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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5145 - Chief Highway Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 316

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in implementing and directing the planning, property acquisition, design and/or construction activities of the DuPage County Division of Transportation; performs related work as required.

Work performed by incumbents of this class involves responsibility for directing the planning, property acquisition, design and/or construction activities of the Division of Transportation. Incumbent acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Transportation/County Engineer. Works with considerable professional independence within established policy and legal restrictions. Policy guidance is received from the Director of Transportation/County Engineer who reviews work through evaluation of reports, results and meetings.

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.

• Directs and coordinates the preparation of preliminary engineering studies, environmental reports and engineering plans and specifications for public improvements including highway, trail and bridge construction, drainage systems, and utility work
• Assigns and supervises the activities of professional and technical staff engaged in a wide variety of office and field tasks
• Recommends the use of consultants and negotiates and manages consultant agreements
• Conducts public meetings, makes presentations and represents the Division of Transportation at public events addressing issues regarding projects
• Receives and responds to public comments concerning highway projects of the County
• Reviews transportation improvement programs, prepares and provides input into long-range capital improvement plans and makes recommendations for new projects and revisions in plans
• Attends a variety of board and staff meetings and provides technical advice on a broad range of engineering and planning matters
• Determines personnel requirements and hires, trains, evaluates and disciplines employees
• Supervises the preparation of engineering reports and maintenance of engineering records or of feasibility, technical and/or special studies
• Oversee the preparation of plat and legal descriptions, appraisals and negotiations for the acquisition of property for proposed improvement projects
• Ensures projects conform with specifications and County codes
• Coordinates proposed improvements with elected officials, agencies and the public to address concerns and to ensure project support
• Coordinates required construction oversight for highway, trail and bridge improvements, drainage projects and water and sewer installations
• 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:
• The principles and practices of civil engineering as related to public improvements
• Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to implementation, design and/or construction of public improvement projects which may include environmental concerns and land acquisition
• Practices and principles of effective administrative management
• Construction materials and approved standards of safety
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Directing the activities of a staff of professional and technical personnel engaged in engineering and related activities
• Preparing engineering plans, estimates and specifications, preliminary environmental reports, and analyses for public improvement projects
• Securing cooperation and adherence to construction plans, specifications and codes from outside contractors
• Preparing a variety of technical reports, specifications and contracts in connection with public improvement projects
• Dealing effectively with others and making presentations to other agencies and at public meetings
• 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
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and other agencies, consultants and contractors
• 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 laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field, and ten (10) years of experience in civil engineering, three (3) of which should have been in a managerial or administrative capacity; 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.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

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.

This position requires an Illinois Professional Engineer license.