Director of Facilities and Laboratory Services (Construction and Planning Specialist) at Indiana University

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Job Description:



Department Information

The department of Biology is a large, unified department with strong undergraduate degrees, nationally-ranked graduate programs, and world-class research spanning the breadth of biological questions and experimental systems ¿ from ecosystems to microbiology and developmental biology, from evolution to cell biology, from molecular biology to systems biology, bioinformatics, and genomics. It is always an exciting time for Biology ¿ enormous advances in global genome analysis coupled with unprecedented developments in interdisciplinary research have made the 21st century the Century of Biology. For more information about the department, you can find it here: About: Department of Biology: Indiana University Bloomington.

The Department of Biology is part of The College of Arts + Sciences, the oldest and largest academic division of Indiana University. The College values diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core strength and essential element in the success of its educational mission.

Job Summary

Department Specific Responsibilities

  • Directs the physical operation and maintenance of all buildings, greenhouses and associated facilities of the Department of Biology.

  • Plans, oversees and coordinates all renovation projects.

  • Provides direction and/or technical assistance for all department support services including machine shops, greenhouses, dishwashing and media facilities, instrument centers and teaching laboratories.

  • Hire, manage and terminate staff related to facilities mentioned.

  • Monitors regulatory compliance and represent the Department of Biology on various facilities-related committees.

  • Consistent monitoring of building infrastructure to identify and address potential issues.

General Responsibilities

  • Manages, supervises, inspects, and coordinates new construction and remodeling projects on assigned campuses; monitors construction timeline to ensure contractors maintain accurate schedule and perform to university standards; reviews and approves contractors' billing performance. Coordinates necessary interruption of services between administration, Physical Plant, and contractor.

  • Reviews engineering drawings and specifications and serves as project coordinator with architects, engineers, contractors, and administrators. Reviews and approves shop and as-built drawings for university archives and Physical Plant use.

  • Provides feedback and recommendations to administrators and concerned parties on project cost analyses and alternatives after project bids have been submitted. Advises interior designers of special circumstances and facilities requirements; advises and assists architects and engineers with contract change orders as required by new functions, unforeseeable conditions, code requirements, or design refinements.

  • Maintains documentation of all assigned projects with IU-issued software, including timelines, schedules, substantial completion, and other elements of construction.


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered. Education beyond the minimum required may be substituted for work experience. Work experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted for education.



  • Bachelor's degree in construction management or related field



  • 5 years of construction management experience and/or large-format planning, experience managing multi-disciplined construction projects with scopes of work including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical



  • Valid driver's license and ability to be insured by Indiana University Upon Date of Hire



  • Proficient communication skills

  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism

  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills

  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality

  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment

  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty

  • Highly thorough and dependable

  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure

  • Possesses a high degree of initiative

  • Ability to influence internal and/or external constituents

  • Basic knowledge of Indiana Building Codes

  • Ability to read and interpret large-format schematics, blueprints and drawings

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a broad range of customers and management levels

  • Demonstrates working knowledge and practical application and experience in word processing, spreadsheet, planning and data base software use as well as e-mail utility

  • Demonstrates problem solving skills

  • Demonstrates experience and advanced skills in project management/project communication

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires both sedentary work and the ability to move about, sometimes quickly, for long periods of time. It requires moving heavy objects, providing support for heavy objects, and performing strenuous labor under adverse field conditions. The ability to use tools, operate machinery, and to complete construction projects with precision and accuracy is required. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential tasks with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Department of Biology

1001 East 3rd Street, Bloomington, Indiana

This is an In-person position

Advertised Salary

$70,000-$80,000 depending on education and experience.

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:

  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution

  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options

  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting

  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options

  • Tuition benefit for IU classes

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Generous Paid Time Off

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Advanced

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Engineering, Trades & Facility

Job Family: Construction & Planning

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Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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