Position Description

Facilities Manager
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 328
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media


To nourish the public conversation by telling the stories  that matter—stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action.

                                                                                                                                       Chicago Public Media Mission Statement


Who is Chicago Public Media?

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community.  As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.

An Opportunity To Make An Impact

At Chicago Public Media, we believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information a right of every citizen.  We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires and enriches.  We connect diverse audiences and help them make a difference in our communities, our region and our world.  If you are inspired by our mission and want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.


About the Role



The Facilities Manager is responsible for the care, maintenance and upkeep of our main office located on Navy Pier, and for supporting our bureau offices on the South and West sides of Chicago, and in Indiana.  The Facilities Manager will be responsible for ensuring our facilities are well-maintained, clean, secure, highly functional and welcoming for our staff and guests.  The Facilities Manager will manage key vendor relationships for cleaning, maintenance and repair (HVAC, elevator, electrical, plumbing, exterior aesthetics), catering, safety and security, and general supplies, as well as maintain a positive working relationship with important members of larger Navy Pier staff.  The Facilities Manager will also be the main liaison to Navy Pier for managing our onsite employee and guest parking relationship as well as all be responsible for all Navy Pier venue-related communications to the staff. 


CPM is about to embark on a project to renovate its office space.  Planning is underway now and construction will begin in January of 2019.  The Facilities Manager will play a key role in ensuring the success of the renovation project.  The renovation will require a portion of the staff to move off-site for an extended period of time.  The Facilities Manager will work with the renovation’s Project Manager to make sure that the relocation is successful and operations are run seamlessly during the project.


We are seeking an individual who can serve as the principal caretaker of our work environments and bring a pride of place and passion to this role.  Candidates should be organized and energetic, effective and clear communicators, enjoy juggling many things at once, and able to manage projects on time and on budget.  This role reports into our VP of Finance, but will interface with many parts of our operation.  A successful candidate will become an indispensable part of our culture and a highly valued member of our team.



  • Ensure facility is kept clean and our infrastructure and furniture and fixtures are in good repair;
  • Manage the working relationships with our service providers to ensure the major systems are maintained (Cleaning Crew, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, elevators, fire extinguishers and lighting);
  • Manage all facility-related vendor relationships including review of invoices received and reconciliation of expenses against budget;
  • Manage our on-going relationship with key personnel at Navy Pier, as well as our relationships with landlords at the remote bureau locations, to ensure that the landlords are meeting their obligations and any issues are being addressed in a timely fashion;
  • Ensure facility is kept secure and safe.  Maintain all fire extinguishing equipment and fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures.  Ensure staff is kept current on fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures and administer fire and safety drills on a regularly scheduled basis;
  • Assist Project Manager with all aspects of renovation and operations during off-site moves, including organizing office clean up and off-site document storage before renovation commences; off-site moves during renovation; and, move back to Navy Pier office space;
  • Order general supplies (cleaning supplies, coffee and kitchen supplies, etc.  This does not include office supplies which are handled by specific departments) and ensure adequate inventory is on hand;
  • Handle facility-related requests for special meetings and events (Staff meetings, Board of Directors Meetings, Committee Meetings, Sounding Board Meetings).  Manage the setup and breakdown seating and tables in the configuration needed;
  • Manage and fulfill any equipment requests (IT maintains AV equipment), and ensure any specific security needs are handled for special meetings and events;
  • Ensure conference rooms are kept in working order and have the supplies needed.




  • 5+ years of facility management of an office space of equivalent size
  • 3+ years of direct vendor management responsibility including vendor selection decisions
  • Prior experience managing to a budget
  • Demonstrated project planning and execution skills
  • Desire to be part of a mission-driven organization that serves the greater Chicago community.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent people skills.


Working at Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media cares deeply about our employees as we know attracting, nurturing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.


Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.


At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.  Our benefits include:


  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  12 weeks paid maternity leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  •  Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days
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