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 department oversees the village’s road programs, right-of-way maintenance and snow plowing, storm water management, fleet maintenance, all village facilities and the village’s parks system.
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 extensive 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.
A minimum of 7 years of progressive managerial and leadership 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 demonstrated, 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.
Master’s Degree in related field preferred
An Illinois license as a Registered Professional Engineer.
Process Improvement Training and/or Lean Six Sigma Certification.
Homer Glen is one of Will County's largest municipalities. Upon incorporation, the Village encompassed about 19.9 square miles. Currently, the Village encompasses more than 22 square miles.
The Village of Homer Glen incorporated on April 17, 2001, because residents wanted to control their own destiny in a rapidly growing community. More important, residents wanted to change the trend of development from typical suburban sprawl to well-planned sustainable development that protected the community's valuable resources. Homer Glen is situated approximately thirty miles southwest of Chicago in Will County.
This unique community includes major watersheds, Spring Creek to the south and Long Run Creek to the north. Will County Forest Preserve land traverses the southern part of the Village. Homer Glen has abundant native plants and wildlife, public open space, greenways, wetlands, floodplains, woodlands, ecological diversity, farmland and scenic beauty.