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Painter Foreman (157)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 30, 2022
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Position Summary

The Painter Foreman reports to the Assistant Director of the Physical Plant or designee. In turn, he/she supervises all Paint 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. He/she 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
  • Perform all duties of a Painter; plans and lays out work from oral and written instruction; assigns and supervises the work of Painter engaged in preparing, patching, finishing, and maintaining of all surfaces.
  • Serve as liaison between the Assistant Director of the Physical Plant or designee and the Paint Shop, 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 Painters. 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 Assistant Director of the Physical Plant or designee.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

1. High school graduation or equivalent

2. Successful completion of a recognized painter apprenticeship program or four (4) years of full-time journey-level painter experience

3. Five (5) additional years of full-time journey-level painter experience

4. 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.

1. Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
2. Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, regulations and strategies to promote health and safety practices for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
3. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
4. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and other office procedures and terminology.
5. Skill in time and resource management.
6. Skill in personnel resources management through motivating, developing, and directing subordinates as they work, identifying the best skillsets for completion of the job.
7. Skill in giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
8. Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
9. Skill in determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
10. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
11. Ability to operate personal computer with a general understanding of application software, and an understanding of the Internet.
12. Ability to communicate information and ideas verbally and in writing so others will understand.
13. Ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of one’s arms and legs and moving one’s whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, squatting, grabbing, carrying, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching, twisting, reaching and handling of materials in the course of completing work assignments.
14. Ability to stand and perform work duties for an extended period of time in the process of completing projects and/or assignments.
15. Ability to see objects at close range or at a distance, and the ability to adjust focus.
16. Ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
i See the Promotional Line List for a complete listing of the classes in this/these promotional line(s).
ii Dependent upon institutional need, incumbents may be required to obtain job-related certification or license, such as a valid Illinois Department of Public Health Lead Abatement Worker License. Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations may be afforded to applicants/employees.

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)

Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)

Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

Additional Requirements (SPS)

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

Physical demands/requirements

• Bend, stoop, climb ladders, reach, carry objects and crawl in confined areas
• Work inside and outside in hot/cold conditions
• Push, pull, lift, carry or maneuver heavy objects
• Standing and walking for extended periods of time
• Lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling object(s) weighing up to 75 pounds
• Climbing ladders and working from heights as necessary

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week



$108,784 annual

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range


Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Additional Position Details:
  • Click on Painter 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

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. 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. * Please rate your level of professional work experience maintain an inventory of tools, equipment, and/or materials; verifying and approving requests for tools, equipment and/or materials; records management.
    • No work experience directly related to the job function described.
    • My work experience relevant to the job function was performed under guidance.
    • My work experience relevant was performed independently.
  2. * Do you have demonstrated experience directing and assigning work to journey-level painters; developing specific goals, plans, methods, and processes to prioritize, organize and accomplish work; determining and scheduling assignments for work activities based on work priority, quantity of equipment and skill of personnel; monitoring employees’’ work levels and reviewing their work performance; Inspecting and evaluating the quality and quantity of work completed by personnel; providing project supervision?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How many years of supervisory experience do you currently possess? (This can include experience gained as a temporary upgrade, sub-foreman, etc.)
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3 or more
  4. * Have you completed a union, private (in-house), military, or trade school apprenticeship program that includes theory and on-the-job work?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you possess a valid State of Illinois driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

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