Facilities Manager


Lake Forest Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Range minimum of $60,278/yr and pay will be considered by experience and qualifications

Responsibilities and Duties

Facilities and Grounds Management

  • Provide friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable customer service to patrons and library staff with respect to building, parking lot, and grounds
  • Assume full responsibility for the operation and security of the library as needed (Person in Charge)
  • Create and implement a facility plan to maintain library equipment and systems to ensure proper and efficient working order at all times (Facilities Task Schedule)
  • Create and implement routine cleaning and maintenance procedures for the library building and grounds (Facilities Routine Schedule)
  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of the department budget
  • Assist with the creation of and maintenance of the department procedure manual
  • Perform routine repairs required to maintain a high standard of safety, cleanliness, and efficiency for the library building and grounds
  • Respond to off-duty building and grounds-related emergency calls
  • Conduct daily walk arounds of the building and grounds and take appropriate action as necessary
  • Coordinate with Adult and Youth Services Departments on program and event setups and breakdowns
  • Enforce library's parking policies as needed
  • Responsible for ice and snow management, downed trees, and limbs, etc.as needed
  • Troubleshoot building systems, maintenance and infrastructure issues as needed, including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, equipment, and furniture movement, etc.
  • Inspect, assemble (if necessary), and deliver incoming equipment and furnishings
  • Coordinate with grounds/landscape contractor for additional onsite grounds maintenance during summer months (e.g., adjust sprinklers, water plants, and trees)
  • Maintain asset and inventory supplies, and order supplies as necessary in compliance with library practices
  • Maintain open lines of communication with administration regarding any building, grounds, mechanical, and maintenance issues
  • Performs essential duties of Maintenance Assistants when needed, which may include janitorial and custodial tasks

Supervisory Activities

  • Recommend staffing levels and lead selection process with respect to hiring department staff
  • Train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate the work of the Maintenance Assistants
  • Review and authorize department payroll
  • Review library newsletter, weekly staff e-news, and social media and provide relevant information to department staff
  • Keep department staff informed on all library policies and procedures; interpret library policy for department employees in coordination with library administration
  • Coordinate and monitor maintenance schedules to address short- and long-term needs
  • Resolve department personnel issues

Vendor Relationships and Special Projects

  • Solicit and manage vendor relationships for the ongoing maintenance of the building and grounds
  • Coordinate with external contractors, manufacturers, vendors, and appropriate library staff to make repairs that are beyond internal capabilities
  • Monitor and verify vendor and contractor compliance to agreements and work orders, including satisfactory completion and accurate billing
  • Evaluate and provide input on new vendor contracts and renewals
  • Solicit bid proposals and coordinate with library administration to prepare recommendations for library Board approval
  • Coordinate with city staff to obtain permits when necessary
  • Act as a liaison between Lake Forest City public works and facilities departments and the library about library building and grounds issues
  • Assist library administration in the creation of a Facilities Scorecard

Other Duties as Assigned (may include, but not listed to those listed below)

  • Aid in the development and implementation of library policies, procedures and goals
  • Attend consortium, professional, committee, and library meetings and conferences, continuing education, and training sessions, as requested
  • Serve on library committees, as requested
  • Represent the library at community events, activities, and meetings, as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Competencies, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated proficiency with, and knowledge of, building systems, equipment, tools, and safety precautions
  • High degree of organizational skills with careful attention to detail
  • Ability to set priorities
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize work assignments, and manage projects simultaneously
  • Pleasant and professional personality; excellent customer service skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility to adjust to changes in directions and priorities and accept new challenges, responsibilities, and assignments
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Commitment to a flexible work schedule, including days, evenings, weekends, and split shifts
  • Facilities and construction project management experience
  • Ability to follow direction and to multi-task
  • Strong customer service orientation with the ability to establish effective relationships with staff and the public to achieve the goals of the library
  • Ability to deal with frequent interruptions in a busy public service environment
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate fluently in English
  • Ability to understand oral and written directions in English
  • Competent in the use of the library's two-way radio security system
  • Ability to manage long term projects and set priorities to meet assignment deadlines
  • Understand and use technology systems and equipment as outlined in the Lake Forest Library Technology Core Competencies in the areas of hardware, operating system and file management, software applications, and internet

Education and Other Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years of facilities experience, preferably in a public library
  • Minimum 3 years of successful supervisory experience
  • Ability to operate and instruct others in the use of all equipment necessary to perform duties of the position, including cleaning equipment, hand and power tools, snow removal equipment, power lifts and grounds equipment
  • Familiarity with all building systems located within the library
  • Budget, report writing, and statistical analysis experience
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, BS&A payroll system, Microsoft Office Suite, Windows operating systems, and other applications in the Lake Forest Library Technology Core Competency Program
  • Valid driver's license, access to a vehicle, and current automobile insurance

Physical Requirements

  • Maintain a level of physical fitness required for the position
  • Move, lift, carry, and put away items, weighing up to 75 pounds, sometimes repetitively
  • Ability to climb ladders and operate lifts to complete interior and exterior inspections and repairs
  • Perform strenuous physical activities that require strength and coordination
  • Tolerate exposures to equipment noise, fumes, allergens, cleaning devices, particulates, and fluctuating temperature
  • Work in normal and extreme outside weather conditions
  • Move in and around office equipment, including tight spaces
  • Remain in a standing, walking and bending position for extended periods of time

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Edward Finn III
Apply To: 
Lake Forest Library
360 East Deerpath Rd.
Lake Forest , IL 60045
Phone: 8472340636
42° 15' 7.5132" N, 87° 50' 17.1564" W