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Locksmith Foreman (1286)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022
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Position Summary

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 Request forms.

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 designee.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Current licensure as a Locksmith by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ( IDFPR ).
  3. 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 vocational training.
  4. Three (3) years (36 months) of work experience equivalent to the Locksmith Sub-Foreman level of this series.

  1. Skill in repair and maintenance of locks and related hardware.
  2. Skill in the use of shop and hand tools commonly used in lock repair.
  3. Ability to keep and maintain records.
  4. Ability to supervise.

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)

Valid/current driver’s license as required by the State of Illinois for the type of motor vehicle(s) to be operated by the incumbent.

Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)

Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

Additional Requirements (SPS)

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

Physical demands/requirements

• May have to enter occupied residential rooms, offices and/or work spaces
• 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

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Additional Position Details:
  • Click on Locksmith Foreman for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • 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 Human Resources.
Application Review Details:
  • 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 transcripts.
  • 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 register.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  • 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 future.
Exam Details:
  • 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 application materials.
  • 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 examination.
  • 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.
Special Instructions
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Current licensure as a Locksmith by Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation
Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


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
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

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.

ADA Accommodation

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 . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Certifications/Licensure #1
  4. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  2. Other

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of Illinois?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  3. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  5. * 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 resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * 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.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  7. * Do you possess a valid State of Illinois driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

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