Director of Public Works

City of Urbana | Urbana, IL

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Posted Date 1/17/2019

The City of Urbana, Illinois (pop. 43,200), seeks a visionary leader to serve as our new Director of Public Works. Located in the heart of east central Illinois, Urbana prides itself on being a progressive, dynamic community and is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state’s flagship public university and one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the world.

The Public Works Department has maintained stable leadership under the same director for a quarter of a century. With the director's planned retirement, the department is eager to write the next chapter of its legacy. The individual selected for this role will demonstrate integrity, authenticity, and subject matter expertise, while challenging assumptions and encouraging innovation. A demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive and productive work environment is paramount.

Our ideal candidate will bring exceptional management, interpersonal, and communication skills, keen organizational insight, an approachable and innovative leadership style, and the ability to develop credibility with multiple stakeholders. The next leader will possess a multi-faceted skillset to effectively analyze department operations, facilitate open dialogue with a wide variety of audiences, engage collaboratively with staff at all levels to build on strengths and address challenges, and prepare sound, well-reasoned recommendations for moving forward.

How to Apply/Respond:
Additional information on this opportunity can be found at For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your resume to: To assist with internal sorting, please only include your name (Last, First) in the subject line. This position is open until filled; however, a review of applications will take place after February 8, 2019. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials prior to this date.

The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity!
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people, and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. We welcome applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity. EOE.

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Local Government
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