Director of Public Works

City of Champaign | Champaign, IL

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Posted Date 5/20/2024

Salary: $149,549 - $201,895

Are you seeking a rewarding career opportunity where you can make a meaningful impact in the lives of others and shape the future of your community? The City of Champaign is seeking an experienced, community-focused leader to serve as its next Public Works Director.

As one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Illinois, the City of Champaign is a dynamic and welcoming community offering big city amenities with a hometown feel. The City is home to the University of Illinois, which offers world-class educational opportunities and cutting-edge innovation, driven by pre-eminent scholars and scientists from across the globe. Champaign offers the best of urban life with an abundance of arts and cultural opportunities, beautiful parks and trails, a vibrant Downtown, Big 10 sporting events, and an affordable cost of living for residents. More information about our outstanding community can be found on the City’s website at

The Public Works Director provides leadership and oversight for all Department services including development and maintenance of City-owned infrastructure, property, fleet, and facilities, as well as the implementation of the City’s Capital Improvements Plan. The Director reports to the City Manager and is responsible for over 100 employees, supported by a current annual operating budget of $18.7 million, and a capital program budget of $46.5 million. The Department also provides specialized public services such as snow and ice control, emergency storm response, parking system management, environmental sustainability, multifamily residential recycling, and yard waste collection. Public Works also plays a vital role in the City’s development review process, performing permit review and construction inspections, and working with private contractors and developers to build quality infrastructure and grow investment in the City’s economy.

The selected candidate must personify the City’s values of Personal Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Teamwork, and Results. The Director must also exhibit an appreciation for the diversity and culture of the City, reflecting a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their leadership of the Department.

The salary range is $149,549 - $201,895 with the starting salary depending on the individual’s qualifications. A dedicated vehicle will be provided for the Director’s use while conducting official City business. Residency within the City limits is required within six months of appointment.

This position is open until filled, however interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To view the position profile with more information on required experience, desired attributes, City priorities and how to apply, visit

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