Public Works Director

GovHR USA | Wheeling, IL

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Posted Date 9/01/2020

Public Works Director, Wheeling, IL (pop. 38,878).  Incorporated in 1894, and 27 miles northwest of Chicago, the Village of Wheeling originated as an overnight rest stop for travelers journeying from Chicago to the Wisconsin Territory. The inns, taverns, and eateries established in the 1830’s developed into Wheeling’s Restaurant Row. In step with the growth of Metro Chicago, Wheeling emerged as a center for industry and commerce. Today, at 8.7 square miles, Wheeling residents and business owners enjoy the vibrant neighborhoods, public amenities, and community spirit fostered by this rich heritage.

The Village seeks a high-energy, experienced, proactive public works professional to direct a broad range of services including engineering, streets and facilities, water, sewer and storm water utilities, and fleet management.  The ideal candidate is an innovative, collaborative thinker and ready to be an integral member of the senior management team. 

The Director is responsible for leading a department of 44 full-time employees, as well as managing $5.1 million in general fund and $11 million in utility budgets, plus more than $ 30 million in five-year capital improvement programming. The Director reports to the Village Manager.

Qualified candidates should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, civil engineering or closely related field. A related Master’s degree is desired.
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible positions in municipal public works, including supervisory experience. Candidates with predominately city management experience, yet significant work in public works, are also encouraged to apply.
  • Well developed skills in effective service delivery and creative problem solving;
  • Comfort working in a collegial union environment; and
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills with a variety of stakeholders.

A starting salary range is $150,000 - $160,000 +/- DOQ, and an excellent benefit package is offered.

Candidates should apply by October 5, 2020 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Local Government
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