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Director of Physical Plant

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