Public Works Director

$100,000 - $120,000 yearly
  • Village of Homer Glen
  • Homer Glen, IL, USA
  • Apr 28, 2021
Full time Public Works

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Village of Homer Glen Public Works Department is supported by 29 FTE and oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $4 million.  This position reports directly to the Village Manager and is the leader of the Village’s largest department.


The Director must demonstrate positive and humble leadership skills and the ability to motivate and develop leaders within the department. The Director must not only demonstrate exceptional customer service to the community but must instill exceptional customer service as part of the departmental culture. The Director must be versatile, with the capacity to manage and motivate a multigenerational and multidisciplinary workforce towards accomplishing both the department’s goals and the overall Village goals. The Director must possess solid knowledge and experience in the fields of engineering, utilities, parks, forestry, fleet management, and overall municipal management.


The Director is responsible for overseeing multiple operations, protecting the Village’s infrastructure and equipment and forecasting future needs for capital projects.  The Director must be able to multi-task, prioritize and complete competing tasks and projects. The Director must be comfortable in a public setting and interacting with elected officials, other governmental entities, staff and citizens.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the daily and efficient operations of the department.
  • Establishes and completes both short and long term goals and priorities of the department and the Village, overall.
  • Directs and coordinates the activities of departmental staff and consultants.
  • Supervises key managerial staff, including adhering to all human resource policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and monitors the department’s annual budget.
  • Assist with the development of the Village’s Capital budget.
  • Evaluates, formulates and prescribes work methods and procedures to be followed by Department.
  • Confers with and advises staff on difficult work problems, the development and installation of new work procedures and policies, and methods of coordinating services.
  • Plans for the best use of staff and equipment on Emergency Operation shifts and regular schedules.
  • Participates and attends professional association meetings and regional work groups.
  • Performs public relations work promoting department & Village services.
  • Attends Village board meetings, committee meetings, staff meetings and other public meetings, as needed.
  • Keeps informed of current developments in the field of public works, to ensure the most efficient and effective departmental operations.
  • Works with Human Resources department to provide for the adequate training of all department personnel.
  • Assigns personnel and equipment to such duties and uses as department operations require.
  • Receives and responds to complaints concerning department operations and employees.
  • Serves as project manager for capital projects.
  • Initiates studies and recommendations regarding the development, design, construction, and maintenance of municipal public work projects in the Village.
  • Directs and reviews the development, design, construction, and maintenance of municipal projects, parks, and installations.
  • Approves and coordinates Federal and State projects related to municipal public works programs and capital projects.
  • Develops, reviews and approves plans and specifications for public improvements.
  • Resolves citizens complaints concerning departmental operations and village projects.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities and performs other duties as assigned.




Ability to lead by example and earn the respect of employees and others.

Ability to motivate employees effectively and to empower employees to do their best.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, village officials, other governmental entities and the general public.
Skills in the technical operations of a public works department (engineering, fleet management, snow command, project management, and utilities).

Ability to plan, assign and coordinate activities performed by a large group of employees.

Knowledge of public finance, capital project funding and municipal budgeting.

Skills in effective oral and written communications, including the preparation and presentation of detailed reports with concise and pertinent recommendations.
Knowledge of overall municipal government operations.

Knowledge of public works and related construction procedures and methods (i.e., public bidding, contract administration, engineering observation, etc.)
Ability to multi-task and reprioritize, while still accomplishing departmental goals.

Knowledge of safety protocols and OSHA requirements.

Exceptional judgment, thoroughness and dependability.

Ability to identify, implement and evaluate process improvements that result in more efficient and effective governmental operations.
Strong MS Office Suite, CAD and GIS skills.
Ability to write and secure outside funding and grants.
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skill and ability.


Minimum Requirements: 

A minimum of 7 years of progressive managerial experience in methods and practices of public works, parks, street maintenance and repair, municipal operations, public utilities, and civil engineering.
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, public administration or a related field.
Valid State of Illinois CDL License is required.

A comprehensive and broad knowledge of modern principles and practices in the fields of municipal management, project management, civil engineering, parks, traffic engineering, utilities, and streets fields.




Preferred Requirements:

Master’s Degree in related field.

An Illinois license as a Registered Professional Engineer.

Process Improvement Training and/or Lean Six Sigma Certification.


Physical Activities:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this position, the staff member is required to: 

  • Reach with hands and arms, use hand to finger, feel or operate objects, tools or controls.
  • Sit, stand, walk.
  • Talk and hear.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operation computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally is required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • May occasionally lift and/or move up to forty (40) pounds.

Work scheduled outside of the office may be in hot, warm, cool and cold weather.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The information listed above reflects minimum standards and illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific job functions, requirements or tasks does not exclude them from the job if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of the work assigned.


This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Village and the staff member.