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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5131 - Public Works Project Manager

Job Description

GRADE: 313

Under direction, performs work of considerable difficulty in managing construction contracts and monitoring quality control of all projects; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class manages engineering and construction contracts, including project management, budget oversight and quality control of all designs prior to bid. Work involves management and control of projects to ensure adherence to applicable program/project guidelines. Direction is received from the Principal Environmental Engineer, and a substantial amount of time is spent overseeing the work of contractors, sub professional and professional engineers.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Plans and coordinates annual work programs to determine priorities
• Conducts environmental studies and makes program recommendations
• Oversees and approves the design, plans and specifications for construction/drainage projects throughout DuPage County
• Conducts field surveys, needs assessments and oversees the installation and completion of projects
• Administers and develops contracts for construction and professional engineering services
• Responds to drainage complaints and other related concerns from the public, townships and municipalities
• Meets with village engineers, township highway commissioners and other community officials regarding drainage and stream maintenance
• Reviews engineering plans and site inspections
• Directs professional and sub professional and other employees in the investigation, development and design of a variety of engineering projects
• Investigates departmental complaints regarding excavation filling, flood plain and wetland activities and other related drainage concerns
• Represents the county in court
• Conducts public meetings to explain projects
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County ordinances and environmental regulations
• Project and construction management practices
• Construction materials and approved standards
• Engineering principles and practices
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Coordinating and managing projects through completion and within established timeframes
• Interpretation and application of County ordinances and guidelines
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Construction Management, Administration, Environmental Sciences, or closely related field and three years’ experience in project or construction management or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Light Work: Exerting up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

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.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.