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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5139 - Chief Stormwater Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 316

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in implementing and directing the County storm water management planning, engineering and construction; performs related work as required.

The work performed of this incumbent involves responsibility for planning and overseeing Stormwater projects for DuPage County. Work with considerable professional and independent judgment in the interpretation, application and enforcement of laws, regulations and policies relating to Stormwater programs. General direction is received from the Director of Stormwater Management.

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 professional staff engaged in the operations of Stormwater management (i.e. flood-plain modeling, project design, flood control operations, stormwater quality, natural resource management and permit review)
•    Assists with the design and maintenance of DuPage County flood control facilities
•    Assists with the operation of DuPage County flood control facilities during emergencies
•    Oversees the development of the County’s stormwater quality program and ensures compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Coordinates stormwater management program with municipalities, townships and agencies
•    Assists with the development of guidelines for permit review, project evaluation, and economic analysis
•    Assists with preparing short and long range plans concerning the County’s stormwater management needs
•    Assists the Director with preparation of Department budgets
•    Oversees Department financial processes and staff
•    Confers with and advises public and private agencies, engineers, manufacturers, representatives, contractors, committees and individuals interested in County stormwater management programs
•    Provides day to day contact with customers, clients, consultants; oversees special construction and infrastructure improvement projects
•    Considerable interaction with Elected Officials, Federal, State and Local Governmental Agencies and the general public
•    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:
•    Principles and practices of civil and project engineering as it relates to the preparation of plans and specifications for a wide variety of Stormwater projects
•    Drafting principles and techniques
•    Surveying methods
•    Construction materials and approved safety standards
•    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:
•    Planning, layout and direction of the work of experienced senior engineering subordinates
•    The application of engineering theory to complex field and office problems
•    Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
•    Dealing effectively with others and making presentations to other agencies and at public meetings
•    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 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
•    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 Environmental or Civil Engineering, and eight years of professional experience in hydrology/hydraulics, stormwater management, or water resources engineering/planning, three 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 registration as a professional engineer by the State of Illinois.  Also, must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.