Director of Public Works - City of West Chicago, IL

GovHR USA | West Chicago, IL

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Posted Date 4/05/2021

West Chicago, IL (27,500) is a friendly, multicultural community with a rich heritage of offering strong and efficient public services.  First established at the turn of the century by the railroad industry, this convenient transportation hub is served by three major rail lines, and three state highways.  West Chicago offers excellent schools, a growing business park, convenient access to parks, shopping and restaurants.   This community is seeking an energetic and decisive leader who will thrive in a fast-paced environment for its Director of Public Works position. 

The City offers a full array of municipal services and operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The community has a history of political stability and prides itself on a progressive and professional staff. The Director is appointed by the City Administrator and is a valued member of the management team providing highly responsible support to the leadership team. The next Director of Public Works will plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of a well-resourced, full-service Department. The Department has a $26M budget and approximately $4M annual CIP budget; it is the largest cost center within the organization. The Department is divided into four divisions including:  Street Division (Superintendent and 14 employees); Utilities Division which includes water distribution and sanitary collection (Superintendent and 13 employees) and Water Treatment Division (Superintendent and 6 employees); Facilities Division (Superintendent and 3 employees); and Administration which includes an Assistant Director and clerical support.  The Director also serves as the primary supervisor for the shared West Chicago/Winfield Wastewater Treatment Plant (operated by outside consultant).  The City has a long-standing contractual arrangement for engineering support with Thomas Engineering, which extends through 2027.

  • The new Director will have a collaborative, team-oriented leadership style with knowledge of and experience in up-to-date public works best practices.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills with an ability to troubleshoot issues and develop long-term operating strategies.
  • Incorporate new technology and fresh approaches to service delivery in a deliberative manner, navigating complex issues and leveraging opportunities, while maintaining a high level of customer service.
  • Concise communication, strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated cultural competency are key success factors.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in civil or environmental engineering, public or business administration or closely related field along with 7 years of progressively responsible management of a public works department including at least 4 years of supervisory experience.  A Professional Engineering license in the State of Illinois is preferred.

The City of West Chicago offers a competitive benefits’ package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary range:  $121,889 to $170,644. Candidates should apply online at at once but no later than May 3, 2021 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 references to the attention of Kathleen Rush, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #225 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.


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