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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5146 - Director of Transportation/County Engineer

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    319

Under administrative direction; performs work of unusual difficulty directing, managing and implementing planning, engineering, construction, and maintenance activities of all County highways and operated buildings and projects for the DuPage County Division of Transportation; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class performs administrative and engineering work, including assisting in development and responsible for implementing plans and programs to establish, improve and maintain the County highway system. This position requires a high degree of independent judgment and decision making.  The ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing is essential to this position. 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 engineering, design, transportation, construction and maintenance of all County highways and projects
•    Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff are trained, ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures, maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations
•    Directs and coordinates engineering staff in the preparation of surveys, planning studies, contract and land acquisition documents, traffic studies and other technical engineering services
•    Delegates authority to subordinate managers in specialized area and assures that work is completed thoroughly and efficiently
•    Serves as County liaison regarding the coordination of engineering activities with municipalities, townships, other counties and State and Federal agencies
•    Conducts studies for the appropriate County Board parent committee
•    Approves township highway plans and requests for installation of traffic control devices
•    Approves subdivision plats
•    Develops and implements improved methods of highway maintenance
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    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:
•    Engineering theories and practices involved in highway design, construction and maintenance  
•    Civil engineering practices pertaining to traffic and traffic safety
•    Management and organizational planning practices
•    Road, Bridge and Other Related Laws of Illinois sufficient to be certified by the Illinois Department of Transportation as qualified to be a County Engineer
•    Principles and practices of project management
•    Knowledge of current computer aided design systems and programs
•    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:
•    Planning, scheduling, and directing large scale engineering and transportation projects
•    Applying engineering theory to critical and complex engineering issues
•    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
•    Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
•    Preparing concise, technical reports
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
•    Analyzing, evaluating and arriving at conclusions on a wide range of problems and situations
•    Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
•    Plan, schedule and direct the work of others
•    Analyze and develop policies and procedures
•    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
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    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
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and Ten (10) years of experience in Civil Engineering, five (5) 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.