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Director of Physical Plant

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois
$108-$114k, based on experience

Job Details

The Director of Physical Plant position directs the day to day facilities and operational needs of the University through their supervision of the Physical Plant.  They have primary or significant responsibility for construction, HVAC and skilled trades, grounds keeping, and custodial operations.  This is a full-time, on campus position. Generous benefits include health, retirement, considerable time off and access to multiple tuition programs for employees and dependents. 





  • Maintenance, Repair and Daily Operations; establish and implement department policies and procedures; develop goals and measures work performance metrics to ensure alignment of department goals with IWU mission; prepare and administer Physical Plant budgets and requests for future funding, with the expectation of no deficit spending; provide stewardship for IWU buildings, infrastructure, and operating systems, management of deferred maintenance


    Provide Leadership; advance and develop management team; ensure appropriate service levels and customer service of functional teams; continuously improve quality of service, efficiency, reliability, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement; recruit and hire staff, encourage personal growth and development


    Stewardship of Campus Assets - Planning and Capital Construction Program; assist with master planning at IWU and maintain facility assessments; assist in preparing IWU annual capital facility requests for future projects; ensure construction projects are completed on-time and on-budget and maintains warranty provisions


    Energy Management; develop and recommend annual energy procurement plans; develop energy and sustainability programs, system upgrades, and manages rebate program with local utility providers


    Business Management and Compliance with External Agencies; manage IWU rental properties through third party management agreement; manage IWU maintenance vehicle fleet; interface numerous external city and state agencies; coordinate regulatory inspections for safety equipment with Fire Marshall





  • Bachelor’s degree required; preference for related fields of study in Construction Management, Engineering, Facilities Management


    Minimum of eight years related experience, including supervisory, budget management, policy development and forecasting


    Knowledge of building systems, construction methods, HVAC mechanical design, budgeting and performance management. Technical proficiency in building automation, equipment operation, cleaning and landscaping methods


    Requires standing, walking, traveling from building to building multiple times a day and occasionally lifting up to 25lbs.


    Valid Driver’s License


    OSHA 30 Hour Safety Certification and Certified Energy Manager



Application Information:


Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Please download the application at



Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately; position is  open until filled.





Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Fax:  309-556-1710



The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation. 



Salary $108-$114k, based on experience



An overview of IWU benefits can be found here. Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.


Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at



Illinois Wesleyan, founded in 1850, is a private co-educational university with an enrollment of 1,850 and a student/faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing.illinois_wesleyan_university1.jpg

Illinois Wesleyan's faculty is composed of active scholars who are devoted to teaching undergraduates and to including them in their research. Illinois Wesleyan's 76-acre campus has undergone remarkable growth in the past decade and features such new facilities as the five-story Ames Library, the Center for Natural Science, and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation.



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1312 Park St
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