Public Works Director
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Pekin, IL 
Posted 7 days ago
Job Description
Purpose of Position
The purpose of this position is to direct, plan, and coordinate the operations of the Public Works Department. The Public Works Director facilitates public works construction projects, maintenance and repair activities as well as manages personnel. The work is performed under the direction of the City Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Administers City public works operations and projects including construction, repair and maintenance of Street, Solid Waste, Sewer, Waste Water Treatment Plant, Engineering, GIS, Public Property, Fleet and Airport operations.
Oversees and facilitates engineering design and construction supervision.
Oversees contract operations. Drafts or reviews bid documents and contracts.
Provides technical advice, information and assistance to City officials, other City Departments, developers, and State/Federal agency personnel regarding public works projects, requirements and objectives.
Researches and prepares, or directs preparation of a variety of statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, memos, articles, etc.
Analyzes proposals, plans and specifications for projects. Supervises consultants assigned to Department projects.
Supervises daily department operations. Assigns project and task priorities.
Assists City officials, agencies, developers, business representatives in planning and marketing major developments. Researches and recommends project funding from grants, Federal and State sources.
Prepares, or directs preparation of annual department and capital budgets. Reviews past expenditures and proposed projects. Recommends department equipment acquisitions, materials/supply needs and staffing levels. Monitors budget expenditures.
Attends and participates in a variety of meetings such as City Council, Planning Commission, business/civic groups, neighborhood groups, pre-construction, City staff, Department, etc.
Directs regular and special census.
Prepares and recommends City ordinances/resolutions/codes and changes related to public works for Council Meetings.
Assures Department compliance with Federal and State regulations.
Coordinates Department activities with utility company activities.
Performs personnel actions including discipline in coordination with the Human Resources department. Recommends staff levels and changes to the City Manager and Human Resources. Receives and acts on labor grievances. Participates in union negotiations.
Other Duties as Assigned
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions    
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Construction Management, or related field, seven plus years progressively responsible experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to decide the time, place and sequence of operations within an organizational framework, and to oversee their execution. Ability to analyze and categorize data and information using established criteria, to determine consequences and identify and select alternatives.
Ability to manage and direct a group of workers, and provide employee counseling and mediation. Ability to persuade, convince and train others. Ability to advise and interpret regarding the application of policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
Ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information such as legal briefs, economic analysis, organizational analysis, budget and financial reports, employee records, development plans, maps, plats, as-built drawings, bid specifications, requests for proposals, contracts, statistical and narrative reports, City codes/ordinances, State and Federal agency regulations, union contracts, personnel policies and non-routine correspondence.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing with the general public, City personnel, City officials, attorneys, engineers, accountants, business representatives, developers, news media representatives and State officials.
Mathematical Ability
Ability to apply algebraic and trigonometric formulas. Ability to interpret inferential statistical reports and/or formulation and equation data.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use functional reasoning in performing synthesis and influence functions such as leading, controlling, managing, supervising and teaching.
Ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the direction, control and planning of an entire program or multiple programs.
Physical Requirements
Ability to operate a variety of equipment and machinery including computer terminal, typewriter, telephone, fax machine, calculator/adding machine, drafting tools, surveying instruments and photocopier.
Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing semi-skilled movements such as drawing and data entry. Ability to sustain prolonged visual concentration.
Ability to exert very moderate physical effort in sedentary to light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling.
Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of shapes and odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
Environmental Adaptability
Ability to work under generally safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as, irate individuals, intimidation, odors and toxic agents may cause discomfort and poses little risk of injury.
The City of Pekin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


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Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
Salary and Benefits
Salary is DOQ with expected range up to 124,206 as well as a generous benefits package including IMRF Pension; Health Insurance package including dental, vision and life available day one; Vacation, 3 Personal Days, 96 hours Sick Leave annually, 10 paid holidays, wellness benefits, and many other optional benefits. Position may include a vehicle and city provided cell phone. The Public Works Director must live within corporate City Limits within 12 months of the end of probationary period.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7+ years
Required Security Clearance
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