • Sufficient oral, written and computer skills to effectively communicate with other trades personnel, management and customers and the ability to maintain a proper, professional appearance and image while performing assigned duties and responsibilities.

  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.

Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)  
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act  

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at DePaul University

Enrolling more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the ninth-largest private and largest Catholic university in the country. It offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine colleges and schools. Nearly one third of DePaul’s students are of color—the most diverse of any private university in Illinois—and about 30 percent of each year’s freshmen class intend to be the first in their families to earn a college degree. DePaul’s success extends beyond recruitment—it is among the nation’s top 100 universities in awarding degrees to students of color.

Educating Chicago’s business leaders, lawyers, judges, teachers, artists and public servants for more than a century, DePaul enjoys an excellent academic reputation. It has earned impressive rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its business and law programs as well as distinctions for diversity and community service. A host of higher education guides have recognized DePaul for everything from its economic value and happy students to its hot and trendy campus and great town-gown relations.

DePaul prides itself on the strength of its academic programs, especially the programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, and the part-time MBA; computer science, network assurance and digital media; psychology and philosophy; music and theater; health and intellectual property law; and adult learning initiatives. Despite its size, the university is committed to providing students with personal attention; the student/faculty ratio is just 16:1. Professors who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates in small-group settings.

DePaul’s goal, expressed in the VISION twenty12 strategic plan, is to become one of the finest urban, Catholic universities in the United States. It is focused on creating nationally recognized, rigorous programs of study; preparing women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders; and further strengthening its financial and operational foundations.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. Established to provide a high quality education to immigrants and others who were denied access to college, DePaul continues to embrace this mission today, recruiting and graduating significant numbers of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.


Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul has two primary campuses and four suburban locations. The Loop Campus is in the heart of the downtown business and cultural district and is home to four of DePaul’s colleges, a theater, a residence hall and most administrative functions. It is separated by a 20-minute trip on Chicago’s “el” train from the Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. Considered one of the nation’s most beautiful urban campuses, Lincoln Park is home to five colleges, the main library, numerous residence halls, a student center and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, open to employees and students.

Both campuses are located in thriving business and residential districts that are well served by public transportation, providing a full array of housing choices for employees. Chicago boasts six professional sports teams and some of the best theater, music and art venues in the nation. As an international business hub and conference center, Chicago enables employees to build strong professional networks and remain on the leading edge of their fields.

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