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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3256 - Director of Public Works/Operations

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    319

Under administrative direction; performs work of unusual difficulty in administering and directing, Public Works activities in operations of water and wastewater and stormwater and overseeing the construction, maintenance, and modification of County operations along with and managing Facilities Management and Regulatory Services operations; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class performs high level administrative and engineering work, with complete responsibility for directing a variety of operations such as the water and wastewater system, stormwater management, building and property construction and maintenance.  Work involves the exercise of a high degree of independent judgment and discretion in the interpretation, application and enforcement of laws, regulations and policies relating to the County Public Works, Facilities Management and Regulatory Services programs. Administrative direction is received from the County Administrator. Management direction is provided to divisional supervisory staff.   

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.

•    Provides leadership and direction for a staff of professional and subprofessional employees engaged in the operations of public works, facilities management and regulatory services
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Initiates methods to improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery within the department
•    Acts as the superintendent of Public Works in accordance with Illinois State Statute
•    Directs and coordinates all functions of the operations of various divisions budget preparation and administration, manpower estimation, and equipment acquisition
•    Develops and prepares fiscally appropriate budgets that enable the department to meet its objectives
•    Ensures that the department functions within budget appropriations
•    Approves the purchase of equipment and systems
•    Reviews and approves invoices and applications for payment
•    Develops bid specifications and reviews bids
•    Administers and monitors for compliance contracts for services and commodities
•    Prepares short and long range plans concerning the divisional needs, estimated costs, available financing and operating and engineering requirements
•    Assesses and reorganizes operational units as necessary to ensure efficient operations
•    Acts as a liaison with the DuPage County Committee(s) in order to achieve plans, goals and objectives
•    Directs the planning and development of Public Works engineering and construction
•    Negotiates the procurement of State and Federal grant funds for Public Works projects
•    Ensures compliance with applicable County, State, and Federal regulations applicable to water and wastewater, drainage, and Stormwater
•    Assumes responsibility for the resolutions of complaints related to assigned areas of responsibilities
•    Advises public and private agencies, engineers, manufacturers, representatives, contractors, committees, municipalities, townships and individuals interest in County Public Works programs
•    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.
•    Completes required training programs and stays current with County Emergency Management operational policies and procedures
•    Supports the County Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems in preparedness, response and recovery efforts
•    Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
•    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 environmental engineering, stormwater management and water wastewater operations, and equipment and capabilities
•    The principles and practices of project management
•    Planning and budgeting procedures
•    Management practices and planning techniques
•    Applicable laws relevant to stormwater management and all phases of water and wastewater operations
•    Management and leadership principles
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Government budgeting procedures
•    The County’s political environment and how to manage effectively within such an environment
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Managing and directing multiple functional areas through subordinate managers
•    Planning, scheduling, and directing large scale engineering, environmental and maintenance projects
•    Integrating the work of various divisions and developing and implementing new approaches and processes to generate desired end results
•    Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
•    Analyzing, evaluating, and arriving at conclusions on a wide range of problems and situations
•    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:
•    Monitor and evaluate employees
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Manage division operations
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Analyze and develop policies and procedures
•    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
•    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 laws, rules, and regulations
•    Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Develop clear, concise and comprehensive technical reports, correspondence and other written materials
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Civil Engineering, and ten years of professional experience in related phases of public works and stormwater management, or water resources engineering/planning, five of which should be 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.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.  This position requires registration as a professional engineer by the State of Illinois.