The Locksmith Foreman reports to the Physical Plant Assistant
Director or designee. In turn, the Locksmith Foreman supervises all
Key Control shop personnel and interacts with other Physical Plant
Foreman, Heating Plant staff, Grounds staff, Building Services
staff, Support staff, Architects, outside vendors, utilities,
inspectors, and contractors hired to perform services related to
the building operations and maintenance. The person in this
position provides coordination and communication with these various
constituents, verbally and in writing, to ensure all work is
completed in a consistent, efficient manner. This position
represents NIU and the Physical Plant and conducts themselves in a
professional manner when working with members of the campus,
vendors, and the community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performs all duties of a Locksmith; plans and lays out work from
oral and written instruction; assigns and supervises the work of
Locksmiths engaged in the installation, maintaining and repairing
different types of building locks and security devices,
disassembles locks; repairs and replaces worn tumblers, springs and
other parts. Cuts new, duplicate or replacement keys and stamps
with identification for authorized personnel as requested on Key
Serve as liaison between the Assistant Director of the Physical
Plant or designee and the Shop Floor, promulgating initiatives and
directives. Represent the Employer’s right to operate and manage
its affairs, and interpret this to the Employees. Motivate
subordinate staff to complete work per required quality standards,
and review all procedures. Enhance relations through effective
communication and ensure workers adhere to all rules and policies.
Conduct performance evaluations for all Locksmith personnel. Review
attendance, performance, and conduct of workers; administer
counseling statements or corrective action incident reports to
correct behaviors that are detrimental to the University in
conjunction with the Physical Plant Assistant Director or
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
CREDENTIALS TO BE VERIFIED BY PLACEMENT OFFICER
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Current licensure as a Locksmith by the Illinois Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation ( IDFPR ).
- Four (4) years (48 months) of work experience in the repair and
maintenance of locks, door checks, and related hardware and in the
making and duplication of keys, including apprenticeship and/or
- Three (3) years (36 months) of work experience equivalent to
the Locksmith Sub-Foreman level of this series.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
- Skill in repair and maintenance of locks and related
- Skill in the use of shop and hand tools commonly used in lock
- Ability to keep and maintain records.
- Ability to supervise.
Valid/current driver’s license as required by the State of Illinois
for the type of motor vehicle(s) to be operated by the
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
• May have to enter occupied residential rooms, offices and/or work
• Outside during inclement weather
Appointment and Compensation Details
Appointment and Compensation Details
Anticipated Appointment Start Date
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year
Standard Hours Per Week
$50.32 per hour
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range
$50.32/hr; $104,665.60 annual
Additional Position Details:
Application Review Details:
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Locksmith Foreman for more information including salary
ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and
- Please click on Human Resource
Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern
Illinois University’s benefits package.
- Applicants must be a current citizen or resident of the State
of Illinois to move forward in the hiring process.
- Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal
background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal
background investigation results have been received and cleared by
- Fully complete the Education and Work History
sections of the application. Be specific on your
entire work history, including employment dates and
duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time
work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this
position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency
to determine combined length of experience.
- If you have education and/or training in excess of what is
required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial
- After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed
to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the
classification, including any specialty factors associated with
this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for
this position, you will receive a score based on your education and
experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment
- Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding
your application. Emails will be generated from firstname.lastname@example.org and
CivilServiceTesting@niu.edu. Please add these emails to your
address book to ensure timely delivery of any future
- We STRONGLY recommend that contact information used in your
online profile be personal use, not professional/work information:
personal email address, home address and phone numbers. The
information that you provide is used to make contact on search
updates, department referrals and interviews, etc. We must be able
to relay sensitive and important information in a way that protects
your privacy concerning job search activity, now and in the
- The Civil Service examination for this classification is a
Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials
as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a
rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s
education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications
(licenses, etc.). In order to determine an appropriate rating for
each examination, a review of a résumé, cover letter,
university/agency official employment application, college
transcript, copies of license/certification and any other relevant
material may be required.
- Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver’s
license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your
- If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points,
DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable
Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to
receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service
- After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed
for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be
referred to the hiring department for interview.
Quick Link to Applicant
Is Background Check Required?
- Cover Letter
- List of References
- Current licensure as a Locksmith by Illinois Dept. of Financial
and Professional Regulation
EEO Statement Summary
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an
equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age,
physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political
affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional
qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and
state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to
nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries
regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required
to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and
to complete the required employment eligibility verification
document form upon hire.
NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and
application procedures include full opportunities for applicants
with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to
anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s
disability during either the application or interview process. An
applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate
in the employment process due to a disability may request that
accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form
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Contact the Ethics and
Compliance Office at 815-753-1649
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- Cover Letter
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Certifications/Licensure #1
- List of at least 3 References
- Military Discharge Documents ONLY
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of
- * What is the highest level of education attained?
- High School Diploma
- Associates Degree
- Bachelors Degree
- Masters Degree
- * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you
are submitting for consideration?
- * How many years of experience do you have in this type of
- * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of
employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this
information must be verified on an NIU application and/or
(Open Ended Question)
- * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215,
NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points?
The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order
to be considered.
- * Do you possess a valid State of Illinois driver's license?