Department: Facilities Mgmt EV Salary/Grade: 399/S5
Reporting to and under the direction of the Evanston campus Chief Electrician, directly manages a portion of the shop staff in the safe and efficient operation of all building electrical and lighting systems, including campus distributed utilities and equipment. Collaborates with other shop supervisors on, but isn’t primarily responsible for, Life Safety system operation and maintenance. Supervises and coordinates installations, maintenance, and operations of all electrical equipment. This position ensures all campus electrical distribution systems, building systems, and associated equipment are maintained and operated properly and in compliance with University policies and applicable codes.
The role will support the department’s mission and values by exhibiting the following: inclusiveness, respect, initiative, collaboration, innovation, and accountability. The incumbent will strive to provide excellent service when performing job responsibilities and will practice safe work procedures, and follow safety rules at all times.
Please Note: Must be a member of Operating Engineers Local 399, or join after a 90-day probationary period. Physical ability to lift and maneuver heavy weights, climb and descend ladders, and work in hot, cold, cramped and confined quarters. Ability to work safely and at heights on ladders, lifts and scaffolding. Dexterity necessary for the use of tools and manipulation of materials. Must be available and capable of responding to irregularities during evenings and weekends ensuring 24 hour, 7 day per week coverage.
Organizes and assigns daily work schedules and assignments for staff, assuring completion of routine, corrective, and preventative maintenance activities in accordance with the unit Service Level Agreement;
Operates, maintains, repairs, and replaces the building and campus electrical systems and ancillary equipment;
Maintains good order and discipline among personnel consistent with University and departmental policies, requesting commendatory or disciplinary action to the shop supervisors;
Mentors and provides technical guidance and oversight to employees;
Manages time sheets, vacation requests, attendance for employees;
Working with other units or internal/external departments as necessary, provides reports to shop supervisors on the condition, renewal needs, and routine maintenance of facilities, components, and related activities or incidents including summaries, recommendations, and root cause analyses;
Identifies and recommends employee safety, technical, soft-skill training, and professional development opportunities as required to ensure optimum unit performance and development;
Participates in interviews and recommendations for hiring or promotion of qualified staff, and performs annual employee performance reviews of any subordinate personnel;
Assists with development of estimates for electrical-related project work scope, budgets, and timelines;
Assists in identification and purchase of equipment, supplies, library materials, and supplemental contracted resources;
Acts as primary liaison with customers, shops, units, outside entities, and Facilities Customer Service for electrical systems;
Must be available and capable of responding to irregularities during evenings and weekends ensuring 24 hour, 7 day per week coverage.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High School diploma, GED, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
Minimum two years supervisory experience in the planning, directing, and coordinating the maintenance of electrical distribution and/or building systems and equipment;
Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license recognized by the State of Illinois, provide own reliable transportation, and purchase a University parking permit;
Be a member of Operating Engineers Local 399, or join after a satisfactory completion of a 90-day probationary period.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Thorough understanding of applicable life safety and electrical codes, laws and regulations;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Exceptional customer relationship skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment;
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to effectively motivate work groups toward defined and agreed upon common goals;
Strong organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize, schedule, coordinate, conduct and document maintenance programs;
Comprehensive knowledge of the tools, instruments, methods and standard trade/safety practices pertaining to life safety, electrical, and associated systems;
Ability to read, understand, and review construction documents, including design drawings, specifications, shop drawings, RFI’s, and as-built documents;
Ability to perform calculations applicable to field of experience;
Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement;
Helpful, respectful, approachable and team oriented. Ability to build strong working relationships and a positive work environment;
Seeks to build collaboration by encouraging trust, mutual respect and shared purpose;
Balances listening and talking, speaks and writes clearly and accurately, keeps others informed;
Integrates health and safety precautions into daily activities;
Works effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.
Proficiency with mobile devices including iOS.
Experience working in a campus setting;
5 years accredited apprenticeship training or equivalent;
10 years field experience;
Formal education in fire protection engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, or similar field;
ICC, NFPA, and NICET II or higher certification;
Membership in a related industry technical committee.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team;
Plans ahead, manages time well and arrives on time;
Working knowledge of NEC, City of Chicago Electrical code, BOCA, NFPA, State, Local, and other associated building codes;
Understanding of basic HVAC and related control systems and terminology;
Successfully uses multiple software program independently. Software may include Adobe, Bluebeam, Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, CMMS Systems, and Peoplesoft;
Familiarity with zone maintenance models;
Recommends improvements and opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce costs;
Analytical skills including critical thinking, decision making, trouble shooting and problem solving, reading and interpreting technical drawings;
Achieves a standard of excellence with work processes and outcomes, honoring University and Department policies and all regulatory requirements.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40865
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.