Public Works Director Vacancy

Performs complex supervisory, administrative, analytical, and professional work in planning, organizing, directing, and supervising the Public Works Department, including engineering, environmental, water, sewer, street, traffic control, light and other public works projects and programs, ensuring technical competence and compliance with all current codes and criteria.

Works under the supervision of the Village Manager

Supervises Building Custodians, Maintenance Workers, Mechanics, Meter Technicians, Water Operators, and Administrative Secretary.


  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow.
  • Issues written and oral instructions.
  • Assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.
  • Studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances.
  • Prepares composite reports from individual reports of subordinates.
  • Adjusts errors and complaints.
  • Prepares and documents budget requests; administers adopted budget in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises and evaluates programs, plans, services, staffing, equipment and infrastructure including transportation, street, water, sewer, drainage, light, and park maintenance.
  • Reviews and supervises private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, and standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans.
  • Coordinates the preparation of, or develops, engineering plans and specifications, coordinates required advertising for bids, reviews construction bids and makes necessary recommendations based on lowest and best bids, competency of vendors and consultants, and the selection criteria.
  • Coordinates the preparation of, or develops, reviews and updates the sanitary sewer, water, storm drainage, and street system maps, data base, and comprehensive plans.
  • Prepares and administers engineering budget in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Maintains the engineering library and infrastructure records.
  • Maintains and updates Village subdivision and public works standards. Assures as-built records of projects, and documents necessary changes for the operation and maintenance programs.
  • Reviews utility permits, street use permits, franchise utility permits, etc.
  • Assists in the evaluation of transportation and traffic impacts of development proposals, permits, rezones, plats, etc. Prepares traffic, utility and other studies and reports.
  • Provides intersection signal and channelization design. Develops and maintains a pavement management system.
  • Oversees the development or update of the Village Transportation Improvement Program (T.I.P.), Comprehensive Sewer Plan, Comprehensive Water Plan, the Capital Improvement Program, and other plans involving the municipal infrastructure.
  • Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects.
  • Oversees project management for the construction of the municipal public works projects.
  • Oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
  • Responds timely to public or other inquiries relative to Public Works issues, department policies and procedures. Evaluates issues and options regarding municipal public works and makes recommendations.
  • Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, Village, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding division activities and services.
  • Monitors inter-governmental actions affecting public works.


  • Assists in the training of Village personnel in Public Works systems and techniques.
  • Monitors inter-governmental actions affecting Public Works.


Education and Experience

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering, public administration or a closely related field; and
  • Minimum of seven (7) years previous public works experience including at least four (4) years sewer and water utilities; and three (3) years supervisory experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.
  • Considerable skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable Village policies, laws, and regulations affecting Department activities.
  • Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, Village officials and the general public; Ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.

• Valid Illinois State “Class D” driver’s license;
• Registration as a Professional Engineer.


Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and data base and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, theodolite and electronic distance measuring devices; motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to loud.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and references to: or Village of Hazel Crest
3000 W. 170th Place
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Attn: Human Resources

The deadline for submission is July 21, 2017